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  • ICMSA say 2012 CSO figures point to 'signal failure' of decade-long farm consolidation policies | I C M S A
    31 4 hectares and on that basis it seemed fair to conclude that all the consolidation measures introduced in the intervening decade had failed and must be reviewed We still do not have a viable and workable system of farm consolidation based on imaginative taxation features and other measures That s where the impetus to real farm consolidation lies and that is where successive governments have failed signally and as recently as last week s Finance Bill said Mr Comer He also noted the massive discrepancy between the 27 414 farms given as containing dairy cows with the number of quota holders of approximately 18 000 and asked for a much closer co ordination and exchange of updated statistical information between the Department and bodies like the CSO that fed into policy from different directions We need to know that policy is being formed and updated on the basis of accurate up to the minute information that is collected and pooled by all the agencies concerned These kinds of discrepancies and differing count methods should be eliminated so that we have assurance that we re all on the same page so to speak observed the ICMSA President Ends Feb 15 2012 John Comer 087 2057846 President ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA welcome slight improvement in Super Levy position but urges farmers to remain extremely vigilant on individual position ICMSA say exclusion of some dairy farmers from Beef Technology Adoption Programme is counterproductive 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/02/icmsa-say-2012-cso-figures-point-to-signal-failure-of-decade-long-farm-consolidation-policies/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcome slight improvement in Super Levy position but urges farmers to remain 'extremely vigilant' on individual position | I C M S A
    from the end of December the threat of a super levy remains very likely Mr McCormack noted that in January 2011Irelandwas 1 41 under quota and effectively ended on quota for the year he observed that a similar supply pattern for February and March this year will lead to a superlevy fine for farmers It should also be borne in mind that 0 3 under quota is less than 1 000 litres per supplier so the margin at present in very tight It is critically important that each individual supplier examines his her own position and consults with their Co op on an ongoing basis regarding the Co op s position In the context of a super levy fine of 28 65 cents per litre incurring such a penalty could have a disastrous impact on a farmer so they must take every measure possible to limit their exposure Milk suppliers must be extremely vigilant said Mr McCormack Finally Mr McCormack said that the Department of Agriculture Food Marine should endeavour to release the super levy figures earlier in March given the importance of up to minute accurate information for farmers Ends 16 Feb 2012 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President of ICMSA and Chairman of the Dairy Committee or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press office ICMSA say Rural Economy would greatly benefit if Dairy Equipment Scheme Funding was frontloaded ICMSA say 2012 CSO figures point to signal failure of decade long farm consolidation policies 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/02/icmsa-welcome-slight-improvement-in-super-levy-position-but-urges-farmers-to-remain-extremely-vigilant-on-individual-position/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcome reduced Septic Tank Charge but say clarification needed on bigger issues | I C M S A
    these amendments certainly did not solve all the problems associated with this legislation Mr Rohan called on the Minister to immediately publish the standards which will apply to septic tanks and alleviate the worries of those many rural dwellers who are unsure of the levels of remedial work will be required He pointed out that issues such as the treatment of grey water number of inspections etc are also questions that need to be answered in much greater detail than has been the case thus far Mr Rohan said there was no group in the country as convinced of the importance of a clean environment as family farms and he said that ICMSA is acutely aware of the importance of properly functioning septic tanks to ensure protection of the environment and most particularly ground water The Farm Services Chairman noted that one of the key aspects of this issue is likely to be the provision of a retro fit scheme for rural dwellers to assist households that may have to incur significant costs in upgrading their system Mr Rohan concluded by stating that ICMSA will be actively engaging with the Department of the Environment Community and Local Government once the draft standards are published for public consultation and also working to secure funding for an adequate retro fit scheme Ends 8 February 2012 Pat Rohan 087 6253506 Chairman ICMSA Farm Services Committee or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office New ICMSA President sets out his to do list for 2012 ICMSA say 2012 CSO figures point to signal failure of decade long farm consolidation policies 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/02/icmsa-welcome-reduced-septic-tank-charge-but-say-clarification-needed-on-bigger-issues/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say Rural Economy would greatly benefit if Dairy Equipment Scheme Funding was 'frontloaded' | I C M S A
    tranche system should not be allowed to unnecessarily delay or hold up The Deputy President noted that in a situation where only 4 425m was available in the first tranche it is highly likely that selection criteria will be applied meaning that some farmers will be moved to the second tranche and possibly further down the line thus delaying or even prevent entirely the carrying out of the dairy investment Given that the Minister has a sum of 35 4m available between 2012 and 2013 and while accepting that the EU Commission insist on a tranche system ICMSA is proposing that the Minister should frontload the available funding to the first and second tranches in particular so that all farmers who wish to carry out an investment will be approved and be able to carry out the investment in 2012 Mr McCormack noted that this grant aid not only benefits the dairy farmers in question but also the wider rural economy and most particularly the suppliers of milk refrigeration and milking machines many of whom are based in rural areas In addition the long term benefits of improved dairy facilities will benefit the development of the Irish dairy sector and the exports derived from that Farmers evidently want to invest in their dairy facilities and we re calling on the Minister to facilitate them by frontloading the available funding in a manner that will enable the work to begin concluded Mr McCormack Ends 3 February 2012 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Deputy President ICMSA and Chairman of the Dairy Committee or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Comer calls on Minister and Commissioner to make political decision on supporting active farmers over non active landowners ICMSA welcome slight improvement in Super Levy position but urges farmers to remain extremely vigilant

