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  • Farmers becoming extremely anxious about Spring 2016 outlook | I C M S A
    gives a milk price in excess of 26 cents per litre If processors are reluctant to pay an easily identifiable market price now then we frankly worry about their decision making in Spring 2016 Mr Comer also described as incredibly naive the suggestion that the Commission s work is done following the announcement of the support package on September 7 A lot of the problems affecting farmers all over the EU are directly linked to political decisions the Russian ban is a perfect example and farmers cannot be expected to pick up the tab for this political ban into next spring Further actions are needed to support the market and at a minimum intervention price needs to be increased Farm ministers have bluffed their way around this issue blaming others and circumstances when it s been obvious for a long time now that a much more fundamental reappraisal of the viability of the present supply chain and margin allocation is required In the meantime the responsibility lies with the Commission and Farm Council They have the option to increase the intervention price and they need to do so at the November Farm Council said Mr Comer The ICMSA President said that one practical way for Minister Coveney and the Government to help farmers in the event of any Spring 2016 crunch was to force financial institutions to offer real rather than token support to their farmer customers with one option being the linking of repayment levels to milk price and a serious attempt to bring Irish interest rates need to be brought into line with EU norms and an end to extortionate rate charging Ends 30 October 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA welcome Brady to chair Farmers Charter Monitoring

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/10/farmers-becoming-extremely-anxious-about-spring-2016-outlook/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcome Brady to chair Farmers’ Charter Monitoring Committee and say “first test” is already here | I C M S A
    those solutions through In addition where changes are made to the Charter in the future the Monitoring Committee and Chair are obliged to ensure that these changes have been negotiated and agreed and not introduced on the Department s say so and without agreement as has happened in the past It s fair to say that the record of the Monitoring Committee has been varied over the years and it is crucial that from Day One that the Committee demonstrates its independence and determination to ensuring that commitments given are fully honoured and not merely some rough guide to be changed at the whim of the Department said Mr McCormack The ICMSA Deputy President said that based on the volume of calls from members his association has received over the past few weeks there are major problems in relation to the BPS Greening payment and ANC payment and he said the first test of the Monitoring Committee was whether they can ensure that these are resolved without delay The BPS Greening and ANC payment now represent a huge proportion of farmer s income and with many bills to be paid at this time of the year as well as tax bills delays of a number of weeks mean huge difficulties for individuals he continued At this stage it certainly appears that the Department has already broken the target of 90 of all applicants being paid in Week One and this is very discouraging Farmers submitted their application before the closing date of 31 May 2015 and they have a legitimate right to expect that their application would be processed and paid at this stage The Charter Monitoring Committee will be judged on their performance in clear cut cases exactly like this where the Department has fallen short concluded the ICMSA

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/10/icmsa-welcome-brady-to-chair-farmers-charter-monitoring-committee-and-say-first-test-is-already-here/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Summary of Budget 2016 | I C M S A
    Council 2015 2016 Executive Area Chairpersons and Committees 2015 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 Summary of Budget 2016 Oct 14 2015 Download PDF 55KB Earned Income Credit for farmers and other self employed a historic first step say ICMSA ICMSA welcome Brady to chair Farmers

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/10/icmsa-summary-of-budget-2016/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA take issue with “rather casual attitude” displayed by Minister Coveney in relation to 40% fall in dairy farmers’ income | I C M S A
    a price recovery occurred by that point it would be far too late in terms of the peak milk production period when the bulk of the State s milk is produced Price will certainly have to recover before March and Minister Coveney will be fully aware of that if prices remain at their current level and if the Reign of Ruin of the retail corporations is allowed to continue without the question of fair margins being addressed then we are facing a desperate situation The individual farmers coming into to our stand to ask about milk price just can t be reassured by vague predictions about a price recovery for mid 2016 They may well have borrowed to expand because they were told in reports like Food Harvest that it was onwards and upwards for the dairy sector and now they re looking at the new debt and a 40 fall in income and being told that a price recovery is predicted for next year but even if it comes it will come too late for their best production months They won t be sleeping any better for hearing that said the ICMSA President Mr Comer said that during the course of this morning s visit by the Toiseach to the ICMSA stand he had raised the issue of the wholly inadequate 13 7 million EU aid package resulting from the Farm Council 7 September meeting and had received very positive signals that the Government would be adding considerably to the monies already allocated Ends 23 September 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Irish Examiner ICMSA Farming Survey 2015 Commissioner Hogan s dismissal of milk price crisis as peaks and troughs irritates ICMSA Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/09/icmsa-take-issue-with-rather-casual-attitude-displayed-by-minister-coveney-in-relation-to-40-fall-in-dairy-farmers-income/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Irish Examiner ICMSA Farming Survey 2015 | I C M S A
    2015 2016 Executive Area Chairpersons and Committees 2015 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 Irish Examiner ICMSA Farming Survey 2015 Sep 17 2015 Download PDF 128KB ICMSA dismiss 13 7m from EU Fund to address dairy crisis as miniscule ICMSA take issue with rather casual attitude displayed

