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Articles Tagged ‘Macra na Feirme’

A balanced approach to life and farming


As the winner of the 2017 FBD Young Farmer of the Year Award, PJ O’Keeffe represents a new generation with a balanced approach to life and farming. Tomas Turley, on the other hand, has just retired from Teagasc after completing a 34-year career in the advisory services. Both men spoke to Matt O’Keeffe and shared some thoughts on the state of Irish agriculture.

Budget 2017: reaction


Farming, business and environmental organisations have given a mixed response to Budget 2017.

Farming organisations to appear before Agriculture Committee


Representatives from the Irish Farmers' Association, Irish Creamery Milk Supplier Association, the Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers' Association and Macra na Feirme will appear before the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine today, (Tuesday, September 13).

Macra calls for fully-resourced Basic Payment National Reserve


Ahead of this year’s annual agricultural conference (Friday, October 28 to Monday, October 31), Macra national president, Sean Finan, has called for a fully-resourced Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) National Reserve for 2017 to be made available for young farmers and new entrants to farming. 

Macra na Feirme president supports EU young farmers survey


Speaking from the European Parliament in Brussels today (Wednesday, September 27), Macra na Feirme national president James Healy has welcomed publication of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) survey of young farmers.

Macra starts the conversation with launch of Green Ribbons campaign

Macra president Seán Finan with National Executive (Back Row L-R): Sharon Corcoran, Mayo; Noel Duffy, Offaly; Cara O’Mahony, Meath; Eamon Cassells, Meath; James Healy, associate rep; Eillish O’Callaghan, Seandun; and Claire Bambrick, Kilkenny. (Front Row L-R): Seán Wallace, Muskerry; Derrie Dillon, acting CEO; Odile Evans, Leinster vice-president; Caroline O’Dowd, North West vice-president; Ger Griffin, Munster vice-president; and Una Ryan, North Tipperary.


Macra na Feirme launched its annual Green Ribbon campaign for the month of May at the National AGM, which took place recently in Nenagh Co. Tipperary. See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership and partner organisations, including Macra na Feirme, are rolling out a month-long national Green Ribbon campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems.

Macra urges minimal change to Irish ice cream


Macra na Feirme has called on the Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, to ensure the milk content of Irish ice cream is protected. The Minister has instigated a review via public consultation of the 1952 regulation that governs the milk and sugar content requirements in ice cream.

MEP meets young Irish farmers on future of CAP


Mairead McGuinness MEP, vice-president of the European Parliament, has met with members of Macra na Feirme as they launched their report on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post-2020, in the European Parliament, Brussels.

No National Reserve funding a 'huge blow' to young farmers


Macra na Feirme has criticised the announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, that there will be no Basic Payment National Reserve in 2016, saying that it calls into question the Governmemnt's commitment to young farmers.

Prestigious event celebrates 20th anniversary of FBD Farmer of the Year


The 20th FBD Young Farmer of the Year will be crowned on September 11 at the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin. Organised by Macra na Feirme and supported by the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), there are six additional awards on offer alongside the main prize in this landmark year for the event. Young farmers involved in sectors such as beef, dairy, sheep and other enterprises (including horticulture, pigs, poultry, tillage) are invited to enter and the winner of each sector will compete to be crowned the 2018 FBD Young Farmer of the Year.