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Making CAP 2020 Work for You

The new CAP is one of the most crucial issues facing farmers. With initial proposals on the shape of CAP post–2020 published, your IFA representatives are working at home and in Brussels to seek an increase in the CAP Budget and a programme that works for farmers

IFA CAP Discussion Document


Political action is needed – and you can help

Lobby your politicians – you can download our lobby document arguing for an increased CAP Budget and be prepared to talk to your TDs, Senators and MEPs.


An increased CAP budget is crucial

To address the gap between farm incomes and incomes in other sectors, farmers need a rise in their Basic Payment and other payments from an increased CAP Budget.

To secure an increase in payments, we need an increase in the CAP Budget.

IFA is seeking that the CAP Budget is increased to cover the cost of inflation and to pay for any additional requirements placed on farmers. Member State Contributions to the EU Budget must be increased. .

The EU has aspirations to fund new policy priorities in the areas of defence and migration. IFA is clear that any new EU measures must involve new funding and cannot impact on the CAP Budget.

An increased CAP Budget is needed to:

  • reflect the recovery and growth in the European economy;
  • take account of inflation and of increased requirements on farmers;
  • reflect the higher costs of production on EU farms as a result of the requirement to maintain higher standards – CAP must protect the family farm structure from unsustainable world prices.

IFA is opposed to any proposals on convergence between countries that would involve a reduction in the national envelope for Ireland.


What CAP has to do for farm incomes and payments

A strong CAP Pillar 1 (direct payments) and Pillar II (Rural Development Programme) structure is necessary, including national co-financing for the RDP

  • Vulnerable sectors including sucklers and sheep need targeted payments
  • Direct payments must go to active farmers, based on objective criteria – agricultural production and provision of public goods
  • Well-funded market management/support mechanisms are needed for sectors subject to price volatility
    Direct payments cannot be diluted by charges and fees

Farm schemes and Rural Development

  • IFA is seeking an agri-environment scheme with the potential to draw down up to €10,000
  • Farmers with designated lands where restrictions apply need higher payments
  • ANCs must be adequately resourced, with full restoration of funding. The 2019 review must ensure all areas are protected and payment rates reflect the natural constraint
  • Strong farm investment programme is necessary across all sectors and to drive efficiency and competitiveness

Support for young farmers and generational renewal

Young farmers and new entrants to farming must be encouraged and supported – a National Reserve and Young Farmer Top Up must be key elements of CAP 2020

CAP must assist farmers who wish to retire and national taxation and social protection policy should support generational renewal.


Simplification and inspections

  • The political commitment to deliver real simplification at farm level is essential and must be implemented in CAP 2020
  • The complexity and negative impact of requirements such as greening in the tillage sector must be avoided
  • The proposed new delivery model must simplify and reduce the burden of cross-compliance and the inspection regime at farm level.
  • A close-out approach on inspections is needed to allow farmers to rectify non-compliance issues without penalty
  • All inspections should be limited to 1% with 14 days advance notice and no duplication by state agencies.

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CAP BUDGET PROPOSALS WOULD MEAN €3,000 LOSS TO AVERAGE FARMER

The current EU Commission proposals on the CAP Budget would have a devastating impact on Irish farm families, reducing real incomes by €3,000 on average each year, IFA President Joe Healy has said.

IFA SETS PRIORITIES ON CAP RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed must deliver a well-financed and ambitious Rural Development Programme (RDP) in the forthcoming CAP negotiations – that was the clear message from this week’s IFA National Rural Development Committee meeting.

IFA PRESIDENT ADDRESSES EU AGRICULTURE MINISTERS ON CAP BUDGET

IFA President Joe Healy is addressing the informal EU Farm Council meeting of Agriculture Ministers in Bulgaria today on the CAP post-2020 and the importance of an increased budget.

GOVERNMENT MUST FIGHT BACK AGAINST CAP BUDGET CUT

Proposed cuts to the CAP Budget are a major threat to farming in Ireland and must be strongly resisted, IFA President Joe Healy said today following the launch of CAP 2020 proposals by Commissioner Phil Hogan in Brussels.

GOVERNMENT MUST TELL EU COMMISSION THAT CAP BUDGET PROPOSALS ARE A ‘NON-RUNNER’

With the proposed details of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2020 to be launched in Brussels tomorrow (Fri), the IFA President Joe Healy said the key issue for farmers is the size of the CAP Budget.

