Updated: 20/11/17 : 16:39:40
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Call for due process by IFA for hill farmers with burned land

Call for due process by IFA for hill farmers with burned landIFA National Hill Committee Chairman Pat Dunne has called for fair judgement in cases where farmers’ BPS payments are being held back as a result of their lands being deemed to have been burned. Pat Dunne said, “Unless the Department of Agriculture can prove who is responsible for land being burned, hill farmers should not be penalised. There must be due process that [...]  Read More...

Updated: 20/11/17 : 16:43:01
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€100m prosumer budget must underpin renewable electric scheme

IFA Renewables Chairman James Murphy has called on Energy Minister Denis Naughten to ring-fence 20% of the energy levy paid by all homeowners, to develop a prosumer strategy which encourages homeowners and farmers to replace their fossil fuels with renewable sources.James Murphy said, “The current plan of exclusively using this public service obligation levy, as it is known, to support the construction of thousands of large scale wind [...]  Read More...

Updated: 20/11/17 : 16:47:03
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IFA insists minister must address fodder issue

IFA President Joe Healy said the deepening fodder problems will have to be addressed by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed. Today’s Executive Council meeting agreed that urgent action is needed to assist farmers in affected areas, mainly in the north-west and west of the country. The difficult weather conditions since August have left many farmers facing a severe fodder crisis during the winter and spring months. Joe [...]  Read More...

Updated: 20/11/17 : 16:49:46
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EPA septic tank report raises concerns

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has renewed his call on the Department of Local Government and the EPA to establish a ring-fenced budget to address septic tank failure, following the publication of results of the 2016 inspections of domestic waste water treatment systems.Thomas Cooney said, “The results show no improvement on previous years, demonstrating that the current procedure is not working. At the moment, a homeowner can [...]  Read More...

Updated: 20/11/17 : 16:52:35
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Farmers expect labs to support BVD test code of practice

IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart said the development of a Code of Practice for BVD testing laboratories is progressing slowly to a conclusion. He said this Code has come about as a result of IFA’s demands for a compensation fund for farmers in the BVD programme who received incorrect negative test results for PI calves or who purchased animals with a negative test result which subsequently was identified as a PI. Bert [...]  Read More...