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IFA today secured a commitment from the Department of Transport that there will be full negotiation with the IFA and other key stakeholders ahead of the implementation of any aspects of a roadworthiness test for tractors.

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Following today’s vote on glyphosate in the European Parliament, IFA President Joe Healy said Ireland and other member states have to stand up and support Commissioner Andriukaitis, DG Sante, who came out strongly last week in a speech expressing his frustration at the system and the power of so-called ‘Google Professors’. He fully supports a 10 year licence renewal for glyphosate.

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IFA National Grain Committee Chairman Liam Dunne has strongly objected to plans by the Department of Transport to duplicate tractor safety laws imposed on farmers, by seeking to introduce a road worthiness test for tractors used for normal farming activities.

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IFA President Joe Healy said other trade buyers must follow Dairygold’s prices for green grain, oilseed and protein for the 2017 harvest.

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An action plan to address the serious and deepening income crisis in the Irish tillage farming sector must be developed and implemented urgently, IFA President Joe Healy told the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture this evening. 

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