IFA Advises Farmers To Stop Planting Until Autumn

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Pat Collins has advised farmers who have financial approval to afforest to wait until the autumn to plant. He said that normally all planting had stopped at this stage but the planting season had been extended this summer due to the introduction of the Forestry Regulation, which now requires farmers to […]

Irish Milk Prices Have A Way To Go To Catch Up With EU Competitors – IFA

As co-ops decide this week on their June milk price, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said they have some catching up to do to ensure Irish dairy farmers receive the full benefits from improving markets, and competitive milk prices relative to their European counterparts.   Bearing in mind the 6.15c/l gap between best […]

IFA Suspends Sit-In To Meet Minister Creed Tomorrow On Crop Loss Scheme

The IFA has suspended their occupation of the Department of Agriculture offices in Kildare Street, Dublin to enter into negotiations with Minister Michael Creed on the proposed crop loss scheme arising from the 2016 harvest. The Minister has confirmed that there are no preconditions to these negotiations.   The Minister will meet with the IFA tomorrow. […]

More Recognition Given To Farm Losses On Flooded Land – IFA

IFA Flood Project Chairman Padraic Joyce has welcomed the new criteria issued by the Office of Public Works (OPW) for determining whether and to what extent projects will get supported under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme.   Padraic Joyce said IFA raised this issue some time ago and had presented detailed […]

IFA Urges Speedier TAMS Payments

IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has urged Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to speed up TAMS payments to farmers who have completed their work and sent in all required documentation to the Department of Agriculture.   In excess of 650 farmers are urgently awaiting grant aid for investments they have made on their farms. […]

IFA Grain Committee Occupy Agriculture House Over Tillage Fund

Members of the IFA Grain Committee are occupying the Department of Agriculture in Kildare St this evening, seeking the full details of the tillage scheme and an urgent meeting with Minister Michael Creed. IFA wants to discuss elements of the scheme, which have been reported in the media, and which would not be acceptable to […]

Tillage Fund Welcome, But Farmers Need To See Full Details – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed of a financial support scheme for farmers who lost crops in the 2016 harvest due to dire weather conditions. However, Joe Healy said the Department has to provide the full details of the scheme, “We would be concerned that the […]

Strong Beef Prices Driven By Strong Market Demand – IFA

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said beef prices are holding firm, driven by extremely strong market demand and rising prices in our main export market in the UK.   He said UK prices have risen each week for the last 10 weeks in a row by over 16c/kg. He said these price increases, which […]

IFA Welcomes ECJ Ruling On Dairy Substitutes

IFA National Liquid Milk Chairman John Finn today (Fri) welcomed this week’s judgment by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) which stated that “purely plant-based products cannot, in principle, be marketed with designations such as ‘milk’, ‘cream’, ‘butter’, ‘cheese’ or ‘yoghurt’, which are reserved by EU law for animal products”.   Mr Finn said fresh […]

Irish Fresh Fruit Industry Valued At €45 Million

IFA MARKS ‘CELEBRATE STRAWBERRY WEEK’, JUNE 5TH – 11TH   Marking Celebrate Strawberry Week, which runs next week (5-11June), IFA President Joe Healy has called on retailers to recognise the investment made by Irish strawberry and soft fruit growers, by ensuring that fresh fruit is seen on retail shelves as a premium quality product.   […]

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