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Addressing the World Farmers’ Conference in Milan this week, IFA President Eddie Downey said the climate change talks in Paris later this year will have to recognise the importance of supporting sustainable food production, and reach an agreement that promotes policies so countries like Ireland, which has the capacity and resources to grow food production sustainably, are allowed to do so.

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IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lynskey has said price cuts from the lamb factories this week are a step too far and are inflicting severe income damage on the sheep sector.

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IFA President Eddie Downey has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to establish the Working Group for the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) without delay, to allow it address the technical and operational concerns of farmers with the scheme.

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IFA President Eddie Downey led an IFA delegation including National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns in a meeting with the Ulster Farmers Union in Dublin this week where the current problems on beef prices and specifications both North and South were discussed. The UFU were represented by their President Harry Sinclair, Deputy President Ian Marshall and Chief Executive Clarke Black.

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