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  • Farm Council bulletin signals that ‘Do Nothing’ EU farm income policy still applies | I C M S A
    response had not been announced and the fact that the Council had yet again dodged a real confrontation with the margin grabbing of the corporate retailers signalled that the current do nothing attitude still reigned There was still no sign that the farm ministers or the Commission intended coming forward with a policy proportionate to the serious threat Europe s dairy farmers faced Ends 8 September John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA President to tell Brussels farmer demo that manipulation of corporate margins is wiping out dairy family farms ICMSA say any Co op paying less than 26 9 on August Milk is at variance with the Ornua Index 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/09/farm-council-bulletin-signals-that-do-nothing-eu-farm-income-policy-still-applies/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA President to tell Brussels farmer demo that manipulation of corporate margins is wiping out dairy family farms | I C M S A
    someone on minimum wage As it stands now ICMSA is predicting that Irish milk suppliers will be paid 580m less in 2015 than they received in 2014 The key question is who has benefited from this reduction in farm milk price because it s certainly not the consumer who s paying exactly the same We re left with the middle men and most specifically we re left with the gigantic food retail corporations who are managing the oversupply situation on the global market in a way that bricks off their margins from market volatility while wiping out farmers income A situation where milk suppliers are receiving a price that s less than the cost of producing the milk is untenable and everyone knows that It is a scandalous abuse that needs to be tackled once and for all said the ICMSA President Mr Comer said that farmers desperately need some signal from the Commission and the Ministers that they understand that this cycle of destructive price and income volatility can t go on and fundamental reform is required that levels the pitch and stops the kind of commercial abuse of the EU s farmers and primary producers by a cartel of food retail corporations who manipulate the own margins in a way that wipes out everyone behind them back in our case all the way back to the cow The only solution to this absolutely destructive cycle is the introduction of a system that guarantees farmers a fairer share of final retail price It could easily be done and done moreover on an EU wide basis by a Commission with the courage and conviction to face up to the supermarket corporations who hide behind the cheap food policy and dictate prices backwards to the farmers and forward to the consumers

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/09/icmsa-president-to-tell-brussels-farmer-demo-that-manipulation-of-corporate-margins-is-wiping-out-dairy-family-farms/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA call on Aldi and Lidl to pay the same minimum price here as in UK | I C M S A
    most Irish milk suppliers are currently receiving The ICMSA Deputy President called on the German headquartered discount giants not to differentiate between Irish and British suppliers in terms of what they would pay as a minimum price and he said that Irish milk suppliers were entitled to assume that Aldi and Lidl will commit to a similar currency adjusted minimum price here within the next few days Mr McCormack said that announcement would prompt an intriguing question as to why Aldi and Lidl could pay a price equivalent to 38 cents per litre but Dunnes Supervalu and Tesco could not or would not Mr McCormack said the milk price to farmers has fallen by about 35 in a year but hasn t fallen to the consumer by a single cent so the retail multiples had obviously gobbled up the farmers margins and were now in the position where they seemed happy to watch milk suppliers actually losing money on producing the milk on which they the supermarkets are now taking an even bigger margin The ICMSA Deputy President said it was a grossly unfair system that s gone on for far too long and which is steadily wiping out Europe s indigenous family farm system and the community based sustainable model of farm that system guaranteed Ends 18 August 2015 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Minister s call for repayments holidays for farmers is passing the buck ICMSA President to tell Brussels farmer demo that manipulation of corporate margins is wiping out dairy family farms 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/08/icmsa-call-on-aldi-and-lidl-to-pay-the-same-minimum-price-here-as-in-uk/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Minister’s call for ‘repayments holidays’ for farmers is ‘passing the buck’ | I C M S A
    of around 1 billion on 2014 levels The idea that Irish milk suppliers or indeed any nation s milk suppliers will be able to plan and operate on the basis of the kind of 35 000 to 40 000 annual income swing that we re going through right now is a terrible delusion Irish farmers don t want a feast or famine scenario they want an income that rewards their work investment and expertise on a fair progressive basis and they don t want to be left at the tender mercies of extreme market volatility or the cartel of international retailers who seem to escape the attention of every regulatory body certainly the EU Commission Ireland s family farm system just won t be able to withstand this kind of see saw fluctuations that sees periods of strong price followed by double digit falls against a background where farm inputs stay constant or more usually go up We don t need Minister Coveney urging the banks to do something for the farmers we need Minister Coveney himself to do something for the farmers specifically get the Commission to introduce a realistic 28 cents per litre intervention price and in conjunction with Minister Noonan look at a farm income averaging tool like the Australian style Farm Income Management Deposit scheme ICMSA has drafted in our pre budget submission Ends 14 August 2015 Queries to Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Falling milk prices take 1 billion out of rural economy Cork alone down 263 million spend on last year ICMSA call on Aldi and Lidl to pay the same minimum price here as in UK 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/08/ministers-call-for-repayments-holidays-for-farmers-is-passing-the-buck/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Falling milk prices take €1 billion out of rural economy – Cork alone down €263 million ‘spend’ on last year | I C M S A
