FARMING NEWS

Tropical deforestation puts global food security at risk

Tropical deforestation in the southern hemisphere is accelerating global warming and threatening world food production by distorting rainfall patterns across Europe, China and the US Midwest, according to a new study.

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John Comer

Bigger picture as vital as milk prices

Since I was elected president of ICMSA three years ago, I have consistently voiced my conviction that a ‘bigger picture’ effects farm incomes to at least the same degree as product prices and that we must concentrate more on ensuring that the context —the ‘bigger picture’ — within which we farm and produce food is balanced and does not, as often seems the case, discriminate against the farmers as price-takers.

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EU deal with New Zealand could hit Irish food exports

Any free trade agreement between New Zealand and the EU could have a negative impact on Irish agri-food exports. So says Ireland South European Parliament member Sean Kelly who has voiced alarm over the possible implications for Ireland.

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Green shoots for food suppliers

Consumers are likely to have spent up to €4bn by the time the country’s shops close for Christmas in two days. That will represent a 2% increase on last year. Food purchases will form a large part of that expenditure.

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Profitability critical to farm strategy, says IFA

Any new strategy for the agri-food sector will only be credible if the focus is firmly on delivering farm profitability, IFA president Eddie Downey has stated.

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Byrne named FSAI chief

Pamela Byrne has been appointed chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, effective from the retirement of Alan Reilly next March.

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Comer re-elected to ICMSA hot seat

The president of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, John Comer, was re-elected for a further three-year term in Limerick yesterday.

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Families face intense pressure on incomes

Farm families are under intense income pressure from a combination of product price volatility, escalating input costs and reducing EU direct supports which have to be addressed if the farm family model of EU farming is to be maintained.

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Dairy slump could take out millions of euros

A dramatic decline in the profitability of what is, by a long way, the most profitable farm enterprise, is obviously a concern, particularly as the dairy enterprise had been hampered for decades by EU quotas, but is now set to expand.

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Let’s resolve to rule out farming accidents

Before I run out of year, there is a warning I have to deliver, which I should have written three months ago and more.

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