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  • ICOS Continues to Work in Brussels to Stabilise Market | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    as PSA but we need more to stop the further deterioration of prices We continue to look for The reopening of the cheese PSA to stop milk destined for cheese being diverted to butter and powder which with put further downward pressure on these key commodities The extension of PSA storage times to ensure excess product does not come onto the market during dairy peak The continued EU diplomatic offense to lift the Russian embargo with Ukraine heading back to relative stability after recent elections The commission should immediately announce a simply legally enacted butterfat adjustment that would only somewhat mitigate a pointless fine that looks to be heading for over 1 billion for beleaguered European farmers The EU must retain dairy superlevy fines in the industry and use the fines to pay for market supports It is frankly disgusting that recent Commission proposals are to take these fines away from farmers at a time of largely politically caused market difficulty and they would be then put into the general EU budget These monies should be directed at targeted market supports that would help the industry such as the extension of PSA times higher intervention prices and even targeted export supports akin what the dairy industry in the US have with their CWT scheme Further measures by the EU to open Trade routes to 3rd country markets including the suspension of dairy export barriers to the US and Canada for the duration of the Russian ban The streamlining of the dairy export certification procedure for cooperatives 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/11/01/icos-continues-to-work-in-brussels-to-stabilise-market/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Phil Hogan Cruises through European Parliament hearing- Commits to meet ICOS on appointment | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    full abolition of quotas in April 2015 He was much cagier on the butterfat issue making little or no commitment to alleviate superlevy On dairy tools he said that he would consider all options including the use of export refunds but he did say that this was an exceptionally expensive option He committed to put a lot of energy to develop dairy and general trade to 3rd country markets during his commissionership He also said he was reluctant to use the Crisis Reserve as he say this a s farmers own money Hogan also underlined the need for general CAP simplification and his aim to attract more young people into the agricultural sector and he promised to leverage additional funds across other Commission departments particularly under Horizon 2020 in order to generate jobs 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/10/07/phil-hogan-cruises-through-european-parliament-hearing-commits-to-meet-icos-on-appointment/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Co-ops: Strengthening Producers | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    addressed by Veronique Pilat Chief Economist for CNIEL the French Dairy Industry umbrella body She will set out the recent and ongoing trends in the evolution of the world dairy industry and the workshop will examine how Irish farmers and their co ops can keep pace and protect their co op ethos The Livestock workshop will examine the threats and opportunities posed by impending Producer Organisation legislation for the Beef Sector The third workshop will explore the possibility for using the co op model to strengthen the Artisan Food Supply Chain The afternoon session will also feature the formal launch of the Plunkett Institute for Co operative Governance This is an ICOS initiative aimed at identifying recognising and promoting good governance in co operatives The Institute will work with co op directors to improve their skills and experience to provide training and to communicate to all stakeholders the importance of the role of co op director It is important to remember that ordinary farmers when elected to their co op boards are responsible for providing strategic direction and sound decision making for multi billion euro companies It is vital that they are adequately prepared for that task and the Plunkett Institute will work with all levels of farmers from new entrants to regional committee members to experienced Directors to ensure that the industry is well served with sound educated experienced decision makers 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/10/07/co-ops-strengthening-producers/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Markets: Continued Weakness, Supply Slow-down Needed | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    season farmers had the opportunity to lock in a price of 7 per kg 29 8c litre for a limited volume Notwithstanding the disastrous effects of Russian ban the fundamental problem is a cyclical one whereby global supply and demand are out of line In the absence of climatic or feed supply issues which might periodically be expected to slow down milk supply we are now dependent on either a strong low price signal to suppliers to reduce supplies or in the case of the EU the impending super levy In addition at the current price levels dairy ingredients are very attractive versus competitors and dairy consumption should be attractive particularly in emerging nations Indeed sellers note that demand for Irish product remains very strong important in the context of next spring s expected surge but that buyers are happy to only lock in their short term needs in the hope that prices for new spring might weaken Observers believe that the prospects for the market are quite strong with balance between supply and demand expected sometime mid 2015 In the mean time however farmers need to ensure that their own business plans are robust enough to weather this current period of low prices Thankfully Irish farmers got the vast majority of this year s production out in wonderful grass growing conditions and record prices It s the southern hemisphere farmers who are absorbing the worst of this current crisis 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/10/07/markets-continued-weakness-supply-slow-down-needed/ (2016-02-10)
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  • BUDGET 2015 – RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY ICOS | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    operative with a competitive source of capital Moneys withdrawn from the Recognised Fund would be deemed to be income and taxable in the normal course in the year in which it was withdrawn Longer term investment by farmers in co operative shares should qualify as agricultural property for the purpose of Capital Acquisitions Tax Agricultural Relief There is a general acceptance that land immobility poses one of the greatest threats to Ireland s ability to deliver on our Food Harvest 2020 targets In the instance of young farmers who wish to enter dairying through leasing many young farmers will need to invest significantly in facilities Such investments will only be attractive if there is adequate lease duration ICOS has proposed allowing for a higher level of tax free income in the event of a lessor being willing to commit to a 15 year lease As we move from the ending of quotas towards 2020 there will be a significant growth in stock numbers on dairy farms There will be an increase of approximately 400 000 cows and heifers with a value of perhaps 500m ICOS advocates no capping on stock relief for young trained farmers In addition those young educated expanding dairy farmers should benefit from accelerated capital allowances on farm investments 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 Ends Further Information Seamus O Donohoe CEO ICOS 01 676 4783 Issued by Tim Kinsella MKC Communications 01 703 8600 Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/10/07/budget-2015-recommendations-made-by-icos/ (2016-02-10)
