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Minister must address serious crisis on tillage farms

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 launches autumn milk price increase campaign

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 launches National Farm Safety Awareness Day – Thursday 21st July

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.

IFA writes to co-ops seeking firm milk price commitment

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 calls for significant changes to the Rural Development Plan in the next amendment

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 meets Minister Creed on farm income crisis issues

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.

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

RSA and IFA issue joint road safety appeal

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.

IFA appoints Rural Crime Prevention Executive

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.

Martin urges Bandon farmers to vote yes

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.

Big rise in farm incomes

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