IFA president Eddie Downey has welcomed the appointment of Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly to the role of chairman of the European Parliament's negotiating committee for the International Climate Change Agreement, and has called for recognition of agriculture's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, has announced the opening of the new Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme which replaces the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme under the new Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020. The scheme is co-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
The Timber 2015 show has been formally opened by Tom Hayes, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for forestry, at Stradbally Hall Estate, Co Laois.
The new Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP), launched by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) this week, has been welcomed by the Irish Farmers Association (IFA).