Paul O’Brien, IFA Environment & Rural Affairs Chairman has welcomed the decision by Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed TD, to grant a short extension to the closing date for nitrates derogation applications.
He said, “This is an extremely difficult time for everyone and farmers are currently doing a great job in keeping food on supermarket shelves. All measures available in Government departments and state agencies must be used to support, and work with farmers during this challenging time. I welcome this short extension to the closing date for nitrates derogation applications.”
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).
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.
21 01 2020
Opening the IFA Climate event in Dublin today, IFA President Joe Healy said the agri-food sector stands ready to respond and is actively engaged in climate action.
The IFA is hosting an important half-day event on Tues, Jan 21st to rebalance the debate around climate action.
Entitled ‘Climate Action in Agriculture – A Balanced Approach’, the event will feature 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 who will balance, with scientific evidence, the discussion about the contribution of agriculture to the climate challenge.
Other speakers include Prof. John Fitzgerald, Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council, and Dr. Frank O’Mara of Teagasc.
Speaking in advance of the event, IFA President, Joe Healy said, “Farmers are tired of being kicked around and scapegoated when it comes to climate action”.
“The lack of balance in the debate is very frustrating for Irish farmers, given the high standards we adhere to and the quality of the food we produce. For example, 90% of Ireland’s beef exports are now in an audit and carbon foot printing programme and 100% of milk production is completing a carbon auditing cycle. This is unique – we are the only country in the world that measures, monitors and manages carbon from farm to fork. Yet we are constantly being pilloried for not doing enough.”
The IFA President said, “We hope that this event will help in re-balancing what is currently a very one-sided debate”.