Updated: 10/04/18 : 14:47:39
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Environmental sustainability must go hand-in-hand - Healy

Opening the Smart Farming conference in Portlaoise today (Tues), IFA President Joe Healy said farmers recognise the importance of having a sustainable farming sector - economically, environmentally and socially. “A lot of the focus has been on environmental sustainability but this needs to be balanced with a real focus on economic sustainability.” he said. “Farmers get the importance of sustainability, and we are making a real [...]  Read More...

Updated: 18/04/18 : 05:47:16
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Hope that China Beef Market can offset power of multiple retailers – Harkin

The fear factor, acknowledged by EU Agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan as a primary reason for the existence of unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, will not be fully removed by the current proposals from the EU Commission.This was the reaction of Independent MEP Marian Harkin to the announcement of an EU directive designed to prevent unfair trade practices operated by major food retailers. “Major food retailers pose a [...]  Read More...

Updated: 10/04/18 : 14:56:15
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Funding needed for farmers during fodder crisis - IFA

IFA President Joe Healy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to allocate a dedicated budget for farmers in urgent need of help to get them through the fodder crisis. Joe Healy said the Department of Agriculture has an Early Warning System (EWS) that operates locally to provide assistance and support to farmers before any welfare problems emerge.The IFA President said Minister Creed has been referencing this [...]  Read More...

Updated: 10/04/18 : 15:00:59
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Flexibility can be used in ANC review

IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has said sufficient flexibilities are available to ensure that ANC payments can increase and that areas currently designated can be fully protected in the upcoming review of Area of National Constraint (ANC) areas in Ireland. Speaking at a special COPA meeting on the role of ANC payments in the CAP post-2020 today in Brussels, Joe Brady said the EU Commission told IFA that it is up to the [...]  Read More...

Updated: 10/04/18 : 15:05:02
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IFA calls for derogation on three-crop rule

IFA Grain Chairman Mark Browne has called for a derogation on the ‘three-crop rule’ under Greening obligations, in light of the terrible weather conditions this year. He said the weather conditions are making it impossible to plant crops, “Very little sowing was done during winter, it’s April now and the rain is still coming, making it impossible to get any sowing done. Farmers are under extreme pressure as time is running out to sow [...]  Read More...