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  • ICMSA say ‘useful flexibilities’ achieved in CAP agreement but point to coupling payment and lack of ‘ceiling’ on Single Farm Payments as ‘retrograde’ : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association President ICMSA John Comer said that a number of compromises had been reached that would certainly assist Ireland in addressing various anomalies but he said the reality that must be remembered is that farm families throughout the country are still facing substantial cuts to their payments Mr Comer said that it is also important that people realise that this agreement does not represent the endgame of the process and that tripartite discussions between the Council the Parliament and the Commission must now take place leading to more uncertainty for farmers until agreement is reached which is expected in June It is essential that the flexibilities secured are retained in the final agreement The ICMSA President said that while the agreement will need careful analysis it appears that useful flexibilities have been achieved including the option of choosing 2012 as the base year which should help to remove speculation from the land rental market Provisions has also been made that provides alternatives to complete flattening of payments which is a positive development However Mr Comer said that there are major challenges ahead to structure an agreement that will take account of Irish concerns and

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/03/icmsa-say-useful-flexibilities-achieved-in-cap-agreement-but-point-to-coupling-payment-and-lack-of-ceiling-on-single-farm-payments-as-retrograde/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • As dairy prices surge again ICMSA says IDB and processor inaction is “compounding an unprecedented financial crisis on family farms” : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Dairy Committee said that the relative inaction of both the IDB and individual processors and Co ops in the face of this hugely strengthened market is now compounding an unprecedented financial crisis on many family farms Mr McCormack said farmers could see plainly for themselves that demand for dairy products had now reached a momentum that saw a 25 jump in international prices in less than three weeks while all they heard from the IDB and their own processors or Co ops was either a deafening silence or a grudging and late price rise that in no way reflected the obvious buoyancy in markets The refusal of the IDB and processors to accept the fact that farmers can see with their own eyes the extent and duration of this strong price surge is now frankly unbelievable We can estimate very closely what they the IDB and processors should be receiving and yet they still persist in this inexplicable tactic of dragging their feet on the price being returned to the dairy farmers of Ireland And they do this at a time when they must know that a proper milk price return was never more badly needed This is outrageously unjust

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/03/as-dairy-prices-surge-again-icmsa-says-idb-and-processor-inaction-is-compounding-an-unprecedented-financial-crisis-on-family-farms/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA describes EU Farm Council Meeting as Coveney's 'Moment of Truth' and reject coupled payment proposal : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    required Ireland will need the Minister to secure that flexibility and autonomy in terms of the extent of flattening the base year the definition of an active farmer Greening and the capping of payments said the ICMSA President before moving on to dismiss out of hand the proposal from the European Parliament advocating a 15 coupled payment The Minister must limit the extent of linear deductions which appear to be growing by the day and which substantially reduce the payment levels of all farmers For example the latest proposal from the EU Parliament that up to 15 coupling payment would be allowed means in an Irish context that the average farmer would see his or her Single Farm Payment cut by 1 500 per annum This is simply not acceptable and ICMSA wishes that certain parties finally realised that raising or supporting the possibility of a coupled payment where no new funds are being allocated to the overall budget simply means cutting one farmer s payment to increase another s This is emphatically not new funding this is just a re distribution of the same money ICMSA does not support it and we never will support it The Iron Rule which should apply here is very simple where there are competing claims for scarce funds that money should and must be directed towards active farmers and not armchair farmers Even in normal circumstances budgets should favour those people dependent on farming for their income But in situations like this where the overall budget is being cut and there s a question around the allocation of a smaller overall budget then it becomes an absolute imperative that scare funds are spent on those dependent on farming for their livelihoods stated Mr Comer We have arrived at the Moment of Truth that

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/03/icmsa-describes-eu-farm-council-meeting-as-coveneys-moment-of-truth-and-reject-coupled-payment-proposal/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA says 80% of dairy farmers will see payments reduced under current CAP reform proposals and warn against subsidising non-farming landowners and ‘hobby’ farmers : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    the interests of active and productive farmers for some excessively radical notion of redistribution he pointed out that 80 of dairy farmers will see their payments reduced under Commissioner Ciolos current plan Mr Comer said that those calling for a radical movement towards a flat payment on every hectare were whether wittingly or unwittingly actually going to rob Irish farming and agri business of its forward momentum and instead switch

