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  • Teagasc Conference on Weather patterns — ICMSA say farmers becoming concerned by the accuracy "or otherwise" of short-term weather forecasting | I C M S A
    who did come through it are still paying the bills the fodder crisis brought and will be paying those bills well into 2014 The issue of weather forecasting needs to be re examined and it would be timely to re establish the Agmet Group who examined this issue a number of years ago In terms of harvesting crops short term weather forecasting is hugely important and farmers are becoming increasingly concerned by the accuracy or otherwise of current weather forecasting and renewed investment is needed in this regard said Mr Rohan The physical mental and financial problems of 2012 13 took a huge toll on many farmers and under CAP Post 2013 a Crisis Reserve Fund will be established by cutting all farmers Single Farm Payments by 1 per year If a Crisis Reserve Fund is to mean anything it must mean that it will be made available to support farmers during severe weather events and the Minister for Agriculture Food Marine must ensure that this is the case because unstable and extreme weather shocks are as big an issue as product price shocks and the science is pointing towards the likelihood of them becoming much more frequent We must learn from the crisis of last year and ensure that we are better prepared for future events he said Ends 6 December Pat Rohan 087 6253506 Chairman ICMSA Farm Services Environment Committee Or Cathal MacCarrhy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say Japanese decision to re open their market to Irish beef testament to our growing food and farming reputation Ireland only fifth member of elite group Stable Outlook for Beef in 2014 is Welcome News for Farmers ICMSA Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA

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  • ICMSA say Japanese decision to re-open their market to Irish beef testament to our growing food and farming reputation – "Ireland only fifth member of elite group" | I C M S A
    wider agri food sector Mr Comer noted that very few countries were deemed to meet the standards required by Japanese authorities Ireland becomes only the fifth and for Ireland to join this elite group was testament to our growing reputation as producers of superb food and sustainable technically excellent farming ICMSA congratulated the Taoiseach Minister Coveney and all responsible for this latest positive market capture Ends 2 December 2013 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA welcomes 26 million in agri food marine and forestry research projects but note that primary producers require a similar commitment on the part of the Government Teagasc Conference on Weather patterns ICMSA say farmers becoming concerned by the accuracy or otherwise of short term weather forecasting 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

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  • ICMSA welcomes €26 million in agri-food, marine and forestry research projects but note that primary producers require a similar commitment on the part of the Government | I C M S A
    state in these sectors was repaid in multiples through employment and exports and by the fact that Ireland s reputation as a global standard setter in sustainable food production was now going from strength to strength The ICMSA President noted however that it was crucial that all the stakeholders in this dynamic sector realised that everything ultimately rested on the primary producers the farmers and that their needs requirements and rewards would require a similar commitment on the part of the minister and his Government Ends 28 November 2013 Queries to Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office President s speech at AGM 22 November ICMSA say Japanese decision to re open their market to Irish beef testament to our growing food and farming reputation Ireland only fifth member of elite group 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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  • President's speech at AGM 22 November | I C M S A
    the audit and Minister you must ensure that the processors pay that bill That was the basis on which ICMSA engaged with this scheme and we ve no intention of allowing the goalposts to be moved at this stage The processors said they d pay for the audits and we re going to hold them to that In relation to the beef sector we obviously started the year with the horsemeat crisis a crisis again that should not have happened and thankfully Ireland eventually came through it relatively unscathed On my travels around the country farmers continually raise the issue of over regulation and inspection at farm level and why problems at other links in the chain can potentially undermine our business and our income Farmers are clearly saying that there must be greater checks and balances on both the input and output side because if an issue arises it is almost always the primary producer that will pay through lower prices The horsemeat crisis is a warning to us all and we must ensure that it doesn t happen again The recent TLT receivership again highlights the vulnerability of farmers where buyers of their produce run into difficulties One such event can wipe out a family farm and the existing legislation is simply inadequate As the supplier of the primary raw material it is ICMSA policy that farmers should be made preferential creditors under the law and thus afforded a higher level of protection than is currently available Successive government have failed to act on this matter to the severe cost of many farmers and I would ask you Minister to consider this matter once again The live export trade is of huge importance to Irish farmers from calves to finished cattle and it is crucial that the Department and Bord Bia continue to promote this trade and ensure it is not undermined by TLT s difficulties Live exports provide farmers with a level of competition for the meat plants that is a fundamental necessity Beef prices in 2013 remain at a high level that is likely to continue because there is a reasonable balance regarding supply and demand for beef in Europe But that begs a question why was there a gap of 76 cents kg last week between an R3 steer in Ireland compared to an R3 steer in the UK this is equivalent to nearly 270 per head Where is this margin going to This can only be explained by the higher margin being taken by our processors and other links further up the beef supply chain at the expense of Irish farmers ICMSA repeats our call for a proper investigation of this astonishing and very long standing price difference With the expansion in the dairy herd it is inevitable that a greater proportion of Irish beef will come from the dairy herd and our beef industry needs to have action plan in place in this regard The beef grid was a bad deal for dairy farmers as ICMSA was almost alone in pointing out at that time and I believe in light of the changes coming in Irish farming now is the time to review the grid to address the inevitable People need to wake up to the fact that the suckler herd is not going to stay at current levels and we need to develop a credible plan for beef from the dairy herd CAP post 2013 was agreed this year and now Minister you have some key decisions to take I cannot stress how important these decisions are for our members because there are very real fears that they will face unprecedented cuts in their payments Unfortunately Minister under the agreement reached the vast majority of our members stand to lose but the extent of the loss will be determined by you The list of possible cuts is substantial and I am urging you to ensure that these cuts for active farmers are kept to an absolute minimum ICMSA is clearly stating that active farmers must be protected and I am deeply concerned at this stage that we are going to see a massive transfer of funding away from active farmers to people who simply own land This cannot be allowed to happen but I fear greatly this will be the net result Farmers will judge the outcome of this CAP Reform on the basis of the extent of the loss gain compared to their current payment not on the basis of Ciolos initial proposals ICMSA is the family farm organisation and decisions taken must be on the basis of protecting our family farm structure and not simply to provide our dairy and beef processors with the maximum amount of produce at the lowest possible cost On this point I d like to be very clear ICMSA does not support a coupled payment for the suckler herd funded from the Single Farm Payment Budget Given the extent of possible other reductions our members cannot afford another percentage cut whether it be three four or eight percent to fund a suckler cow payment Indeed Teagasc research has shown that only 20 of suckler farmers would actually gain from a coupled payment So we re left with the following question to which ICMSA would like an answer is it possible that a farmer with an average payment is going to suffer another deduction to fund a coupled payment for a farmer whose single farm payment is very possibly a multiple of the national average Does this make any sense on any level to anybody 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 The vast majority of our members are fulltime farmers totally exposed to volatility in terms of prices and weather with no insurance policy of an off farm income In a year like 2012 farmers are acutely conscious of the importance

