Outstanding Payments Urgently Needed Due To Fodder And Cashflow Crisis

Given the seriousness of the fodder situation in parts of county, particularly in the north-west, it is imperative that all BPS payments are made without any further delay, IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has insisted.   Around 11,000 farmers have yet to receive their advance BPS payment of 70%. The main issues holding up payments […]

IFA Makes Safety Appeals To Farmers Installing Generators

IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has urged farmers who have had their power supply cut off due to storm damage to put safety first if seeking to install a temporary generator on their farm.   Richard Kennedy said it was clear to IFA that many farm families still had no electric power and were in […]

Changes To Knowledge Transfer Programme Must Be Built Upon – IFA

IFA has received confirmation that a number of changes the Association had sought to the Knowledge Transfer Scheme are to be introduced.   Speaking following a meeting with the Department of Agriculture on the scheme, IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said that the changes to the Knowledge Transfer Programme to make it more workable must […]

Fitness Freak’s free fruit initiative to keep children healthy begins in Tipperary hospital

A visit to a vending machine while his son was in hospital was the catalyst for health and fitness trainer, Richard Kennedy, to launch his Free Fruit for All campaign in South Tipperary General Hospital.  The Rathgormack man is on a mission to engage with parents and retailers on the need to educate children and […]

IFA Demand Action On Grain Income Crisis

Speaking following an IFA grain growers protest in Foynes port in Limerick on Tuesday, IFA National Grain Chairman Liam Dunne said grain farmers are extremely angry that some traders and brokers have sourced imported barley when plentiful supplies of quality native grain are available.   Liam Dunne said, “Grain farmers are frustrated at the failure […]

IFA And Ulster Farmers Union Meet On Brexit Concerns And Farm Schemes

The IFA and the Ulster Farmers Union met this week to discuss the implications for farmers of the recent UK Brexit outcome.   The organisations agreed to work together to protect the important relationship between farmers on both parts of the island. Both organisations agreed that the agricultural sector must not be at a disadvantage […]

Transport Is The Theme For Day Four Of Farm Safety Week

Tractors and moving vehicles have claimed the lives of 30 farm workers in the past five years according to the HSE Health & Safety in Agriculture Report October 2015, representing one of the biggest dangers on a farm. Day Four of the fourth annual Farm Safety Week UK & Ireland focuses on highlighting the issues surrounding […]

IFA Urges Farmers To Make BPS Applications By Next Monday

IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has reminded farmers that the deadline for the 2016 BPS application is next Monday, 16th May and he urged farmers to ensure that their applications are in on time.   The Department of Agriculture has informed IFA that extended opening hours will operate at the Department’s Portlaoise office to assist […]