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/03/icmsa-says-80-of-dairy-farmers-will-see-payments-reduced-under-current-cap-reform-proposals-and-warn-against-subsidising-non-farming-landowners-and-hobby-farmers/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA says current CAP proposals fall substantially short of Irish requirements : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    considerably even for farmers with low overall payments Mr Comer said that the Minister should look again at the position of farmers with low overall payments but with high payments per hectare and seek to minimise the impact on this group Mr Comer said that family farms are the bedrock of the Irish Agri food sector and they are largely dependent on farming for their income He stated that any

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/03/icmsa-says-current-cap-proposals-fall-substantially-short-of-irish-requirements/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA still ‘hopeful that proposed Capital Assets Test will not proceed’ and criticise ‘grandstanding’ on the issue : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    intrinsic unfairness and un workability of the proposal would mitigate against its introduction But he cautioned against any kind of media stirring or what he called pointless urban versus rural posturing that would only serve to antagonise those elements who might not understand farm finances and who might yet believe that farmers children were disproportionately in receipt of Third Level grants a belief that Minister Quinn himself had described as a myth in a 2011 letter to ICMSA The matter must not become a question of over heated comments and attempts to re plough ground The demerits of the proposal are sufficiently great that any impartial examination will surely come down in favour of income continuing to be the sole determinant in deciding whether or not a student is eligible for Third Level grant aid This debate has moved far past the level that some want to pitch it at and ICMSA is hopeful and confident that that the argument for fairness for farmers children that we have making for the past year has been heard and accepted We have always trusted that fairness logic and consistency would ensure that this hopelessly unfair proposal would not be carried through and

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/03/icmsa-still-hopeful-that-proposed-capital-assets-test-will-not-proceed-and-criticise-grandstanding-on-the-issue/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Change in Selection Criteria and underspend on Dairy Equipment Scheme presents favourable application opportunity : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    priorities But we d like to remind farmers that successful applicants have two years to complete the specified works under the scheme so applying now allows the farmer until Spring 2015 to complete the investment said Mr McCormack Many farmers have indicated their desire to upgrade their facilities but have been put off the Dairy Equipment scheme due to the use of selection criteria to determine whether a farmer is successful or not ICMSA has been informed by the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine that as of now selection criteria are unlikely to be applied given the number of applicants and that there is currently approximately 1m available from the last tranche This underspend is not surprising given the income and other pressures on farmers over the last year and it does provide an opportunity for farmers to secure a grant for dairy investment We d advise all farmers considering such work to consider the Dairy Equipment Scheme The Department should also review the items eligible for investment under the scheme in order to make the scheme more relevant to dairy farmers continued Mr McCormack In addition and for existing approvals Mr McCormack said that the two year period

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/03/change-in-selection-criteria-and-underspend-on-dairy-equipment-scheme-presents-favourable-application-opportunity/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Substantial Changes Still Required To CAP Proposals To Meet Irish Requirements : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    low overall payments but with high payments per hectare and seek to minimise the impact on these farmers These farmers are the bedrock of the Irish Agri food sector family farms dependent on farming for their income and any proposals that will undermine payments to these farmers are simply not acceptable Under the current proposals these farmers will see their payments decline dramatically and will also be undermined by the cheque book farming that may arise under the current proposals Family farms must be protected and the current proposals are deficient in this regard said the ICMSA President Other issues that need to be resolved include the use and extent of the National Reserve while ICMSA accepts the need for a National Reserve it has to be remembered that farmers have already lost 16 3 of their SFP relative to their 2000 2002 payments and quite clearly further reductions could have a considerable negative impact on individual farmers The National Reserve and other deductions will have to be kept to the absolute minimum required The linking of future payments to the payment received by the farmer in 2013 is a major problem that will need to be addressed if we

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2013/03/substantial-changes-still-required-to-cap-proposals-to-meet-irish-requirements/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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