IFA Presses Minister Ring For Increase In Number Of Walks In Scheme

IFA President Joe Healy has impressed on Minister for Rural and Community Affairs Michael Ring the need to increase the number of walks covered by the Walks Scheme from 40 to 80, and to increase the funding from €2m to €4m.   At a meeting last week, the IFA President reminded the Minister that this […]

IFA Hill Farmers Say Commonage Plans Must Not Hold Up Final Glas Payment

IFA Hill Farming Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to lift the requirement that final commonage plans must be in place before the final 15% GLAS 2017 payment is made.   He said this is necessary due to serious cash flow difficulties on hill farms due to the […]

Farmers Should Appeal Penalties For Burnt Land – IFA

IFA Hill Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has said farmers who have had penalties imposed on land burnt in 2017 should appeal to the Agricultural Appeals Office.   He said IFA is insisting that no farmer should be penalised unless the Department of Agriculture can categorically prove that the farmer in question is responsible for the […]

Deadline Extension For Completion Of Glas Watercourse Actions Welcomed By IFA

IFA Rural Development Chairman, Flor McCarthy has welcomed the extension by the Department of Agriculture of the deadline for completion of fencing off watercourses and riparian zones under the GLAS scheme.   The deadline has been extended from the 31st March 2016 to the 31st July 2016.   IFA’s Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy had called for […]

Partnerships And ANCs – IFA Gets Clarification

IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has welcomed the clarification by the Department of Agriculture on the qualification of farmers in partnerships for ANC payment.   Flor McCarthy said that for 2016 the partnership must apply for BPS using the online system. ANC payment is also applied for by ticking the appropriate box on the […]

IFA Executive Council Decides Presidential Elections Will Be Under One Member One Vote

The IFA Executive Council has agreed a number of rule changes ahead of the national elections that will take place in April.   The Executive Council has decided to move to One Member One Vote (OMOV), instead of a weighted branch vote, for the election of the next President and Deputy President of the IFA. […]

GLAS Commonage Farmers Shortchanged on Part Payment

IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to instruct his Department to allow for a higher GLAS payment to be made in the part payment to commonage farmers.   Flor McCarthy said that the Department is paying the full three-month payment to any commonage farmers on the […]

Three Candidates to Contest IFA Presidential Election

The IFA National Returning Officer Jer Bergin has confirmed that three nominations for the position of President of the Irish Farmers Association have been received by this evening’s deadline.   Henry Burns (Laois), Joe Healy (Galway), and Flor McCarthy (Kerry) will contest the election to be held in April.   Each of the candidates has […]

IFA New Rural Development Chairman Sets Out Priorities

IFA’s recently elected Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has said that his priorities will be the effective implementation of Rural Development Schemes which are of huge significance to most farmers. Mr McCarthy said the immediate priority for the Minister of Agriculture Simon Coveney must be to introduce an AEOS 3 scheme over the coming month […]