Review Needed of Terms of Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS)

The terms attached to the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) need to be reviewed, according to IFA Farm Business Chair Rose Mary McDonagh.   Ms McDonagh said “as part of Budget 2023, TBESS was introduced to support businesses in dealing with increases in their energy costs between last September and next month, in comparison […]

Delays in Approval for Plantings Put Forestry Targets in Jeopardy

IFA Farm Forestry Chair Jason Fleming has said the delay in getting State Aid approval for the new Forestry Programme 2023 to 2027 means this year’s targets are unlikely to be met.   “We’re off to a bad start. The delay is going to have a huge impact on the afforestation programme in 2023, and […]

Dept Confirm to IFA that Accelerated Capital Allowances on Slurry Storage will be available for Three Years

It has been confirmed to IFA that accelerated capital allowances on slurry storage will be available for three years, according to IFA Farm Business Chair Rose Mary McDonagh.   The then Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, announced on Budget Day a scheme of accelerated capital allowances for the construction of slurry storage.   In the Budget […]

Minister Must Ensure All ACRES Applicants are Included in the Scheme for 2023

With confirmation that in excess of 46,000 applications have been received for the new Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (ACRES), IFA’s Rural Development Committee Chair Michael Biggins said the Minister must find funding to include all applicants.   “At a time when we have so much emphasis on climate and biodiversity, it would be a huge […]

Success of Recreation Strategy Relies on Recognising Landowners

Speaking after the launch of ‘Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors – National Outdoor Recreation Strategy 2023-2027’, IFA Hill Farming Chairman Caillin Conneely said it’s a positive first step in addressing concerns of landowners surrounding access to land for recreational use.   “Recreational activities can bring huge economic benefits for rural communities. However, the role of the landowner […]

Factories Short-changing Farmers by up to €6m Per Week

Speaking at the IFA Beef meeting in Portlaoise tonight attended by over 300 people, IFA President Tim Cullinan said that the farmers were being short-changed by €6m a week based on the Bord Bia beef price tracker. “The Bord Bia tracker has brought more transparency to beef price and we can now see that Irish […]

Exclusion of Farmers from Proposed Energy Support Scheme Totally Unacceptable – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said that he understands that the Government intends to exclude farmers from the proposed Direct Energy Support Scheme reported in the media yesterday. “It is completely unacceptable, and a further blow to a farming sector greatly exposed by the cost of living crisis” he said. “Irish farmers have been hit with […]

Female Farmers Urged to Make PRSI Contributions and Plan for Future Pensions

IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair Alice Doyle has urged female farmers to take the time to check what PRSI contributions they have made to date and ensure that they are making a contribution when carrying out tax returns this year. “As we approach the closing part of the year, consideration should be given […]

IFA Welcomes Minister’s Comments of Horse Farmers’ Inclusion in TAMS Scheme

IFA Horse Project Team Chair Richard Kennedy has welcomed comments made by the Minister McConalogue at the launch of the Dublin Horse Show last week, that he plans to include investments in the equine sector under TAMS in the next CAP regime beginning in January 2023. “The IFA Horse Project Team along with the full […]

Potato Planting Under Threat Unless Growers are Supported

IFA National Potato Chairman Sean Ryan said spiralling input costs will lead to less planting of potatoes.  He said the margin for growing potatoes has always been tight, but the upcoming season will not be viable if growers don’t get price increases.   “Many growers will simply not plant. They had to pay up-front to […]

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