Tom Doyle: Farmers have reacted positively to move.

Spouses to qualify for contributory pension under changes to PRSI

Spouses of farmers will qualify for a contributory pension due to new extensions to PRSI eligibility — a move which IFA farm business chairman, Tom Doyle, has welcomed.


Residues found in just 0.2% of food samples tested by department

Just 0.2% of food samples were found containing residues by the Department of Agriculture’s tests under the National Residue Control Plan in 2013.


Lower production costs help farm incomes to stabilise, survey finds

Lower production costs saw farm incomes stay relatively stable so far this year, according to the Teagasc Mid-year Outlook for Irish Agriculture 2014.


Farmers demand fleximilk figures in bid to reclaim €10m in quota fines

ICMSA deputy president, Pat McCormack has called on the Department of Agriculture to issue its final national fleximilk figures for the dairy processors to begin paying back up to €10m to farmers in monies withheld due to superlevy concerns.


Pig producers see prices slip on 2013

Pig farmers have been disappointed this week by falling prices — in contrast to 2013, when pig prices continued to rise monthly until November.


Winter barley harvest yields are of mixed size and quality

Variable yields and quality have been reported in the Co Cork winter barley harvest.

Dacian Ciolos

EU job delay a possibility

It could be next January before the EU agriculture commissioner is in place, to oversee farming and rural development up to 2019.


US report allays China milk glut fears

Fears of a five-year global milk glut have been allayed by a report that Chinese dairy import demand will continue at strong levels.

Michael Noonan

Exemption to take effect

Michael Noonan has confirmed that the Finance Bill 2014, which will be published after October’s Budget, will give effect to the exemption from capital gains tax he announced last May for farmers who had been forced by the CAP reform to sell their entitlements to active farmers.


Slurry safety: Empty, ventilate, agitate

Slurry gases can kill.

Great care is needed when agitating slurry. Slow down — stop and think before you start to agitate.