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Food Safety Authority report on diet for One to Five Year-Olds stresses milk and says nut ‘milks’ are “nutritionally inadequate”


The President of ICMSA has welcomed today’s report by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) which found that children aged between One and Five should be consuming 550ml of cow’s milk or equivalent amounts of yoghurt or cheese.  Pat McCormack said that an expert and impartial voice had looked…

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ICMSA say Programme for Government can be “new start” for relationship between environmentalists and family farms – Programme has positives but lacks specific budgets


The President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, said that Programme for Government was certainly detailed in its scope and ambition and he said that farmers would be reassured by the tone of several of the passages dealing with agriculture.   Mr. McCormack said that efforts had been made to avoid the kind…

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ICMSA Welcome Covid-19 Beef Package


ICMSA President, Pat McCormack, welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine of a €50m beef support package and said that it is recognition of the substantial losses suffered by beef producers due to Covid-19.   Mr. McCormack said that it is important to recognise that all…

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ICMSA expecting milk price rise announcement as markets surge


The Chairperson of ICMSA’s Dairy Committee has said that his Association expects the prices to be announced over the next days by processors for milk supplied in May to reflect what he called a “surging recovery”.   Mr. Gerald Quain said that the rally that had begun in the last week…

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Deadline for Loan Moratorium Fast Approaching – ICMSA.


Farmers under financial pressure due to Covid-19 should conduct a financial review in the coming week to access their circumstances for the second half of 2020 and determine if they need to engage with their financial institution, according to ICMSA Farm Business Chairperson, Mr. Shane O’Loughlin. The deadline for applying for…

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ICMSA advising farmers that deadline for rectifying any non-compliance issue under BPS scheme without penalty is approaching.


ICMSA Deputy President, Mr. Lorcan McCabe has advised that the preliminary checks system for BPS applications which notifies applicants of any non-compliance in the areas of overclaims, dual claims, and overlaps is currently under way and will close in the coming fortnight.   The system allows farmers to rectify any…

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ICMSA Calls For Immediate Publication Of Future TAMS Tranche Deadline Dates.


  Tranche 17 of TAMS closes on Friday, 5 June 2020 and yet unlike previous tranches, no future application periods have been outlined by the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine.   “Funding under TAMS is committed to the end of 2020 so ICMSA expects 2-3 more Tranches but farmers have been…

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ICMSA say clarity required “immediately” on 2021 CAP payments


The President of ICMSA has said that clarity is required immediately from both the EU and the Irish Government on the question of whether payments under all farm schemes will be at least maintained at current levels in 2021. Pat McCormack said this confirmation will provide farmers with a level…

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ICMSA President says people filming themselves doing stunts on farm machinery for social media is “an invitation to tragedy”


The President of ICMSA said that people driving tractors while filming themselves for upload onto social media platforms was “dangerous, irresponsible and had to stop”.  Pat McCormack said that he was appealing to these young drivers – specifically young men – to recognise the incredible dangers this practice represented and…

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ICMSA President says publication of EU’s ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy is “last chance” to rebalance food supply chain


  The President of ICMSA has warned that tomorrow’s announcement of the EU’s ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy represents what Pat McCormack called “a last chance” to preserve what’s left of the EU’s family farm system and wrest back control and direction of the EU’s Food Supply Chain from the retail…

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