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  • This week's ICMSA AGM - Comer, Coveney & Hogan to speak - Special focus on likely outcome of Paris Climate Change Conference : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    at 1 30 and finishing with dinner at 4 30 Besides the disappointment that has been the milk price paid to farmers in the first year of the post quota period much discussion is sure to centre on the likely outcome of the Paris Climate Change conference that begins just three days later on Nov30 In light of Minister Coveney s reported comments that Irish farming will not be given a free pass in relation to making reductions in carbon emissions there will certainly be robust exchanges of this issue and the seeming incompatibility of the Minister s comments with the stated aims of both Food Harvest and Food Wise the two officials reports setting out the growth plan and targets for Irish food production over the next decades ICMSA delegates will also expect to hear Commissioner Hogan elaborate and put some meat on the bone regarding the Commission s tentative plans to reform the EU s supply chain from its current state of non regulation of corporate retailers and tolerated abuse of the welfare and margins of primary food producers There has to be change of this lop sided and wholly destructive system and more fairness for the farmer

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/11/this-weeks-icmsa-agm-comer-coveney-hogan-to-speak-special-focus-on-likely-outcome-of-paris-climate-change-conference/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • TAMS II Applications Must Be Approved Without Delay – ICMSA. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Equipment Scheme closed over three weeks ago Mr Rohan stated that ICMSA received confirmation that both Schemes are significantly oversubscribed meaning that as it stands hundreds of farmers will be rejected and will have to wait for Tranche 2 for approval Unfortunately for some farmers waiting for tranche 2 is not an option and to accommodate all applicants ICMSA believes that Minister Coveney should allocate additional funding to the first tranche to ensure the maximum numbers of farmers can be approved for immediate commencement of works The reality for some farmers is that they need immediate approval for this work in order to have the required infrastructure in place for spring 2016 and if this doesn t happen it may mean that they would be forced to sell dairy stock and this would be a major blow to their future plans The Farm and Rural Affairs Chairperson went on to say that the Minister and his officials are fully aware that there is a very short window of opportunity for dairy farmers in particular to complete much of the necessary works over the winter period to ensure parlours are up and running for the busy spring period In addition there

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/11/tams-ii-applications-must-be-approved-without-delay-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Proposed Changes to TB Compensation Are Insulting - ICMSA : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    unfortunate enough to suffer a TB outbreak and additional funding will have to be made available particularly for dairy farmers whose losses are most acute and totally unsustainable for some farmers in particular for those who are restricted for long periods It should also be noted that the contribution from dairy farmers through levies will be increased substantially this year with the increased level of milk production and we need to get to a stage where a farmer who is unfortunate enough to suffer a TB outbreak is adequately financially supported while restricted and sufficiently resourced to restock his her farm when the restriction is lifted Currently the income supplement for dairy cows stands at 25 per cow per month The proposed increase to 45 is still not anywhere close to the compensation needed compared to the losses incurred in particular during the peak milk production months A dairy farmer whose loses cows as reactors in March for example is effectively losing the complete lactation of that cow The compensation should be based on the month of start of the lactation and compensation paid accordingly to reimburse the losses adequately The further decision to reduce the depopulation grant smacks of a balancing act to remain budget neutral and fails to recognise the challenge of restocking a herd and the fact that the farmer in question effectively has no income from farming during the depopulation period This cannot be accepted in any form as the mental and monetary losses from a TB depopulation are not at all reflected in the current rates of depopulation grants The proposed significant reduction in payment for EBI herds is an insult to those that have invested heavily in breeding programmes over the years to improve their genetic merit For a cow with an EBI of

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/11/proposed-changes-to-tb-compensation-are-insulting-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA decry decision of Bank of Ireland to cut services as ridiculous : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    withdrawal of services from both rural and urban customers alike The very essence of the these new rules meaning that customers will be no longer be able to withdraw less than 700 or lodge less than 3 000 at the counter is akin to closing the branch completely At a time when the cost of bank services are increasing coupled with high interest rates in comparison to our European counterparts

