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  • Falling milk prices take €1 billion out of rural economy – Cork alone down €263 million ‘spend’ on last year : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    sleepwalking attitude being displayed by both the Department of Agriculture Marine Food and even more so by the EU Commission and he said that when the losses are presented on an individual county basis they become extremely alarming ICMSA has always urged politicians and policymakers to grasp the basic fact that where farm incomes take the kind of battering that we re seeing just now then not alone does the local economy suffer through falling farm income but based on the well established economic principle of the multiplier effect you see massive falls in the wider local economy as the farmers stop purchasing goods and services in their local communities said Mr McCormack before going on to instance the estimated losses for some of the bigger milk producing counties Based on very conservative calculations we expect that just Cork which accounts for a quarter of all the milk produced in the state will see a drop in spending of in excess of 263 million through direct reduction in milk price and the multiplier effect that sees that milk price spent in local communities Tipperary will see a fall of probably 111 million Limerick will probably be down about 85 million Kerry down by nearly 78 million and Kilkenny around 57 million This isn t income falling territory anymore in many cases this is income disappearance for the milk suppliers with measurable and very destructive knock ons for their local rural economies he said What s even more frustrating from an ICMSA point of view is the non interference policy that seems to be order of the day as far as the Government and the EU Commission is concerned They ve called an Emergency Farm Council in four weeks time What kind of emergency is that We re just seeing a

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/08/falling-milk-prices-take-e1-billion-out-of-rural-economy-cork-alone-down-e263-million-spend-on-last-year/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Compliant Farmers Should Not Have To Pay For BVD Programme Failures - ICMSA : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    programme complied with the rules and now find that due to the failure to address the retention of Persistently Infected PI animals born in 2012 2013 and 2014 that the programme is going to be extended putting an additional cost on compliant farmers These failures have led to an extension of the BVD Eradication Program for a longer than anticipated time period and it is about time those responsible took seriously the issue of eradication and stop imposing additional costs on farmers who have fully engaged with the programme The retention of PI animals on farms is the main issue in the continuation of tissue tag testing for at least one year and most likely two years and it is simply not acceptable that this issue has not been dealt with From day one the measures in relation to the removal of PI s have not been adequate from compensation to the notification of neighbours or indeed the notification of the farmers vet so that he she could advise the farmer of the best course of action Compliant farmers followed the recommended guidelines of the eradication programme and simply cannot be expected to continue to pay for testing unless the

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/07/compliant-farmers-should-not-have-to-pay-for-bvd-programme-failures-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Farmers and Rural Ireland Will Lose Over €500m In 2015 Due To Low Milk Prices - ICMSA. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    but in every business that is dependent on rural Ireland for its business and measures need to be taken immediately to stabilise the milk price situation and provide a level of confidence to farmers to continue to invest in their business The clear message coming from farmers who are also faced with the burden of superlevy fines and expansion related debt is that despite increasing their level of production they are now producing more milk for less money than they received this time last year and they want to see immediate measures introduced that will stabilise the market situation and ensure that there are no further reductions in milk price The solution is clear the EU must immediately increase the intervention price to 28 cents per litre and send a clear signal to the market that it will not accept a situation where EU farmers have to produce milk below the cost of production The purchasers of dairy products can pay more as seen in 2014 and the EU must intervene to stop the current downward movement in dairy product prices While the current reduction in milk prices is having a direct impact on the dairy farmers in question the

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/07/farmers-and-rural-ireland-will-lose-over-e500m-in-2015-due-to-low-milk-prices-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Comments from John Comer, President ICMSA on French Farmer Protests. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    from the Irish Government and the EU Commission in relation to measures to stabilise dairy markets ICMSA had warned that this would happen in the event of an over supplied market and inaction from the policymakers is simply not acceptable Unless farmers see light at the end of the tunnel shortly and with some action at national and EU level to stabilise milk prices Mr Comer warned that this frustration

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/07/comments-from-john-comer-president-icmsa-on-french-farmer-protests/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Complacency At Beef Forum A Major Concern - ICMSA. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    is hugely positive as farmers history has shown us that this will not last forever and we should be addressing the key issues of concern now rather than when beef prices are under pressure The supply situation and the exchange rate is very much in our favour at present Mr Comer said but the reality is that this will not always be the case and the issues raised and agreed at last November s Beef Roundtable remain as valid today and if we fail to address them it will lead to further problems going forward ICMSA is particularly disappointed that no significant progress has been made in relation to the many issues of importance to farmers and in particular the review of the beef grid and the over 30 month issue In relation to the beef grid the commitment was simple and as follows the QPS system will be reviewed with the assistance of Teagasc with a view in particular to providing a more simple and transparent system before the middle of 2015 Farmers are very clear of the view that the beef grid is way too complex for selling cattle and that it must be simplified The commitment was

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/07/complacency-at-beef-forum-a-major-concern-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Welcome Commitment To Review Treatment of Farm Assets under Fair Deal Scheme. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    of farm assets is very unfair inequitable and could render the family farm unviable in the unfortunate situation where a family member has to spend a long period of time in a Nursing Home with the result that the farm may have to be sold to meet the debt The farm assets are the assets that generate the farm income and it is absolutely essential that this is recognised and

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/07/icmsa-welcome-commitment-to-review-treatment-of-farm-assets-under-fair-deal-scheme/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA call for Australian-style measure to address farm income volatility : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    on a viable efficient long term footing Mr Comer said the ICMSA proposal is based on the tried and trusted Australian model where approximately 3 000 farmers is avail of the system which allows farmers to deposit money in the Scheme in relatively good years for the purposes of setting aside funds for possible income tax liabilities and allowing the participating farmers to claim a tax deduction for that year In the event of he or she withdrawing monies from the Farm Management Deposit Scheme then the appropriate amount of the deduction is included in the tax assessable income in the income year the deposit is repaid to the farmer and so the deduction is recouped by the state Mr Comer said the scheme had been a measurable success in Australia and that a recent review by the Government there recommended not alone a continuation of the scheme but the reduction and eventual elimination of the off farm income that could be deposited under the scheme We badly need an effective tool to address the kind of income volatility that every expert unfortunately predicts will be a feature of farm income going forward and in ICMSA s opinion the Australian

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/07/icmsa-call-for-australian-style-measure-to-address-farm-income-volatility/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer says Food Wise projections “ambitious but realisable” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    agri sector was now in place Referring specifically to our dairy sector Mr Comer said that with our proven record of winning and keeping markets and the ever improving technical expertise of our dairy farmers there could be little doubt that our dairy sector was capable of achieving the kind of expansion and added value that Food Wise projected but the ICMSA President struck a note of caution when he noted that aspirations contained in the report would remain just that aspirations unless the farmers who were the starting point for the whole multi billion euro sector were going to see a return proportionate to the other links in the chain and relative to their investment skill and labour Mr Comer said that the generation of positive sentiment and stability amongst farmers was a prerequisite to the ambitions of the plan and in dairy terms that would require speedy and efficient response to the developing crisis in milk price Mr Comer also observed that the projections would probably have to be worked up into hard figures if the relevant and needed funds were to be secured from the Exchequer for the purposes of marketing promotion and branding The ICMSA President

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/07/comer-says-food-wise-projections-ambitious-but-realisable/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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