Delays in Approval for Plantings Put Forestry Targets in Jeopardy

IFA Farm Forestry Chair Jason Fleming has said the delay in getting State Aid approval for the new Forestry Programme 2023 to 2027 means this year’s targets are unlikely to be met.   “We’re off to a bad start. The delay is going to have a huge impact on the afforestation programme in 2023, and […]

Dept Confirm to IFA that Accelerated Capital Allowances on Slurry Storage will be available for Three Years

It has been confirmed to IFA that accelerated capital allowances on slurry storage will be available for three years, according to IFA Farm Business Chair Rose Mary McDonagh.   The then Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, announced on Budget Day a scheme of accelerated capital allowances for the construction of slurry storage.   In the Budget […]

Ifac advises employers to keep their records in order and to budget for new statutory sick pay

This January, Ifac, Ireland’s farming, food and agribusiness specialist professional services firm, is advising employers to make sure their records are kept in order when it comes to employee sick leave and to budget for the additional payroll costs for the new statutory sick pay.   New legislation comes into effect this month which aims to […]

Farmers Concerned New Coillte Forestry Fund Will Distort Land Market

IFA Farm Forestry Chair Jason Fleming said farmers are very concerned about the establishment of the Irish Strategic Forestry Fund by Coillte and Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF).   “The focus of the State planting programme, as well as Exchequer spending, should be on farmer planting. This has the greatest positive impact on the economy, […]

Energy and Farm Business Show at Gurteen College set for 20th July 2023

The 2023 Energy and Farm Business Show will take place at Gurteen College, County Tipperary on Thursday, the 20th of July 2023. This one day event has quickly become the annual meeting place for farmers and landowners to explore energy, food and tourism options with a view to adding value and diversification to their enterprises. […]

Farmers Should Consider Appointing an Enduring Power of Attorney before Legislative Changes

IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair Alice Doyle has advised farmers to talk with their solicitor about making an Enduring Power of Attorney before the new Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 begins in early 2023.   “An Enduring Power of Attorney allows you to legally appoint someone to look after your affairs if you […]

Teagasc to lead largest EU Farm Safety Project ever funded

The European Union (EU) has awarded a group led by Teagasc €5 million in funding to develop and test farm safety solutions. The landmark SafeHabitus project was launched on Thursday, 15 December 2022 in Teagasc Ashtown by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Martin Heydon T.D. The project, a Horizon Europe Innovation Action […]

Another year of high Agriculture Production Costs expected in 2023

A new report, by economists at Teagasc, provides the latest estimates of average incomes for various farm types in 2022 and looks ahead to future prospects by forecasting farm incomes in 2023. In 2022 farmers faced considerable uncertainty relating to input and output prices which had an impact on production decisions. This uncertainty was largely […]

Minister Must Ensure All ACRES Applicants are Included in the Scheme for 2023

With confirmation that in excess of 46,000 applications have been received for the new Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES), IFA’s Rural Development Committee Chair Michael Biggins said the Minister must find funding to include all applicants.   “At a time when we have so much emphasis on climate and biodiversity, it would be a huge […]

Success of Recreation Strategy Relies on Recognising Landowners

Speaking after the launch of ‘Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors – National Outdoor Recreation Strategy 2023-2027’, IFA Hill Farming Chairman Caillin Conneely said it’s a positive first step in addressing concerns of landowners surrounding access to land for recreational use.   “Recreational activities can bring huge economic benefits for rural communities. However, the role of the landowner […]

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