UpFront ‘Gloves off’ as FBD blocks competitors at Tullamore As reported in these pages back in March, the Tullamore Show organisers have secured the support of FBD Insurance as the main sponsor for the National Livestock Show to be held on August 12. The show, which attracts over 60,000 visitors each year, is now recognised as one of the top agricultural shows in the country. As part of the deal, the insurance company has secured exclusive rights to promote its brand at the Tullamore event. No other insurance company is allowed to have a stand at the show or promote its insurance o ering. Naturally, this has caused some angst among other farm insurance companies, including Zurich, which has been especially active in writing farm insurance policies in recent times. An agreement between Zurich and Dairygold to secure access to the co-op’s membership was probably not well received by FBD, which still retains the vast majority of farm insurance policies. The latest development clearly shows that FBD is not about to hand over any of its insurance client list easily and will use its financial clout and influence to fend o competition. As the only indigenous insurance company o ering farm insurance and still e ectively controlled by farmers, FBD has a very loyal client base and uses its substantial sponsorship of an array of events across the agri sector to maintain that loyalty and brand presence. JUNE 2018 www.irishfarmersmonthly.com On the move from Glanbia Big news, Meathman, Henry Corbally has been replaced as group chairman of Glanbia by Martin Keane, vice chairman. John Murphy and Pat Murphy are the newly elected vice chairmen. Mark Garrett is leaving Glanbia after three years as head of communications. Mark joined Glanbia in 2015, having previously worked as chief-of-staff for former Labour Party leader, Eamon Gilmore. Mark oversaw huge structural change within Glanbia, with Glanbia Co-op taking a majority shareholding in the company's Irish milk processing operations. Also moving on is Amii McKeever, who is going to work at the Irish Farmers Journal (IFJ). Amii, who joined Glanbia from the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) about 15 months ago, heads back to the Farm Centre to take on the role of editor of Country Living magazine, a position recently vacated by Mairead Lavery. Country Living has become an integral part of the IFJ. It engages the reader and bridges the gap between urban and rural. Mairead has done a great job in making Country Living relevant to its audience. Amii inherits a strong editorial team who have the balance right in the publication. She has a busy year ahead not only with the new job at the IFJ but also as president of the Agricultural Science Association, a role she takes up at the its annual conference in September. We wish her the best of luck. Agri journalists on the move Kennas Fitzsimons is moving on to new pastures after four very productive years with IFP Media, where he worked as editorial manager across a range of publications, most notably on Irish Farmers Monthly. During his time with IFP Media, Ken used his extensive journalistic skills and online media expertise to advance the quality, content and reach of Irish Farmers Monthly. We wish him well in his future career. Other moves across the agri-journalism scene include former RTÉ and Countrywide broadcaster, Louise Denver, who is moving to the Mount Street public relations firm PR360, after a short stint at the Irish Farmers Journal. Elsewhere, Dr Vanessa Woods is to vacate her position as communications director at agri technology company, Devenish. During her time at Devenish, Vanessa was particularly involved in promoting the company’s novel omega-3-rich chicken product. Vanessa previously held the position of chief executive at farming promotion body, AgriAware. Successful move to online BPS applications Over 129,700 farmers applied online for the 2018 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in advance of the May 15 deadline. This figure is in line with application numbers for previous years. In addition, over 17,800 Transfer of Entitlement applications were received online by the May 15 deadline. This was the first year that all applications for the BPS and Transfer of Entitlements were to be made online.  Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, said: “I am very happy to confirm that so many Irish farmers have met the requirement to apply online in 2018. My Department has put a range of supports in place to help farmers make this transition, and the move to online 4 application has proved to be very successful.” Outlining the advantage of applying online the Minister added: “In recent years, online BPS applicants have seen the benefits of preliminary checks in particular. Now that we have reached 100 per cent online application, these benefits will be available to all farmers. Preliminary checks afford online applicants the opportunity to address any dual claims, over claims and overlaps identified on online applications within specified time frames to ensure prompt payment with the avoidance of penalties. Online applications also help my Department to continue its strong record in the processing of Transfer of Entitlement applications and the payment of the BPS in a more efficient and effective way.”