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IFA Hill Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has expressed serious concern at the number of Commonage Plans still outstanding.

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Trevor Boland from Sligo won a lime and nutrient management plan worth €2,500 in the 2017 Smart Farming Competition.

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IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed the climate report published by the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee today (Thurs) and called for its proposals regarding farm-scale renewables and supports for improving on-farm efficiencies to be urgently implemented.

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IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed Environment Minister Denis Naughten’s decision to provide funding for a number of ‘bring’ centres across the country to support the recycling of waste tyres, which are typically used to anchor silage pits.

Thomas Cooney said, “IFA has lobbied for a number of years for the introduction of a take back scheme for waste tyres, which ensures the sustainable management of old and worn tyres that can no-longer be used to anchor silage pits. We are delighted to have secured almost €700,000 in funding and look forward to the current tendering process being concluded and the bring centres commencing.”

Concluding, Thomas Cooney said, “Farmers continue to demonstrate a real willingness to recycle waste streams generated on farms. Each year thousands of tonnes of farm plastics, bale wrap and meal bags are recycled. I am sure that farmers will also support this worthwhile waste tyre initiative and I look forward to working with Minister Naughten to ensure its success.”

With the Heritage Bill to extend the dates for burning gorse and hedge-cutting passing final stage in the Dail this week, IFA National Hill Farming Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy said that an early conclusion is now necessary with immediate implementation.

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