TIME FOR FARMERS TO SEE SOLIDARITY ‘DIVIDEND’ AT EU LEVEL

Speaking as part of a panel at the National Citizens’ Dialogue on the Future of Europe in Dublin today, Europe Day, IFA President Joe Healy said decisions at EU level in the next 12 months will be a litmus test that will determine farmer sentiment towards Europe.

TAOISEACH HAS TO MAKE CAP BUDGET HIS ‘RED LINE’ ISSUE

Reacting to the EU Commission’s proposals on the next EU Budget, IFA President Joe Healy said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has a big political challenge on his hands, and an increased CAP Budget for Irish farmers has to be a red line issue for him in the negotiations.

THE FUTURE OF CAP – JOE HEALY’S CITIZENS DIALOGUE SPEECH

Read IFA President Joe Healy’s speech at the IFA-EU Citizens Dialogue on the future of CAP.

GOVERNMENT AND COMMISSIONER HOGAN MUST BE RESOLUTE ON CAP BUDGET

With draft details emerging as to the shape of the next CAP, IFA President Joe Healy said the Irish Government and Commissioner Hogan must be resolute and “fight like hell” to secure an increase in the CAP Budget as part of the MFF negotiations on the EU Budget in Brussels next week.

COMMISSIONER HOGAN MUST FIGHT LIKE HELL TO SECURE INCREASE IN CAP BUDGET

Addressing a crowd of over 700 farmers in Kilkenny this evening, IFA President Joe Healy said there must be an increase in the next CAP Budget to improve farm incomes, to reflect inflation and to fill the hole left by Brexit.

MAJOR IFA–EU COMMISSION EVENT ON CAP 2020 WITH AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER PHIL HOGAN

‘Making CAP 2020 Work for You’ is the theme of a major IFA–EU Commission Citizens’ Dialogue event to be held on Fri, April 20th in Kilkenny.

IFA SECURES STRONG SUPPORT FROM POLITICANS FOR INCREASED EU AND CAP BUDGET

Speaking at an IFA lobby session attended by more than 80 politicians in Dublin this week, IFA President Joe Healy said there was very strong backing from politicians from all parties and Independents for an increase in the EU Budget to fund a stronger CAP post-2020.

TAOISEACH MUST INSIST ON INCREASED CAP BUDGET

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar must back farmers and insist on an increased CAP budget when he meets with EU Commissioner for Budget, Gunther Oettinger today (Tues) in Dublin to discuss the EU Budget for the seven years post-2020, IFA President Joe Healy has said.

BUDGET AND FARM INCOMES THE KEY ISSUES FOR FARMERS IN CAP 2020

Speaking at tonight’s Department of Agriculture CAP consultation meeting in Navan, IFA UIster-North Leinster Chairman Nigel Renaghan told Agriculture Minister Michael Creed that he must deliver an increased CAP budget to support farm incomes, so that Irish agriculture through all sectors can continue to deliver for the economy, the environment, and society.

IFA WELCOMES COMMISSIONER HOGAN’S POSITION ON CAP BUDGET

IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the strong position adopted by EU Commissioner Phil Hogan on the CAP Budget.

CAP 2020 – INCREASED FUNDING ESSENTIAL

Responding to today’s address from Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan on the Future of Food and Farming, IFA President Joe Healy said an increased budget is essential for the future CAP to be effective and to ensure a supply of safe, sustainably produced food for European consumers.

INCREASED BUDGET CRITICAL TO ENSURING CAP POST 2020 IS FIT FOR PURPOSE

In response to the draft communication from EU Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan, on the reform of the CAP Post 2020, IFA President Joe Healy has said an increased CAP budget is essential to ensure that the future CAP is effective and fit for purpose.

IFA HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR STRONGLY FUNDED CAP IN FUTURE OF EUROPE DEBATE

IFA President Joe Healy has written to the President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, as part of the ongoing debate on the Future of Europe, to make the case for continued strong EU funding of the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) post 2020.

CAP BUDGET MUST BE DEFENDED

The delivery of a strong, sustainable and competitive agriculture sector requires an increase in the CAP budget, IFA President Joe Healy has said.

LOW FARM INCOMES A KEY PRIORITY FOR NEXT CAP

IFA’s submission to the CAP consultation has identified low farm incomes in many sectors as a challenge to the sustainability of farming enterprises, and a barrier to new entrants.

