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  • National Farm Safety Conference 2012 | I C M S A
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    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/05/national-farm-safety-conference-2012/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say idea of extending commercial rates to farmers is 'not connected to reality' | I C M S A
    seems to me that what is being advocated here is the idea that because one sector of Irish commerce is suffering under an unfair rates system that it somehow represents progress of sorts to spread that unfair system into all areas so that we can all operate under an unfair rates system How that is meant to benefit the country is anyone s guess Ms Callan would surely accept that in the main commercial rates are paid precisely because they are deemed to give the increased commercial opportunities that come with proximity to centres of population rates are paid because of the footfall the local authority is estimating That idea is null and void when applied to a farm which by its very nature is removed from population centres and where the concept of footfall is meaningless This is the essential difference between a farm and an ordinary town or city retail business and it disqualifies the idea that there is equivalence stated Mr Comer Farmers already pay huge amounts in terms of compliance with regulations and inspectorates far in excess of the amounts paid by comparable businesses in other sectors If the SFA wants to help the key export sectors and we presume they do then we would expect it to be making the case for the reform and abolition of all counter productive and uneconomic charges rather than their extension into key export sectors If the SFA thinks the commercial rates system is wrong or inefficient then they should advance arguments to change it or reform it not to extend it concluded Mr Comer Ends 10 May 2012 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office The ICMSA has announced that Ciaran Dolan has stepped down from his position as General Secretary

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/05/icmsa-say-idea-of-extending-commercial-rates-to-farmers-is-not-connected-to-reality/ (2016-01-06)
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  • The ICMSA has announced that Ciaran Dolan has stepped down from his position as General Secretary of the Association | I C M S A
    33 year and had been centrally involved in every major policy issue affecting farming and the agri business sector over that period Ciaran s unique combination of experience agricultural and economics training underpinned by professional qualifications in law equipped him to provide a valued input into policy formulation and negotiations at local national and European level I am pleased to note that as part of Ciaran s new consultancy business he will provide specialist advice in relation to policy formulation to the Association said Mr Comer For his part Mr Dolan said that he wished to express his gratitude to the Association and to publicly acknowledge the immense support and friendship he has received from elected officers and the staff of the association down through the years The challenges and difficulties facing individual farm families and the wider sector have probably never been as demanding or as complex but the rewards in terms of the individual and in terms of the sector and the nation have never been so attainable and so badly needed by both farmers and the country Realising this potential can only happen through careful and rational analysis and I think that has always been the hallmark of ICMSA I have no doubt but that this traditional strength of ICMSA will continue to grow and prosper into the future concluded Mr Dolan Ends 4 May 2012 Queries to Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say Yes Vote the only sensible option ICMSA say idea of extending commercial rates to farmers is not connected to reality 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/05/the-icmsa-has-announced-that-ciaran-dolan-has-stepped-down-from-his-position-as-general-secretary-of-the-association/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say Yes Vote the only sensible option | I C M S A
    an unsustainable debt level regardless of the cause or origin of that debt The consequences for all families and business of the latter course are at best uncertain and at worst are potentially catastrophic While everyone with a vote should grasp that essential choice it s also true to observe that not all individuals would suffer the same as a result of a No vote People who are in secure employment in the public sector or the non traded sector may have the luxury in the short term of voting No as a protest against a whole variety of domestic issues but that luxury does not apply to people depending on the international traded sectors most specifically the farming and the food sector We do not have that luxury stated the ICMSA President A No vote could very well set in train a chain reaction which would be very negative for business in Ireland particularly for the export dependant sectors The practical instruments necessary for development of our sector like access to credit at rates which are internationally competitive would be very difficult in the event of a No vote as we would gradually but inexorably become disengaged from the European scene continued Mr Comer My strong advice to farmers is to be resolute and certain about what needs to be done on 31 May and that is to vote Yes Our sector and our families and our future needs a vote in favour of the Fiscal Compact so let s not leave the decision to others Let s take our future in our own hands and do what we can to ensure the result that we need We need a huge turnout of farmers voting Yes and I m confident that we ll get it Ends 1 May 2012

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  • As Minister announces final Superlevy bill ICMSA calls again for 'standardised calculating formula' for quota updates | I C M S A
    during 2011 2012 quota year where we had significant divergences between the Department and Co ops figures with the Department figures being finally proved to be the more accurate He said that those with responsibility in this area must realise how essential it is that an agreed procedure is put in place that eliminates the inconsistencies for the 2012 13 quota year Farmers also need to be aware that there is only one more quota increase of a single per cent due on 1 April 2013 between now and quota abolition in 2015 and that ensures that superlevy is going to remain a major challenge between now and then most particularly in the context of increased cow numbers As of now it is highly unlikely that further quota increases will be forthcoming during the period in question We would remind Co ops that they do not have to pay super levy fines until 1 September and the collection of fines needs to recognise this In that context it s worth noting that some Co ops have been deducting fines from some farmers since last summer and ICMSA would point out that if a farmer owes a Co op a bill the Co op charges interest on the amount outstanding Given that Co ops have been deducting money from farmers for the purpose of paying fines not due till next September it seems only fair that the interest on those deducted monies should be payable to the farmers concerned concluded Mr McCormack Ends 25 April 2012 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President of ICMSA and Chairman of the Dairy Committee or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA point to stark contrast between speed of price cuts and slowness of price increases ICMSA say Yes Vote the only sensible option