    multiplier effect you see massive falls in the wider local economy as the farmers stop purchasing goods and services in their local communities said Mr McCormack before going on to instance the estimated losses for some of the bigger milk producing counties Based on very conservative calculations we expect that just Cork which accounts for a quarter of all the milk produced in the state will see a drop in spending of in excess of 263 million through direct reduction in milk price and the multiplier effect that sees that milk price spent in local communities Tipperary will see a fall of probably 111 million Limerick will probably be down about 85 million Kerry down by nearly 78 million and Kilkenny around 57 million This isn t income falling territory anymore in many cases this is income disappearance for the milk suppliers with measurable and very destructive knock ons for their local rural economies he said What s even more frustrating from an ICMSA point of view is the non interference policy that seems to be order of the day as far as the Government and the EU Commission is concerned They ve called an Emergency Farm Council in four weeks time What kind of emergency is that We re just seeing a kind of shoulder shrugging and shure they ll come back up again at some stage attitude and we don t think that s any kind of policy at all Whatever happened to the value added strategy being pursued by all our processors and Co ops where we were going to see a move away from a basic commodity basis and onto a level that was far closer to the final retail price Equally how do our politicians imagine that our critically important dairy primary producers can survive

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/08/falling-milk-prices-take-e1-billion-out-of-rural-economy-cork-alone-down-e263-million-spend-on-last-year/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Compliant Farmers Should Not Have To Pay For BVD Programme Failures – ICMSA | I C M S A
    on compliant farmers These failures have led to an extension of the BVD Eradication Program for a longer than anticipated time period and it is about time those responsible took seriously the issue of eradication and stop imposing additional costs on farmers who have fully engaged with the programme The retention of PI animals on farms is the main issue in the continuation of tissue tag testing for at least one year and most likely two years and it is simply not acceptable that this issue has not been dealt with From day one the measures in relation to the removal of PI s have not been adequate from compensation to the notification of neighbours or indeed the notification of the farmers vet so that he she could advise the farmer of the best course of action Compliant farmers followed the recommended guidelines of the eradication programme and simply cannot be expected to continue to pay for testing unless the PI issue fully dealt as quickly as possible There is no doubt that the BVD situation has improved but a serious error has been made in relation to the policy on PI animals and it is the responsibility of the Minister of Agriculture Food and the Marine to ensure the cost of compliance must be reduced substantially for all compliant farmers concluded Mr McCormack ENDS 31 July 2015 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Farmers and Rural Ireland Will Lose Over 500m In 2015 Due To Low Milk Prices ICMSA Falling milk prices take 1 billion out of rural economy Cork alone down 263 million spend on last year 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/07/compliant-farmers-should-not-have-to-pay-for-bvd-programme-failures-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Farmers and Rural Ireland Will Lose Over €500m In 2015 Due To Low Milk Prices – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    continue to invest in their business The clear message coming from farmers who are also faced with the burden of superlevy fines and expansion related debt is that despite increasing their level of production they are now producing more milk for less money than they received this time last year and they want to see immediate measures introduced that will stabilise the market situation and ensure that there are no further reductions in milk price The solution is clear the EU must immediately increase the intervention price to 28 cents per litre and send a clear signal to the market that it will not accept a situation where EU farmers have to produce milk below the cost of production The purchasers of dairy products can pay more as seen in 2014 and the EU must intervene to stop the current downward movement in dairy product prices While the current reduction in milk prices is having a direct impact on the dairy farmers in question the losses being suffered will inevitably impact on the wider rural economy and indeed said Mr McCormack reports are already coming of farmers who have cancelled planned investments on their farms given the current uncertainty The EU Commission has the power and the tools to remove this uncertainty and our Government along with other Member States need to immediately ensure that these tools are utilised to stabilise the market concluded Mr McCormack Ends 28 July 2015 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Comments from John Comer President ICMSA on French Farmer Protests Compliant Farmers Should Not Have To Pay For BVD Programme Failures 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/07/farmers-and-rural-ireland-will-lose-over-e500m-in-2015-due-to-low-milk-prices-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Comments from John Comer, President ICMSA on French Farmer Protests. | I C M S A
    last year to as low as 27 cents per litre at present along with the payment of superlevy fines and expansion related debt Farmers are becoming frustrated at the lack of action from the Irish Government and the EU Commission in relation to measures to stabilise dairy markets ICMSA had warned that this would happen in the event of an over supplied market and inaction from the policymakers is simply not acceptable Unless farmers see light at the end of the tunnel shortly and with some action at national and EU level to stabilise milk prices Mr Comer warned that this frustration will grow amongst farmers and they will make their feelings known In relation to the measures to support farmers announced by the French Government Mr Comer concluded that the proposal to delay the payment of income tax for a period of three months has direct relevance to Irish farmers and Irish farmers will argue strongly if it can be done in France when product prices are poor there is absolutely no reason why a similar initiative cannot be introduced in Ireland Ends 24 July 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Complacency At Beef Forum A Major Concern ICMSA Farmers and Rural Ireland Will Lose Over 500m In 2015 Due To Low Milk Prices 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 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/07/comments-from-john-comer-president-icmsa-on-french-farmer-protests/ (2016-01-06)
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