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Articles Tagged ‘IFA’

IFA pushes priority GLAS payments


The Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) payments commenced December 19, 2016. IFA rural development chairman Joe Brady insists that all 38,000 farmers in the scheme receive payment immediately. "Farmers have incurred costs such as planning and compliance fees and cannot have any payment delay, as maintaining cashflow is vital," Joe said.

'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.

'Stop cutting milk prices' says IFA deputy president

IFA deputy president Tim O’Leary said that it was time the industry focused on putting an immediate end to 16 months of continuous milk price cuts.


Speaking at the Virginia Show, IFA deputy president Tim O'Leary said that it was time the industry focused on putting an immediate end to 16 months of continuous milk price cuts. He said these cuts have robbed farmers of almost all their margin and landed the majority of them into loss-making situations. 

2018 will be a 'defining year' says IFA president


Never before have such major challenges as Brexit, the CAP Budget, Mercosur and climate change converged in a single year, said Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) president, Joe Healy, addressing the 63rd IFA AGM today (Tuesday, January 16). 

"This year will be a defining year for Irish agriculture," he said.

Action needed by European commission on unfair trading practices


Chairing a meeting of the COPA working party on the food chain in Brussels this week, IFA President Joe Healy said that last week’s vote in the European parliament adopting a report calling for more action to tackle Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain was welcomed by all member state farmer representatives.

Action needed on TB in deer – IFA



Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) animal health chairman Bert Stewart has said the high levels of TB in wild deer requires immediate and targeted action by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Agri-cashflow loans must be built upon says IFA


Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) farm business chairman, Martin Stapleton, has said the huge demand from farmers for the agri-cashflow loan, which has led to the closure for new applications in two of the banks, has highlighted the enormous gap in the market for working capital at a reasonable cost.

Agri-digital natives fuel farming future


Digital natives are using consumer and agricultural technologies in myriad ways, such as data and records management, crowdsourcing solutions to problems, right the way through to promoting their farm and produce, writes Ethan Cleary, head of IT strategy at the Irish Farmers’ Association.

Aid package needed to ensure sustainable tillage sector in remote regions - IFA


Following a meeting with officials of EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan’s Cabinet last week, IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said there are a number of crucial issues that need to be urgently addressed by the EU Commission and the Irish Government to ensure we have a sustainable tillage sector that can prosper in peripheral regions - mainly in the western part of the country - into 2017 and future years.

An estimated €35m still owed to Irish farmers


The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed and his Department are being urged by IFA rural development chairman, Joe Brady, to make contact with all 3,500 farmers, who are still due their 2016 payment, and to indicate when they will be paid.

ANC funding commitment must be honoured – IFA


The Irish Farmers' Association has called on Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed to "confirm his commitment to increase funding for the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme to €230m in 2018".

April deadline for election of IFA president

April deadline for election of IFA president

The IFA Executive Council has set the end of April as the timeline for full elections for president and all national positions of the Association. All county executives' AGMs and county officer elections will also be completed by March 31.

Battle on for rural vote

Battle on for rural vote.


With the General Election almost upon us, Matt O'Keeffe discusses the big issues for rural Ireland as farmers get set to go to the polls.

Beef and Brexit on the menu as IFA meets French and EU livestock leaders

 The Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) president, Joe Healy, and national livestock chairman, Angus Woods, have met with the leader of the French Beef Farmers' Association (FNB) and Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations (COPA) beef president, Jean Pierre Fleury to discuss beef, Brexit, CAP and trade deals.