Changes To Knowledge Transfer Programme Must Be Built Upon – IFA

IFA has received confirmation that a number of changes the Association had sought to the Knowledge Transfer Scheme are to be introduced.   Speaking following a meeting with the Department of Agriculture on the scheme, IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said that the changes to the Knowledge Transfer Programme to make it more workable must […]

IFA Suspends Sit-In To Meet Minister Creed Tomorrow On Crop Loss Scheme

The IFA has suspended their occupation of the Department of Agriculture offices in Kildare Street, Dublin to enter into negotiations with Minister Michael Creed on the proposed crop loss scheme arising from the 2016 harvest. The Minister has confirmed that there are no preconditions to these negotiations.   The Minister will meet with the IFA tomorrow. […]

Clean Sheep Policy Must Be Fair And Practical – IFA

IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey has said the Clean Livestock Policy from the Department of Agriculture on sheep needs to be finalised and adopted in a fair and practical manner at the meat plants. He said the current approach of some meat plants applying an across the board clipping charge on sheep is wrong […]

Second Phase Of Glas Must Allow All Farmers Who Apply To Join Scheme

With farmers now being notified on their acceptance into the first phase of GLAS it is vital that the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney gives a clear commitment that all farmers who apply for the second phase of the scheme will also be accepted, IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has said.   He said […]

Lack Of Transparency On EU-US Trade Deal

Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, has strongly criticised the Department of Agriculture for its refusal to provide details of correspondence between its officials and European institutions in respect of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The Midlands North West representative confirmed he would be appealing a decision by the department to deny a FOI […]