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  • ICMSA Pre-Budget Submission 2014 | I C M S A
    2016 Staff Committees Dairy Farm Rural Affairs Committee Livestock Farm Business Executive Gallery National AGM Meeting 2015 General Gallery Useful Information Application Forms Links Events Diary Membership Contact Us ICMSA Pre Budget Submission 2014 Jul 25 2013 Download PDF 269KB

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/07/2402/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Retrospective Fines On Direct Payments Are Simply Unacceptable – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    of retrospective fines due to area issues back in 2008 but with absolutely no explanation as to why this fine is being imposed The penalty is being imposed on both the Single Farm Payment and the Disadvantaged Area Payment This decision Mr Comer said is very unfair treatment of farmers If there was a problem in 2008 the Department should have identified the problem then and dealt with it and not five years later in a year that farmers are struggling to make ends meet due to the very difficult last year and the high costs associated with it Farmers rightly assume that once payment has been made they are compliant and these letters have come as a total shock to farmers It is quite clear that the Department have improved technology in terms of identifying land and its usage but it is simply unacceptable that farmers are being fined without explanation for area issues five years ago when the farmer was cleared for payment at that time Mr Comer concluded by saying that the lack of explaination and tone of the letter combined with the threat of a penal interest rate of 3 per annum is unacceptable from a State Department and believes the decision to impose fines retrospectively must be reversed immediately Ends 26 July 2013 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA Summer Newsletter 2013 Drop in beef price estimated at 3 5 million loss to farmers in three weeks ICMSA Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA Winter 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Spring 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2013 Newsletter ICMSA Summer Newsletter 2013 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2013 Presidents Speech AGM Read

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  • ICMSA Tells Taoiseach Immediate Decisive Action Needed on Weather Crisis. | I C M S A
    in serious trouble at present and if the Government wants it to continue to play its role in economic recovery it will simply have to support it now through direct support for those farmers most in need ICMSA has proposed since August 2012 that the Government should access the EU Solidarity Fund for this purpose and we again proposed this today to the Taoiseach Farmers Mr Comer said have endured over twelve months of absolutely atrocious weather that has led to massive feed bills on farms fodder totally used up and a weather forecast at this stage not showing any sign of settling down The pressures on farmers both mentally and financially are absolutely huge and there needs to be an immediate recognition of this from the Government The weather crisis has been ongoing for a year and has now reached crisis point at farm level Farmers who are in difficulty should make contact with their local DVO and seek assistance immediately said Mr Comer At the meeting Mr Comer said that ICMSA requested that the Government immediately introduce a financial aid package for farmers which are required and it is simply not good enough to tell farmers to go to their banks Credit at this stage on many farms is stretched to its absolute limit they cannot take on any more and the Government needs to step in and help those most in need The Taoiseach Mr Comer concluded undertook to speak directly to the Minister for Agriculture Food Marine today on the growing crisis and to examine options for direct support to farmers Ends 22 April 2013 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal McCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say Minister must confront national weather crisis ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2013 Search the site ICMSA President

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  • ICMSA highlight ‘outrageous’ gap between Irish and UK beef prices and accuse processors of taking advantage of fodder crisis | I C M S A
    with markets returns According to Bord Bia figures the average price of a R3 steer this week in Ireland is 4 21 kg excluding VAT compared to 4 59 kg in Great Britain which is equivalent to approximately 140 per head on the average steer Compared with the same week in 2012 the gap between Irish and British prices has grown by approximately 50 per head and this clearly requires an explanation from meat plants at a time when farmers are facing a crisis at farm level Put bluntly the gap with our main market has increased by a massive 50 per head This should not be happening and farmers simply cannot afford such a price gap considering the massive costs being incurred on farms at present said Mr Guinan The ICMSA Beef Chairman said that markets for beef throughout the EU remain strong and with the UK still the major market outlet for Irish beef taking in excess of 50 of Irish beef exports farmers can justifiably be very suspicious about a gap of 140 per and are justified in concluding that the meat plants are taking advantage of the increased kill due to the fodder crisis to underpay farmers already financially hammered by the weather and fodder crisis Ends 26 April Michael Guinan 086 8766851 Chairman ICMSA Beef Cattle Committee or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2013 ICMSA want Irish Dairy Board Dairy 2 million fund paid directly to farmers in a distinct and transparent manner Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA Winter 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Spring 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2013 Newsletter ICMSA Summer Newsletter 2013 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2013 Presidents Speech AGM

