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Coveney asks EU for RDP go-ahead

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has called on the European Commission to expedite approval of new Rural Development Programmes, and ensure a risk-free mechanism is in place for member states to implement programme schemes prior to approval, and prior to any EU budget amendments. 

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Vested interests get in the way of young farmers’ boost

There are welcome signs that the EU is getting serious about tackling the disastrous age profile of its farmers — and Ireland should be ready to support the current proposals floating around in Brussels, the main one of which is zero interest rate loans for land acquisitions by young farmers.

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New Year price support on cards

The European Commission has agreed to reconsider calls to support the pigmeat sector, after ministers at this week’s Farm Council said pig farmers’ financial problems had worsened. 

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Volatility will eventually force out high cost milk producers

One farmer’s misfortune is another’s gain.

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Dairy slump ends three OK years for Irish farming

It sums up Irish farming that dairy farmers are the only ones that can be reasonably confident of making a profit in 2015 — even if, as predicted, a 28% milk price cut (to 27 cent per litre) reduces their profitability by a whopping 82% in 2015, to an average of 2 cent per litre.

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Elephant in the room in Coveney’s 2025 strategy

There are no prizes for guessing what farmers will put in the responses invited from the industry by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, when he launched this week’s preparation of a national strategy for the agri-food sector up to 2025.

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Ireland needs EU allies who share unique combination

Moves in Brussels to reduce money for agriculture in the 2015 budget have predictably been opposed by agriculture and fisheries ministers.

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The late Joe Walsh can inspire beef forum negotiators

Negotiators at yesterday’s beef forum could have drawn inspiration from the late Joe Walsh, just a day after he was laid to rest in his native Clonakilty.

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National Reserve entitlements opening for 6,417

Landowners forced to transfer single payment entitlements permanently this year can apply in 2015 for National Reserve entitlements.

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Plenty support for further IFA action on beef market

All cattle farmers owe a debt of gratitude to their 15,000 colleagues who supported IFA’s 24-hour beef price protests at nearly 30 meat plants around the country.

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