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  • Minister Needs To Provide Clarity And Resolve Single Farm Payment Anomalies As Soon As Possible – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    forward Like all previous agreements Mr Comer said that it is quiet clear that potential anomalies will arise that will unfairly penalise individual farmers and given that many farmers are already facing serious losses under the agreement these must be resolved With a new area base year of 2013 or 2015 with a future payment reference year of 2014 the application of linear cuts the application of cuts on those above the national average to mention a small number of the issues it is quiet clear major anomalies will arise and provisions must be made within the detailed rules to address these anomalies For example some farmers totally depending on farming for their income have a high payment per hectare but a low overall payment It is not fair that they will suffer a cut to increase the payment of an individual with a much higher overall payment but a lower payment per hectare With regard to the definition of active farmer Mr Comer said that the Minister should clarify at this stage whether he can implement measures such as a minimum stocking density and there is growing uncertainty that this can be done on a national basis and be applied to all farms While there was general consensus that payments should be targeted at active farmers unless measures can be implemented to achieve this this will fail and ICMSA is increasingly concerned that this is the case In conclusion Mr Comer said that the Minister needs to recognise the growing concern and uncertainty amongst farmers and in this regard he needs to take decisions as soon as possible to address this uncertainty and to remove unexpected and unfair anomalies in the implementation of the new system Ends 22 July 2013 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/07/minister-needs-to-provide-clarity-and-resolve-single-farm-payment-anomalies-as-soon-as-possible-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Milk Price Not Increasing In Line With Market Returns – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    dispute some indicators Mr McCormack said that the Irish Dairy Board Price Index is an actual reflection of the actual returns received by Irish processors The index is now at a historical high of 126 6 for June The index has increased 14 per cent since the start of the year which is not reflected in the increase in milk price Based on CSO data for milk price per litre up to May milk price increases have not kept up with increases in the purchasing index For the most recent figures available official average milk price increased by 3 3 percent between January and May However the IDB purchasing index increased 12 3 in this period This means the dairy processors have substantial ground to make up and it is essential that they close this gap said Mr McCormack Manufacturing Milk Prices including VAT Euro by Product and Month and IDB PPI 2013 January 2013 May Milk per litre 3 7 butterfat 0 361 0 373 Change 3 3 IDB PPI 111 124 7 Change 12 3 Source CSO and IDB The milk data in this series includes bonuses and June figures for milk price not published yet This withholding of milk returns comes at time when farmers are reintroducing concentrates and silage to alleviate grass shortages In addition input costs have not come back and milk processors will simply have to realise that milk price must keep up with input costs going forward It is quite clear that milk price has not kept pace with market returns and Co ops boards must insist that milk price is increased immediately to reflect the market and to allow farmers to meet the large debt burden facing them concluded Mr McCormack Ends 22 July 2013 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/07/milk-price-not-increasing-in-line-with-market-returns-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Welcomes Septic Tank Grants Scheme and Planning Exemption. | I C M S A
    treatment systems require remediation or upgrading Mr Rohan stated that it is important to note that in order to be eligible to apply for the grant your septic tank or other waste water system had to be registered by 1 February 2013 Also a householder can only apply for the grant where remedial action or upgrading is required following an inspection It is not possible to get a grant for work carried out in advance of an inspection an issue which Mr Rohan said ICMSA believes must be re examined to allow householders who are anxious to carry out remedial work immediately and in advance of an inspection but are not in a position financially to do so in the absence of the grant The ICMSA Chairperson stated that the signing of regulations by Minister for Housing and Planning Jan O Sullivan T D which provide for an exemption from planning permission for works arising from an inspection under the National Inspection Plan is an issue which ICMSA had raised with Minister Hogan and welcomes the announcement Mr Rohan concluded by stating that unnecessary and costly standards must not be demanded by Local Authorities and cannot become requirements in order to be eligible for grant aid Ends 22 July 2013 Patrick Rohan 087 6253506 Chairman ICMSA Farm Services Environment Committee Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Beef price reduction out of line with market position ICMSA Milk Price Not Increasing In Line With Market Returns 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/07/icmsa-welcomes-septic-tank-grants-scheme-and-planning-exemption/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Beef price reduction out of line with market position – ICMSA. | I C M S A
