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IFA President Eddie Downey said that the slight increase in average farm incomes in 2014 reflected the drop in input volumes due to good weather conditions compared with the previous years, rather than strong product prices.

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IFA President Eddie Downey has said that the review of farm taxation by the Departments of Finance and Agriculture presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop a taxation system that both recognises the unique challenges of Irish farming and supports its ambitious targets for growth.

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IFA President Eddie Downey held a meeting  with the leader of the opposition, Micheal Martin, at which he briefed the Fianna Fail leader on a range of issues for farmers, including the beef crisis, trade talks, the review of taxation reliefs and CAP implementation.

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Following a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture this week, IFA President Eddie Downey said Minister Coveney will call in the chief executives of the meat factories tomorrow over the difficulties in the beef sector and the unacceptable fall in prices and incomes for bull beef producers.

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IFA President Eddie Downey is visiting farms along the River Shannon today (Sun) to survey the damage caused by heavy rains and flooding in recent weeks. He said the situation was critical for farmers along many of our main rivers with livestock, winter crops and some farm yards and family homes under threat from flood waters.

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