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  • Comer says Farmers Charter must have oversight role on new Investigations Division : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    workings of the new Division Mr Comer said that concerns had been raised in the past regarding the workings of the Special Investigations Unit and farmers believed that these concerns were largely ignored While Farmers want to ensure that people who undermine the agriculture sector at any level of the supply chain through illegal activity are made accountable and dealt with their key concern is the possibility of genuine farmers

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/10/comer-says-farmers-charter-must-have-oversight-role-on-new-investigations-division/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Winter Ready for Farm Families - Issued by the Office of Emergency Planning, Department of Defence : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    http icmsa ie 2014 10 winter ready for farm families Winter Ready for Farm Families Issued by the Office of Emergency Planning Department of Defence Download PDF 1 24MB Post date 2014 10 01 13 28 38 Post date GMT

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/10/winter-ready-for-farm-families/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Department proposing €8,000 grant cut in new Dairy Equipment Scheme - “unacceptable” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    30 000 for milking machines and from 25 000 to 15 000 for bulk milk tanks a proposal the ICMSA man described as totally unacceptable If the Minister implements this proposal a farmer investing in dairy facilities will lose 8 000 in grant aid where the cost of the milking machine is in excess of 40 000 and where the cost of the bulk tank exceeds 25 000 which will be absolutely the case for many farmers Any farm development requires a considerable level of personal financing and this scale of reduction in grant aid could have very significant implications for many farmers trying to secure finance for the works involved as we enter a period of significant milk price volatility post quota Banks are operating very strict credit criteria and sufficient grant aid is absolutely critical to the success and failure of a dairy investment It is incredible given the Minister s growth objectives for the dairy sector in the 2015 2020 period that the Government would actually reduce the level of grant aid available to farmers and if the Minister is serious about helping dairy farmers develop and modernise their dairy facilities a reduction in maximum investment ceilings

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/09/department-proposing-e8000-grant-cut-in-new-dairy-equipment-scheme-unacceptable/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say survey showing 50% of farmers have been hit ‘directly’ by suicide is shocking – Comer says withdrawal of services from rural communities contributes to loneliness and anxiety : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    communities like suicide and most specifically an unforeseen out of the blue suicide where a family member or close neighbour with no history of depression or mental health issues takes his or her own life and plunges an unsuspecting family and wider parish or community into a spasm of fear and sadness Confirming that ICMSA is working with Pieta House and SeeChange in the area of mental health Mr Comer said that while not making a political point or special plea he was bound to point out that as the level of services available in rural communities drops in many instances into a state of non existence that the opportunities and possibilities for the ordinary everyday neighbourly encounters that are the fabric of any healthy community drop away and disappear as well The creameries went a generation ago But now the post office might be gone and the postman uses a post box at the top of the passage so you never see him or her any more Or maybe you got a message that the Guard wanted to see you or you had to get something signed and off you went into the village to see them But now

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/09/icmsa-say-survey-showing-50-of-farmers-have-been-hit-directly-by-suicide-is-shocking-comer-says-withdrawal-of-services-from-rural-communities-contributes-to-loneliness-and/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Model Rosanna Davison denigration of dairy is “scientifically illiterate” say ICMSA : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    more scientific evidence had been added to what was already an overwhelming body of research testifying to the fundamental necessity of dairy and meat for any sensible understanding of a good and balanced diet The verdict of proper science and nutritional research has been in for some years now certainly long enough for anyone interested in the area to grasp the main thrust There is now an unquestioned acceptance of the crucial roles played by cheese and dairy products in a healthy and obesity avoiding diet The current nutritional rehabilitation of butter in terms of food health is especially welcome and all reputable commentators now understood and stressed the innate superiority of real butter over the synthetic and oil based replacements that we were told for years were healthier said Mr Comer This re discovery of age old wisdom about what constitutes real food is combining with state of the art research and is rolling back the type of quackery and nonsense we ve had to listen to for many years from individuals who just can t or won t accept the overwhelming evidence that exists against their own pet theories on what constitutes good food Rosanna Davison is a

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/09/model-rosanna-davison-denigration-of-dairy-is-scientifically-illiterate-say-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA Welcome Appointment Of Phil Hogan As Agriculture Commissioner : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Ireland and is our key indigenous industry The ICMSA President listed the immediate challenges facing Mr Hogan as including the fallout of the Russian ban the ongoing price cost squeeze at farm level across the EU the implementation of the new CAP the defence of the EU s food producers from any threat posed by the Mercusor and TTIP talks and critically the tackling of the overwhelming powers and abuses

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/09/icmsa-welcome-appointment-of-phil-hogan-as-agriculture-commissioner/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • €60m Reduction In Dairy Farm Output So Far Of Major Concern - ICMSA. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    cash flow is going to be a major issue on many farms over the coming months With such fine margins on farms every cent really does make a difference the recent fall of prices from 39cpl to 35cpl has cost an average producer of 300 000 litres close to 1 200 for the month of July This follows a loss of 600 for the June and May milk cheques However despite negative comments regarding milk price from some people there are pluses and given that we are in the August period the last Global Dairy Trade Auction is surprising in that it sold the second highest volume of product since January and also had the largest number of buyers it strongly suggests that demand for dairy products remain strong and with EU and regions like China moving into their quiet production periods all is not negative and it is essential that hasty decisions are not taken When you consider that an additional seven billion litres of milk has been produced globally in the first half of 2014 this indicates that the market has absorbed this additional supply and there should be and is no need for knee jerk reactions Dairy

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/08/e60m-reduction-in-dairy-farm-output-so-far-of-major-concern-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • EU Must Protect Farmers From Russian Ban - ICMSA. : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    unknown from a EU and Irish farmer perspective and will be a number of weeks before the picture becomes clear it has the potential to disrupt agricultural markets in the EU and there is a clear responsibility on the EU to ensure that farmers do not become the fall guys in terms of financial losses as a result of this political ban Hopefully the impact will be minimal but let s be very clear Mr Comer said farmers and the wider Agri Food sector cannot be expected to pay a heavy price as a result of these political sanctions and quite clearly as seen in previous crisis any negative implications from the ban will be passed back to the primary producers by the more powerful links further up the supply chain Already in other sectors across the EU it is the farmer who is being directly hit with the processors simply passing back the pain While the possibility of an Aids to Private Storage Scheme is a welcome development it is of limited value and the reality is that the product will have to be sold at some stage into the future At EU and at national level a strong focus must be placed on finding new markets with price supports if necessary With food prices rising in Russia with reports of increases of up to 60 and on average 15 for meat to date it is quite clear that to meet Russian requirements displacement will take place in other markets and it is absolutely essential that state agencies in particular Bord Bia are given the necessary resources and provide the necessary support to Agri Food exporters to maintain our existing markets and contracts for produce and develop new markets where required In addition ICMSA firmly believes that with the

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2014/08/eu-must-protect-farmers-from-russian-ban-icmsa/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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