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  • ICMSA urge vigilance and safety-first on farms and rural roads during current intense silage-harvesting period | I C M S A
    as farmers take advantage of the current dry spell to harvest silage Farmyards and rural roads are extremely busy at the moment with contractors and farmers under pressure to get silage in as quickly as possible Mr O Donoghue said that ICMSA are appealing to both farmers and contractors to ensure all work is carried out on a safety first basis with no relaxation of vigilance or safety standards to be permitted He urged all road users to be aware of the dangers of increased agricultural traffic on rural roads and the need to slow down and exercise caution at all times The ICMSA Rural Development Chairman concluded by stating that it is precisely when the temptation to rush is greatest that the need for extra concentration and commitment to best safety practice is necessary and he specifically asked visitors to rural areas to be especially careful and alert at all times but especially in the evening Ends 13 June 1013 Willie O Donoghue 087 2753147 Chairman ICMSA Rural Development Committee or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA welcomes announcement of 6 000 AEOS 3 Contracts but says new Agri Environment Scheme under new CAP still required ICMSA Submission on the second Review of Ireland s Nitrates Action Programme 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/06/icmsa-urge-vigilance-and-safety-first-on-farms-and-rural-roads-during-current-intense-silage-harvesting-period/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer says Minister must deliver for Irish farmers in CAP Negotiations over next 10 days | I C M S A
    farming Quite clearly in the context of a reduced budget agreed under the Multi annual Financial Framework Ireland is already facing a reduced budget allocation and the issue now is how this reduced sumis to be distributed amongst farmers Having been in Brussels as late as last week I am now certain that crucial decisions in terms of the Single Farm Payment as well as Pillar II schemes such as Disadvantaged Area Payments and Agri environment schemes and measures to address price volatility are all likely to be decided over the next ten days and the outcome will most definitely determine the future of farm families across the country and their ability to survive into the future noted the ICMSA President From an ICMSA perspective the issue of the minimum payment needs to be addressed and we must ensure that the payments of those dependent on farming for their income are not seriously undermined The issue of the Base Year to be used and the rules around Greening must also cater tothe needs of Ireland In relation to Pillar II the need for an effective scheme for disadvantaged areas and a meaningful agri environment scheme are absolute fundamental The last year has shown the vulnerability of farming in the wetter parts of the country and Pillar II will have to play a key role in addressing this issue said Mr Comer Finally price volatility has not gone away and while milk price is in a strong position at present farmers are not fools and clearly understand how vulnerable they are to price swings under the current policy regime The current proposals on market instruments will not protect the family farm structure in Ireland and this matter will simply have to be addressed The future structure of Irish farming is at

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/06/comer-says-minister-must-deliver-for-irish-farmers-in-cap-negotiations-over-next-10-days/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcomes announcement of 6,000 AEOS 3 Contracts but says new Agri-Environment Scheme under new CAP still required | I C M S A
    be recognised that approximately 9 500 farmers have been in limbo since they applied for AEOS 3 almost six months ago He stated that it is regrettable that many of the unsuccessful applicants have been participating in REPS since its inception but now find themselves without any option to participate in an Agri Environment Scheme Mr Rohan concluded by stating that it is essential a properly funded Agri Environment Scheme is provided for under Pillar II of the new CAP Ends 30 May 2013 Patrick Rohan 087 6253506 Chairman ICMSA Farm Services Environment Committee Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA welcome Nitrates amendments ICMSA urge vigilance and safety first on farms and rural roads during current intense silage harvesting period 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/2013/05/icmsa-welcomes-announcement-of-6000-aeos-3-contracts-but-says-new-agri-environment-scheme-under-new-cap-still-required/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcome Nitrates amendments | I C M S A
    grassland farms in 2013 and 2014 Mr Comer said that while this is a welcome recognition of the current situation he stated that it must be kept under review because the most practical and cost efficient solution to the fodder difficulties is a farmer being able to produce quality grass on his her own farm He concluded by stating that fodder importation is not a long term option or solution and Mr Comer repeated his call that no farmer be penalized for any fertiliser application to promote grass production over the next 12 to 18 months Comer says Fodder Extension still falling short of what s required urges Minister to consider interest free loan to worst affected farmers ICMSA welcomes announcement of 6 000 AEOS 3 Contracts but says new Agri Environment Scheme under new CAP still required 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/05/icmsa-welcome-nitrates-amendments-want-no-nitrates-penalties-levied-for-the-next-18-months/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer says Fodder Extension still falling short of what's required- urges Minister to consider interest-free loan to worst affected farmers | I C M S A
    that during a previous fodder crisis in 1999 the then Government allocated 10 million to a fodder scheme to remedy a situation that was less serious and of a considerably shorter duration than the current crisis Mr Comer urged the Minister and his team to look at all options including an interest free loan to those worst affected with repayment schedules that were flexible and realistic to meet the massive feed bills incurred Ends 10 May 2013 Queries to Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA accuse processors of sitting on returns while milk suppliers struggle and name Kerry and Glanbia as two most glaring cases ICMSA welcome Nitrates amendments 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/05/comer-says-fodder-extension-still-falling-short-of-whats-required-urges-minister-to-consider-interest-free-loan-to-worst-affected-farmers/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA accuse processors of “sitting on returns while milk suppliers struggle” and name Kerry and Glanbia as “two most glaring cases” | I C M S A
    any increase at all for April milk and the biggest milk processor in the state Glanbia throws a cent per litre the way of its suppliers and describes it as some kind of Hardship Payment I sometimes wonder whether the processors realise that we too can monitor the accessible date and we too are perfectly capable of crunching the figures And those figures point to a milk price that is very substantially higher than the one we are currently being paid said Mr McCormack The facts are quite simple The Global Dairy Trade Auction average weighted price on all products has increased by no less than 40 between 3 January and 1 May If we look at the Dutch Dairy Quotations and take the period between 11 January and 1 May then we see Butter up 740 per tonne a rise of 22 we see WMP up 790 per tonne a rise of 27 and SMP animal feed quality up 480 per tonne a rise of 19 Those are the facts and they become very stark facts indeed when you compare them to the per cent increase in milk price paid to suppliers over the same period Even allowing for forward contracting by the processors there is still an inexplicable double digit gap between the returns the processors are receiving and the increase that they have paid to their suppliers on whom it bears repeating the whole billion euro sector actually rests Farmers will have noted that Town of Monaghan stepped up this week to a 37c L milk price and did it without any fuss or fanfare Farmers will also have noted that Town of Monaghan is farmer owned and they will draw the conclusion about the ability or willingness of other processors to resist the temptation to sit

