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  • Uptake of GLAS Amongst Dairy Farmers Likely To Be Low - ICMSA. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    them to participate in the scheme while also trying to make a living from the farm and in particular farmers who are highly stocked or farming small acreages In many cases such farmers are totally dependent on farming for their income and it is disappointing that they are unable to avail of the GLAS scheme for their farm It is absolutely essential that these farmers see merit in participation in GLAS and at present I am very clear of the view that they do not and what is required is a clear and speedy review of the options available to such farmers and possibly small amendments to the specifications could provide an impetus for such farmers to consider GLAS with the resultant benefit for the environment For example Mr Comer said in relation to low emission slurry spreading that instead of requiring farmers to spread 100 of the slurry by low emission means if a lower figure was selected it would allow the farmer to spread a percentage with the traditional method in the event of ground conditions not being suitable for the heavier low emissions equipment The 100 level is very high requirement that will deter farmers given the

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/05/uptake-of-glas-amongst-dairy-farmers-likely-to-be-low-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Statistics for farm death and accidents “a reproach” to the whole sector : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    whole sector and he implored farmers to deliberately and consciously identify and improve even one safety feature on their farms to coincide with this year s Farm Safety Fortnight I m asking every single farmer to proactively change one aspect of their farming operation in a way that lessens any safety risks associated with it We have to learn to take our time and be willing to lose a minute

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/04/statistics-for-farm-death-and-accidents-a-reproach-to-the-whole-sector/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer says land eligibility situation “crazy” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    time consuming for the farmer the advisor and the Department and any sane observer would have to seriously question the benefit and the associated cost of requiring this level of detail he said We have the ongoing craziness where in a year that the Department has itself identified as critical farmers are unsure regarding the requirements for eligibility where many have received maps from the Department that are according to the farmers clearly wrong with for example roadways put in where there are no roadways We have still another category of farmers in designated land areas being told by one state agency that their land is ineligible while another state agency is telling them that it should be eligible under EU regulations with the farmers caught in the middle and having to make a decision that will determine their payment level up to 2020 This is unfair stressful and it needs to be addressed immediately continued Mr Comer Mr Comer noted that land eligibility issues are a particular problem for farmers in poorer land areas and he wondered whether those responsible at EU level had any appreciation of the difficulties and challenges varying from year to year for those farming poorer quality land Every week ICMSA is in contact with farmers in SAC SPA areas who have received letters from the National Parks and Wildlife Service NPWS stating that their land should remain eligible for payment while at the same time and in relation to the exact same land the Department of Agriculture Food Marine have imposed heavy penalties on these farmers We met with Commissioner Hogan in December and raised this particular issue and he categorically stated that the state agencies should have a consistent view on this matter and it was incumbent upon the state to get its

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/04/comer-says-land-eligibility-situation-crazy/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Milk Price In Upcoming Peak Period “The Key Barometer” of Co-op’s Post-Quota Delivery To Farmers : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    McCormack Deputy President and Chairperson of ICMSA s Dairy Committee Mr McCormack said he firmly believed that there is a strong basis for maintaining milk price despite recent weakness in the global marketplace that should have been anticipated with the abolition of milk quotas Despite this weakness the decision of Ornua formerly Irish Dairy Board to announce that they have increased their PPI from 97 5 to 100 shows that higher returns have been gained in the last month and the index is now at its highest level in 2015 Analysis from Dairyco UK also shows that prices for butter have increased by 5 8 and SMP increased by 3 4 in March In addition the rapid depreciation of the Euro which has increased the price of all dairy products sold through US dollars to the tune of 20 since January 2014 is a ongoing benefit to all European dairy processors The weak Euro means that all dairy products sold by European companies in US dollars have reaped and still are reaping the benefit of currency devaluation to the tune of over 5 cents per litre said Mr McCormack The current forecast for production in New Zealand shows that there will be a 2 decline this season compared to last season owing to the significant drought and the Dairy consultancy firm CLAL is forecasting that under normal conditions in Oceania the EU and the United States total milk production in the 2015 calendar year is estimated at 276 million tonnes of milk just half the growth level of 2014 This equates to a 1 6 increase and with the growth in demand for dairy products running at 2 5 per year the market should be in a reasonably balanced position We re noting the drought conditions for the fourth consecutive

