Updated: 12/05/15 : 07:54:21
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“Profiteering by large retailers at the expense of the primary producer must stop” – AEMB President

Concluding on Sunday, the high profile Annual General Meeting and 31st annual conference of the European Association of Livestock Markets (AEMB) took place at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, hosted by Association President, Michael Spellman, Chairman of ICOS National Marts Committee.   It was addressed by European Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan (speech attached);  Bord Bia CEO Aidan Cotter;  John Horgan, Managing [...]  Read More...

Updated: 15/05/15 : 07:33:32
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Comiskey Welcomes Young Farmers Capital Investment Scheme

Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Michael Comiskey has welcomed news that Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney TD and Minister of State Tom Hayes TD have opened the new Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme which is the first of the new Targeted Modernisation Schemes (TAMS II) to be launched under the new Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020. The Scheme is co-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural [...]  Read More...

Updated: 21/05/15 : 14:28:20
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Comiskey welcomes Beef Genomics clarification

Fine Gael Senator for Sligo Leitrim and the party’s spokesperson for Agriculture in the Seanad has today welcomed clarification provided by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, in relation to elements in the terms and conditions of this scheme which have given rise to concerns among prospective applicants following a meeting with the IFA.  The Minister also stressed that the operation of the scheme will be [...]  Read More...

Updated: 05/05/15 : 17:34:44
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Rising fertilizer costs needs EU Commission probe

IFA President Eddie Downey said that increasing market concentration among the world’s major fertiliser manufacturers has resulted in escalating fertiliser prices, which is undermining the competitiveness of agricultural production. Mr Downey was speaking at IFA’s International Fertiliser Conference held today in Co Laois (Thurs, from 5pm). In his address to the conference, Eddie Downey called for immediate action from the EU Commission [...]  Read More...

Updated: 05/05/15 : 17:32:11
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IFA and UFU call for ministerial action on North/South trade

IFA President Eddie Downey and National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey met with the UFU (Ulster Farmers Union) in Dublin this week to discuss the lamb market situation and changes to labelling.Eddie Downey said both the IFA and the UFU are very clear that the lamb processors must act in a responsible way to stabilise the market at this important time for the sheep trade. “Both Minister Coveney and Minister O’Neill must also act to ensure [...]  Read More...