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/05/icmsa-accuse-processors-of-sitting-on-returns-while-milk-suppliers-struggle-and-name-kerry-and-glanbia-as-two-most-glaring-cases/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA want Irish Dairy Board Dairy €2 million fund paid directly to farmers ‘in a distinct and transparent manner’ | I C M S A
    justified expectations that milk price will increase further for April milk Mr Comer said that it is also essential that an Irish Dairy Board top up payment is made to farmers in a distinct fashion and not subsumed in a milk price increase already justified by developments in the marketplace Mr Comer said that while the improvement in weather conditions in recent days has brought some relief to farmers this fodder crisis is far from over and farmers will be dealing with its implications for a long period ahead both in terms of farm management and financially The IDB Fund is certainly welcome in this regard and following a meeting with the Irish Dairy Board earlier this week at which ICMSA Dairy Committee spelt out the realities facing dairy farmers at this time Mr Comer said that it is his association s view that the proceeds of the fund should be passed directly to farmers immediately and in a transparent way that makes the IDB payment demonstrably distinct from the price increases already justified and fully expected by dairy farmers Mr Comer concluded by expressing confidence that market returns will continue to improve over the coming months Ends 3 May 2013 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA highlight outrageous gap between Irish and UK beef prices and accuse processors of taking advantage of fodder crisis ICMSA accuse processors of sitting on returns while milk suppliers struggle and name Kerry and Glanbia as two most glaring cases 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/05/icmsa-want-irish-dairy-board-dairy-e2-million-fund-paid-directly-to-farmers-in-a-distinct-and-transparent-manner/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say Minister must confront national weather crisis | I C M S A
    credit The point is that even if the weather improves soon and please God it will farmers will be dealing with the consequences of this weather for many years to come said Mr Comer The ICMSA President called on Minister Coveney to take action in a number of areas and he specified the following The Minister must provide financial assistance to farmers most in need The Minister refers constantly to Food Harvest 2020 but the very people who will deliver this are on their knees and are getting no assistance from the Minister ICMSA again calls on the Minister to make an application to the EU Solidarity Fund at this late stage to provide financial aid to farmers to get them out of the current disaster All inspections should immediately be suspended While ICMSA understands the Department s inspection process the Minister should given the pressures on farmers at the present time suspend inspections for a short period just to remove that one element of stress from farmers The Minister should also make a clear statement that any reasonable issues arising from the fodder crisis should not result in a penalty in 2013 Farmers have had to farm in dire conditions over the last 12 months and the inspection regime must recognise this The regulations will simply have to take account of weather related issues for example the use of additional concentrates should not result in a penalty under the Nitrate regulations The Farm Assist cuts introduced from 1 April should be suspended These cuts show a total lack of understanding from the Government regarding the problems facing farmers due to the weather and these cuts should be suspended immediately Farmers neighbours and Co ops must continue to support each other and provide surplus fodder to farmers in need but

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/04/icmsa-say-minister-must-confront-national-weather-crisis/ (2016-01-06)
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