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  • Large attendance expected at ICMSA Annual General Meeting this coming Friday | I C M S A
    will feature contributions from the President of ICMSA John Comer Minister Coveney and Aidan Cotter Chief Executive of Bord Bia before dealing with a second tranche of Resolutions from the various regions and areas Dinner will be served to all guests and attendees at 5PM A large attendance is expected and confirmation of intention to travel is required Members are therefore requested to ring 061 314677 or email info icmsa and indicate that they will be attending so that arrangements can be made accordingly Members of the media wishing to attend can contact Cathal MacCarthy at 087 6168758 or cathalmaccarthy icmsa ie Ends 18 November Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office President of farmers organisation says the Lissadell judgement vindicates the rights to private property President s speech at AGM 22 November 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

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  • President of farmers organisation says the Lissadell judgement vindicates the rights to private property | I C M S A
    of years there has been a steady build up of pressure up to and including the introduction of draft bills in the Oireachtas which would transfer property rights from the current owners to others in the form of Rights of Way and the so called Right to Roam ICMSA has always co operated with measures designed to increase access to the countryside provided that landowners property rights were respected and protected and that all access was on a voluntary basis and that remains our position said Mr Comer Ends John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say outstanding farm payments must be made immediately Large attendance expected at ICMSA Annual General Meeting this coming Friday 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/11/president-of-farmers-organisation-says-the-lissadell-judgement-vindicates-the-rights-to-private-property/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say outstanding farm payments must be made “immediately” | I C M S A
    heavily or indeed wholly dependant on these monies The problems around these outstanding SFP payments seem to centre on over claim issues while there are problems around the stocking rates that have led to the non payment of DAS the Department must deal with these matters immediately said Mr McCormack The ICMSA Deputy President noted that the payment of 75 of the REPS 4 premium in November is very welcome and previous plans to delay payment to farmers exiting REPS 4 until January have been scrapped 75 will be paid where no follow up action is required the remaining 25 will be paid when all of the spot checks have been carried out this year that s targeted to be Mid December and payment will follow after that said Mr McCormack The TAMS Dairy scheme has also received good news insofar as a reallocation of monies from other schemes means that all valid applicants for the tranche that ended 31 st August will be paid This in turn means that those applying for the last tranche at the years end should be successful in their application he noted Mr McCormack also observed that the figures from Department highlighted that the key areas of concern in Cross Compliance are Nitrates GAEC and Bovine Identification and registration Within Nitrates the main areas of concern are management and collection of farmyard manure Inspections are becoming more stringent as seen by the increasing number of penalties imposed in the last three years and it is clear that most penalties are due to minor technical breaches in regulations which should be dealt with by a yellow card system that takes account of the practical realities of farming rather than imposing unnecessary financial penalties on farmers concluded Mr McCormack Ends 5 November 2013 Pat McCormack 087

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  • ICMSA say new truck height restrictions "adds cost without benefiting anyone or anything" | I C M S A
    trailer loaded with straw three bales high was now actually in breach of the restriction and he predicted very considerable confusion and extra costs being loaded on farmers as the full impact of the new restriction is felt Mr Rohan noted that in the UK no such height restrictions existed and he said that this illogical and unnecessary restriction will simply add costs to our food production and exporting sectors without benefiting anyone or anything The ICMSA Committee Chairman called on Minister Varadakar to reverse the decision as quickly as practicable Ends 1 November 2013 Patrick Rohan 087 6253506 Chairman ICMSA Farm Services Committee Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Saudi Arabian Dairy Investment A very good day for the Irish food sector and more of the same please says ICMSA President ICMSA say outstanding farm payments must be made immediately 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

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