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  • Farmers want regulation of scrap metal industry to stop ‘epidemic of theft’ | I C M S A
    metal said Mr Cahill When asked for possible counter measures the ICMSA President was adamant that the Gardai must become a much more frequent presence in the commercial recycling centres We will be writing to the Garda Commissioner asking him to ensure that the Gardai become a much more regular presence at these metal recycling centres so that they can observe the actually receiving of the scrap itself I ve no doubt at all that such a presence of officers will greatly reduce the amount of stolen metals and scrap being offered for sale at these locations and it will also enable the Gardai to build up a valuable profile of the individuals and groups involved in this trade ICMSA estimates that there are no more than 55 registered commercial recycling centres in the state and it must be possible even under present manpower and budgetary constraints to organise a presence at five dozen locations continued the ICMSA President Mr Cahill continued by saying that Government should also insist by regulation if necessary that the metal recycling centres keep a full register based on verified and official identification of those who had sold scrap to them If you came by the scrap legitimately why would you have a problem with that he asked In the interests of stamping out the criminal elements that are undoubtedly thriving in the present absence of any supervision we also feel that the recycling centres should adopt or be made to adopt a code of practice whereby they only pay for scrap by cheque or by direct transfer into a bank account This would also provide a paper trail of money that would certainly interest the authorities most particularly the Revenue Commissioners and the Department of Social Welfare Mr Cahill urged action We have to

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2011/09/farmers-want-regulation-of-scrap-metal-industry-to-stop-%e2%80%98epidemic-of-theft%e2%80%99/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA concerned by anomalies in EIA Regulations covering field drainage | I C M S A
    process and ICMSA have formally proposed to the Department that this lack of an appeals mechanism must be rectified ICMSA believes it to be completely unrealistic to provide only for a judicial review which is prohibitively expensive and the Minister is obliged to consider more low cost alternatives that farmers might use The Deputy President also singled out for particular criticism the provision for third party involvement in the review process saying that it will undoubtedly result in unnecessary costs and delays to farming activities With regard to the EIA Mr Comer said that he most certainly doesn t want the process turned into an industry He stated that ICMSA will be looking for detailed guidelines to ensure that the number of EIAs demanded by the Department will be kept to a minimum In relation to drainage he stated that there are significant tracts of agricultural land in the country that has been drained by systems dating back to the 19 th century These field drainage systems require not alone routine maintenance but often partial or total replacement and this type of normal drainage work must not be included in the thresholds now being put in place The ICMSA has raised this issue with the Department of Agriculture and it will be one of the key aspects which ICMSA will be seeking direct provision for in the detailed guidelines that will follow the legislation In the Association s understanding of European law and regulations existing drainage systems are not covered by the EIA Mr Comer concluded by stating that ICMSA will be actively engaging with the Department in relation to the guidance document pertaining to the regulations and will be seeking to iron out the many deficiencies shortcomings and anomalies that undoubtedly currently exist Ends 9 September 2011 John Comer

