ACRES Scheme Short-changing Farmers – IFA

Caillin Conneely IFA Hill Farming Chair has criticised the ACRES scheme saying that it has spread false promises and that faith among the hill farming community and farmers in Co Operation/ SAC areas is wearing thin.   Speaking about the shortcomings of the ACRES scheme Mr. Conneely said:   “ACRES is becoming a farce at […]

Tirlán Announcement a Wake-up Call for the Government

IFA President Francie Gorman has called the Tirlán cost reduction programme announcement very concerning. He criticised Government policies that are focusing on restricting agricultural production rather than promoting sustainable growth. According to Mr. Gorman the Tirlán programme is a direct result of Government and EU policies.   In his statement regarding the programme he said:  […]

IFA President reacts to EPA water quality report

Following the release of the EPA’s report on water quality, IFA President Francie Gorman has assured people that Irish farmers are very focused on improving the quality of Irish waterways.   “Only last week Teagasc’s launched a new campaign ‘Better Farming for Water’ and all farmers must play their part in this,” he said   “Our water quality […]

EPA says Irish water quality showing no significant improvement

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that as of the end of 2023, the water quality indicators in Ireland’s rivers, estuaries, lakes and groundwater have shown no overall improvement.   In addition to this, the improvements that have been made in some water bodies are being counteracted by a decline in the quality of others.  […]

IFA calls for extension to Liming Programme deadline

IFA Rural Development Chair John Curran has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to further extend the deadline for the National Liming Programme until the end of December.   The deadline for the programme had previously been extended and will now close on June 28th, however according to Mr. Curran this […]

Farmers Should Join the Climate Conversation 2024

As part of the Climate Conversation 2024 the Environment Chair of the IFA is encouraging farmers to have their say. Environment Chair John Murphy said: “It is very important that farmers and rural communities take the time to complete the online questionnaire and provide feedback to the Climate Conversation which will feed into, and shape, […]

Higher emission targets for agriculture are not only crucial for our climate, but for water and air quality, biodiversity, and food security say civil society NGOs

The Environmental Pillar, the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition and the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) have voiced concern that almost no consideration is being given to the water pollution, air pollution, biodiversity loss and food security issues associated with agricultural intensification in the ongoing deliberations on the Sectoral Emissions Ceilings for the Agricultural sector. A 22% […]

Teagasc’s Climate Blueprint Must Be Underpinned By Action – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has described the report recently published by Teagasc on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture as “an important blueprint, setting out the necessary policy measures that Government must introduce”. He said it also outlines the areas that the national farm advisory network must focus on, to ensure that […]

Agriculture Sector Prioritised In Work Permits Review – IFA

Following a meeting with Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) Heather Humphreys, IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the commitment from the Minister that her Department is treating the review of the criteria for issuing work permits for farm workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) as a matter of urgency.   The […]

Tipperary Must Make Bid For Sugar Beet Industry Plans – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on Tipperary farming organisations and all interested stakeholders to consider making submissions for plans to revive the Beet industry within the agricultural sector. Deputy McGrath was speaking after a meeting of tillage farmers in County Wexford organised by Irish Grain Growers were informed of plans to construct a Beet […]

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