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/02/icmsa-say-rural-economy-would-greatly-benefit-if-dairy-equipment-scheme-funding-was-frontloaded/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer calls on Minister and Commissioner to 'make political decision' on supporting active farmers over non-active landowners | I C M S A
    of 150 relative to the average Irish recipient of 270 one third of that gap would be closed meaning that he would receive an additional 50 per hectare on top of his existing 150 per hectare We see a lot of logic in proceeding along those lines or some variant of it and we envisage that this increase would be inclusive of any Greening entitlement said the ICMSA President John Comer On the question of addressing a rental bubble and supporting active farmer while fixing a Base Year the Commissioner has stated that he has already introduced modifications on the Base Year specifically in response to Irish concerns He may well have done but they are not adequate and we clearly we require a Base Year of 2011 Once that is established we see many means of ensuring protection for those farmers renting land at the moment and we have done considerable work on this from the legal angle Ultimately the question is whether the Minister and the Commissioner have the political determination to come down firmly on the side of those active farmers who rent the land as opposed to non active landowners Once that decision is made and it still remains to be made then the rule changes can be obtained inBrusselsand ICMSA has got direct assurances on that matter On the question of Greening it is vital that normal re seeding of grassland is not curtailed by rules under this heading ICMSA has already requested Teagasc to come forward with the supporting science and we ve been very encouraged by their positive response said Mr Comer Ends 20 January 2012 John Comer 087 2057846 President of ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office New ICMSA President sets out his to do list for 2012 ICMSA

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/01/comer-calls-on-minister-and-commissioner-to-make-political-decision-on-supporting-active-farmers-over-non-active-landowners/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA AGM 2011 Videos | I C M S A
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    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/01/icmsa-agm-2011-videos/ (2016-01-06)
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  • New ICMSA President sets out his 'to-do' list for 2012 | I C M S A
    finalised this year Its importance toIrelandcannot be overstated and ICMSA will be looking to see two fundamental requirements firstly there must be adequate market supports and market crisis management systems both of which must be designed to prevent any kind of the catastrophic dairy price collapse that occurred as recently as 2009 Secondly and presuming that the Commission andMemberStatesrealise the necessity for the first requirement there must be sufficient funds allocated for this purpose According to Mr Comer the case is relatively straightforward we must have market support measures and a market support plan but we must also have the funds necessary to make those measures meaningful On CAP reform and Single Farm Payment Mr Comer wants an immediate concentration on a solution to the problems arising from base year and the land leasing question that follows that He acknowledges that Minister Coveney appreciates the problem and he feels that progress is being made He has also stated bluntly that ICMSA wants both EU and Irish rules and regulations to favour active farmers and he says that those individuals who break land leases should not gain SFP as a result ICMSA has already sought legal opinion on this matter and will be investigating the legal situation in this area He also singled out the so called greening of the SFP and the role of permanent grassland in meeting any further moves on this direction as an issue on which ICMSA will concentrate and come forward with proposals ICMSA will also monitor the situation around the Nitrates Derogation and the association will set out the policy for a continuation or roll over of the derogation at the opportune time On the national scene Mr Comer noted the success of ICMSA in terms of the arguments advanced on capital taxation and family farm transfer But he did express concern about plans to implement any form of capital asset test for eligibility for Third Level grants This would be grossly unfair on farm families and ICMSA would insist that eligibility would continue to be tested on the basis of income as presently The association will be having a meeting with the Minister of Education on the matter On the question of environmental matters and specifically septic tanks Mr Comer said that from a farmer s point of view that probably not enough attention had been given to the standard required of a given septic tank system Once that standard has been identified and a proper grant scheme has been set up to offset the costs the matter should be much more amenable to solution Mr Comer ended an already packed worksheet with special mention of seasonality schemes animal health and disease and the cost of inputs I can guarantee every member of ICMSA and indeed the wider farming community that we ll continue to work solidly on their behalf and concentrate on bringing forward the solutions that are usually there if the work and research is done That s our role and that

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/01/new-icmsa-president-sets-out-his-to-do-list-for-2012/ (2016-01-06)
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  • John Comer wins election to become the 12th President of ICMSA | I C M S A
    Dairy Committee The position of Chairman of the Beef Cattle Committee was secured by Offaly s Michael Guinan Mr Comer s election as 12 th President of ICMSA marks the first occasion in which a farmer from the West of Ireland has become the President of the milk suppliers organisation Mr Comer told the National Council that he would give everything he had in the cause of farming families and he paid tribute to his predecessor and the staff Ends 21 December 2011 ICMSA say Noonan s positivity undermined by Howlin s negativity New ICMSA President sets out his to do list for 2012 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2011/12/john-comer-wins-election-to-become-the-12th-president-of-icmsa/ (2016-01-06)
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