Spread of Bark Beetle Must be Prevented to Avoid Repeat of Mistakes with Ash Dieback

An IFA delegation led by the President Francie Gorman will appear before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine this evening on the ‘threat posed by Spruce Bark Beetles to the health of Irish forests,’ Francie Gorman said we must avoid the mistakes made with Ash Dieback when facing up to the […]

Minister Must Act Now & Introduce Temporary Suspension on Timber Log Imports

IFA Farm Forestry Chair Jason Fleming said following the finding of the monetary pine bark beetle, the first non-native bark beetle to be found in Ireland, Minister Pippa Hackett must act now and suspend the importation of unprocessed timber while a full review of biosecurity measure is undertaken. “Farmers have seen the devastation caused by […]

New Forestry Programme a Lost Opportunity – IFA

Following the EU Commission’s approval of the afforestation scheme under the new Forestry Programme today IFA Farm Forestry Chair Jason Fleming has described it as a lost opportunity.   “The funding for the scheme is very strong but unfortunately the way the scheme is constructed will turn many farmers off the programme. It is a […]

Forest Assets Roadshow – Learn What Your Forest Is Worth

IFA and Western Forestry Co-operative announce the “Value Your Forest Asset” roadshow, a series of meetings taking place in October and November. The aim of these events is to increase farmers’ understanding of the value of their forest asset and how best to optimise returns.   IFA Farm Forestry Chair, Vincent Nally said that many […]

IIEA/RDS Report Confirms Irish Agriculture And Forestry Policy Needs To Be Climate Smart

Stop Climate Chaos has said that a new report on ‘climate smart agriculture’, published on Thursday by the IIEA and RDS, makes it clear that agriculture and livestock agriculture are major drivers of ‘dangerous’ climate change and that Irish exports do not contribute to solving global food insecurity. Spokesperson for the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, […]

Carbon Sinks From Agriculture And Forestry Continue To Play Important Role In Current EU Climate Talks – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has received confirmation from the Department of Agriculture that the mitigation potential from Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry, particularly from afforestation, continues to be included in the ongoing negotiations with the European Commission for a Climate and Energy Framework to 2030.   He said, “Thousands of farm families […]

Farmers need to prepare and plan when thinning to realise value of timber

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Michael Fleming has advised farmers to prepare and plan before they start thinning. “There is too much money at stake to not familiarise yourself with what is involved with thinning, it is important to get some understanding of the products that will be harvested and the value of these products.”   […]

Questionable Disposal and Management of Public Forest Assets

As I did stand my watch upon the hill, I looked toward Birnam, and anon methought The wood began to move. Macbeth, Act 5 Scene 3 The Woodland League, a not-for-profit NGO that has long campaigned against the sale of Coillte public forest assets, are concerned about a possible link between the collapse of the […]

IFA Tell Minister That Forest Premiums Must Be Honoured Or Farmers Will Not Continue To Plant

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman Pat Hennessy has told Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture with responsibility for forestry Shane McEntee that the protection of the forest premiums was paramount in the upcoming Budget. He said farmers had committed their land to forestry and they expected the same commitment from the Government. “The foundation […]