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/11/icmsa-decry-decision-of-bank-of-ireland-to-cut-services-as-ridiculous/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Farmers becoming extremely anxious about Spring 2016 outlook : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    so many times in the past Our anxiety hasn t been helped by the unjustifiable decision of GIIL to cut milk price to 24 cents per litre when any reasonable breakdown of market returns gives a milk price in excess of 26 cents per litre If processors are reluctant to pay an easily identifiable market price now then we frankly worry about their decision making in Spring 2016 Mr Comer also described as incredibly naive the suggestion that the Commission s work is done following the announcement of the support package on September 7 A lot of the problems affecting farmers all over the EU are directly linked to political decisions the Russian ban is a perfect example and farmers cannot be expected to pick up the tab for this political ban into next spring Further actions are needed to support the market and at a minimum intervention price needs to be increased Farm ministers have bluffed their way around this issue blaming others and circumstances when it s been obvious for a long time now that a much more fundamental reappraisal of the viability of the present supply chain and margin allocation is required In the meantime the responsibility

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/10/farmers-becoming-extremely-anxious-about-spring-2016-outlook/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcome Brady to chair Farmers’ Charter Monitoring Committee and say “first test” is already here : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    ensures that the Department is held accountable in relation to the targets set under the Charter and further that the targets are met and honoured in full ICMSA envisages the Chairperson having a dual role Firstly that the Department meet the agreed targets in a way that accords with the commitments they have made in the Charter and secondly that where issues arise that speedy resolutions are put in place and that the Monitoring Committee carries out its remit in seeing those solutions through In addition where changes are made to the Charter in the future the Monitoring Committee and Chair are obliged to ensure that these changes have been negotiated and agreed and not introduced on the Department s say so and without agreement as has happened in the past It s fair to say that the record of the Monitoring Committee has been varied over the years and it is crucial that from Day One that the Committee demonstrates its independence and determination to ensuring that commitments given are fully honoured and not merely some rough guide to be changed at the whim of the Department said Mr McCormack The ICMSA Deputy President said that based on the volume of calls from members his association has received over the past few weeks there are major problems in relation to the BPS Greening payment and ANC payment and he said the first test of the Monitoring Committee was whether they can ensure that these are resolved without delay The BPS Greening and ANC payment now represent a huge proportion of farmer s income and with many bills to be paid at this time of the year as well as tax bills delays of a number of weeks mean huge difficulties for individuals he continued At this stage it certainly

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/10/icmsa-welcome-brady-to-chair-farmers-charter-monitoring-committee-and-say-first-test-is-already-here/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Summary of Budget 2016 : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    http icmsa ie 2015 10 icmsa summary of budget 2016 ICMSA Summary of Budget 2016 Download PDF 55KB Post date 2015 10 14 14 40 19 Post date GMT 2015

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  • ICMSA take issue with “rather casual attitude” displayed by Minister Coveney in relation to 40% fall in dairy farmers’ income : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    they could recover by the middle of next year Mr Comer wondered what the reaction would be if any element of the public sector for instance was handed that option He also noted that even if a price recovery occurred by that point it would be far too late in terms of the peak milk production period when the bulk of the State s milk is produced Price will certainly have to recover before March and Minister Coveney will be fully aware of that if prices remain at their current level and if the Reign of Ruin of the retail corporations is allowed to continue without the question of fair margins being addressed then we are facing a desperate situation The individual farmers coming into to our stand to ask about milk price just can t be reassured by vague predictions about a price recovery for mid 2016 They may well have borrowed to expand because they were told in reports like Food Harvest that it was onwards and upwards for the dairy sector and now they re looking at the new debt and a 40 fall in income and being told that a price recovery is predicted for next

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/09/icmsa-take-issue-with-rather-casual-attitude-displayed-by-minister-coveney-in-relation-to-40-fall-in-dairy-farmers-income/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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