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ICMSA say farmers supplying 400,000L to Lakelands on course to see 2023 income drop by €48,000.


The President of ICMSA has described the cuts in milk price announced since the start of the year as “absolutely horrendous” and noted that for a farmer supplying 400,000 litres to Lakelands, the drop in revenue for 2023 will be of the order of €48,000.  Pat McCormack said that this…

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ICMSA and International Women’s Day


The President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, said that International Women’s Day gave everyone involved in Irish farming and the wider agri-sector an opportunity to simply acknowledge the fact that there would be no such thing as ‘Irish farming’ without the central role played by women. To our shame, that role…

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Coming up on mid-March and still no sign of Dept’s official communication on N farmer banding rates


The President of ICMSA has described as “stunning” the fact that most dairy farmers in the State have yet to receive official notification from the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine on what nitrates ‘Band’ they will be in. Speaking after a recent meeting with officials, Pat McCormack said…

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ICMSA President calls on Oireachtas finance Committee to ascertain the basis for 1900 AIB ‘write-offs’.


The President of ICMSA, the state’s dairy farmer organisation, has called on the Oireachtas finance committee due to hear AIB’s account of the 90% ‘write-offs’ given to some 1900 borrowers to ascertain – on behalf of the taxpayers who then owned the bank – the basis and criteria for those…

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ICMSA critical as hen harrier payments head for “fourth delay”


The Deputy President of ICMSA has noted that the 2022 payments due to those farmers eligible under the Hen Harrier scheme are now headed towards their fourth delay. Denis Drennan, who also serves as chair of the association’s Farm & Rural Affairs Committee, said that numerous complaints have been received…

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ICMSA meet Department of Justice, Gardai and NPWS and call for “specific data” on trespass-hunting on farms.


Speaking after a meeting with the Department of Justice, An Garda Siochana, and the National Parks and Wildlife, the Deputy President of ICMSA, Denis Drennan, said that many matters needed to be clarified if what he called the “endemic problem” of farm trespass by organised illegal hunting gangs is to…

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ICMSA say suspicions growing around fertiliser sellers’ reluctance to quote prices for orders


The President of ICMSA, Pat McCormack, has said that the association has been made aware of numerous cases where fertiliser suppliers have actually refused to quote enquiring farmers a current price for a specific volume.  Mr. McCormack said the practice was leading to speculation amongst farmers that – as the…

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Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) – Farmers alerted that ‘first month deadline’ falls on Jan 31


The Chairperson of ICMSA’s Farm Business Committee, Shane O’Loughlin, has warned farmers intending to engage with TBESS that claims deadline for the first month covered by the scheme, September ’22, is fast approaching.     “The TBESS provides support to qualifying farm businesses in respect of energy costs in the period…

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ICMSA “categorical” that ACA for slurry storage will not end in June and will continue for the three-year period indicated in Budget


Speaking after receiving many calls from confused and anxious farmers in relation to contradictory the Accelerated Capital Allowances (ACA) for slurry storage, ICMSA’s Farm Business Chairperson, Shane O’Loughlin, has said that the scheme for ACA on Slurry storage is “categorically” open for three years as first indicated in Budget 2023.…

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ICMSA concerned that Co-op sustainability schemes are locking farmers into anti-competitive inputs pricing


The President of ICMSA has warned that while there is a very strong commitment from farmers to proactively pursue more sustainable farming practices and technologies in that effort, farmers are becoming wary of practices that are ostensibly about helping that commitment but which seem to amount to nothing but anti-competitive…

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