Nuffield Ireland calls for agri-leaders for 2025 scholarship

Nuffield Ireland is now seeking applications for the 2025 Scholarship programme. Nuffield Ireland awards up to six Scholarships per year, women and men with a passion for advancing agriculture and rural communities are invited to apply for this leadership programme before 30th August 2024.  The Scholarship encourages the development of farmers and other agri-food professionals […]

Ban on Below Cost Purchasing Needed Now

IFA President Francie Gorman is calling on Minster for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue to recognise the need for additional legislative powers for the Agri Food Regulator and the need for additional measures in the EU Unfair Trading Practices Directive (UTP’s) to strengthen the position of farmers in the agri-food chain. European Commission President Ursula von der […]

IFA Remind All Sheep Farmers to Apply to National Sheep Welfare Scheme as Deadline Approaches

IFA National Sheep Chair Adrian Gallagher is reminding farmers that the deadline date to apply for the National Sheep Welfare Scheme is next Tuesday, May 21st 2024. Applications can be made on line at or through an advisor. More information on the National Sheep Welfare Scheme can be found here. He said the scheme is practical in design and […]

Unacceptable Opportunism by Factories on Beef Price – IFA

IFA National Livestock Chair Declan Hanrahan has strongly criticised attempts by meat factories to take advantage of the difficulties farmers experienced this Spring.   “Some farmers were forced into earlier and expensive finishing of beef cattle due to the weather conditions in the Spring and factories are now attempting to take advantage of these farmers […]

CSO Figures Show Tillage Sector Battling to Survive

IFA President Francie Gorman said today’s CSO figures showing the main cereal crops fell by 20% last year is further evidence of the pressures on the sector. In 2023, 2m tonnes of wheat, barley and oats were produced, down 500,000 tonnes on 2022. Potato production was down 12%. “It further highlights the urgency of the […]

McNamara highlights concentration of land ownership in South Tipperary

Independent TD Michael McNamara has called on Dáil Éireann to set aside time for a discussion on the purchase of vast tracts of farmland in South Tipperary by John Magnier and called for measures to combat further concentration of ownership. The Independent TD for Clare has expressed his concern that the accumulation of thousands of […]

Farming for Water represents a real opportunity for agricultural sector

The new €60 million Farming for Water project which has been announced with the aim of supporting up to 15,000 farmers to improve water quality, represents a real opportunity for the agricultural sector to make a cost-free investment in the future.   The Farming for Water project is a European Innovation Partnership (EIP), the largest […]

Below Cost Selling by Retailers is Morally Wrong

IFA President Francie Gorman has called on retailers to end their policy of discounting fresh food in their stores. This week vegetables, potatoes and lamb are being sold below the cost of production at a price that is insulting to the farmers and growers who produced it. “Farmers are having an awful time with weather and cost […]

Co-ordinated Response Needed to Support Farmers Through Weather Difficulties

Following a meeting of IFA’s National Council today, IFA President Francie Gorman said a co-ordinated response is needed to support farmers through the prolonged weather difficulties. He said the decision by the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue to convene a meeting of the National Fodder and Food Security Committee this week is important to ensure […]

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