News GDPR update JUNE 2018 As a reader of Irish Farmers Monthly, we want to make you aware of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into e ect on May 25, 2018. If you already receive our newsletters, emails, digital editions or a copy of the magazine, you don’t need to do anything and we’ll continue to keep you up to date with the latest news and events of legitimate interest. However, if you’d rather not receive newsletter emails or the magazine from us any more, please us let us know by emailing We hope that our content is useful to you and we only ever use your data to send on information on our activities and for no other purpose. Dr Edel Kelly. Survey finds subdued sentiment among farmers Bank of Ireland’s annual farmer survey has found a subdued sentiment among farmers, with 67 per cent of farmers reporting higher input costs and 70 per cent believing that Brexit will negatively impact their business. The survey, Agri Pulse, was carried out in April by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of Bank of Ireland. Two hundred and fifty farmers were asked their views on a wide range of topics. Compared with April 2017, when the survey was last carried out, repsondents were less positive. Adverse weather conditions, the fodder crisis and the lack of progress in moving the Brexit talks on have all taken a toll on farming sentiment and also look to have tempered growth ambitions somewhat.  Commenting on Agri Pulse, Dr Loretta O’Sullivan, group chief economist, Bank of Ireland, said: “The mood was subdued in April, with farmers downgrading their assessment of the current situation. Sentiment has dropped across a number of fronts, which isn’t surprising given the recent environment. Brexit is clearly weighing heavily, with seven in 10 respondents feeling that it will negatively impact their business. “The results also highlight that one in four expects to increase investment in their farm in the next 12 months, and almost two in five have ambitions to expand their business in the next one to three years, albeit this is down on August last year.” IFA appoints new economist Dr Edel Kelly has been appointed as Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) economist. Dr Kelly, who is from a farming background in Galway, is currently lecturer/assistant professor of economics at UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, working in the Agri-Business and Rural Development division of the School. IFA director general, Damian McDonald, said: “We are delighted to welcome Edel to the IFA. This is a crucial period for the agriculture sector, as the outcome of both Brexit and Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform will shape Irish and European farming for the next decade.” Dr Kelly said: “I am very much looking forward to taking up the position of economist with the IFA, particularly given the association’s role in defending farmers against the twin challenges of Brexit and CAP reform. I look forward to using existing research from our Irish institutes to articulate on behalf of farmers and to reinforce agriculture’s important place within the Irish economy. I hope that my work will help to support and secure a sustainable position for Irish farmers and their families.” Dr Kelly will retain academic links with UCD for the 2018/19 academic year.  Minister invites top Hong Kong chefs to Ireland Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has met with some of Hong Kong’s top chefs at ‘East Meats West’, a high-end culinary event organised by Bord Bia to promote Irish and European grass-fed beef and lamb. The event is part of a three-year campaign co-funded by Bord Bia and the European Union. Held in partnership with the Hong Kong Chef’s Association, ‘East Meats West’ involved over 40 local chefs who were required to design a two-course menu with European beef and lamb. The top six entrants will travel to Ireland in June. As part of the trip, the chefs will visit Irish farms, factories and processors to experience EU food safety, quality and sustainability controls first-hand. Speaking in Hong Kong, Minister Creed congratulated the chefs and invited all attendees to take time to travel to Ireland to immerse themselves in our food culture: “We are here today to celebrate the very best of EU beef and lamb, to tell you how it is produced and why is the best in the world. We in Ireland are very proud of our farm produce. We are also committed members of the European Union, with all of the advantages it brings for investors and traders. Our high-quality, grass-fed beef and lamb production is underpinned by the highest EU safety and traceability standards allowing us the opportunity to market our products worldwide.” 8