IFA Reaction To Stamp Duty Changes

IFA President Joe Healy has acknowledged the move by the Government today to remove the upper age limit for family transfers as it reduces the stamp duty liability from 6% to 1%. “This adjustment will allow more families to carry out a lifetime transfer at the rate of 1% rather than the 6% rate.”   […]

Smart Farming Exceeds Cost Saving Target By 74%

The publication of the first Smart Farming Progress Report shows a significant overshoot of targets for improving farm returns and enhancing the environment, marking a very successful 12 months for the programme.   Smart Farming is a voluntary initiative led by IFA, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency. 1,000 farmers will have participated in the programme by the end […]

Smart Farming Progress Report To Launch On World Food Day

The Smart Farming Progress Report 2017 will be launched on World Food Day, Monday, October 16th in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin.   Smart Farming works with farmers to identify ways to improve returns on their farm while enhancing the environment. The initiative is led by the IFA in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency […]

Minister Creed Must Honour Stamp Duty Statement – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy said the Government must honour the commitment made by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed that the increase in commercial stamp duty from 2% to 6%, announced in the Budget, would not apply to farmland. “The Minister must sit down with the Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe as a matter of urgency […]

New €500k Competitive Start Fund Targeted At Experienced Business Professionals

A total of €500,000 in start-up funding will be available from Enterprise Ireland when a new Competitive Start Fund (CSF) competition targeted at Experienced Business Professionals opens for applications on Wednesday 11 October 2017.   This CSF is directed at mature and highly experienced business professionals with 25 years or more of relevant business experience in […]

Minister Daly Gives IFA Commitment On the ‘Fair Deal’ Nursing Home Scheme

An IFA delegation, led by President, Joe Healy and Farm Family & Social Affairs Chairperson, Maura Canning met with Jim Daly, Minister for Older People as part of the IFA’s ongoing campaign to secure changes to the Fair Deal scheme to protect the future viability of the family farm.   Speaking after the meeting, IFA […]

UK Customs Proposals Very Negative For Irish Agriculture – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy has said the UK’s insistence on leaving the customs union and pursuing an independent trade policy amount to a hard Brexit and is potentially very negative for Irish agriculture and the value of our agri-food exports.   The IFA President was commenting on the UK Government’s Position Paper on Future Customs […]

Healy Welcomes EU Commission Move To Review Fertiliser Anit-Dumping Measures

IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the publication by the EU Commission of a “Notice of initiation of a partial interim review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of ammonium nitrate originating in Russia”. Mr Healy said, “IFA spearheaded an international campaign over the last two years highlighting the dysfunctionality of the EU’s fertiliser […]

Stay Safe With Livestock

The Farm Safety Week team is challenging farmers to think about improving livestock handling systems to make them safer and more efficient.   Many farmers never stop to consider why animals behave as they do and, more importantly, what this behaviour could mean to their personal safety. Animal-handling practices are often learned from watching others […]

Farmers Urged To Make Their Farms Safer Places To Work And Live

The start of the fifth annual Farm Safety Week UK & Ireland is an initiative led by the IFA in Ireland, aiming to reduce the number of accidents on farms that continue to give farming the poorest safety record of any occupation in the country.   Farm Safety Week is supported by a number of […]

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