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/04/milk-price-in-upcoming-peak-period-the-key-barometer-of-co-ops-post-quota-delivery-to-farmers/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA point to “legitimate security consideration” around publication of Direct Payment details : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    farmers smile when they hear and read about the need for complete transparency and openness despite years of campaigning by ICMSA and other farm organisations all across the EU there doesn t seem to be any will to publish those figures about retail margins Dealing with the plan to publish the details of Direct Payment ICMSA would make the same point today we made back in 2009 before the legal challenge by German farmers stymied the Commission s plans to publish SFP at that stage There simply has to be some acknowledgement of the security considerations of the farmers concerned ICMSA has no issue with someone going into a Department of Agriculture Office or a Teagasc office and outlining their reasons for knowing what farmer X received in his or her Basic Payment But we have a major problem with a publicly accessible website or list that gives the name address and amount paid to individual farmers in an environment where we know that there are criminal elements that deliberately target rural residents And bear in mind that all this will happen against a background of the closure of rural Garda stations We do not think it s unreasonable to

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/03/icmsa-point-to-legitimate-security-consideration-around-publication-of-direct-payment-details-2/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Processors asked to help as under-quota farmers undertake to hold milk back to minimise possible €100 million superlvey : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    deriving from current optimum weather conditions and the increased number of milking cows on the ground Ireland could potentially be facing a superlevy fine of around 100m come the first of April which he described as a huge and massive drain of funds from rural Ireland at a time when it is facing major challenges including the fact that at dairy farm level current milk price is 9 CpL below March 2014 levels a massive 30 reduction with the consequent impact on dairy farm incomes and knock on effect in rural spending It was essential he argued that every effort is made by the sector to minimise this fine and processors should encourage all farmers to limit or hold back supplies where possible up to 1 April as well as ensuring that all milk is collected as early as possible on 1 April particularly for those farmers who are themselves under quota but are willing to retain some milk until 1 April rather than supply it on 31 March so as to assist the wider dairy sector This is a very significant gesture being made by these farmers who despite being under quota themselves have taken the decision to retain some of their supply at the end of the quota era until 1 April and we d like this practical support to be recognised and facilitated by all processors including ensuring that farmers making this effort are not inconvenienced in terms of milk collection In addition the fight must go on at national and EU level to address this ridiculous situation where a potential 100m will be taken out of the rural economy Concerns are being expressed on a practically basis about the state of rural Ireland and the need to divert additional governmental resources to address the problems of

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/03/processors-asked-to-help-as-under-quota-farmers-undertake-to-hold-milk-back-to-minimise-possible-e100-million-superlvey/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • McCormack says "clear onus" on IDB to keep upward trend of Index going : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Mr Pat McCormack Chairperson of ICMSA s Dairy Committee It s just as significant that other market indicators are positive including the Global Dairy Trade Auction which rose for the sixth consecutive time including two separate substantial increases of 10 1 and 9 4 We d be looking as well as the kind of gains made by specific products at the most recent GDT auction where cheddar increased by 10

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/03/mccormack-says-clear-onus-on-idb-to-keep-upward-trend-of-index-going/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Co-ops Must Offer Delayed Superlevy Payment Concession To All Suppliers – ICMSA : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    a maximum of three years with zero interest milk processors should immediately inform all their suppliers of this option and pay back superlevy fines that have already been deducted where a farmers opts for the three year payment concession according to Mr Pat McCormack Deputy President and Chairperson of ICMSA s Dairy Committee The concession which ICMSA understands will provide considerable flexibilities at Member State level is certainly welcome and will be an option that will be taken up by some suppliers while others may opt to simply pay the fine upfront depending on their circumstances and the size of the fine Already some dairy farmers have paid a substantial part of their fine to their milk processors through reductions from their milk payment and this new concession from Europe could alleviate serious cash flow pressures on some farmers For this to happen milk processors need to immediately inform their suppliers of the details of this scheme and where a farmer decides to take this option two thirds of the fine already held back by the Co op should be repaid immediately to the farmers in question and this fine will then be deducted during 2016 and 2017 While the

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2015/03/co-ops-must-offer-delayed-superlevy-payment-concession-to-all-suppliers-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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