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  • ICMSA Farm Services Chairman calls on Minister to state position on new AEOS immediately : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Minister Coveney to immediately announce his position on the provision of a new AEOS scheme to ensure that the 23 000 farmers whose REPS 3 contracts have expired are provided with a suitable environmental scheme Mr Rohan pointed out that many of these farmers have been in REPS since its inception in 1994 and are committed to environmental farming practices ICMSA believes that it is crucial adequate funding is provided for a new AEOS scheme and that all farmers are given an opportunity to avail of this scheme Mr Rohan stated that there is only 12 weeks left to the May Single Farm Payment deadline which has also been the deadline for AEOS applications and that farmers must be given adequate time to assess the scheme s suitability for their enterprise He said that farmers contemplating application must have an opportunity to work with planners if necessary because there have been considerable problems due to rushed AEOS applications that have resulted in significant delays to payments Both farmers and the environment will benefit greatly from the introduction of a properly funded AEOS scheme and it s nearly as important that the Minister dispel the uncertainty and confusion around his intentions

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/02/icmsa-farm-services-chairman-calls-on-minister-to-state-position-on-new-aeos-immediately/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say exclusion of some dairy farmers from Beef Technology Adoption Programme is counterproductive : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    merits of the scheme for their farm and he strongly urged interested and suitably qualified farmers to apply for the scheme before the closing date of 7 March 2012 The discussion group format has worked well for dairy farming as a means of improving the information flow between farmers and it has aided the adoption of modern and more efficient farming practices While beef prices are at a high level at present we all know that we can do things better and need to keep up to date with modern techniques and best practice That s the role we see for the beef scheme and it should provide an opportunity for beef farmers to improve their margins from beef production said Mr Guinan before going on to express disappointment at what he saw as a counterproductive exclusion of some dairy farmers The one area of concern is the exclusion of dairy farmers from the scheme if they are participants in the Dairy Efficiency Programme There are over 8 000 dairy farmers in the Bord Bia Beef Quality Assurance Scheme and with the likely growth in beef from the dairy herd going forward and following the abolition of milk quotas it

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/02/icmsa-say-exclusion-of-some-dairy-farmers-from-beef-technology-adoption-programme-is-counterproductive/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say 2012 CSO figures point to 'signal failure' of decade-long farm consolidation policies : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    obscuring or confusing others In terms of confirming a trend Mr Comer pointed out that the average size of a holding given for 2010 of 32 7 hectares should be judged against the average size given in 2000 of 31 4 hectares and on that basis it seemed fair to conclude that all the consolidation measures introduced in the intervening decade had failed and must be reviewed We still do not have a viable and workable system of farm consolidation based on imaginative taxation features and other measures That s where the impetus to real farm consolidation lies and that is where successive governments have failed signally and as recently as last week s Finance Bill said Mr Comer He also noted the massive discrepancy between the 27 414 farms given as containing dairy cows with the number of quota holders of approximately 18 000 and asked for a much closer co ordination and exchange of updated statistical information between the Department and bodies like the CSO that fed into policy from different directions We need to know that policy is being formed and updated on the basis of accurate up to the minute information that is collected and pooled

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/02/icmsa-say-2012-cso-figures-point-to-signal-failure-of-decade-long-farm-consolidation-policies/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA welcome reduced Septic Tank Charge but say clarification needed on bigger issues : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    there is no need for any registration charge whatsoever and he called on Minister Hogan to at least hold firm on his commitment that there will be no re registration fee The ICMSA chairman stated that these amendments certainly did not solve all the problems associated with this legislation Mr Rohan called on the Minister to immediately publish the standards which will apply to septic tanks and alleviate the worries of those many rural dwellers who are unsure of the levels of remedial work will be required He pointed out that issues such as the treatment of grey water number of inspections etc are also questions that need to be answered in much greater detail than has been the case thus far Mr Rohan said there was no group in the country as convinced of the importance of a clean environment as family farms and he said that ICMSA is acutely aware of the importance of properly functioning septic tanks to ensure protection of the environment and most particularly ground water The Farm Services Chairman noted that one of the key aspects of this issue is likely to be the provision of a retro fit scheme for rural dwellers to

