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  • Decades of River Mismanagement Responsible for Current Flooding – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    is prioritised Quite clearly at present this is not a priority and one only has to look at the environmental restrictions being imposed at national and EU level to justify this statement It is quite clear to anyone living along rivers that state agencies management and maintenance of river systems has been focussed on maintaining marine and other wildlife along the river systems and this has been prioritised over the needs of people living in the river floodplains The policy of flood defences is simply pushing the problem further downstream to other people It is quite clear at this stage that a national dredging programme of Irish rivers is required as a matter of priority and it is probably the 1960 s since this was done in the past Irish rivers are getting clogged up due to a total lack of management and maintenance over decades and we now need to address this problem To achieve this Mr Comer said that the immediate establishment of one body to manage rivers is required In relation to farmland put simply Mr Comer said that farm inspections should be suspended in these areas Farmers are under enough pressure in these areas trying to mind and feed cattle and it is simply unacceptable that an inspector could arrive and expect the farmer to give up a day in many cases to carry out the inspection Until the flooding has receded these farmers should not be inspected In relation to flooded slurry tanks ICMSA believes that the Departments guidance note to farmers is overly restrictive and doesn t take account of the realities facing farmers on the ground Firstly the concession to pump water out of tanks is only available in areas severely affected by flooding There will be isolated cases of farmers whose tanks

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/12/decades-of-river-mismanagement-responsible-for-current-flooding-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Welcome Full Co-funding For Dairy Direct Aid | I C M S A
    suffering substantially due to continued low milk prices and these funds should be paid out to all dairy farmers immediately However Mr McCormack noted that the total funding is only a drop in the ocean in the context of the losses suffered during 2015 and the potential losses in 2016 and quite clearly this must not be seen as the solution to the problem and an excuse to forget about the dairy industry most especially dairy farmers need European policy to do more to stabilize the milk market while the Irish government need to take further steps to minimize farm income volatility in the long term The facts are that the estimated loss in revenues in the dairy industry in this calendar year is approximately 580 million so these measures are required to address the escalating losses Dairy farmers are facing into a seriously challenging 2016 and ICMSA is concerned regarding the non interventionist approach being adopted by the Department and Commission and we need to see further proactive involvement in the market in the coming months with further aid packages to alleviate the losses incurred and to stabilise milk prices at a realistic level concluded Mr McCormack ENDS 09 December 2015 Pat McCormack is at 087 7608958 Or ICMSA Head Office 061 314677 Ireland Must Continue To Oppose Mercusor Trade Deal ICMSA Decades of River Mismanagement Responsible for Current Flooding 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 more Login Events Calendar January 2016 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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  • Ireland Must Continue To Oppose Mercusor Trade Deal – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    Irish beef sector is strongly opposed by the Irish Government according to Mr John Comer President of ICMSA The reluctance of the Irish delegation to support re opening negotiations at the Foreign Affairs Council in late November while welcome needs to be re enforced given that if import tariffs are reduced and EU standards are not a pre requisite for imports enormous long term damage could be done to the Irish beef sector due to a flood of cheap imports from factory type farms in South America Consistently over time the EU agriculture sector has been sacrificed in trade deals with benefits accruing to big business The Mercusor deal in particular is of huge concern and one need only look at the challenges already facing the Irish beef sector to know that we simply cannot afford unfair competition from beef imports that do not and will not meet the same exacting standards that we have to meet The Irish Governments reluctance to re open negotiations is welcome and they need to re enfore and build opposition to any such deal concluded Mr Comer ENDS 09 December 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Friends of the Earth must become friends with the facts ICMSA Welcome Full Co funding For Dairy Direct Aid 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 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/12/ireland-must-continue-to-oppose-mercusor-trade-deal-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Friends of the Earth must become friends with the facts | I C M S A
    and the state the revenue needed to allow it develop the intelligent responses required by this defining challenge Mr Comer said that while no one doubted the sincerity of Friends of the Earth the logic of their position was both unreal and potentially counter productive ICMSA was not arguing on the basis of special interest group for farmers the association was simply pointing out that the science proved conclusively that Ireland and Austria were the most environmentally sustainable dairy producing areas in Europe and that the basic logic of sustainability surely argued that for instance milk production should not be harmed in those areas where science said it had least environmental impact and should be reduced in those areas where it was most stressful to the environment This would strike most people as not just the most sensible way of looking at agri related emissions but the only approach likely to appeal across national borders and meet the kind of global response that one would have thought Mr Coughlan desperately wanted It doesn t make sense and is illogical to look for a uniform across the board reduction in agri emission when we can produce much more milk in this country with the same or less emissions than say a densely populated country on mainland Europe The obvious thing to do is to base different types of production in the different locations where that production is least environmentally stressful That works a lot better than saying for instance that both Ireland and Greece have to lower methane emissions from dairy herds by a certain double digit percentage We produce milk in a much less environmentally stressful way than Greece and that s just a fact This is really the problem Friends of the Earth have got to become more Friends

