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2011-12-23 : FUNDING MUST BE SECURED FROM WITHIN FORESTRY BUDGET TO RE-OPEN VITAL SUPPORT SCHEMES IMMEDIATELY – IFA

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman Pat Hennessy said the suspension of the Forest Road and the Woodland Improvement Schemes are a major blow to the management of the private forest sector. He said that funding must be secured immediately from elsewhere in the budget to fund these vital schemes.

2011-12-22 : RURAL DWELLERS URGED TO BE VIGILIANT THIS CHRISTMAS – IFA

IFA President John Bryan has urged farm families and all rural dwellers to be extra cautions this Christmas and keep a watch out for burglars and unusual activity.

2011-12-22 : PROPERTY TAX FOR RURAL DWELLERS MUST RELATE TO PUBLIC SERVICES

IFA Deputy President Eddie Downey has said the level of property tax for rural dwellers must relate to the extent of public services available to them.

2011-12-22 : PROGRESS ON DOUBLE REGULATION TO BENEFIT COMPETITIVENESS – MORE NEEDED

IFA National Pigs and Pigmeat Committee Chairman Tim Cullinan welcomed the successful conclusion to negotiations between farmers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will improve competitiveness by reducing costly and unnecessary double regulation.

2011-12-21 : POTATO GROWERS FACE WIPEOUT AS FARM PRICES COLLAPSE

IFA National Potato Committee Chairman Thomas Carpenter said potato growers are facing wipeout if a viable price is not achieved for their product. At meetings in recent days, retailers and merchants were challenged by potato growers to return a viable farmgate price.

2011-12-21 : PROTECTION OF SPECIALIST PRODUCER GROUPS PRIORITY FOR NEW IFA LIQUID MILK CHAIRMAN

Newly-elected IFA National Liquid Milk Chairman Teddy Cashman said the liquid milk sector had seen huge consolidation in recent years, coinciding with recession-induced pressure on retail sales. Over the same period, producers have seen a great deal of change in their pricing systems and contracts, and their margins have been dramatically eroded with relatively static milk prices and an inability to recoup fast rising input costs from the food chain

2011-12-21 : IFA ENCOURAGES PUBLIC TO BUY IRISH AND PROTECT FORESTS FROM RISK POSED BY PROHIBITED IMPORTED FIREWOOD

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman Pat Hennessy said the recent interception by the Forest Service of imported firewood with live bark beetle larvae could have posed a serious threat to health of Irish forests. He said this highlighted the potential risk to Irish forests from prohibited imported timber products and thanked the member of the public that notified the Forest Service.

2011-12-20 : RETRO-FIT SCHEME MUST BE PART OF SEPTIC TANK PLAN - IFA

IFA National Environment & Rural Affairs Chairman Pat Farrell has called for the introduction of a retro-fit scheme for rural dwellers, who could face higher compliance obligations as part of new legislation on septic tanks.

2011-12-20 : IFA DONATE TO SELF HELP AFRICA AND CONCERN FOLLOWING PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS FUNDRAISER

IFA President John Bryan has presented Selp Help and Concern with the proceeds of the fundraising held at the Ploughing Championships this year. €25,000 was raised for the relief effort in famine-torn East Africa.

2011-12-16 : FARM INCOME FIGURES HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANCE OF DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR FARM FAMILIES

Reacting to the CSO's initial Agricultural Income estimates, IFA president John Bryan said the figures show the continuing positive growth of the primary agriculture sector. “The improved buoyancy in agriculture is making a significant contribution to maintaining jobs and small businesses across the rural and wider domestic economy.”
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