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IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed the support received from Seán Canney, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, for the national roll-out of a network of farm tyre waste bring centres.

Thomas Cooney said, “Minister Canney attended the successful farm tyre waste bring centre in Athenry last weekend, and saw at first hand the hundreds of farmers who travelled from the region to sustainably manage and recycle old used tyres that are not required anymore to anchor silage pits. He also understood and supported the need for the recycling service to be extended to allow farmers in other counties the opportunity to recycle these old tyres.”

“IFA has sought a meeting with Minister Canney and we look forward to working with him and his officials to build on the good work so far and ensure we all play our part in keeping the countryside clean.”

The next farm tyre waste collection will take place next Saturday in Gortdrum Mines in Monard, Co Tipperary between 9am and 5pm.

To mark UN World Food Day, Smart Farming, the voluntary programme led by IFA in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has announced its 2018 results.  World Food Day highlights important issues including food security, sustainability and climate change.

The results demonstrate the successful delivery of the Programme’s dual roles of identifying ways to improve farm returns while enhancing the rural environment.

The headline results are as follows:

  • Average cost saving on farms of €7,170
  • 9% average greenhouse gas emissions reduction
  • Soil fertility accounted for 42% of the savings
  • Grassland management accounted for 17% of savings

Commenting on the results IFA President Joe Healy said, “This has been a challenging year for farm families right across the country, with a prolonged wet spring and a long dry summer. This challenging weather is a reminder to us all of the fragility of our environment. That’s why IFA is pleased to work with the EPA and experts from Teagasc, UCD, Bord Bia, the SEAI and others to focus on ways to make a positive economic and environmental difference. For me, the single biggest success of Smart Farming is the growing number of famers wanting to participate in this programme, which is making a difference for them, their families and the wider community”.

Laura Burke, EPA Director General added, “A clean environment is the basis of a healthy life for everyone in this country. Smart Farming is an important element in the suite of programmes under the EPA’s National Waste Prevention Programme which focuses on waste prevention and better resource management in Ireland. Through this strategic partnership, the EPA is providing practical leadership to reduce the environmental impact of the farming community and to bring about the transformational change required to transition to a low carbon and resource efficient economy. The supports provided through Smart Farming are shared through peer-to-peer learning and have the potential to be scaled up across the country.”

Smart Farming is holding a seminar tomorrow, Tuesday April 10 focusing on ways farmers can save up to €5,000 and enhance the rural environment.

Smart Farming is a voluntary resource efficiency programme led by IFA in conjunction with the Environment Protection Agency.

The Department of Agriculture Knowledge Transfer approved event is FREE to attend.

Date: Tuesday, 10th April
Time: 1.45pm
Venue: Portlaoise, Midlands Park Hotel (formerly Heritage Hotel)

Book your place here!

Speakers from Teagasc, UCD and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland will highlight ways to protect the rural environment, while reducing fertiliser, feed and energy costs.

Clodagh Cavanagh, CEO of Abbey Machinery will talk about how good resource management in her business is an important element to their success.

Liam Sheedy, successful former Tipperary Hurling Manager will talk about the importance of farmers minding the most important resource on their farms – themselves.


Come to a free Smart Farming Seminar to find out how you could make savings of up to €5,000 on your farm, while reducing your farm emissions!

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