Farming organisations react to Budget announcements

Farming organisations have welcomed the majority of announcements on the sector in yesterday’s Budget. IFA President Joe Healy said Budget 2017 responded positively to IFA’s farm income campaign with significant measures on low-cost loans, increased funding for farm schemes, the…

ICSA calls for Slurry Spreading deadline to be extended

ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock has called for the October 15 deadline for slurry spreading to be extended due to the volume of waterlogged farmlands around the country. “ICSA has recently visited several farmers who are struggling with lands…

ICSA urges Farmers to prioritise their own Health and Wellbeing

Following the heart breaking news of another tragedy on Irish farms, ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock has called for farmers to take more care of themselves and their loved ones while operating machinery and handling livestock. “All farming sectors…

Roscommon farmers encouraged to take Agriculture Crime Survey

The ICSA recently launched the first independent national agriculture crime survey to be carried out in Ireland and is encouraging Roscommon farmers to take part. The agriculture crime study will be carried out in conjunction with Dr Kathleen Moore Walsh…

Farming organisations greet Ministerial appointments

The two main Farming have congratulated Michael Creed on his appointment as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and highlighted a number of key areas that need attention. Wishing him well in the role, IFA President Joe Healy said…

Good news for Farmers as Beef is removed from draft offer to Mercosur

The ICSA and IFA have cautiously welcomed reports from Brussels which suggest that Beef is among a number of “sensitive products” which has been removed from the draft offer on Mercosur being considered by EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. ICSA…

ICSA meets with Financial Ombudsman to explore options for Farmers

The Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) has met with the Financial Ombudsman to explore the options available to farmers who feel they are getting a raw deal from banks and other financial entities. ICSA president Patrick Kent said…

Farming bodies react to delays with National Broadband Plan

Farming bodies have reacted angrily to the news that the Department of Communications’ is experiencing delays in the bidding process for the National Broadband Plan. The National Broadband Plan had promised to deliver subsidised modern Internet to 750,000 rural homes…

ICSA says more training options needed for Beef Data Genomics Programme

ICSA suckler chairman Dermot Kelleher has called for Beef Data Genomics Programme training courses to be made more accessible to time constrained farmers. Referring to the fact that such courses are only provided for during weekday business hours Mr Kelleher…

ICSA encourages support for the Roscommon Lamb Festival

ICSA Sheep Chairman John Brooks says that the Roscommon Lamb Festival 2016, which runs over the May Bank Holiday weekend, from April 27th to May 2nd this year, will have widespread appeal and offers something for everyone, urban and rural.…

Farmers organisations express concern at hill walking judgement

Both the IFA and ICSA have expressed grave concern at the recent awarding of €40,000 in damages to a hill walker following an incident while walking on the Wicklow Mountains and the repercussions for farmers. ICSA rural development chairman Seamus…

ICSA calls on Bord Bia to suspend Farmer Levy

ICSA beef chairman Edmond Phelan has said that Bord Bia should take a leaf out of Ornua’s book who yesterday (April 13) announced the suspension of the dairy farmer levy in light of the sector’s difficulties. “ICSA believes that the…

ICSA urges acting Government to save Irish Beef in light of Mercosur deal

ICSA president Patrick Kent has re-iterated his calls for Ireland to do everything possible to block a Mercosur deal involving the concession of tariff rate quotas. Speaking in advance of Monday’s Farm Council meeting in Luxembourg, Mr Kent said that…

ICSA alarm at tariff proposals in Mercosur talks

ICSA president Patrick Kent has expressed deep alarm at progress on a Mercosur trade deal between the EU and South America, which includes proposals for a tariff rate quota for beef. “Our worst fears are beginning to crystallise with a…

ICSA slams Minister Kelly’s musing on property rights

ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock has expressed alarm at Minister Alan Kelly’s recent musings at the Forum on Housing and Homelessness suggesting that Article 43 of the Irish constitution, which deals with property rights, may have to be changed.…

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