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  • ICMSA Deputy President addresses Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture | I C M S A
    stamp duty relief that existed for consolidation notwithstanding its limitations was not renewed last July Based on the latest figures available from the CSO the average number of parcels of land per farm holding is 3 5 with about two thirds of farms having 3 or more parcels Indeed the fragmentation of farm holdings would seem to be increasing rather than decreasing based on CSO statistics over the last decade The arguments for such a measure are self evident and there is no material downside in terms of loss of revenue The upcoming budget should provide for a practical stamp duty relieve measure that takes account of the need to bring about greater farm consolidation I believe that this measure can be fine tuned to cater for genuine consolidation with the obvious increase in productivity that would arise Other Capital Taxes We are fully aware that capital taxes are likely to be increased and I am referring specifically to Capital Acquisition Tax and Capital Gains Tax In relation to Capital Acquisition Tax our specific proposal is that there should be no further reduction in the Capital Acquisition tax free threshold for gift or inheritance in Budget 2012 and it is crucial that the agricultural relief is retained at 90 per cent We are fully aware that minor changes or a series of minor changes in the details of this tax can have a profound impact on dairy farmers even medium scale enterprises I attach a table which sets out the impact of a reduction in the agricultural relief and an increase in the tax rate For example a reduction in the agricultural relief to 75 per cent combined with an increase in the tax rate could see an inheritance tax liability of 85 000 on a dairy farm with 100 cows Chairman this would represent bluntly speaking a re introduction of the old Estate Duties or Death Duties as they were normally referred to Putting this in context it would mean that in the above example of a family farm we would have moved over a very short number of years from a situation where there was Installation Aid and Early Retirement Schemes to a situation where there may actually be increased borrowing required to fund an inheritance tax liability Our proposal is quite clear and sufficiently targeted to bring about the desired result and to prevent an undesired result We have proposed to Minister Noonan that where a farm is farmed for a period of time by a donor and that farm is subsequently farmed by a son daughter there would be no liability to capital acquisitions tax regardless of what changes be brought about to thresholds or rates of tax Capital Gains Tax ICMSA believes that it is crucial that the transfer of a typical family farm can take place without incurring any tax liability All current Capital Gains Tax reliefs to be retained Rollover relief should be introduced to allow for farm consolidation and parcel swaps This

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  • ICMSA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 19 NOVEMBER 2011 | I C M S A
    of ICMSA Jackie Cahill SESSION 3 3 00pm 5 30pm The Impact on Farmers of Proposed Changes to the Single Farm Payment EU Dairy Rules Rural Development Speakers Simon Coveney TD Minister for Agriculture Food the Marine Liam Aylward MEP Member of the Agricultural Committee of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness MEP Member of the Agricultural Committee of the European Parliament Part two of resolutions from ICMSA Executive Regions Areas Confirmation is required if you are attending the AGM Lunch by Phone 061 314677 Fax 061 315737 or e mail to info icmsa ie by 15 November 2011quoting number on label Tagged with ICMSA Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD Mairead Mc Guinness MEP Liam Aylward MEP Simon Coveney Minister for Agriculture Food and Marine ICMSA s Comer looks for slurry spreading window during closed period ICMSA Deputy President addresses Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications Natural Resources and Agriculture 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

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  • ICMSA's Comer looks for slurry spreading 'window' during closed period | I C M S A
    Department of the Environment in July of 2010 ICMSA had requested that the Minister regularise the force majeure conditions that had been invoked on several occasions in recent years as late as October 2008 for the spreading slurry and September 2009 for the spreading chemical fertiliser We would like the Ministers concerned to see sense on this issue and cease denying any possibility of an extension We would recommend that the Minister go back and look at possible solutions based on detailed proposals ICMSA made in July of 2010 in which we argued that the Ministers could identify and agree on window periods during the designated Closed Period in which they would permit the spreading of slurry based on Met Eireann forecasts predicting at least five consecutive dry days during which the soil temperatures remain above 4 degrees centigrade and soil moisture content remained above field capacity While it is being reported that both Ministers concerned are set against any extension to the slurry spreading periods we would only direct their attention to the previous three occasions the last a mere three years ago when they realised that extensions would have to be granted so that farmers would be able to carry out this vital work It is time surely to regularise the arrangements around this and not be relying on this ad hoc system that has the Ministers concerned deciding on a year to year basis whether or nor the particular weather in specific parts of the country warrants any extension ICMSA has already come forward with sensible proposals that will deal with the matter and we would ask the ministers to re visit our 2010 submission stated Mr Comer Ends 2 November 2011 John Comer 087 2057846 Deputy President ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office

