At the end of January, IFA held its 64th AGM. Over the course of two days, IFA representatives from our 29 County Executives and every farming sector discussed the key challenges facing farmers in 2019. We have a huge work programme ahead of us in 2019. I have no doubt that together we can meet […]
IFA President Joe Healy said the EU Commission decision to increase the limit on State Aid for farmers from €15,000 to €25,000 is an important first step in what could be facing farmers in the event of a crash out Brexit, but warned that significantly more funding would be needed in a worst-case scenario.
IFA National Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell said the inaction by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed in addressing the issues around the large animal veterinary service in the country, which IFA has raised since 2017, is now exposing some farmers to call out fees of up to €500.
IFA said that the confirmation by Michael Gove that the UK would apply tariffs after Brexit demonstrates the gravity of the situation for the Irish farming sector. Minister Michael Creed has confirmed that tariffs on Irish food imports would amount to approximately €1.7bn per annum. The Minister & the EU Commissioner Phil Hogan must come […]
IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods has strongly encouraged suckler farmers to apply for the new €40 per cow BEEP (Beef Environmental and Efficiency Pilot) scheme. He said the scheme is open for application online at agfood.ie, by post by contacting the Department of Agriculture at 076-1064420. Angus Woods said the closing date for application […]
Technology and digitalisation is set to change the landscape of Irish agriculture in the years to come. We, the IFA with Farm Business Skillnet want to understand how these technologies are being used and ensure that farmers are equipped with the knowledge to get the most from them.
IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has said that Teagasc’s climate marginal abatement curve published 250 days ago, needs to be acted upon by the Government and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action as a matter of urgency. In June of last year, Teagasc published a scientific report which identifies the potential to reduce greenhouse […]
Speaking at this morning’s All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit in Dublin Castle, IFA President Joe Healy reinforced the devastating impact that a no-deal Brexit would have on Ireland’s agricultural sector. He outlined the crisis that is already underway in the beef sector and restated his call for mitigation measures to be put in place as […]
Speaking at an IFA lobby of TDs and Senators on the beef crisis in Dublin today, IFA President Joe Healy said a hard Brexit would devastate Ireland’s €3bn beef and livestock sector. He said, “IFA estimate the imposition of WTO tariffs in a hard-Brexit will impose a direct cost on the beef sector of €800m […]