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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).

Knowledge Transfer Programme a huge issue for young farmers


The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine's Knowledge Transfer Programme has been welcomed by Macra na Feirme but the organisation says concerns relating to the exclusion of young farmers who do not have a herd number need to be addressed immediately.

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 joins farm income debate


Macra is the latest organisation to call for safeguards and favourable policy instruments to counteract the crippling income volatility that farmers are currently facing.

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 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.

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.