Three Candidates To Contest IFA Deputy Presidential Election

The IFA National Returning Officer Jer Bergin has confirmed that three nominations for the position of Deputy President of the Irish Farmers Association have been received by this evening’s deadline.   Pat Farrell (Kildare), Richard Kennedy (Limerick) and Nigel Renaghan (Monaghan) will contest the election to be held in April.   Each of the candidates […]

Eddie Downey Elected 14th President of The Irish Farmers’ Association

Eddie Downey from Slane in Co Meath has been elected President of the Irish Farmers’ Association at the National Election Count in the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin this evening (Tues).   The President-elect congratulated the new Deputy President Tim O’Leary and the new Regional Chairmen-elect, James McCarthy, James Murphy, Tom Turley and Bert Stewart.   He […]

AEOS 2 Target Will Fall Short – IFA

IFA Rural Development Chairman Tom Turley said the projected targets for AEOS 2 set down by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney will more than likely not now be met. Mr Turley said that the cutbacks in the scheme announced by the Minister in early April have led to farmers questioning the merits of the scheme.  […]

Kiersey Warns Against Complacency in Dairy Sector and Urges Industry and Minister to Get on With Necessary Hard Decisions

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Kevin Kiersey said that at least one crucial deadline of the Dairy Expansion Activation Group’s (DEAG) recommendations had already been missed, which asked that milk processors and ICOS conclude the KPMG efficiency study and start developing a strategy for the future development of the industry by the end of March […]

IFA Membership Reaches All-Time High

IFA National Treasurer and Returning Officer, JJ Kavanagh has complimented officers from the Association’s 947 branches and the regional staff for their tremendous work during the past year which has seen a further net increase of 300 members, bringing the overall membership of the Association to an all-time high. Addressing the Chairmans’ Forum this week, […]

IFA Meet Road Safety Authority on Car and Trailer Licencing

IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman Pat Farrell has called on the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to end the requirement that farmers must sit a test to tow a trailer, despite the fact that many of these farmers already had the correct licence to tow a trailer before the law changed. Mr. Farrell who attended […]

Jobs Inititiative Must Support Primary Agriculture and the Agri-Food Sector

IFA President John Bryan has stated that the Government’s upcoming ‘Jobs Initiative’ must support primary agriculture and the labour-intensive agri-food sector. Mr Bryan stated, “Export figures for early 2011 show that, as with 2010, the agri-food and drinks sector is outperforming the general economy. While exports have risen by 6% in the first two months […]

World-First DNA Certified Programme for Pigmeat Will Expose Mislabelling Culprits

The Irish Farmers’ Association has today (Wed) announced a world first ‘DNA certified’ Programme for pigmeat that will expose mis leading labelling and provide a guaranteed assurance for producers and consumers on the origin of pigmeat. The ‘DNA Certified’ Programme will allow for the scientific assessment of the origin of pigmeat products by tracing actual […]

Farmers Should Apply Immediately as Single Farm Payment Deadline Less Than Two Weeks Away

FA President John Bryan said with less than half of the 125,000 Single Farm Payment applications lodged with the Department of Agriculture, farmers should move immediately to get their applications in.  He said the closing date for applications is Monday, May 16th. He said, “This is the most important piece of paperwork in 2011 as […]

IFA Call for Stronger Deterrents Against Illegal Dumpers Following Assault on Farmer

IFA Deputy President Eddie Downey has said that local authorities must introduce stronger deterrents against people who dump litter in the countryside. “IFA highlighted recently the threat of fines of €130,000 on landowners for rubbish left by others. In light of the increasing problem, it is time to review the penalties imposed on the perpetrators […]

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