Phantom Farm and Processor names used by Retailers are a Disgrace – IFA

IFA’s campaign against the branding policy by retailers has been expanded to highlight other food products which use fictitious names. IFA President Tim Cullinan said it’s time to call retailers out. “They are using their own brands to drive down the prices they pay to their suppliers. These brands displace well-established ones that return a […]

Aldi Continues to Mislead Consumers – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the statement issued by Aldi today refers to their milk brand as ‘Clonbawn’.  This is misleading as the brand they use on their milk is actually ‘Clonbawn Irish Dairy’. There is no such dairy.   Aldi go on to list the Irish dairies and co-ops they work with. Why can’t […]

Accelerated Rollout of National Broadband Needed to Equip Farm Families

Speaking after a meeting with the CEO of National Broadband Ireland, IFA National Treasurer Martin Stapleton has called on the Government to accelerate the rollout programme to rural areas. ‘Rural dwellers, farmers and rural business owners need access to high-quality broadband. While the rollout of the national broadband programme is to be welcomed, the current […]

Bank of Ireland Closure of Branches a Slap in the Face for Rural Ireland – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said today’s announcement from Bank of Ireland is very disappointing news for farming and rural communities.   “This comes as a slap in the face to farmers and rural communities who rely on local branches for banking services. We estimate that over 80% of the branches identified for closure are in […]

Proposed Microgeneration Scheme a Missed Opportunity

IFA Environment Chairman Paul O’Brien said the barriers to farm based microgeneration must be removed from the proposed Microgeneration Support Scheme (MSS).   “The scheme as currently proposed won’t work. The scope needs to be widened,” he said.   IFA has made a detailed submission in response to the request for consultation on the proposed […]

Ulster Bank Cannot Throw Farmers To The Vultures

IFA President Tim Cullinan said that Ulster Bank cannot sell its loan book to a vulture fund.   “It’s estimated that there are 10,000 farmers with borrowings from Ulster Bank, and a further 10,000 availing of current account facilities. Ulster Bank must make a commitment that it will not to sell its loan book to […]

Farmers Face €40m Clawback On Flawed Beam Scheme

IFA President Tim Cullinan said IFA held a constructive and frank discussion with the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue and his senior officials yesterday on the 5% reduction requirement in BEAM scheme. “There are 18,000 farmers currently not achieving the reduction, which could see these farmers having to hand back as much as €40m out […]

New incentives for Farmers to Invest in Farm Safety Equipment

IFA National Farm Business Chairperson Rose Mary McDonagh has welcomed the inclusion in the Finance Act 2020 of updated Accelerated Capital Allowances for farm safety equipment.   The new scheme allows for 50% capital allowances per annum for two years for eligible equipment. Eligible equipment includes chemical storage cabinets and anti-backing gates, as well as […]

Correspondence shows CCPC dancing to the Beef Barons’ Tune

IFA President Tim Cullinan said that some of the correspondence released under FOI to ‘The Currency’ yesterday shows that the CCPC were dancing to the meat industry’s tune by trying to stymie any attempt to get a better return for the farmer. “They failed to act on hundreds of complaints from farmers, but sprang into action […]

IFA Reaction To Programme for Government – Long On Words But Short On Numbers

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the Programme for Government has positive aspects but lacks clear commitments on budgets and spending. “Overall, while there are lots of words, it lacks hard figures,” he said. “In implementing the programme, farmers will be looking to this Government to support farming and bring forward climate action measures that are […]

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