    Mr Guinan Beef farmers are still recovering from that prolonged bad weather period which resulted in mounting debt on farms by trying to maximise fodder saving in the last number of weeks Processors are cutting prices in the expectation of higher supplies in the next number of months and this leaves a bad taste with farmers who are trying their utmost to survive Mr Guinan said that the practice of dropping prices at this time of year has been on going for a number of years and beef farmers are amazed given the continued high prices in the UK and supply shortages in mainland Europe While processors might argue that reduced prices are due to supply and demand the facts are not as straightforward Up to the end of June total disposals were some 9 5 ahead of the equivalent period last year at 690 000 head Prices increased and held up during this time it is baffling to see why they have started to fall now It is important to remember that factory throughput was just under 1 4 million head last year which was the lowest cattle kill for more than 15 years and with an increase of 10 forecasted for 2013 it will still be the third lowest kill in that time period Supply remains tight relative to other years and yet how processors see fit to drop prices is incredible concluded Mr Guinan Ends 18 July 2013 Michael Guinan 086 8766851 Chairman ICMSA Beef Cattle Committee Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA predicting 40c L for June milk as markets improve again ICMSA Welcomes Septic Tank Grants Scheme and Planning Exemption Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA Winter

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/07/beef-price-reduction-out-of-line-with-market-position-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA predicting 40c/L for June milk as markets improve again | I C M S A
    Dairy Committee said that recent international auction prices and demand had demonstrated a consistent strength that had translated into the Irish Dairy Board announcing a rise in its index from 124 7 to 126 6 Against that background of a higher index Mr McCormack said that ICMSA was now insisting upon a price of 40c L for June milk as an absolute minimum This is not speculative request on the part of ICMSA We know for certain that the IDB index now easily supports that price of 40c L and we are insisting that the co ops and processors pay that to their milk suppliers who as everyone know are still in many cases reeling from the costs incurred during late Spring s fodder crisis and who are also seeing their margins already modest being steadily eroded by input inflation like diesel and fertiliser In that context farmers will expect to see their June milk hit 40c L as a minimum and ICMSA will monitor the prices being set as they are announced Ends 5 July 2013 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Comer says European floods might make Commission amenable to SFP advance as early and as high as possible Beef price reduction out of line with market position 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/07/icmsa-predicting-40cl-for-june-milk-as-markets-improve-again/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer says European floods might make Commission amenable to SFP advance – “as early and as high as possible” | I C M S A
    and to pay it out at the first permissible date in Mid October The plain fact is that farm families are in the midst of one of the worst cash squeezes in living memory The financial fall out from the spring fodder crisis is only now being fully reckoned and it is likely that that will take some years to work through it s that ferocious While milk price is relatively healthy we re seeing that steady erosion of margin through input inflation that ICMSA has been warning of for years This combination of current debt and input inflation is really undermining efforts to work though 2013 and the most pressing issue for many farm families is the massive constraints around managing cash flow Farmers badly need that advance payment due mid October to be as high as possible if they are to get any financial breathing space as they head into the back year We need Minister Coveney to aim for that and we need him to convince any sceptics in the EU Commission that the highest possible advance payment is both possible and necessary Given the desperate weather that they ve experienced in Central Europe in the last month some States might be more disposed to agree with us that farmers desperately need an advance on their payments and they need that signalled unambiguously and well in advance That s exactly what farmers need an advance on their SFP that s as high as possible and as early as possible said Mr Comer Ends 5 July 2013 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say outline CAP agreement represents some progress but overall sector still damaged ICMSA predicting 40c L for June milk as markets improve again Search the site

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/07/comer-says-european-floods-might-make-commission-amenable-to-sfp-advance-as-early-and-as-high-as-possible/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say outline CAP agreement represents some progress but overall sector still damaged | I C M S A
    ignore the fact that payments will be diverted from the state s most active and productive farmers and that this change was demonstrably against the development of the agri food sector and therefore the national interest Mr Comer said that the key decisions now had to be made at national state level and first amongst those would be the definition of what is an active farmer ICMSA would make its feeling very clear on this subject and the Milk Suppliers Association also repeated its complete rejection of a coupled payment which they said would lead to a further potential 8 cut in direct payments to all the country s farmers As he had already undertaken ICMSA would insist that Minister Coveney deliver the maximum national co funding permissible for the hugely important Pillar II schemes and he concluded by saying that the critical thing now was that any agreement was built upon by sensible decision making at national level that supported the most productive farming families in our sector Ends 25 June 2013 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA Submission on the second Review of Ireland s Nitrates Action Programme Comer says European floods might make Commission amenable to SFP advance as early and as high as possible 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/2013/06/icmsa-say-outline-cap-agreement-represents-some-progress-but-overall-sector-still-damaged/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Submission on the second Review of Ireland's Nitrates Action Programme | I C M S A
    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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/06/2372/ (2016-01-06)
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