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  • ICMSA will oppose any cuts in SFP to fund a suckler cow scheme | I C M S A
    a cynical move to set farmer against farmer and to prepare the ground for some form of coupled payment under a new SFP regime planned to come into force from 2014 We oppose any move in this direction for these two irrefutable reasons firstly it means because it has to mean another reduction in the SFP received by the vast majority of farmers Secondly it re introduces in an underhand fashion the possibility of a coupled payment that will benefit absolutely no one other than the meat factories Another question will occur to many farmers under EU regulations how can this proposed coupled payment be squared with the expressed and repeated projections for increased production in the cattle sector as outlined specifically in Food Harvest On any sensible reading of EU regulations coupled payments are only allowed where there is no increase in production We await with great interest the explanations as to how that particular circle is to be squared said the ICMSA President At a time when the focus must be negotiating to protect our national position inBrusselsand identifying and supporting those solid agri related policies in our country this is an opportunistic and devious attempt to pit farmer against farmer and will benefit farmers and the wider agri sector by not one jot ICMSA is happy to immediately put on the record our opposition to this shameless attempt to rob Peter the active farmer to pay Paul the armchair man concluded the ICMSA President Ends 4 November Jackie Cahill 087 2820663 President ICMSA or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA call on Minister to speed up Dairy Equipment Scheme approvals ICMSA s Comer looks for slurry spreading window during closed period Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn

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  • ICMSA call on Minister to 'speed up' Dairy Equipment Scheme approvals | I C M S A
    works under the scheme and the delay in issuing approvals is now causing real problems for individual farmers according to Mr John Comer Deputy President and Chairperson of ICMSA Farm Services and Environment Commmittee Of the 820 farmers who applied for the Dairy Equipment Scheme we understand that to date only about 160 have received approval Given the nature of dairy farming most of the investment works to be carried out can only be done during the period when cows are dry which is between now and next January for most farms Thus it is absolutely essential that the process of approving applications is speeded up so that farmers can commence the required works immediately and have the work completed when cows start milking again in the Spring 2012 period said Mr Comer Mr Comer call ed on the Minister for Agriculture Food Marine to ensure that the remaining approvals for the Dairy Equipment Scheme are issued before the end of October Ends 25 October 2011 John Comer 087 2057846 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA say contradictory info from Department and Co ops is causing superlevy confusion ICMSA will oppose any cuts in SFP to fund a suckler cow scheme 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

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  • ICMSA say contradictory info from Department and Co-ops is causing superlevy confusion | I C M S A
    inconsistencies and it is not the first time it has happened we remember the situation at the end of March earlier this year when farmers were told that there was no way Ireland would avoid a superlevy but yet the country eventually came in under quota noted the ICMSA Diary Chairman We see similar confusion being caused again this week with farmers being told by the Department that the country is 2 41 percent over quota while the position being reported by most Co ops is well in excess of that figure This inconsistency appears to be down to the different methods of calculating the over quota position and it is quite simply incredibly unfair and worrying for those farmers who in some cases are facing massive fines While accepting that each individual farmer must examine his or her own position the Co ops estimates and departmental estimate are influencing factors on farmers and ICMSA believe that the significant differences between the Department and Co op calculations need to be resolved as a matter of priority said Mr McCormack Mr McCormack said that the Department and the Co ops must immediately sit down and agree a standardised methodology for calculating the superlevy position so that farmers are getting up to date and consistent figures from both sources in a manner that will permit them to make informed decisions He noted that a delegation from ICMSA was due to meet the Department today and the matter would be formally raised then Ends 24 October 2011 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Chairman ICMSA Dairy Committee or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office ICMSA say proposals to even out farm payments throughout EU could lead to reduction in Irish allocation from CAP ICMSA call on Minister to speed up Dairy Equipment Scheme approvals

