FA President Joe Healy has welcomed Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed’s announcement that he is act on IFA’s call to convene a forum of tillage stakeholders. Joe Healy said the forum is an opportunity for key stakeholders to devise a plan and take actions that will address the serious and deepening income crisis in the tillage farming sector.
IFA President Joe Healy has launched the Association’s autumn milk price increase campaign, challenging the co-ops to start rebuilding confidence by acknowledging the growing recovery in dairy markets and increasing milk prices. Joe Healy said, “This is my strong message to co-ops boards and management ahead of an IFA series of meetings with co-ops over the coming weeks: the co-ops must accept that the dairy market recovery is a reality
IFA President, Joe Healy said that farming can be a dangerous occupation, and that is why it is so important that farmers take a proactive approach to farm safety. IFA National Farm Safety Awareness Day (July 21st) is about encouraging farm families to take time to review their Farm Safety Risk Assessment document to make their farms a safer place to work and live.
With co-op boards to meet from early this week to consider the price for June milk, IFA President Joe Healy and National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary have written to co-ops’ Chairmen and CEOs to ask that their request to now make a firm milk price commitment to year end be read out at the meetings.
IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has called on the Minister for Agriculture to make significant changes to the Rural Development Programme to ensure that there is full utilisation of the €4bn available to the Programme over the seven-year period. In a detailed Submission to the Department of Agriculture, IFA has called for significant changes to the GLAS scheme, which will open again in the autumn for up to 15,000
IFA President Joe Healy led an IFA delegation in a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed in Dublin last week, and highlighted priority areas and actions required from the Government to address the income crisis across the main farming sectors.
Brexit uncertainty accelerates need for strong government support for farm incomes in Budget 2017 says IFA President Joe Healy
IFA President Joe Healy has said that the market uncertainty arising from the UK vote to leave the EU must be met by a strong commitment from Government to support farm incomes in Budget 2017.
Decision by Drinagh to hold May milk price to year end a welcome signal all other co-ops must heed – O’Leary
IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has welcomed the decision by Drinagh Co-op, which have been consistently among the top payers in a particularly difficult year, to not only hold their May milk price in the face of a 0.5c/l Carbery cut, but to commit to this price to year end. This is the type of signal which, as markets have begun to recover, dairy farmers need to restore
IFA President Joe Healy has warned that a British exit from the EU would be very damaging for the farming and food sector in Ireland. Speaking at a briefing with representatives from the agri-food industry in Dublin this morning, the IFA President appealed to the Irish community living in the UK to support the position that keeps the EU intact.
THE Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) have urged road users to take extra care as the number of tractors, trailers and other farm machinery using the roads increases. The appeal comes as farmers around the country avail of the improved weather conditions to bring in the first cut of silage in 2016.
SPEAKING at an event for Irish Telecom industry leaders last week, IFA President Joe Healy said that modern broadband infrastructure is an essential requirement for rural areas in order to capitalise on economic and social opportunities.
THE IFA has appointed a Rural Crime Prevention Executive to support the development of IFA crime prevention policy and the roll out of Theft Stop, a joint initiative with An Garda Siochana. The appointment, which is the first of its kind in Ireland, is a very clear demonstration of IFA’s commitment to tackling the issue of rural crime. Colin Connolly is a native of County Kildare and former member of
IFA accuses competition and consumer protection commission of protecting big business at expense of farmers
AT a protest by the IFA Executive Council outside the offices of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in Dublin, IFA President Eddie Downey said the intervention by the Commission in the beef dispute has greatly angered farmers and convinced them that the Commission is only interested in protecting big business that are denying farmers a fair return from the market.
IFA President Eddie Downey said the strong turnout of thousands of farmers at meat plants around the country in support of IFA’s 24-hour beef price protests illustrates the level of anger over the massive €350 per head cattle price gap that has now opened up with our main export market in the UK.
IFA President Eddie Downey and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan have launched a new farm theft prevention initiative “Theft Stop”. The service provides farmers with a unique security ID, linked to their IFA membership number, to mark machines and equipment.
IFA Hill Committee Chairman Pat Dunne has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney that the Department will hold a series of five information meetings to clarify his new commonage rules and explain the implications for farmers.
IFA Deputy President and Countryside Chairman Tim O’Leary has welcomed Communications Minister Alex White’s recent comments that the delivery of high speed broadband to all parts of Ireland is a top priority for Government.
ON the campaign trail in West Cork, Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin told farmers at Bandon Mart that a yes vote in the upcoming referendum on the Stability Treaty will help secure the future of Irish farming and maintain our strong relationship with Europe in the lead up to CAP negotiations.
FARMERS in West Cork and across the country saw their incomes rise by 27 per cent in 2011 according to figures released by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA). The average farm income was €21,500 compared to the national average wage of €32,000 though the IFA figures also include part-time farmers who often have other forms of income. More than 70 per cent of farmer’s incomes came from direct payments with