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  • This week's ICMSA AGM – Comer, Coveney & Hogan to speak – Special focus on likely outcome of Paris Climate Change Conference | I C M S A
    to centre on the likely outcome of the Paris Climate Change conference that begins just three days later on Nov30 In light of Minister Coveney s reported comments that Irish farming will not be given a free pass in relation to making reductions in carbon emissions there will certainly be robust exchanges of this issue and the seeming incompatibility of the Minister s comments with the stated aims of both Food Harvest and Food Wise the two officials reports setting out the growth plan and targets for Irish food production over the next decades ICMSA delegates will also expect to hear Commissioner Hogan elaborate and put some meat on the bone regarding the Commission s tentative plans to reform the EU s supply chain from its current state of non regulation of corporate retailers and tolerated abuse of the welfare and margins of primary food producers There has to be change of this lop sided and wholly destructive system and more fairness for the farmer producers ICMSA meetings are absolutely open transparent and robust questioning is not only tolerated but actively welcomed This week s AGM we trust will be in that tradition All members are eligible to attend but they must confirm their intention to attend by contacting Head Office at 061 314677 or info icmsa ie Ends 23 November 2015 Media queries to Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office TAMS II Applications Must Be Approved Without Delay ICMSA Friends of the Earth must become friends with the facts 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 more

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/11/this-weeks-icmsa-agm-comer-coveney-hogan-to-speak-special-focus-on-likely-outcome-of-paris-climate-change-conference/ (2016-01-06)
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  • TAMS II Applications Must Be Approved Without Delay – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    wait for Tranche 2 for approval Unfortunately for some farmers waiting for tranche 2 is not an option and to accommodate all applicants ICMSA believes that Minister Coveney should allocate additional funding to the first tranche to ensure the maximum numbers of farmers can be approved for immediate commencement of works The reality for some farmers is that they need immediate approval for this work in order to have the required infrastructure in place for spring 2016 and if this doesn t happen it may mean that they would be forced to sell dairy stock and this would be a major blow to their future plans The Farm and Rural Affairs Chairperson went on to say that the Minister and his officials are fully aware that there is a very short window of opportunity for dairy farmers in particular to complete much of the necessary works over the winter period to ensure parlours are up and running for the busy spring period In addition there are significant time constraints in terms of completion of necessary storage housing and safety works over this period Following the meeting Mr Rohan said that he was very concerned that approvals will not be issued on time and he called on the Minister to allocate additional resources to ensure that all farmers would be informed of their position before December Finally Mr Rohan said that the Department had confirmed to ICMSA that the closing date for tranche 1 for the Animal Welfare Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme had been extended to 30 November 2015 ENDS 9 November 2015 Patrick Rohan is at 087 6253506 Proposed Changes to TB Compensation Are Insulting ICMSA This week s ICMSA AGM Comer Coveney Hogan to speak Special focus on likely outcome of Paris Climate Change Conference Search the site

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/11/tams-ii-applications-must-be-approved-without-delay-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Proposed Changes to TB Compensation Are Insulting – ICMSA | I C M S A
    unfortunate enough to suffer a TB outbreak is adequately financially supported while restricted and sufficiently resourced to restock his her farm when the restriction is lifted Currently the income supplement for dairy cows stands at 25 per cow per month The proposed increase to 45 is still not anywhere close to the compensation needed compared to the losses incurred in particular during the peak milk production months A dairy farmer whose loses cows as reactors in March for example is effectively losing the complete lactation of that cow The compensation should be based on the month of start of the lactation and compensation paid accordingly to reimburse the losses adequately The further decision to reduce the depopulation grant smacks of a balancing act to remain budget neutral and fails to recognise the challenge of restocking a herd and the fact that the farmer in question effectively has no income from farming during the depopulation period This cannot be accepted in any form as the mental and monetary losses from a TB depopulation are not at all reflected in the current rates of depopulation grants The proposed significant reduction in payment for EBI herds is an insult to those that have invested heavily in breeding programmes over the years to improve their genetic merit For a cow with an EBI of 200 the proposal represents a loss of 224 and this simply cannot be tolerated and highlights a complete failure of the Department to recognise the heavy losses being suffered by farmers The TB compensation regime is clearly out of date and Mr McCormack concluded by calling on the Minister for Agriculture Food Marine to intervene and put in place a compensation regime that adequately compensates for the losses being suffered by farmers at this time ENDS 6 November 2015 Pat

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  • ICMSA decry decision of Bank of Ireland to cut services as ridiculous | I C M S A
    these new rules meaning that customers will be no longer be able to withdraw less than 700 or lodge less than 3 000 at the counter is akin to closing the branch completely At a time when the cost of bank services are increasing coupled with high interest rates in comparison to our European counterparts Bank of Ireland are out touch with the reality that a reliable customer service is key to the future of banking in Ireland Concluding Mr Comer is asking Bank of Ireland to reverse its decision immediately and if not the Government and the Central bank should step in and ensure the minimum level of services is provided to its customers into the future Ends 4 November 2015 John Comer 087 2957846 President ICMSA Farmers becoming extremely anxious about Spring 2016 outlook Proposed Changes to TB Compensation Are Insulting 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 more Login Events Calendar January 2016 Mon Tue

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