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  • Major Overhaul of Commission Advisory Group System | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    been reduced greatly to 13 After intense lobbying by ICOS and others dairy retained its own specific group and ICOS will continue to be the Irish lead on this group sending experts to deal with Irish dairy issues when it convenes All other existing advisory groups in the field of animal products have been merged into one single group which ICOS feels is totally unworkable Inc Beef lamb pork honey etc The new set up should be valid for the next seven years Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 June 2012 April 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 Publications Dairy Docs ICOS Press Releases Co op Development Docs Annual Reports Accounts EU Documents Presentations ICOS Submissions Home About ICOS Purpose Vision Who we are Who we represent Core values A proud tradition Sir Horace Plunkett ICOS and the co operative movement Governance Board of Directors Sub Committees Locations Our People Facilitated by ICOS People profiles Our Members Introduction Dairy Livestock Food Fisheries Beverages Advisory Education Stores Trade Service Cultural Community Leisure Services we provide Starting a

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/08/08/major-overhaul-of-commission-advisory-group-system/ (2016-02-10)
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  • CAP Financial Discipline: Cut in Farmer Payments to Fund ‘Crisis Reserve’ | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    reduced after the commission take in final dairy superlevy fines carried forward into the 2015 budget This is something that ICOS very much opposes as we cannot see why co operative dairy farmers should cross subsidise other agri sectors to reduce the cut The final rate change will have to be formally adopted by Council before Dec 1 While ICOS supports the creation of a crisis reserve fund to defend against disasters in our agriculture systems such as agri sector health scares and acts of god etc we want to ensure unspent monies are speedily reimbursed to farmers Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 June 2012 April 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 Publications Dairy Docs ICOS Press Releases Co op Development Docs Annual Reports Accounts EU Documents Presentations ICOS Submissions Home About ICOS Purpose Vision Who we are Who we represent Core values A proud tradition Sir Horace Plunkett ICOS and the co operative movement Governance Board of Directors Sub Committees Locations Our People Facilitated by ICOS People profiles Our Members Introduction Dairy Livestock Food

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/08/08/cap-financial-discipline-cut-in-farmer-payments-to-fund-crisis-reserve/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Volatility, Here We Go Again? | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    will be up to someone else to use that information to the benefit of producers What can be done if EU price supports are too low to be effective There are currently three tools which are either available or in development fixed price contracts taxation reliefs and dairy futures Much work has been done by a number of processors and the IDB to develop and make available to farmers the option of locking in a portion of their production at fixed prices across a period Farmers need to take these options very seriously and not focus on trying to beat the market In reality over the past year or so farmers and almost everyone else took a bullish attitude and in many cases were reluctant to lock in at some prices on offer Today on the other hand it would be difficult to get a customer to lock in at the same price level On taxation reliefs the entire industry have worked together to promote the development of volatility management deposit schemes as seen in Australia and New Zealand Minister Coveney has received the proposals positively but it remains to be seen if he can persuade Revenue that they are sensible and legal The third leg of the stool is Dairy Futures There is currently a working dairy futures market in Europe and a number of Irish Co ops are using futures contracts or similar tools to hedge their position in physical dairy markets There are two problems however The first is the low level of liquidity in dairy futures markets This is caused in part by the absence of 3 rd party financial speculators in the market These entities are actually vital to the operation of a derivatives market and contrary to the frequently held view that they distort the market and cause volatility in reality they create liquidity and allow physical traders on both the buy and sell sides of the equation to find counter parties to their position These 3 rd parties however are reluctant to take positions on dairy markets because of the lack of hard timely data on milk supply outlook and price levels The second problem is the lack of an objective transparent respected indicatory of the current state of the market Without that Irish or other interests who want to hedge a position by entering into cash settled futures contracts are taking on additional risk The index at which you settle futures contracts needs to be an accurate reflection of your current market position Both of the above problems could be solved with the development of an objective index of what milk is worth Perhaps we should go and do it Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/08/08/volatility-here-we-go-again/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS Welcomes the Publication of a Green Paper on Energy Policy | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    District Heating Systems in Rural Communities Promotion of the co operative model for community owned wind production with turbines with 500kw power Reform of REFIT system to encourage small scale community wind projects access to the grid Increased interaction between SEAI and planning authorities to ensure better informed planning decisions and proactive planning policy development Development of an accessible financing package for RE projects Increased availability of information for co ops on RE evolving technologies increased knowledge sharing between publically supported RE projects and establishment of peer support programmes for start up renewable energy projects Support for intermediary actors to design and deliver training to help communities with setup governance and policy understanding etc involved with the start up of community co operatives Facilitation of networks to encourage knowledge transfer between communities implementing RE projects Please see below for the full text of the ICOS submission to the DCENR on the Green Paper on Energy Policy ICOS Submission on Green Paper on Energy Policy in Ireland Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 June 2012 April 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 August

