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Articles Tagged ‘CAP’

'Beef Challenges 2017' to outline market prospects


IFA president Joe Healy has invited all livestock farmers to attend a major national livestock meeting entitled ‘Beef Challenges 2017’ on December 15 at 6pm in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co Offaly.

A game-changing CAP


The proposals for restructuring the next Common Agricultural Policy and how it interacts with farmers are game-changing, as EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, explained to Matt O’Keeffe.

CAP application deadline extension being considered

Phil Hogan


Minister Simon Coveney has welcomed EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan's announcement that he is considering extending the period for submission of applications under the CAP, which is currently 15 May, following requests from Member States, including Ireland.

Concern about US focus on EU farm supports


Vice-president of the European Parliament and MEP, Mairead McGuinness, has voiced concern over US tariffs on European food exports, following the imposition of a 17 per cent customs duty on Spanish olives in recent days. Ms McGuinness, who is a member of the Parliament's Agriculture Committee, voted in favour of a parliamentary resolution urging the Commission to investigate the issue and react appropriately.

Downsizing the CAP cake


The bigger a cake is, the easier it is to divide it to everyone’s satisfaction. The size of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget, then, has become the critical issue as far as Irish farmers are concerned, writes Matt O’Keeffe.

EU Sheepmeat Forum recommendations welcomed


IFA sheep chairman John Lynskey has said the recommendations made by the EU Sheepmeat Forum for strong Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) support for sheep producers, including a proposal for a new environmental payment, and a new EU sheep-meat communications and promotion programme, are welcome developments for Ireland’s sheep sector.

Greening payments a 'travesty of justice' – MEP


When some farmers receive payments per hectare which are a multiple of these received by others, questions have to be raised about how the ‘greening’ element of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is being implemented, according to Independent MEP Marian Harkin.

IFA highlights Ireland’s sustainable model of food production to European parliament


IFA environment and rural affairs chairman Thomas Cooney told a meeting of members of the European parliament in Brussels last week that Ireland is taking a leadership position in addressing the climate challenge, by targeting European funding through the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) to areas that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the sector.

Kelly calls for farmer compensation


MEP Sean Kelly has sought retroactive action by the European Commission to compensate farmers who have incurred fines as a result of incorrect completion of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) forms. This call for compensation comes following news that the CAP application process is to be simplified.

Low farm incomes key priority for next CAP – IFA


In a submission to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) consultation, the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) has identified "low farm incomes in many sectors as a challenge to the sustainability of farming enterprises, and a barrier to new entrants".

Macra seeks meeting with minister over payment delays


President of Macra na Feirme, Seán Finan, has sought a meeting with Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, after being contacted recently by 'distressed young farmers' who have experienced delays in payments due.

MEP predicts significant CAP changes post-2020


Budgetary pressures in the EU, strong lobbying by environmental organisations, a looming Brexit and frustration among farmers with the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) form the backdrop to further and potentially significant changes to the CAP post-2020, according to European Parliament vice-president, Mairead McGuinness.

Second meeting for IFA and EU chief negotiator on Brexit


IFA president Joe Healy is meeting the EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, in Dublin this morning (Thursday, May 11) at an event hosted by the EU Commission. This will be the second time Joe Healy has met Michel Barnier, following a meeting in Brussels last month.

Simplification measures welcome but 'still inadequate'


New proposals from European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, on simplification measures for agriculture, have been given a general welcome, though it has been claimed by an Irish MEP that they do not go far enough.