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Responding to today’s address from Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan on the Future of Food and Farming, IFA President Joe Healy said an increased budget is essential for the future CAP to be effective and to ensure a supply of safe, sustainably produced food for European consumers.

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More than 600 farmers will pack into Goffs in Kildare tomorrow at the beginning of an important week for IFA’s Brexit campaign. EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan will hear a clear message on the outcome needed from the negotiations for the farming and food sectors.

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IFA has made a comprehensive submission to the Department of Agriculture in advance of the last negotiations on the EU €500m aid package, the final text of which will be voted on in Brussels on 25th August next.

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Speaking from Normandy where he was this week attending the first European Dairy Meeting organised by the French dairy farmers’ union, FNPL, IFA Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary said it was important that the current severe milk price slump would encourage European farmers to press their policy makers and industry stakeholders to urgently develop instruments to help them deal with extreme volatility.

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IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey met with the new Chairman of the EU Commission Sheep Reflection Group, John Bryan together with the leader of the French sheep farmers, Michele Boudouin in Ireland last week to discuss common issues on sheep ahead of the forthcoming meetings of the new sheep group in Brussels.

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