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2011/09/icmsa-concerned-by-anomalies-in-eia-regulations-covering-field-drainage/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say Dairy Investment Grant Approvals ‘must be issued immediately’ | I C M S A
    approval for some farmers This is another example in a long line where commitments made under the Farmers Charter have been broken and at this stage the Minister must make up his mind either meet the commitments given under the Farmers Charter or tell farmers very clearly that he is not prepared to implement those commitments and simply watch as the Charter leaks even more credibility stated Mr Comer It is totally unacceptable that farmers who applied for this scheme as far back as March still have not received approval and it is equally unacceptable to make commitments allow farmers to plan on the basis of those same commitments and then allow the Department to break those commitments at the last minute Farmers who have made applications under this scheme are likely to want to commence work on their grant aided investment in this Autumn period when cows are dried off and in order to do so it is simply imperative that they receive approval as soon as possible said the ICMSA Deputy President Mr Comer called on the Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Food to immediately instruct his staff to issue approvals to all eligible applicants within the next two weeks so that even at this late stage the farmers concerned can begin the work during the upcoming suitable period Ends 9 September 2011 John Comer 087 2057846 Deputy President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Tagged with Dairy Grants Farmer Charter grant aided investment ICMSA want IDB to clearly explain reduction in Returns Flat rate payment will leave active farmers flat broke says ICMSA s Comer 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2011/09/icmsa-say-dairy-investment-grant-approvals-%e2%80%98must-be-issued-immediately%e2%80%99/ (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA want IDB to ‘clearly explain’ reduction in Returns | I C M S A
    of this in the half yearly profits of our two PLC processors Firstly while powder prices may have weakened somewhat in early August they have improved in recent weeks and would not justify a reduction in the index Farmers now believe that the IDB s market performance is lagging the market and the Board need to clearly explain the basis for the reduction in product prices at this time Secondly we now have an index which totally clouds the returns being passed back to Co ops and doesn t provide the detail needed What products prices have fallen and by how much asked the Dairy Committee Chairman Processors know exactly on a per tonne basis what the IDB is returning but the IDB no longer informs farmers of these prices The index seems designed to cloud or obscure the issue of returns to Co ops and the IDB need to amend this index so that farmer suppliers get a true picture of the returns from the market place he continued Mr McCormack concluded by stating that the Irish Dairy Board need to review the price reductions made for August and speedily return to a system of providing actual returns to milk suppliers rather than a publishing a vague index the calculation of which has not been provided to milk suppliers Ends 9 September 2011 Pat McCormack 087 7608958 Chairman ICMSA Dairy Committee or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Tagged with Irish Dairy Board purchasing price index Noonan hears ICMSA proposals on family farm transfers ICMSA say Dairy Investment Grant Approvals must be issued immediately 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

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  • Noonan hears ICMSA proposals on family farm transfers | I C M S A
    were held on the ICMSA pre Budget submission and the farmer delegation set out proposals on inter generational family farm transfers Given all the changes in Capital Taxes there was a danger that the transfer of a typical family farm would incur a tax liability that would effectively amount to a restoration of death duties I m pleased that the Minister full appreciated this point and also by the fact that he has an acute appreciation of the contribution being made by the agri food sector to the economy and was most insistent that this contribution must be built upon It was refreshing and reassuring to hear that the Minister and the Government are setting about the restoration of a sustainable productive economy not one built on speculation and that they intend doing that on a sector by sector basis A number of points were made to the Minister that emphasised ICMSA opposition to any proposed asset test for the purposes of Third Level grants and the association indicated that they intend meeting the Minister for Education to reiterate the total opposition of the farming community to such an unfair and partial approach said Mr Cahill Ends 26 August 2011 Jackie Cahill 087 2820663 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA Press Office Tagged with minister michael noonan farm transfer budget 2012 stamp duty capital taxes Cahill puts down marker against recoupled suckler payments ICMSA want IDB to clearly explain reduction in Returns 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

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2011/08/noonan-hears-icmsa-proposals-on-family-farm-transfers/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Action on Milk Quota Prices Required | I C M S A
    farmers who have long established plans for gradually building their quota over time and individuals who have made rapid increases in milk output in more recent times Against this background the management of our quota in the current year and policy and management for the remaining three quota years will be very important to ensure fair play for all farmers The vast majority of farmers would see not need for massive changes in quota redistribution and allocation rules Clearly the Minister and his Department have an obligation to take account of all legitimate claims to quota but in so doing this they should not make radical changes in order to accommodate one group at the expense of individual farmers who have been involved for some time in a gradual expansion of their herds and have an expectation that the quota rules will not be radically altered cautioned the ICMSA spokesman At the end of the day fair play for the majority of milk suppliers must be the principle underlying the milk quota rules up to April 2015 Like everything else a price can be reached for quota at which purchase doesn t make sense Farmers faced with difficult choices should do their own figures and consult their agricultural advisors on the best options open to them While ICMSA is not in the business of raising expectations that a solution will be found at European level the Association is strongly of the view that the Minister for Agriculture must continuously keep the matter of an increase in the butter fat adjustment figure to the fore so that we achieve all the relief measures possible at European level to ease the growing problem of lack of milk quota concluded Mr McCormack Ends 23 August 2011 Tagged with milk quota prices market inflation

