On Tuesday, Jan 21st IFA held a half-day conference with the objective of rebalancing the debate around climate action.
Entitled ‘Climate Action in Agriculture – A Balanced Approach’, the event featured one of the foremost experts in the world on the important role of farming in the climate debate, Dr Frank Mitloehner from UC Davis, California (the video of Dr Mitloehner’s talk is available here).

Other speakers included Prof. John Fitzgerald, Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council (video here), and Dr Frank O’Mara of Teagasc (video here).

The event also heard from Tom Arnold, Chair of the Government’s 2030 agri-food strategy, Prof. Alice Stanton of the Royal College of Physicians and various IFA representatives.

Videos of the main presentations and the accompanying slides are available at IFA.ie/ClimateAction.

IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy and an IFA delegation of sheep farmers had a positive meeting with the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed in Cork today.

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The 65th Annual General Meeting of the Irish Farmers’ Association will open at 10.30am in the Irish Farm Centre on Mon next.

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On Friday 31st January 2020, An Garda Síochána, IFA and a number of other partners  are inviting local community members to an informal, hour long ‘meet and greet’ at over 300 venues across Ireland. It is an opportunity for over 800 communities to get to know their local Gardaí and community representatives.

To find out where your local meeting will be held, click here.

For a full list including IFA branch names, click here.

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IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said there will be a new National Reserve for young farmers and new entrants in 2020. He was speaking following a meeting of the Department of Agriculture Direct Payments Advisory Committee in Portlaoise today, which IFA attended.

Richard Kennedy said it is estimated that there will be up to €3m in funding for the 2020 Reserve, financed from existing resources, unused entitlements and clawback on sales. He said it will not be necessary to have any linear cuts on entitlements to fund the 2020 Reserve.

He said it is important that there is a National Reserve and an opportunity for young farmers and new entrants to be able to get entitlements under the CAP supports. He said the National Reserve along with the Young Farmers top-up scheme have proved to be an essential support to young farmers over recent years.

Since 2015 and the commencement of the current CAP, the National Reserve has provided cumulative payments worth €130m to 8,500 participants. In addition, the Young Farmers top-up scheme has paid out €95m to 8,000 participants.

The IFA Deputy President said the conditions for the reserve in respect of education requirements and off farm income will remain the same, providing consistency in the approach for young farmers and new entrants.

In 2019, approximately 900 applicants applied to the National Reserve and some 531 applicants were successful to date, involving 540 young farmers and 31 new entrants.

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