IFA MEETS UK FARMING UNIONS ON BREXIT

IFA President Joe Healy is attending a meeting of UK farm leaders hosted by the Ulster Farmers’ Union in Co Down this afternoon to discuss the implications of Brexit and to co-ordinate the approach of farm leaders to the negotiations.

HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE CONSULTATION ON CAP

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

IFA ADDRESS TO MEMBERS OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT FOCUSES ON IRELAND’S SUSTAINABLE MODEL OF FOOD PRODUCTION

IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman Thomas Cooney told a meeting of members of the European Parliament in Brussels last week that Ireland is taking a leadership position in addressing the climate challenge, by targeting European funding through the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) to areas that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the sector.

REVIEW OF CAP MUST FOCUS ON ENSURING FAIR FARM INCOMES

Responding to the launch of a public consultation on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) today, IFA President Joe Healy said the fundamental focus must be on ensuring farmers achieve viable incomes in return for the high quality food they produce, and their efforts towards protecting the rural environment and supporting rural development.

EU RECOMMENDATIONS MUST STRENGTHEN FARMERS POSITION IN THE FOOD CHAIN

IFA President Joe Healy said the EU Food Chain report contains important recommendations on increased price transparency and independent enforcement to strengthen farmers’ position in the food chain.

IFA DEMANDS THAT COMMISSIONER HOGAN’S BPS PRE-CHECKING MOVE IS IMPLEMENTED

IFA Chairman Jer Bergin has demanded that the CAP simplification measures introduced by EU Commissioner Phil Hogan are available to Irish farmers and implemented for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme application.

IFA SECURES COMMITMENT THAT NEW CAP SIMPLIFICATION RULES WILL APPLY THIS YEAR

IFA this week met with the EU Commission in Brussels to discuss the new rules on simplification of the CAP and how they can be implemented in 2016. 

IFA SAYS CAP SIMPLIFICATION PROPOSALS NEED TO GO FURTHER

IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has said the simplification proposals put forward by EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan need to go further and must address the concerns and fears farmers have when an inspection takes place on the farm.

CAP SIMPLIFICATION PROPOSALS ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT MUST BE SEIZED UPON BY MINISTER COVENEY

IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has said that the proposed changes to various aspects of the EU Rural Development regulations announced by Commissioner Hogan this week must be seized upon by Minster Coveney to ensure that the RDP can be fully maximised in the seven-year period of the plan.

NOW UP TO MINISTER COVENEY TO DELIVER ON PAYMENTS

IFA President Eddie Downey has said that following the EU Council of Agriculture Ministers’ decision to allow an advance payment of 70% of the Basic Payment and Greening on 16th October next, it is now up to the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to ensure that this is delivered in full to farmers.

EXPORT TARGETS IN AGRI-STRATEGY 2025 WILL NOT HAPPEN WITHOUT AN INCREASE IN FARM PROFITABILITY

Speaking at the lauch of Agri-Strategy 2025, IFA President Eddie Downey re-iterated that increasing farm family profitability has to be at the centre of the Strategy. He said, “IFA will be monitoring the implementation of the actions around farm profitability very closely and insisting that all actions are implemented as soon as possible. Farm profitability […]

IFA PRESIDENT BRIEFS MICHEAL MARTIN ON ISSUES FOR FARMERS

IFA President Eddie Downey held a meeting  with the leader of the opposition, Micheal Martin, at which he briefed the Fianna Fail leader on a range of issues for farmers, including the beef crisis, trade talks, the review of taxation reliefs and CAP implementation.

CAP IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES MUST BE RESOLVED – IFA

With CAP Reform moving to the implementation stage at farm level, IFA President Eddie Downey said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney needs to address a number of outstanding issues on entitlements and conditions affecting the drawdown of Single Farm Payment for 2014 and future years.

IFA AND UK FARM UNIONS MEET ON LIVESTOCK AND SHEEP CONCERNS

The Irish Farmers Association, NFU England, NFU Wales, Ulster Farmers Union, and NFU Scotland UK met  in Stirling Scotland to discuss issues facing the livestock and sheep industry. The group also visited the world famous bull sales at United Auctions and the research facilities at Moredun Institute, just outside Edinburgh, for a presentation on Johne’s […]



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