Minister Ring’s Commitment To Extend The Walks Scheme Welcome – IFA

IFA National Hill Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has welcomed the commitment given by Minister for Rural Affairs, Michael Ring to extend the number of walks covered by The Walks Scheme.   At a meeting of Comhairle na Tuaithe the recreational consultative body, attended by the Minister this week, Flor McCarthy said that the current Walks […]

National Planning Framework is ‘Dublin- Centric’ and lacks ambition for Rural Ireland – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has described the draft National Planning Framework developed by Government as “Dublin-centric and lacking ambition for rural Ireland.”   Thomas Cooney said, “The Government’s aspiration to develop a planning framework out to 2040 in a balanced and coherent way fails rural Ireland, particularly in the addressing following four areas: the decline […]

IFA Joins Call For Pension Equality

IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson Caroline Farrell is calling on all farmers to join the push for pension equality for women.   Caroline Farrell was speaking as she and other IFA representatives joined a protest organised by a group including the National Women’s Council, Age Action, and Pensioners for Equality today (Thurs) in […]

IFA To Commission Report On Importance Of Suckler Cow Beef Herd

Speaking at the IFA AGM in Dublin this week, President Joe Healy said the suckler cow herd is a vital national asset. He said to underline the importance of the national herd, IFA will commission a new study to quantify its contribution to the rural economy. He said this will form an important element of […]

2018 Will Be Defining Year – IFA

Addressing the 63rd Annual General Meeting of the Irish Farmers Association in Dublin today (Tues), IFA President Joe Healy said 2018 will be a defining year for farming. Never before have such major challenges as Brexit, the CAP Budget, Mercosur and climate change converged in a single year. He said IFA will be there to represent the […]

IFA Launches Winter Rural Security Campaign

IFA President Joe Healy is urging farmers and rural communities to be proactive when it comes to home and farm security this winter. The IFA has launched a new Winter Security campaign, in conjunction with An Garda Siochana, offering practical advice to address the crime concerns of farm families, as well as tips on how […]

Organic Scheme Payments Must Be Made On Time – IFA

IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has said it is vitally important that all Organic Scheme Payments are made to farmers as any delays have a serious cash flow impact on farmers who are committed to going down the organic route.   Joe Brady was speaking at a meeting with The Department of Agriculture in […]

Minister Has To Act On Teagasc Fodder Survey – IFA

The meeting of the Fodder Action Group in Sligo confirmed that over 85% of farmers surveyed in the region have, on average, less than half of the fodder they need for the winter.   The Action Group was established by the Minister following a meeting with IFA last week.   IFA Padraic Joyce said, “These […]

Why Active Management Of Your Forest Is So Important – IFA

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Pat Collins said forests that are actively managed and thinned regularly encourage the strongest trees to thrive, are healthier, capture more carbon and generate more income for owners.   Mr Collins said there are a lot of farmers who are not managing their forests and this could significantly reduce the value […]

Taoiseach And Commissioner Hogan Must Intesify Pressure Against Bad Mercosur Deal – IFA

 Speaking from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the EU-Mercosur trade discussions are on hold until the New Year without agreement, IFA President Joe Healy said the serious threat from a bad deal on beef and poultry has not gone away.   He said the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan must intensify the […]

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