Macra: More of the Same Does Not Work for Young Farmers

Macra na Feirme appeared in front of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine yesterday to lay out its plans to address the need for more investment in generational renewal. Macra na Feirme National President John Keane called for the elimination of the five-year rule in relation to young farmers. The rule […]

Macra President encourages EU Trilogues to deliver for young Farmers

As the EU Trilogues talks continue on the new CAP strategy, Macra na Feirme National President John Keane has (this evening, Thursday, May 27th) reminded Minister Charlie McConalogue, T.D of the critical supports needed for young farmers arising from any EU agreement.   As the talks continue, indications are that 3% of direct payments will […]

New National Reserve for young farmers and new entrants in 2020

IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said there will be a new National Reserve for young farmers and new entrants in 2020. He was speaking following a meeting of the Department of Agriculture Direct Payments Advisory Committee in Portlaoise today, which IFA attended.   Richard Kennedy said it is estimated that there will be up to […]

IFAC calls for issues to be addressed urgently or it could cost young farmers thousands in lost relief

Ifac, the professional services firm for the Irish farming, food and Agri business sectors today called on changes to be made to the draft Finance Bill 2018. The Bill, as currently drafted, contains provisions that would be devastating for young farmers if not addressed before the bill becomes law. The issues are as follows: Currently a lifetime ceiling of […]

Young farmer exchange programme China/EU

Irish young famers will soon have the chance to visit China on study trips, while young Chinese farmers and agriculture professionals can visit Ireland and other EU countries. The project will be jointly funded by the EU and the Chinese authorities. The project was jointly announced today by Commissioner Phil Hogan and Han Changfu, Minister […]