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  • Significant amendments needed for Department’s alternative Yellow Card proposal for inspections say ICMSA | I C M S A
    financial penalty under the tolerance system would automatically be put into a category where they will be at a higher risk of future inspection In addition should an inspection occur and the issue is discovered to have been not addressed the penalty would be three times the level applicable under the existing system of dealing with tolerance cases Such a system is not an improvement on the current system and is likely to mean more penalties on farmers as well as a higher risk of re inspection For this system to be acceptable ICMSA will require amendments including the removal of the clause that penalties will be multiplied by three and secondly that such farmers must not be included in a higher risk category for inspection said Mr McCormack In relation to notice of inspection Mr McCormack said that while some progress had been made on this matter the Department will have to ensure that all farmers subject to a no notice inspection get the same opportunity to postpone the notice elements of the inspection something not available under the current proposal We acknowledged that progress was made on a number of issues at last nights meeting but there are a number of outstanding issues that need to be addressed including the Yellow Card system Inspection notice and tolerances said the ICMSA Deputy President Ends 29 May 2015 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA express security concerns around publication of Direct Payment details ICMSA say Ornua s Index fall minute and insignificant and say current milk price easily justified 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/2015/05/significant-amendments-needed-for-departments-alternative-yellow-card-proposal-for-inspections-say-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA express security concerns around publication of Direct Payment details | I C M S A
    despite years of campaigning by ICMSA and other farm organisations all across the EU there didn t seem to be any will to publish those figures or even investigate retail margins being taken by some of the biggest and most powerful corporations on the planet Dealing with the plan to publish the details of Direct Payments the ICMSA President said that there simply has to be some acknowledgement of the security considerations for the farmers concerned He said he personally has no issue with someone going into a Department of Agriculture Office or a Teagasc office and outlining their reasons for knowing what farmer X receives in his or her Basic Payment But his organisation had a major problem with a publicly accessible website or list that gives the name address and amount paid to individual farmers in an environment where it was common knowledge that there are criminal elements that deliberately target rural residents Mr Comer went on to point out that all this will happen against a background of the closure of rural Garda stations He said it was not unreasonable to ask why certain people would want to know what some farmer living alone in a remote part of the country were receiving He said that ICMSA don t object to the listing of the payments but wanted some degree of supervision of who is accessing that list and why they are accessing that list Ends 29 May 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA says positive decision on status of BSE in Ireland Hugely Beneficial For Irish Beef Significant amendments needed for Department s alternative Yellow Card proposal for inspections say ICMSA Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/icmsa-express-security-concerns-around-publication-of-direct-payment-details/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA says positive decision on status of BSE in Ireland – “Hugely Beneficial For Irish Beef” | I C M S A
    a country must have had no indigenous BSE case in an animal born in the last 11 years Mr Comer said the upgrade is a ringing endorsement of the work and sacrifices made by farmers the industry and the regulators over the last nearly 20 years and it was now important that beef farmers see a benefit from this decision through higher prices for our beef Mr Comer said that great progress had been made over the past number of years in terms of improving market access for Irish beef and the decision today should further boost our efforts in the marketing and promotion of Irish grass fed beef In addition this decision should also lead to significant savings in terms of disposal of Specified Risk Material SRM and on this issue alone farmers should benefit through higher prices given that the costs of disposal will be significantly reduced and thus add value to Irish beef The global independent body on animal health has recognised the progress made by the Irish beef sector today and we must now push on boost market returns and return stronger prices to beef prices based on the recognised status of our beef concluded Mr Comer Ends 01 June 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Regional Veterinary Laboratories A critical piece of Agri food infrastructure that must be retained ICMSA express security concerns around publication of Direct Payment details 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/icmsa-says-positive-decision-on-status-of-bse-in-ireland-hugely-beneficial-for-irish-beef/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Regional Veterinary Laboratories – “A critical piece of Agri-food infrastructure that must be retained” | I C M S A
    and policymakers need to be realistic on this matter farmers simply do not have the time to travel long distances and when they do decide to go to the veterinary laboratory they need to be confident that the issue they have is being adequately addressed and we re not confident that this will be achieved by a collection centre type facility The Department needs to remember that in order to protect the whole Agri food sector farmers have to be encouraged to present animal health issues to the Department so that any issues can be dealt with before they become pressing or a major threat The Regional laboratories have played a very valuable role and proved themselves to be the first link with farmers over the years in this regard and that role should not be underestimated said Mr Comer The agriculture sector is unique in Ireland in that it has an economic and social impact in every townland in Ireland and its economic importance nationally has only received its due recognition since the economic crash in 2009 Food Harvest 2020 has set out ambitious targets for the sector based on the production of high quality produce from Irish farms To ensure its continued development the current Regional Veterinary Laboratory structure needs to be retained and developed so that any potential animal health and other risks can be identified and addressed in a timely fashion in the interests of the farmers in that region but also in the interests of the wider national Agri food sector concluded Mr Comer Ends 21 May 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA Supporting Safer Communities Campaign from Thursday 28th May to Wednesday 3rd June 2015 An Garda Siochana ICMSA says positive decision on status