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/04/as-minister-announces-final-superlevy-bill-icmsa-calls-again-for-standardised-calculating-formula-for-quota-updates/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA point to 'stark contrast' between speed of price cuts and slowness of price increases | I C M S A
    in price Mr McCormack noted that other Co ops and processors had held their price for March milk and he said that there was no doubt but that Arrabawn could have and should have done the same We re disappointed that Arrabawn didn t hold their price for March in the way that other Co ops and processors have Our concern is that this decision will be used as a signal by other Co ops and processors to cut their own prices and we call now on the farmer directors to ensure that this doesn t happen and that the modest margins enjoyed by the milk suppliers are protected It s worth noting that over the last year processors and Co ops were able to completely replenish their cash reserves and most have now built up very sizable cash funds it is ICMSA s firm view that those reserves must be called upon first to off set any downturn in market price and we d very much like to see the same slow and gradual rate of price adjustment being employed during any downturn as was the case when the market price was moving up and Co ops and processors were noticeably slow indeed to adjust upwards the prices paid to their suppliers said Mr McCormack Ends 16 April 2012 ICMSA call for early Fleximilk allocations to soften Superlevy blow As Minister announces final Superlevy bill ICMSA calls again for standardised calculating formula for quota updates 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/04/icmsa-point-to-stark-contrast-between-speed-of-price-cuts-and-slowness-of-price-increases/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Submission to the Inter-Departmental Group on Property Tax | I C M S A
    England for Residential Property Tax Modified or Adjusted Valuation for Farm Dwellings Arriving at the value of the dwelling on a farm or indeed dwellings account must be taken of the special nature of the farm dwelling Clearly the value of the farm dwelling is lower than the value of an identical property taken in isolation from the farm It is necessary to introduce a statutory apportionment and various approaches can be adopted Essentially a farm dwelling will have restricted value arising from access issues nuisance factors restricted services and planning restrictions The nuisance factors are considerable and would call for a substantial discount on the value of a farm dwelling Adjustment for Residential Property in Rural Areas In addition to the adjustments described in the immediate above paragraph a further adjustment is required for all dwellings in rural areas farm dwellings and non farm rural dwellings In the terms of reference the purpose of the Property Tax is to provide a stable funding base for the Local Authority sector and in addition the Group is tasked to insure the maximum degree of fairness between and across urban and rural areas Thus it is our firm view that a rebate on the Property Tax should apply to dwellings in rural areas which have a lower level of Local Authority or indeed public utility services Indeed the rebate could be graduated to take account of dwellings in cluster development in rural areas as distinct from individual or isolated farm dwellings For example rural areas do not benefit from public sewage connections or public lighting Phased Payment ICMSA favours phased payment but not necessarily a uniform phased payment on for example a monthly basis Account should be taken of cash flow pattern of business and in particular farming which has a marked seasonal pattern of flow with virtually all the positive cash flow occurring in the last two months of the year Local Authority Responsibility and National Parameters We believe that the appropriate balance of Local Authority responsibility and Central Government directions dictates that a Local Authority would be prohibited from fixing a rate of Property Tax above a level set by Central Government and that Central Government could fix a rate at a lower rate than set by a Local Authority for all or part of the area of the county having regard to the level and or quality of the service provided in all or part of the county area Annex Based on CSO Definitions Rural and Urban Areas Introduction There are many different territorial divisions of the country of which the most important are described below Townlands The enumeration of the census is carried out in the first instance by townlands in rural areas and by streets in urban areas The townland is the smallest territorial division used for administrative purposes Electoral Divisions EDs The smallest administrative area for which population statistics are published is the Electoral Division In rural areas each Electoral Division consists of an aggregation of

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  • ICMSA call for early Fleximilk allocations to soften Superlevy blow | I C M S A
    release whatever payments will be available For those farmers who will have to pay a superlevy fine it is essential that their processors and most importantly their banks work with these farmers in a co operative and positive fashion through the period affected by cash flow difficulties These farmers have perfectly viable businesses and assistance must be forthcoming to deal with the short term cash flow difficulties that will almost inevitably aris e from a superlevy fine In the context of the events of the last few years we have every right to demand that the banks approach this matter with as much sensitivity and common sense as is necessary Quite aside from that obligation it makes much more sense for the banks to remember the underlying commercial health of these farms and to do everything possible to assist the farmers concerned through the period where the fine will cause difficulties We need all parties to some foresight here and some degree of planning because while we realise that making predictions is a dangerous business we see the growing cow numbers in the national herd and even after factoring in weather and milk price major uncertainties the possibility of a superlevy fine in 2012 13 is even higher so dairy farmers need to take this into account when making production decisions in 2012 concluded Mr McCormack Ends 30 March 2012 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President of ICMSA and Chairman of the Dairy Committee Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA repeat quota bubble warning ICMSA point to stark contrast between speed of price cuts and slowness of price increases 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

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