The CAP must support more farmers and better food in line with the F2F Strategy

The CAP must introduce measures to reverse the disappearance of Europe’s small farms under the F2F Strategy to counteract the harmful effects of the current agroindustrial model. Industrial production systems that drive environmental damage, socio-economic strain, and human and animal health problems must be replaced by truly sustainable, diverse and agroecological farms that are adapted […]

Ifac reminds farmers to take advantage of the Organic Farming Scheme

Farmers considering an application to the Organic Farming Scheme have until the 30th of April to do so, following the re-opening of the scheme earlier this month with an additional budget of €4 million for 2021. This additional funding was confirmed by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa […]

Phantom Farm and Processor names used by Retailers are a Disgrace – IFA

IFA’s campaign against the branding policy by retailers has been expanded to highlight other food products which use fictitious names. IFA President Tim Cullinan said it’s time to call retailers out. “They are using their own brands to drive down the prices they pay to their suppliers. These brands displace well-established ones that return a […]

The EU needs an ambitious contingency plan for food security

The COVID19 pandemic has raised awareness of the need to prepare for a possible food supply crisis in Europe. Indeed, climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as future pandemics and possible geopolitical disruptions, make our food system more fragile. Its growing complexity, with increased dependency on transport, logistics, energy supply and the internet, also […]

Aldi Continues to Mislead Consumers – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the statement issued by Aldi today refers to their milk brand as ‘Clonbawn’.  This is misleading as the brand they use on their milk is actually ‘Clonbawn Irish Dairy’. There is no such dairy.   Aldi go on to list the Irish dairies and co-ops they work with. Why can’t […]

Accelerated Rollout of National Broadband Needed to Equip Farm Families

Speaking after a meeting with the CEO of National Broadband Ireland, IFA National Treasurer Martin Stapleton has called on the Government to accelerate the rollout programme to rural areas. ‘Rural dwellers, farmers and rural business owners need access to high-quality broadband. While the rollout of the national broadband programme is to be welcomed, the current […]

EuroSheep – stakeholders identify issues to improve flock health and nutrition

EuroSheep is an EU-funded thematic network to encourage knowledge exchange on flock nutrition, health and management between European sheep sector stakeholders in many countries. The first EuroSheep TransNational WorkShop took place recently, virtually. Delegates from Ireland, France, UK, Spain, Italy, Greece, Hungary and Turkey, encompassing both meat and milk sheep systems of production participated in […]

Government ‘REPS’ pilot scheme must deliver real money to farmers – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the ‘REPS’ pilot results-based scheme proposed by the Department of Agriculture based on the much-hyped commitment in the Programme for Government needs to deliver real money to farmers. The IFA President led a delegation including National Rural Development Chair Michael Biggins and National Hill Chairman Flor McCarthy to meet Minister for […]

Macra na Feirme welcomes 20 additional Teagasc teaching positions

Macra na Feirme welcomes the recent announcement that the Department of Agriculture, have secured approval for 20 additional full time 2-year contract teaching posts for Teagasc to support Green Certificate education. “Education of young farmers is one of the reasons Ireland is a world leader in agriculture. The ongoing dedication to agricultural education by the […]

Proposed Microgeneration Scheme a Missed Opportunity

IFA Environment Chairman Paul O’Brien said the barriers to farm based microgeneration must be removed from the proposed Microgeneration Support Scheme (MSS).   “The scheme as currently proposed won’t work. The scope needs to be widened,” he said.   IFA has made a detailed submission in response to the request for consultation on the proposed […]

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