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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.

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IFA Farm Forestry Chairman Vincent Nally said that immediate action is required by the Government to address the crisis in the forest sector.

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IFA Farm Forestry Chairman Vincent Nally has called on Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Andrew Doyle to intervene as a matter of urgency to address the crisis with forestry licences.

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IFA and Western Forestry Co-operative announce the “Value Your Forest Asset” roadshow, a series of meetings taking place in October and November. The aim of these events is to increase farmers’ understanding of the value of their forest asset and how best to optimise returns.

IFA Farm Forestry Chair, Vincent Nally said that many farmers planted forestry due to the grants and forest premiums available, but have limited knowledge of the value of their forest as it matures.

The meetings will present the results of specially commissioned forest valuation research that will give farmers an insight into the value of their forest asset, as well as the timber value as the crop matures.

“There has been a significant increase in the demand for semi-mature forests in recent years. It is vital that farmers understand the value of their forest so they can make the best decision for their farm business,” said Vincent Nally.

Marina Conway, Western Forestry Co-operative said good forestry management will be a key focus of the meetings.

“I will be sharing examples of returns to farmers from harvests, as well as the key lessons we have learnt from managing harvesting operations in farm forests,” she said.

Vincent Nally encouraged farmers to attend the meetings to learn more about the value contained in farm forests.

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman Vincent Nally said that the UCD report on the socio-economic contribution of forestry in Co. Leitrim contains some useful information on the value of forestry to the county as well as the social impacts for those living in the county.

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