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Bord na Mona contact ICMSA as farm organisation reaffirms position on Rewetting: “Neighbouring farms require and are entitled to written guarantee


 ICMSA have confirmed that Bord na Mona have responded to the farm organisation’s call for the semi-state to provide a written guarantee to farms adjoining the sites of their proposed Rewetting Project. The farm organisation wants a guarantee that commits the semi-state to make good any damage to the private…

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Lack of focus given to farming makes Rural Development Plan “fundamentally deficient”


Responding to the publication of the Rural Development Policy 2021-2025, the President of ICMSA said that the plan suffered from what Pat McCormack described as “the chronic ailment” of governmental policy in that it was notably heavy on vague aspirations and correspondingly light on any meaningful detail as to how…

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EU Ombudsman finds that EU negotiation of Mercosur Agreement “constituted maladministration”.


The EU Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has said that the European Commission failed to assess the Mercosur Agreement’s sustainability and that their conclusion of the agreement without a much more considered analysis of the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) constituted maladministration.  Coming on top of a number of Member States, notably France, indicating…

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Milk Policy

Irish policymakers urged to study proposed French Law on farm production costs.


  The President of ICMSA has urged Irish politicians and policymakers to pay attention to the debate underway in France where a new law is proposed that will force buyers of food and agri-produce to take account of the costs of production in negotiations with the farmers.   Mr. Pat McCormack…

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ICMSA welcome opening of Dairy Beef Calf Programme they put forward.


The President of ICMSA has welcomed the opening of the Dairy Beef Calf Programme by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Pat McCormack said the programme – which ICMSA had put forward and lobbied for – was a decisive step in the right direction, but would clearly need to…

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ICMSA say restriction on sustainable dairying is “hugely disappointing”.


Speaking following a meeting with Glanbia Ireland on its proposed peak management scheme, the President of ICMSA said that it is hugely disappointing that an Irish processor has found itself in a situation outside of its control whereby it must introduce such a scheme and restrict family farms from reaching…

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ICMSA say new Kerry Forward Price Scheme is “the benchmark” for other Co-ops and processors.


The Chairperson of ICMSA’s Dairy Committee has described the latest forward price scheme offering by Kerry Co-op as extremely encouraging and Ger Quain said it was a ‘vote of confidence’ in dairy prospects through Peak Production and into Q3.  Noting that the Kerry scheme offers a base of 34.8cpl at…

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Decision to increase VAT Rate on milk recording is counter to Govt policy and should be reversed.


The Chairperson of ICMSA’s Farm Business Committee has called on the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohue, to reverse the decision to increase the VAT rate on milk recording, Shane O’Loughlin said that ICMSA raised the issue last year in 2020 and the association was disappointed that the matter had not…

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ICMSA call for TAMS Reference Costs to be increased and applied to grants currently “in the system”.


Speaking following a meeting of the Farmers Charter Committee today, the Chairperson of ICMSA’s Farm and Rural Affairs Committee said that the association proposed that the Department immediately review the reference costs being used for TAMS investments to reflect the increased cost of materials in recent months.   Denis Drennan said that…

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Midlands Rewetting – ICMSA welcome Bord na Mona clarifications but note “inescapable contradiction” in semi-state’s position.


Speaking after a meeting with Bord na Mona and what he described as “a detailed and comprehensive presentation” of the reasons and procedures around the proposed Bord na Mona rewetting project, ICMSA President, Pat McCormack, said that a lot of matters had been clarified as far as his Association is…

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