New Grant to Repair or Replace Septic Tanks Welcomed

IFA National Farm Family and Social Affairs Vice Chair Teresa Roche has welcomed the new grant for repairing or replacing existing septic tanks.   Minister Darragh O’Brien announced, from 1st January 2024, the grant available to repair, upgrade or replace septic tanks is to increase to a maximum of €12,000.   It was also announced […]

Potato Harvest Worst in Recent Memory

IFA National Potato Committee Chair Sean Ryan said this year’s potato harvest is the worst in recent memory which is rapidly turning into a salvage operation as drills are underwater following recent flooding. “As it stands around 60% of crop remains to be harvested. Sizeable losses have occurred already which are likely substantially increase as […]

Organic Farm Scheme Re-opened to New Applicants

IFA Organic Project Team Chair John Curran welcomes the re-opening of the Organic Farm Scheme (OFS) to new entrants. The scheme will close to applicants on Friday, December 8th. The budget for the OFS has increased again this year to €57 million, up €21 million on the €36 million allocation for 2023. The OFS last […]

Two Tipperary Winners at the 2023 NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards

Ornua and the National Dairy Council are pleased to announce two Tipperary families among winners at the 2023 NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. The Bergin family, from Kilbragh, Cashel – supplying Centenary Thurles Co-op –were crowned the overall runner up and winner of the Environment Award and the Lonergan family, from Drangan More, Cahir – supplying Tipperary Co-op – […]

Food Security & Generational Renewal Under Threat as Pig Producers Face Ongoing Price Cuts

IFA National Pig Chair Roy Gallie said pig farmers are reeling following a further drop of 4c/kg reduction pig price which was announced last Friday.  This is on top of four price drops of 4c/kg each over the past number of weeks. Irish pig farmers have received a 5th cut off their farm gate pig price […]

Horticulture Support Scheme Welcome but Must Include All Growers

IFA Fruit and Vegetable Chair Niall McCormack said that the horticulture support scheme is welcome, however, the fact that some growers will not qualify needs to be rectified in this essential support package. A support scheme with unknown payment rates does little too alleviate the financial pressure that all growers are under today. “The fact […]

Minister Hackett opens Native Tree Area Scheme under Ireland’s new Forestry Programme 2023-2027

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett, has today announced the opening of the Native Tree Area Scheme under Ireland’s new 2023-2027 Forestry Programme. The Minister stated: “I am delighted to announce the opening of the Native Tree Area Scheme today here at Avondale House, the […]

IFA Presidential Election Debates to Begin in Cork

The IFA Presidential election debates will begin next Mon, Oct 2nd and run until Mon, Oct 30th. In all, there will be 16 debates that cover each of the 29 IFA County Executives. The County Executives of West Cork and Cork Central have the honour of hosting the first debate between candidates running for President and […]

Once in a generation disaster year for tillage production – Gorman

Comprehensive aid package urgently required for Irish farmers   IFA Presidential Candidate Francie Gorman says a “once in a generation disaster year” for tillage farmers must be responded to with a comprehensive aid package to avoid farmers exiting the business. The County Laois farmer says successive months of poor weather has created havoc for tillage […]

ACRES Tranche 2 to open mid-October – IFA

DAFM has confirmed to IFA that Tranche 2 of ACRES will open for applications in mid-October, with no change to the terms & conditions. IFA Rural Development Chair Michael Biggins said “Getting ACRES Tranche 2 re-opened for applications as soon as possible was a key priority for IFA, and something we have continually pushed for. […]

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