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2011/08/action-on-milk-quota-prices-required/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Cahill says proposed code might 'finally put manners' on the giant retailers | I C M S A
    of food producers and consumers alike Mr Cahill said that if the Code was to function effectively then it must be underpinned by a sufficiently robust implementation regime and the clearest indicator of its effectiveness will be higher prices for primary producers without any corresponding impact on consumer prices The ICMSA President said the multiples have been taking a larger and larger slice of the consumer price for themselves and the Code must address the areas where retailers are abusing their dominant position at the expense of primary producers Finally Mr Cahill said that any such Code must be followed up by action at EU level as this problem is most certainly not unique to Ireland but exists at both EU and global levels He pointed out that given the export orientation of our agri food sector Irish primary producers are suffering disproportionately due to unfair retail practices in other EU countries and this makes the necessity for tackling the problem at EU level even more pressing All in all this announcement represented progress in the restoration of fairness to the margins being taken along the food chain Finally we might see manners being put on some of these gigantic retail concerns that have so flagrantly abused their power concluded the ICMSA President Ends 11 July 2011 Jackie Cahill 087 2820663 President ICMSA Or Cathal MacCarthy 087 6168758 ICMSA say proposed animal transport legislation will damage our live export trade ICMSA SUBMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS 2011 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/2011/07/cahill-say-s-proposed-code-might-finally-put-manners-on-the-giant-retailers/ (2016-01-06)
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  • Supply Contracts – 'Devil is in the Detail ' says Dolan | I C M S A
    Formal contracts of supply are on one level a response to the ending of the formal quota system But we should be on our guard that the contracts might not supply adequate protection for the rights of farmers generally and also that the contracts could be used to impose obligations on farmers and make substantial change in the normal terms and conditions of business There is one area in which a close study of the Terms and Conditions is especially vital and it is this up to this point where a co op has substantial spare capacity the issue of a formal contract will be marginal if it arises at all That looks likely to change radically and there will be a limitation on the amount that can be supplied by a farmer either by reference to current supply or to supply at a future date or indeed the quota on 31 March 2015 This has implications over the next four years for individuals who are currently substantially over quota in terms of their exposure to Superlevy liability Will they have a right to sell their current volume of milk after that date Will there be a capital contribution required or will the price be the same These are the major and practical issues which have been either not addressed at all or skimmed over in the euphoria in the possibility of a 4 0 per cent increase in milk output a strategy which has the new Minister as its latest recruit With regard to the principles which should govern this I make no apologies in saying that the starting place for further discussion should be current supplier plus their current quota with an appropriate percentage increase to reflect the current spare capacity of their co op Increasing processing capacity may be limited by availability and terms of capital It goes without saying that a substantial increase in milk output will pose major challenges for our marketing capacity said Mr Dolan The ICMSA General Secretary said the proposed seasonality penalties bonuses and other measures in relation to pig supply require detailed scrutiny and examination But he expressed strong reservations a bout the contract proposal from Glanbia which is the most developed to date The formula in effect presents a farmer with 12 mini quotas one for each month of the year Analysis by ICMSA shows that on the basis of the current seasonality scheme being proposed by Glanbia an individual who is supplying 4 per cent of his annual supply in the month of May over his profile could be fined an amount equal to 20 per cent of the value of May or June Milk These are developments which we ignore at out peril and could be a back door attempt at imposing charges for increased capacity They could actually do major damage to our competitiveness in terms of producing milk from grass he said As price volatility begins to become part of the problems we face and as

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