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The search is on for the 20th FBD Young Farmer of the Year. Organised by Macra na Feirme and supported by the IFA there are six additional awards on offer alongside the main prize in this landmark year for the event.

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IFA Deputy President Tim O’Leary has called on Minister Coveney to immediately make payments to the remaining farmers who are due their Basic Payment. He said that the Minister’s recent comments that these remaining payments will only be sorted out over a two-to-three week period will be of concern to farmers experiencing extreme financial difficulties as a result of delays.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman, Flor McCarthy has said that qualifying young farmers under TAMS who need planning permission for work and are soon to turn 40 years of age or to exceed the 5 year rule will be given 14 weeks to secure planning permission from the time of application.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has said that the rollout of all the TAMS schemes under the 2014–2020 Rural Development Programme must now be a priority for the Minister for Agriculture.

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