Tipperary’s Woodco Renewable Energy wins at Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards 2019 at National Ploughing Championships

From new machinery to cow recognition software solutions for farmers, the most innovative Irish agri-tech and agri-engineering products were named this evening by Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon and National Ploughing Association Managing Director Anna May McHugh. They presented the 2019 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards at an international networking event, ahead of tomorrow’s National […]

Minister Creed must support Independent farmer representation at beef talks – Mattie McGrath TD, Carol Nolan TD

Independent TD Mattie McGrath and Independent Offaly TD, Carol Nolan, have called on the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to facilitate the inclusion of Independent Farmer representatives in any future talks on the beef crisis. The call by the TD’s comes after it emerged that three independent farmer representatives were denied access to discussions aimed […]

IFA Calls For Government Commission Of Investigation Into The Beef Sector

IFA President Joe Healy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to establish a statutory Commission of Investigation into the beef sector to establish processor and retailer margins along the supply chain. Mr. Healy said that the terms of reference would have to be agreed with farmers, but the Commission should have full […]

Minister’s Decision To Hold Back 15% Of ANC Payment A Blow To Farmers

IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has criticised the decision by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to hold back 15% of the 2019 ANC payments. This will result in over €35m not getting to farmers until December. “Normally, 100% payment is made in September. However, the Minister has decided to pay only 85% next month […]

IFA Encourages Farmers To Apply For New €100m BEAM Scheme

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has strongly encouraged all eligible beef and suckler farmers to apply for the new €100m BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure).   The scheme will open next Monday, Aug 19th and close on Sunday, Sept 8th.   He said the Department of Agriculture have published the terms and conditions for […]

IFA Welcomes Review Of Forestry Planting Application Process

IFA Farm Forestry Chair, Vincent Nally has welcomed Minister Doyle’s appointment of Jim Mackinnon, former chief planner with the Scottish Government to undertake a review of the forestry planting application process.   He said that the level of red tape associated with planting and managing small family forests is excessive and is a major deterrent […]

Farmers With Ash Dieback Must Be Given Option Not To Replant – IFA

IFA Farm Forestry Chair, Vincent Nally said that farmers that have been affected by the ash dieback disease must be given the option not to replant, without penalties.   “Many of the farmers affected by ash dieback feel abandoned by this Government”, said Mr. Nally.   He said farmers were never been properly compensated for […]

Budget 2020: Government Must Support The Sustainable Growth Of Ireland’s Agricultural Sector

Launching the IFA pre-Budget Submission – FARMING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE – in Dublin today (Wed), IFA President Joe Healy said a progressive Budget 2020, that supports Irish farmers to develop sustainably is imperative, given the immediate threats and long-term challenges facing the sector.   These include; agriculture’s exposure to Brexit, Mercosur, the beef crisis, the battle to […]

Opposition to Mercosur deal from across the livestock sector in Europe

After more than 20 years of negotiations, the European Commission reached on June 28th, 2019, on behalf of the European Union, a political agreement on a comprehensive trade agreement with Mercosur. That agreement, which will facilitate the access to the European market to almost 100 000 tonnes of south-American meat, represents a threat to the […]

EU Beef Trade Deal an act of financial treachery against Irish agriculture – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said the proposed trade agreement between EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and the Mercosur group of countries (Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil) will shatter any faith that the EU has the best interests of Irish farming at heart. Deputy McGrath was speaking after all of the major farming organisations, the […]

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