Articles Tagged ‘IFA’

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.

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.

Budget recognises farming issues but fails to equalise income tax credit, says IFA


Budget 2018's announcement of increased funding of €25m for low-income farmers through the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) and a low-interest loan package for farmers, provide some recognition of the market and income difficulties facing farming enterprises in 2017, said Irish Farmers Association president, Joe Healy.

Call for flexibility on commonage framework plans


Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) National Hill Committee chairman Pat Dunne has said that maximum flexibility must be shown by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) in the implementation of commonage framework plans for more than 9,000 farmers on 3,500 commonages throughout the country in the GLAS scheme.

Call for reversal of stamp duty increase


Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) president Joe Healy has written to Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to ask that he reverse his decision to increase stamp duty on farmland from 2 per cent to 6 per cent.

Call for stabilisation of lamb prices


IFA national sheep chairman John Lynskey has said that lamb factories need to stabilise prices and avoid any further undermining of the trade.

Calls for planners to submit all 14,000 nutrient-management plans


The Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) is calling on agricultural planners to submit all outstanding GLAS nutrient-management plans as soon as possible. According to the IFA, 14,000 plans are still outstanding, holding up the final 15 per cent payment due to farmers involved. 

Cattle prices increase again – IFA


Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) national livestock chairman Angus Woods said cattle prices are continuing to drive forward, with higher base prices of €4.25/kg for steers and €4.35/kg for heifers being paid this week. He said demand remains very strong and, as supplies tighten, prices continue to increase.

Challenges still faced by dairy sector despite positive income outlook


Responding to the Teagasc Situation and Outlook 2017 forecast that dairy farm incomes would increase significantly this year, IFA national dairy chairman, Sean O’Leary, said that while the improvement is welcome, it was also badly needed, coming as it does in the wake of a difficult prolonged period of major cash-flow challenges.

Co-ops must increase milk price – IFA


Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) dairy chairman Sean O’Leary has called on co-ops to follow the lead set by Lakeland and Glanbia and increase their July milk price by at least 1c/L.

Co-ops must step up on milk prices, says IFA


Major price cuts by co-ops in the last two months, added to very poor weather, depressing volumes and constituents, and increasing feed costs, have eroded margins massively and caused major hardship and frustration for dairy farmers, according to the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA). Co-ops must continue to support farmers with the strongest possible milk price for April, according to IFA national dairy committee chairman, Tom Phelan. 

Commonage plans must not hold up GLAS payment – IFA


The Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) is calling on Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, to lift the requirement that commonage management plans must be complete before the final 15 per cent GLAS 2017 payment is made.

EU price intervention to increase dairy market opportunities for farmers


The EU Agriculture Council’s decision to temporarily remove fixed-price intervention buying-in for skimmed milk powder (SMP) this year was described as intending to “stabilise dairy markets in 2018 and to avoid disruptions” by the  Bulgarian Council President, Rumen Porodzanov.