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/07/30/icos-welcomes-the-publication-of-a-green-paper-on-energy-policy/ (2016-02-10)
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  • “Without Autumn trade, the future of suckler farming in the Republic is under serious threat” – Spellman | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    and unless the irrational and unwarranted 150 fine is removed by the factories Northern Ireland farmers won t buy cattle from the south again this year ICOS Meeting with Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney T D Pictured with Minister Simon Coveney centre were left Michael Spellman Chairman ICOS Marts Committee and Seamus O Donohoe Chief Executive ICOS Picture Colm Mahady Fennells NO REPRO FEE APPLIES FREE TO USE The immediate priority is the restoration of the traditional Autumn trade Without this trade it is not an exaggeration to state that the future of suckling enterprises in the Republic is under serious threat he stated Michael Spellman said that the marts delegation had emphasised to the Minister the importance of immediately engaging with his counterpart in Northern Ireland Minister Michelle O Neill with a view to removing the obstructions to this trade ICOS the Irish Co operative Organisation Society represents co operatives and organisations in Ireland including the Irish dairy processing co operatives and livestock marts whose associated businesses have a combined turnover in the region of 14 billion with some 150 000 individual members employing 12 000 people in Ireland and a further 24 000 people overseas Outside of ICOS member co ops it is estimated that over 3 million Irish people are members of at least one co operative Ends Information Tim Kinsella 086 813 7512 Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/07/17/without-autumn-trade-the-future-of-suckler-farming-in-the-republic-is-under-serious-threat-spellman/ (2016-02-10)
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  • New Law for Co-ops Welcomed | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    Companies Acts to industrial provident societies which at present cannot avail of the examinership process Most of these changes will be enacted shortly except for the Examinership provision which will be enacted when the appropriate Court Rules are in place The Bill follows the introduction of a Statutory Instrument in late 2012 reducing the fees charged by the Registrar of Friendly Societies to co operative societies to levels comparable with companies The forthcoming new Act represents a welcome but modest response on the part of Government to the commitment made in the Programme for Government regarding co operatives This stated that the Government would work to promote a greater appreciation of the co operative model as a distinct form of organisation ensure a level playing field between co operatives and the other legal options for structuring enterprise activities and provide a conducive framework for the full potential of the co operative model to be realised Now that the work on the consolidation of the Companies Bill is virtually complete the next stage in this process must involve a complete overhaul of Industrial and Provident Societies legislation This Interim Bill is aimed primarily at easing the regulatory burden on co operative societies and making it easier to start up and run a co operative as an alternative form of enterprise organisation Ends Tim Kinsella MKC Communications 086 813 7512 Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/07/14/new-law-for-co-ops-welcomed/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Demand Holding Up……. Production Slipping | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    year Despite the seasonal slide on milk supply production levels remain high across the EU buoyed by good weather and low feed prices Lower prices however are expected to moderate production somewhat with the European Commission predicting a total milk supply increase for this year of 2 8 and a further 2 3 in 2015 The USDA has predicted supply growth of 2 3 for 2014 and 3 2 in 2015 They ve also however predicted a reduction in 2015 milk prices of around 13 5 below 2014 levels In general terms observers note that while demand has remained very strong supply growth has been significantly stronger although at a level which is unsustainable It is thought likely that some level supply disruptions will be seen across the globe possibly with the development of an El Niño season in the southern Hemisphere Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 June 2012 April 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 Publications Dairy Docs ICOS Press Releases Co op Development Docs Annual Reports Accounts EU Documents Presentations ICOS Submissions Home

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/07/14/demand-holding-up-production-slipping/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS to Present Dairy Opportunities and Challenges to TTIP Negotiators | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    US sides regarding both opportunities and challenges for our dairy co operative businesses in the formulation of this deal ICOS s key demands from a dairy perspective would be the opening up of the US dairy market to our high grade exports along our dairy supply chain from commodities to our functional food ranges We are adamant that a deal should not to just allow dairy exports to be tied up in speciality GI focused cheeses from south Europe The 7 th round of negotiations is pencilled in for October Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE BRUSSELS BASED Not Much Sign of Positivity for 2016 Agricultural Export Subsidies Scrapped at WTO Nairobi Deal EU Philippines Trade Deal An Opportunity for Irish Dairy Co ops Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 June 2012 April 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 Publications Dairy Docs ICOS Press Releases Co op Development Docs Annual Reports Accounts EU Documents Presentations ICOS Submissions Home About ICOS Purpose Vision Who we are Who we represent Core values A proud tradition Sir Horace Plunkett ICOS and the co operative movement Governance Board of Directors Sub Committees Locations Our People Facilitated by ICOS People profiles Our Members Introduction Dairy Livestock Food Fisheries Beverages Advisory Education Stores Trade Service Cultural

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/07/14/icos-to-present-dairy-opportunities-and-challenges-to-ttip-negotiators/ (2016-02-10)
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