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  • BUDGET 2015 – RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY ICOS | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    be designated a Recognised Fund This would permit farmers to invest their surplus funds in a tax effective manner in their dairy co operatives in years of high milk price while at the same time providing their co operative with a competitive source of capital Moneys withdrawn from the Recognised Fund would be deemed to be income and taxable in the normal course in the year in which it was withdrawn Longer term investment by farmers in co operative shares should qualify as agricultural property for the purpose of Capital Acquisitions Tax Agricultural Relief There is a general acceptance that land immobility poses one of the greatest threats to Ireland s ability to deliver on our Food Harvest 2020 targets In the instance of young farmers who wish to enter dairying through leasing many young farmers will need to invest significantly in facilities Such investments will only be attractive if there is adequate lease duration ICOS has proposed allowing for a higher level of tax free income in the event of a lessor being willing to commit to a 15 year lease As we move from the ending of quotas towards 2020 there will be a significant growth in stock numbers on dairy farms There will be an increase of approximately 400 000 cows and heifers with a value of perhaps 500m ICOS advocates no capping on stock relief for young trained farmers In addition those young educated expanding dairy farmers should benefit from accelerated capital allowances on farm investments 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/10/07/budget-2015-recommendations-made-by-icos-2/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ‘Foot in the Door’ comes to Clonakilty – Job seekers invited to event highlighting employment opportunities in agrifood co-ops | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    In particular the dairy sector has considerable potential given the industry expansion agenda that exists around the removal of milk quotas next year Our initiatives ties in with growth plans for the agrifood industry and the Government s Action Plan for Jobs The events are free of charge to job seekers in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance Job Seekers Benefits and other kinds of allowances provided that they are registered with their local DSP offices and are not on a CE Scheme or other Jobs bridge type of initiative At the recent launch Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said I welcome this clever initiative which is seeking to open up new opportunities for job seekers in a sector of the economy that is confident and ambitious and has strong employment potential The Irish agrifood industry is well positioned to meet continuously growing global demand for foods It s important that this growth opportunity has widespread economic benefits for everyone and most particularly for job seekers in rural areas which are the heartland of Irish agrifood production The agri food sector in Ireland contributes a value of 24 billion to the national economy generates almost 10 of Ireland s exports and provides 7 7 of national employment When employment in inputs processing and marketing is included the agrifood sector accounts for almost 10 of employment 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 Foot in the Door Events ICOS Skillnet is running events nationally in conjunction with employers from the Co Operative Sector aimed at helping unemployed persons to enhance their chances of gaining employment in the co Op sector in Ireland The Events comprise 2 x introductory training sessions that will enhance your skills base An opportunity to meet with prospective employers An opportunity to access FREE Training Courses relevant to the skills requirements by employers not only in the co op sector but across all industries An opportunity to network and make new contacts Events will run at various locations across the country to include Mallow Clonakilty Sligo Dublin Tipperary and Galway Types of introductory training sessions being covered will include but are not limited to Retail Customer Service You are the Difference Interview Preparation Skills Career Development Basic Security Awareness Loss Prevention Communications Retail Skills Merchandising Understanding Health Safety Basic Fire Awareness Emotional Intelligence Presentation Skills Personal Effectiveness Top 10 things you need to know about Microsoft Office Systems For Eligibility Criteria please visit http www icos ie skillnet information for the unemployed Advance registration is essential To register to attend candidates should please contact Breeda Flood or Billy Goodburn on 01 6131348 or on email billy goodburn icos ie Archive Recent Posts ICOS Announces New CEO Designate ICOS EUROPEAN AFFAIRS

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/10/06/foot-in-the-door-comes-to-clonakilty-job-seekers-invited-to-event-highlighting-employment-opportunities-in-agrifood-co-ops/ (2016-02-10)
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  • ICOS are Hiring! Dairy Executive based in Dublin | Posts | Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society
    2 but will be expected to travel throughout the country as required The Candidate Ideally you should have A third level higher degree in a relevant discipline A farming background and be knowledgeable of the dairy sector Had an involvement in policy formulation At least five years post qualification experience Excellent interpersonal communication and computer skills Have proven project management experience Proven ability to work on own initiative within a flexible team structure Some background in dealing with regulatory and legal issues preferably as they affect the agri business sector A competitive salary commensurate with experience and the importance of the position will be offered Candidates should apply via email or post in strict confidence attaching a CV and covering letter to Seamus O Donohoe CEO ICOS Ltd The Plunkett House 84 Merrion Square Dublin 2 or by email info icos ie Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 17 th October 2014 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

    Original URL path: http://www.icos.ie/2014/10/03/wanted-icos-dairy-executive/ (2016-02-10)
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