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/regional-veterinary-laboratories-a-critical-piece-of-agri-food-infrastructure-that-must-be-retained/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA 'Supporting Safer Communities Campaign' from Thursday 28th May to Wednesday 3rd June 2015 – An Garda Siochana | I C M S A
    ICMSA Supporting Safer Communities Campaign from Thursday 28th May to Wednesday 3rd June 2015 An Garda Siochana May 21 2015 Download PDF 977KB Images of Chinese leader s visit to Mayo farm of immeasurable benefit to branding and reputation of Irish Food say ICMSA Regional Veterinary Laboratories A critical piece of Agri food infrastructure that must be retained 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 28 29 30 31 All Press Releases 2015 December November October September August July June May April March February January 2014 December November October September August July June May April March February January 2013 December November October September August July June May April March February January 2012 December November October September August July June

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/supporting-safer-communities-campaign-from-thursday-28th-may-to-wednesday-3rd-june-2015/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Images of Chinese leader’s visit to Mayo farm of “immeasurable benefit” to branding and reputation of Irish Food say ICMSA. | I C M S A
    and viewing our largely unique grass based production system will be of immeasurable benefit to the branding and reputation of Irish food in the Chinese markets on which so many Irish companies are expending such a concentrated effort Mr Comer said that Irish dairy products already commanded a premium in the Chinese markets and Premier Li Keqiang s visit would only copper fasten the image of our foodstuffs as world leaders in terms of their excellence and highest standard environmentally sensitive production Ends 17 May 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say Young Farmers Scheme welcome but glaring anomalies must be addressed ICMSA Supporting Safer Communities Campaign from Thursday 28th May to Wednesday 3rd June 2015 An Garda Siochana 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/images-of-chinese-leaders-visit-to-mayo-farm-of-immeasurable-benefit-to-branding-and-reputation-of-irish-food-say-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say Young Farmers Scheme welcome but glaring anomalies must be addressed | I C M S A
    delay in launching this scheme a delay that was totally outside his or her control and this needs to be addressed In relation to the Five Year Rule a significant number of young farmers who are undoubtedly committed to farming have been totally excluded from this scheme and again this needs to be addressed The ICMSA President noted that there are negotiations ongoing at EU level around the issue of simplification and if they are to mean anything this anomaly and that of having two simultaneous definitions of a Young Farmer needs to be addressed The further schemes due to be launched in relation to dairy equipment and general farm investment should be opened immediately said Mr Comer as it is quite clear that it could take at least six months from date of application to approval and farmers need to plan their investments in a structured way He said this was particularly important in relation to dairy equipment as farmers would need their approval by the end of September at the latest to allow the completion of their investment during the dry period In relation to the funding of the schemes the proposal to have up to 120m set aside for the Young Farmers Scheme means that there is only 275m available for all the other on farm investment schemes and the expectation is that the level of applications will be much higher under these schemes Farmers over 40 have investment requirements just as valid as those under 40 and a sufficient budget must be made available concluded Mr Comer Ends 14 May 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Comer says proposed extension of 31 August deadline for farm schemes should be supported Images of Chinese leader s visit to

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/icmsa-say-young-farmers-scheme-welcome-but-glaring-anomalies-must-be-addressed/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer says proposed extension of 31 August deadline for farm schemes should be supported | I C M S A
    longer period to complete their investments In relation to the Farm Safety Scheme Mr Comer said that the current short timeframe to complete works is putting pressure on farmers to finish the work in a hurry a fact that is in direct contradiction to the objective of the scheme itself which is to farm safely and it s also driving up costs unnecessarily The ICMSA President said that an extension for a number of months would allow farmers to complete the work in a more orderly and planned fashion while also reducing upward cost pressures Regarding the Dairy Equipment Scheme Mr Comer noted that the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine have informed ICMSA that 2 400 farmers have yet to complete the work under the scheme Given the practical realities of dairy farming the majority of these farmers will not be in a position to complete the work by 31 August with most of this work usually completed in the October to February period when cows are dryed off An extension to this scheme to early 2016 would mean that these farmers would have the opportunity to draw down this funding and complete the necessary investment thus ensuring that EU funding would not be lost For this and other reasons Mr Comer concluded by calling on Minister Coveney to support the proposed extension of the schemes deadlines ENDS 11 May 2015 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say processors must now base milk price on value added basis not commodity ICMSA say Young Farmers Scheme welcome but glaring anomalies must be addressed 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/comer-says-proposed-extension-of-31-august-deadline-for-farm-schemes-should-be-supported/ (2016-01-06)
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