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  • ICMSA SUBMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS 2011 | I C M S A
    proposes that the following should be provided for DAFF must issue a decision on the screening application and the main reasons and considerations on which its decision is based to the farmer within 4 weeks of the receipt of the request If further information is requested and received DAFF must issue the screening decision within 3 weeks of the date of receipt of the further information ICMSA is concerned with the following section in the S I No 456 of 2011 which state as follows Part 3 Screening 7 3 The Minister may consult with any consultation body or make such enquiries as the Minister considers necessary for the purposes of deciding on the application ICMSA is extremely concerned with the involvement of a third party in the screening process and specifically we are concerned by the possible involvement of An Taisce ICMSA believes that this will inevitable lead to relatively minor farm activity now being subjected to unnecessary scrutiny by outside parties This process will inevitably lead to needless delays and costs to farming activities ICMSA proposes that where the Minister advice or a submission from a consultation body or bodies that all such information shall be made available to the applicant before any decision is taken by the Minister other than a decision that consent is not required and that the applicant will be given reasonable and adequate time to respond The Guide needs to clearly outline the internal review mechanism available to applicants in relation to screening decisions Part 4 Application for Consent 8 Application for Consent Scoping Opinion must be provided free of charge by DAFF ICMSA believes that the cost of an Environmental Impact Assessment must be funded by the State as it equates to an actual re designation of agricultural land Similarly in the event of a Natura Impact Statement being required ICMSA believes that it is essential the State pays for this process In relation to consent ICMSA proposes that where the Minister consults with a consultation body and or receives observations from a consultation body or a third party that all such information shall be made available to the applicant before any decision is taken by the Minister other than a decision that development may proceed and that the applicant will be given reasonable and adequate time to respond ICMSA believes that under no circumstances should DAFF publish details of an application for consent on the DAFF website for public consultation There are a number of consultation bodies detailed in the Regulations and while ICMSA do not agree with the inclusion of all these bodies it is essential that routine farm work is not subjected to any further involvement from the public Part 5 Other Matters 11 Review Statutory ICMSA believe the current review process as outlined in the draft Guide is totally inadequate and discriminatory The only appeal provided for in both the SI and the Guide is a statutory review to the High Court for consent decisions ICMSA believes that

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  • ICMSA say proposals to ‘even-out’ farm payments throughout EU could lead to reduction in Irish allocation from CAP | I C M S A
    this measure to apply to Ireland continued Mr Cahill One of the core issues in the new regime from 2014 onwards will be an acceptable definition of what constitutes an active farmer After months if not years of discussion on this point the proposals published today on this matter are completely useless and virtually comic Under today s proposals a person with a 100 000 of farm income per annum who claims 4 000 in Single Farm Payment would be deemed a non active farmer whereas the same person with the same income who claims 6 000 in Single Farm Payment he would be deemed to be an active farmer and would be paid the 6 000 The limits are arbitrary and make no sense observed the ICMSA President Mr Cahill said that while he was not happy with the proposed Greening rate of up to 30 of total payment he noted that the maintenance of permanent pasture will serve to meet this requirement for the vast majority of farmers and he said that provided we get the details right this will be a solid and do able item on Minister Coveney s agenda for negotiations He was much more critical of the proposal to scrap a number of market support measure including the historically important calf milk replacement scheme Mr Cahill described such a move as very premature in advance of market reaction to quota abolition He was also bitterly critical of the proposal to publish the details of payments to farmers describing it as a very retrograde step and a clumsy attempt by the Commission to circumvent the ruling of the European Court which has already banned this measure as interference in the privacy rights to farmers Ends 12 October 2011 Jackie Cahill 087 2820663 President ICMSA Or

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