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  • Pre-Budget | I C M S A
    attainment of the targets in Food Harvest 2020 We are disappointed that the stamp duty relief that existed for consolidation notwithstanding its limitations was not renewed last July Based on the latest figures available from the CSO the average number of parcels of land per farm holding is 3 5 with about two thirds of farms having 3 or more parcels Indeed the fragmentation of farm holdings would seem to be increasing rather than decreasing based on CSO statistics over the last decade The arguments for such a measure are self evident and there is no material downside in terms of loss of revenue The upcoming budget should provide for a practical stamp duty relieve measure that takes account of the need to bring about greater farm consolidation I believe that this measure can be fine tuned to cater for genuine consolidation with the obvious increase in productivity that would arise Other Capital Taxes We are fully aware that capital taxes are likely to be increased and I am referring specifically to Capital Acquisition Tax and Capital Gains Tax In relation to Capital Acquisition Tax our specific proposal is that there should be no further reduction in the Capital Acquisition tax free threshold for gift or inheritance in Budget 2012 and it is crucial that the agricultural relief is retained at 90 per cent We are fully aware that minor changes or a series of minor changes in the details of this tax can have a profound impact on dairy farmers even medium scale enterprises I attach a table which sets out the impact of a reduction in the agricultural relief and an increase in the tax rate For example a reduction in the agricultural relief to 75 per cent combined with an increase in the tax rate could see an inheritance tax liability of 85 000 on a dairy farm with 100 cows Chairman this would represent bluntly speaking a re introduction of the old Estate Duties or Death Duties as they were normally referred to Putting this in context it would mean that in the above example of a family farm we would have moved over a very short number of years from a situation where there was Installation Aid and Early Retirement Schemes to a situation where there may actually be increased borrowing required to fund an inheritance tax liability Our proposal is quite clear and sufficiently targeted to bring about the desired result and to prevent an undesired result We have proposed to Minister Noonan that where a farm is farmed for a period of time by a donor and that farm is subsequently farmed by a son daughter there would be no liability to capital acquisitions tax regardless of what changes be brought about to thresholds or rates of tax Capital Gains Tax ICMSA believes that it is crucial that the transfer of a typical family farm can take place without incurring any tax liability All current Capital Gains Tax reliefs to be retained Rollover

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  • ICMSA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 19 NOVEMBER 2011 : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Areas 12 45pm 1 45pm LUNCH SESSION 2 1 45 pm 3 00 pm Address by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD Address by the President of ICMSA Jackie Cahill SESSION 3 3 00pm 5 30pm The Impact on Farmers of Proposed Changes to the Single Farm Payment EU Dairy Rules Rural Development Speakers Simon Coveney TD Minister for Agriculture Food the Marine Liam Aylward MEP Member of the Agricultural Committee

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  • ICMSA | I C M S A
    pm Address by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD Address by the President of ICMSA Jackie Cahill SESSION 3 3 00pm 5 30pm The Impact on Farmers of Proposed Changes to the Single Farm Payment EU Dairy Rules Rural Development Speakers Simon Coveney TD Minister for Agriculture Food the Marine Liam Aylward MEP Member of the Agricultural Committee of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness MEP Member of the Agricultural Committee of the European Parliament Part two of resolutions from ICMSA Executive Regions Areas Confirmation is required if you are attending the AGM Lunch by Phone 061 314677 Fax 061 315737 or e mail to info icmsa ie by 15 November 2011quoting number on label Tagged with ICMSA Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD Mairead Mc Guinness MEP Liam Aylward MEP Simon Coveney Minister for Agriculture Food and Marine Search the site ICMSA President John Comer Newsletter ICMSA Winter 2015 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn Newsletter 2015 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2015 ICMSA Winter 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Spring 2014 Newsletter ICMSA Autumn 2013 Newsletter ICMSA Summer Newsletter 2013 ICMSA Newsletter Spring 2013 Presidents Speech AGM Read more Login Events Calendar January 2016 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 1 2 3 4

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  • ICMSA's Comer looks for slurry spreading 'window' during closed period : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    not thousands of farmers left with no slurry spread at all because of the very adverse weather conditions The ICMSA Deputy President pointed out that in a submission made to the Department of the Environment in July of 2010 ICMSA had requested that the Minister regularise the force majeure conditions that had been invoked on several occasions in recent years as late as October 2008 for the spreading slurry and September 2009 for the spreading chemical fertiliser We would like the Ministers concerned to see sense on this issue and cease denying any possibility of an extension We would recommend that the Minister go back and look at possible solutions based on detailed proposals ICMSA made in July of 2010 in which we argued that the Ministers could identify and agree on window periods during the designated Closed Period in which they would permit the spreading of slurry based on Met Eireann forecasts predicting at least five consecutive dry days during which the soil temperatures remain above 4 degrees centigrade and soil moisture content remained above field capacity While it is being reported that both Ministers concerned are set against any extension to the slurry spreading periods we would only

