Hogan: Protecting Small Farmers Top Priority In EU Budget Negotiations

EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan stated that his top priority in the ongoing EU budget negotiation is “protecting the small and medium sized farmer who remains the backbone of Europe’s food production and rural communities”. Ahead of a Citizens’ Dialogue with 400 farmers in Kilkenny City, co-organised by the IFA and […]

Commissioner Hogan Must Fight To Secure CAP Budget Increase – Healy

Addressing a crowd of over 700 farmers in Kilkenny this evening, IFA President Joe Healy said there must be an increase in the next CAP Budget to improve farm incomes, to reflect inflation and to fill the hole left by Brexit.   The IFA President issued a strong message to the Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan: […]

Dairy Farmers Will Continue To Need Co-Op Support – IFA

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has said farmers appreciate the efforts made by the majority of co-ops this month to hold the March pay-out, though co-ops in many cases made significant cuts to the base price.   He said that poor production conditions continue, with fodder remaining scarce, and grazing still patchy as […]

Farmers Should Appeal Penalties For Burnt Land – IFA

IFA Hill Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has said farmers who have had penalties imposed on land burnt in 2017 should appeal to the Agricultural Appeals Office.   He said IFA is insisting that no farmer should be penalised unless the Department of Agriculture can categorically prove that the farmer in question is responsible for the […]

Beef Prices Stronger – IFA

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said the beef trade is stronger this week with cattle prices continuing to rise and some factories paying top base prices of €4.10/kg for steers and €4.20/kg for heifers.   Angus Woods said cattle prices are continuing to rise, up 5c/kg in the last week. He said some factories […]

RSA Pragmatic Approach To Delivery Of Ainimal Fodder Welcomed – IFA

Following representations made by IFA, the Road Safety Authority has agreed to “adopt a pragmatic approach when reviewing drivers’ hours compliance with driving and resting time periods” in respect of delivery and collection of animal fodder.   IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney said, “The measures have been working well for the last week and are […]

Protocol On Empty Tags Will Offset Difficulties For Farmers – IFA

IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell has welcomed the development of a protocol between the Department of Agriculture, BVD testing laboratories and tag supply companies, which will offset some of the difficulties associated with empty BVD samples for farmers.   Pat Farrell said IFA has sought the provision of this service for several months in […]

Cattle Prices Rising But Not Fast Enough – IFA

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has said that cattle prices are rising but not fast enough, and not in line with the price levels in our largest export market in the UK.   He called on finishers to demand more on price from the processors in order to make a viable margin from winter […]

Progress On EU Retail Regulation Is A First Step – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy will address the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament today when the latest Commission proposal on retail regulation will be discussed.   Joe Healy acknowledged the initiative by the EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan in prioritising the imbalance in the food supply chain and recognising the vulnerability of producers in […]

IFA Warns Co-ops: Don’t Kick Farmers While They’re Down

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Tom Phelan has warned co-ops that they must not kick farmers while they’re down by cutting milk prices, but must instead utilise some of the strongly increased 2017 profits to show their understanding of the extreme hardship and stress levels on farms in the only way that will count for […]

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