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/02/icmsa-welcome-reduced-septic-tank-charge-but-say-clarification-needed-on-bigger-issues/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA say Rural Economy would greatly benefit if Dairy Equipment Scheme Funding was 'frontloaded' : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    wider rural economy Mr McCormack said that ICMSA understood that in excess of 800 dairy farmers had applied for grant aid in the first tranche and that figure indicated a strong appetite for investment amongst dairy farmers at present which the tranche system should not be allowed to unnecessarily delay or hold up The Deputy President noted that in a situation where only 4 425m was available in the first tranche it is highly likely that selection criteria will be applied meaning that some farmers will be moved to the second tranche and possibly further down the line thus delaying or even prevent entirely the carrying out of the dairy investment Given that the Minister has a sum of 35 4m available between 2012 and 2013 and while accepting that the EU Commission insist on a tranche system ICMSA is proposing that the Minister should frontload the available funding to the first and second tranches in particular so that all farmers who wish to carry out an investment will be approved and be able to carry out the investment in 2012 Mr McCormack noted that this grant aid not only benefits the dairy farmers in question but also the wider

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/02/icmsa-say-rural-economy-would-greatly-benefit-if-dairy-equipment-scheme-funding-was-frontloaded/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • Comer calls on Minister and Commissioner to 'make political decision' on supporting active farmers over non-active landowners : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    merit in applying the EU formula already used for distribution amongst Member States to the formula for distribution amongst farmers inIreland This could mean that where a farmer is currently receiving 120 per hectare and has a gap of 150 relative to the average Irish recipient of 270 one third of that gap would be closed meaning that he would receive an additional 50 per hectare on top of his existing 150 per hectare We see a lot of logic in proceeding along those lines or some variant of it and we envisage that this increase would be inclusive of any Greening entitlement said the ICMSA President John Comer On the question of addressing a rental bubble and supporting active farmer while fixing a Base Year the Commissioner has stated that he has already introduced modifications on the Base Year specifically in response to Irish concerns He may well have done but they are not adequate and we clearly we require a Base Year of 2011 Once that is established we see many means of ensuring protection for those farmers renting land at the moment and we have done considerable work on this from the legal angle Ultimately the question

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/01/comer-calls-on-minister-and-commissioner-to-make-political-decision-on-supporting-active-farmers-over-non-active-landowners/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • ICMSA AGM 2011 Videos : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    icmsa ie 2012 01 icmsa agm 2011 videos ICMSA AGM 2011 Videos youtube R S1joT3F0c youtube youtube pjQm z2QkUA youtube Post date 2012 01 11 11 50 10 Post date

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/01/icmsa-agm-2011-videos/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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  • New ICMSA President sets out his 'to-do' list for 2012 : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    see two fundamental requirements firstly there must be adequate market supports and market crisis management systems both of which must be designed to prevent any kind of the catastrophic dairy price collapse that occurred as recently as 2009 Secondly and presuming that the Commission andMemberStatesrealise the necessity for the first requirement there must be sufficient funds allocated for this purpose According to Mr Comer the case is relatively straightforward we must have market support measures and a market support plan but we must also have the funds necessary to make those measures meaningful On CAP reform and Single Farm Payment Mr Comer wants an immediate concentration on a solution to the problems arising from base year and the land leasing question that follows that He acknowledges that Minister Coveney appreciates the problem and he feels that progress is being made He has also stated bluntly that ICMSA wants both EU and Irish rules and regulations to favour active farmers and he says that those individuals who break land leases should not gain SFP as a result ICMSA has already sought legal opinion on this matter and will be investigating the legal situation in this area He also singled out the so called greening of the SFP and the role of permanent grassland in meeting any further moves on this direction as an issue on which ICMSA will concentrate and come forward with proposals ICMSA will also monitor the situation around the Nitrates Derogation and the association will set out the policy for a continuation or roll over of the derogation at the opportune time On the national scene Mr Comer noted the success of ICMSA in terms of the arguments advanced on capital taxation and family farm transfer But he did express concern about plans to implement any form of

    Original URL path: http://icmsa.ie/2012/01/new-icmsa-president-sets-out-his-to-do-list-for-2012/?upm_export=print (2016-01-06)
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