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  • ICMSA will oppose any cuts in SFP to fund a suckler cow scheme : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    totally opposed to any cut in the SFP in order to co fund any part of this scheme Any attempt by the Government to do this will be seen for what it is a cynical move to set farmer against farmer and to prepare the ground for some form of coupled payment under a new SFP regime planned to come into force from 2014 We oppose any move in this direction for these two irrefutable reasons firstly it means because it has to mean another reduction in the SFP received by the vast majority of farmers Secondly it re introduces in an underhand fashion the possibility of a coupled payment that will benefit absolutely no one other than the meat factories Another question will occur to many farmers under EU regulations how can this proposed coupled payment be squared with the expressed and repeated projections for increased production in the cattle sector as outlined specifically in Food Harvest On any sensible reading of EU regulations coupled payments are only allowed where there is no increase in production We await with great interest the explanations as to how that particular circle is to be squared said the ICMSA President At a

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  • ICMSA call on Minister to 'speed up' Dairy Equipment Scheme approvals : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Services and Environment Commmittee Of the 820 farmers who applied for the Dairy Equipment Scheme we understand that to date only about 160 have received approval Given the nature of dairy farming most of the investment works to be carried out can only be done during the period when cows are dry which is between now and next January for most farms Thus it is absolutely essential that the process

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  • ICMSA say contradictory info from Department and Co-ops is causing superlevy confusion : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    Department s figures are so much lower than the calculations published by the vast majority of Co ops and they are wondering what could explain the difference is This issue is far too serious a matter for any inconsistencies and it is not the first time it has happened we remember the situation at the end of March earlier this year when farmers were told that there was no way Ireland would avoid a superlevy but yet the country eventually came in under quota noted the ICMSA Diary Chairman We see similar confusion being caused again this week with farmers being told by the Department that the country is 2 41 percent over quota while the position being reported by most Co ops is well in excess of that figure This inconsistency appears to be down to the different methods of calculating the over quota position and it is quite simply incredibly unfair and worrying for those farmers who in some cases are facing massive fines While accepting that each individual farmer must examine his or her own position the Co ops estimates and departmental estimate are influencing factors on farmers and ICMSA believe that the significant differences between the

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  • ICMSA SUBMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS 2011 : I C M S A : http://icmsa.ie
    any further restriction or designation 6 4 Thresholds Clarification is required on the application of the five year period from a farmer s perspective and how it will impact on farm development plans 7 1 Screening Application The current Guide does not provide any indication of how long a screening decision could take and ICMSA believes that the Department must provide a definite time frame from the date of application for screening to notification of a decision to the farmer ICMSA proposes that the following should be provided for DAFF must issue a decision on the screening application and the main reasons and considerations on which its decision is based to the farmer within 4 weeks of the receipt of the request If further information is requested and received DAFF must issue the screening decision within 3 weeks of the date of receipt of the further information ICMSA is concerned with the following section in the S I No 456 of 2011 which state as follows Part 3 Screening 7 3 The Minister may consult with any consultation body or make such enquiries as the Minister considers necessary for the purposes of deciding on the application ICMSA is extremely concerned with the involvement of a third party in the screening process and specifically we are concerned by the possible involvement of An Taisce ICMSA believes that this will inevitable lead to relatively minor farm activity now being subjected to unnecessary scrutiny by outside parties This process will inevitably lead to needless delays and costs to farming activities ICMSA proposes that where the Minister advice or a submission from a consultation body or bodies that all such information shall be made available to the applicant before any decision is taken by the Minister other than a decision that consent is not required and that the applicant will be given reasonable and adequate time to respond The Guide needs to clearly outline the internal review mechanism available to applicants in relation to screening decisions Part 4 Application for Consent 8 Application for Consent Scoping Opinion must be provided free of charge by DAFF ICMSA believes that the cost of an Environmental Impact Assessment must be funded by the State as it equates to an actual re designation of agricultural land Similarly in the event of a Natura Impact Statement being required ICMSA believes that it is essential the State pays for this process In relation to consent ICMSA proposes that where the Minister consults with a consultation body and or receives observations from a consultation body or a third party that all such information shall be made available to the applicant before any decision is taken by the Minister other than a decision that development may proceed and that the applicant will be given reasonable and adequate time to respond ICMSA believes that under no circumstances should DAFF publish details of an application for consent on the DAFF website for public consultation There are a number of consultation bodies detailed in the

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