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/09/irish-examiner-icmsa-farming-survey-2015/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA dismiss €13.7m from EU Fund to address dairy crisis as “miniscule” | I C M S A
    the EU is only 3 6 of the total losses to the end of August and clearly is not adequate It s just foolish for EU Agriculture Ministers to believe that the package of measures announced at the September 7 Farm Council are anywhere near sufficient to address the current downturn in milk prices they may assist the recovery when supply and demand come back into balance but dairy farmers are still left worrying their very survival over the next six to twelve months They are operating in a marketplace that is both oversupplied and dominated by a small number of large buyers who are increasing their margins despite the over supplied marketplace To suggest to farmers that establishing High Level Groups or sharing experiences of unfair trading practices will resolve their problems is simply misleading Everybody knows the issues in the food supply chain and everyone can see the destructive effects resulting from the absolute dominance of a number of players it s a question of whether the EU has the will and sense of fairness to do something about it These proposals will not resolve the situation and we need to see further measures to support farmers over the next year In the meantime the support secured should be paid out to dairy farmers as soon as possible to aid cashflow which is critical on some farms at this stage said Mr Comer Ends 15 September 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office EPA Farm Hazardous 2015 Waste Collection Centres Irish Examiner ICMSA Farming Survey 2015 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/09/icmsa-dismiss-e13-7m-from-eu-fund-to-address-dairy-crisis-as-miniscule/ (2016-01-06)
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  • EPA Farm Hazardous 2015 Waste Collection Centres | I C M S A
    2016 Executive Area Chairpersons and Committees 2015 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 EPA Farm Hazardous 2015 Waste Collection Centres Sep 15 2015 Download PDF 455KB ICMSA say any Co op paying less than 26 9 on August Milk is at variance with the Ornua Index ICMSA

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/09/farm-hazardous-waste-collection-centres/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say any Co-op paying less than 26.9 on August Milk is “at variance” with the Ornua Index | I C M S A
    of improvements in recent weeks with two positive GDT auctions while Dutch dairy quotations over the past two weeks have been positive The news from Fonterra that its production in New Zealand will be 2 3 lower in the 2015 16 season will certainly have a positive impact on market sentiment he said Dairy farmers have seen their milk prices slashed over the last 12 months and while they understand the weakness in the market they are very clearly now asking whether their processor have imposed cuts beyond those justified by the marketplace and overstepped the mark Any Co ops boards that pays less than 26 9 cpl for August milk is going to have to explain to their suppliers exactly how they re arriving at their milk price because their price is demonstrably at variance with the Ornua PPI Remember the last time the index was at its current level was in July 2012 but that month Irish milk processors were paying between 27 5 cents per litre and 31 cents per litre which is substantially above the current prices being paid by most processors It s also worth remembering that energy costs were substantially higher at that stage then they are now while we had the much vaunted investment in value added dairy products over the intervening period noted Mr McCormack Ends 15 September 2015 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President of ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Farm Council bulletin signals that Do Nothing EU farm income policy still applies EPA Farm Hazardous 2015 Waste Collection Centres 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/09/icmsa-say-any-co-op-paying-less-than-26-9-on-august-milk-is-at-variance-with-the-ornua-index/ (2016-01-06)
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