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  • Presidents Speech AGM : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    for Irish farmers in particular active farmers Quite clearly at this stage the pro CAP lobby need to press harder for no further cuts to the Budget beyond those proposed by the EU Commission A national effort is required in this regard and the debate regarding its distribution should take place after we know our allocation Once the budget is known Minister there clearly are issues that need to be addressed The proposal to flatten the Single Farm Payment on a hectare basis leading to a single uniform payment in 2019 must not be implemented It would cause major financial problems for large numbers of farmers and farm families particularly those with repayment commitments and who developed their farm on the basis of the Single Farm Payment The Single Farm Payment system already contains many anomalies but we believe that the Minister s approach on maximum gains losses is the correct approach to take However we are concerned regarding two aspects at present ICMSA position is that payments must be targeted at active farmers and we are very concerned that the current proposals being discussed will not allow Ireland to target payments to active farmers This needs to be addressed In relation to coupling dairy farmers will not pay for a coupled payment for the beef sector Dairy farmers have paid heavily on the beef price grid and we will not pay again There can be no justification for cutting the Single Farm Payment of farmers in one sector to pay for a coupled payment for another sector and we will not accept it Greening is a word that is causing great concern to Irish farmers What does Greening actually mean for Irish farmers Go to any farmers meeting and a key concern is the bureauracy and fear associated with the Single Farm Payment We need to know the exact details of what greening means as for far too long the EU Commission have proposed so called simple initiatives that bring about enormous amounts of bureaucracy and cost for farmers We must ensure that this does not happen on this occasion On the base year of 2014 we said it last year and we ll say it again a future base year is madness and a recipe for disaster If the bureaucrats cannot see this you would simply have to question their knowledge of agriculture and in particular Irish agriculture Some people appear dismissive on this matter but it is a massive issue for active farmers and farmers are finding themselves no longer being able to lease land that they have farmed for years It will increase the cost of land to active farmers and it will also lead to an increased proportion of the Single Farm Payment going to non active farmers It is in short a recipe for disaster The current proposed base year must be changed or at least Ireland should get sufficient flexibility so that we can introduce a different base year to protect those farmers relying on rented land to earn their income If we re serious about getting a sound set of policies for Irish farming we must get a base year which will suit Irish conditions A key issue which I believe is not getting the attention it deserves in these negotiations is price volatility Dairy farmers will never forget 2009 and the damage is still there today on many farms Politicians have decided that we as farmers will be better off in an unregulated market Lets be clear an unregulated market did not work in the banking industry and it won t work in the dairy industry In agriculture we only have to look at the pig and poultry sectors in Ireland to see the outcome of unregulated markets and the decline in the numbers of farmers in these sectors Unless Minister you and your colleagues put in place appropriate policies to deal with volatility our members will remain extremely exposed and remember our retailers our processors will all survive by passing all the negative impacts back to the primary producer ICMSA certainly agrees that we can expand output at farm level Whether that can be done profitably is not so certain I attended the EMB protest in Brussels earlier this week and all our European counterparts have the same problem of an ever tightening price cost squeeze ICMSA supports the EMB call for a EU Market Monitoring Agency that would track the margins in the food supply chain The EU needs to analyse the marketplace better predict potential crisis and take action in advance of the crisis to bring the market back into balance The EU cannot leave the regulation of the food sector to profit hungry retailers and multinational processors It is about time that the truth regarding margins and profits came out and I would pose the questions is it healthy the continuing growth in the power of a small number of multiple retailers in controlling our global food supply chain Politicians have talked long enough on this matter and have done little to address the problem it is about time action was taken with clear regulation of the market from farm to fork In Brussels earlier this week the anger was there for all to see and this genuine anger is also in Ireland and our concerns must be addressed On the dairy side the reduction in milk price this year has put enormous pressure on farm incomes The current strong prices for dairy products must translate into milk price increases and I believe that we can look forward with optimism regarding milk price in 2013 Supply contracts are now a major concern for our members in particular in Dairygold Kerry and Glanbia Co ops wanted quotas abolished they got that and we now see them trying to introduce their own quotas and their own rules regarding the supply of milk Contracts must be fair to both suppliers and processors and Minister you and your Department have a

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  • ICMSA say farm families paying for Croke Park "Don't Touch" guarantees | I C M S A
    also directly impact on farm incomes in 2014 he observed On farm schemes which are of huge importance to farm incomes the reduction from 34ha to 30ha for the Disadvantaged Area Scheme will be a blow to many farmers dependent on farming for their income and farming difficult land In relation to the Suckler Cow Scheme it is clear that farmers are paying for this scheme themselves through a reduced Single Farm Payment and all farmers have seen this in the SFP payment this week where a linear reduction was applied for both 2011 and 2012 It s also disappointing that the payment for the Dairy Efficiency Scheme for existing participants has not been continued said the ICMSA President Set against the intense downward pressures on farm incomes this year the Budget has done nothing to alleviate the situation and will simply add to farmers woes said the ICMSA President Once again the safeguards and Don t T ouch guarantees given to the most privileged and protected sections of Ireland s workforce are being paid for by the likes of farm families already earning substantially lower average incomes who will now see their own payments cut yet again The untenable nature of the Croke Park Agreement had been illustrated yet again and its core principle underlined Those who are already untouchable will remain untouchable and all the rest must take the pain In the meantime farm families participating in schemes like DAS are now bracing themselves for their third cut in the same period It is grossly unfair said Mr Comer Ends 5 December 2012 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office MISSION STATEMENT ICMSA FAMILY FARM ORGANISATION FOCUSING ON SOLUTIONS Presidents Speech AGM Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA

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  • ICMSA Summary of Budget 2013 | I C M S A
    2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Spring 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2013 Newsletter ICMSA Summer Newsletter 2013 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2013 Presidents Speech AGM Read more Login Events Calendar January 2016 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

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