STEPHEN CADOGAN

Agri-food the star of the show as ministers shuffle their seats

Only the Departments of Agriculture, Finance, and Public Expenditure and Reform emerged from last week’s cabinet reshuffle with the continuity afforded by ministers being left in place.

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Milk superlevy relief hope shot down again by EU

Relief for member states in danger of exceeding milk quota was shot down again at this week’s EU Council of Agriculture ministers.

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No trickle-down dairy effect despite record €3bn exports

Over 85% of Irish dairy production is exported, and it goes to more than 90 countries.

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Part-timers struggle to keep their heads above water

It should not be overlooked that most drystock farms are part-time operations.

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Beefing up communication

The oxygen of information is entering the beef industry via Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney’s industry roundtable discussions.

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Any  further taxes on farming and farm families will be rejected outright, warned IFA President Eddie Downey

Farmers turn anti-austerity

EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso has set a difficult task for national EU leaders — to continue austerity programmes despite the passing of the worst of the economic crisis.

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2013 silage costs almost doubled on suckler farms

A few fascinating figures emerged from this week’s Teagasc National Farm Survey for 2013.

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Summer work load spells danger

By mid-May in 2014, 12 people had lost their lives on farms. The danger to life is a constant cloud hanging over farming.

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Sour taste to cheap UK milk

Dairy farmers are entitled to feel aggrieved at market forces — especially if they also rear beef cattle.

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€40m tax exemption is damage limitation rather than good news

Farmers may have been spared a tax bill of up to €40m by the new capital gains tax (CGT) exemption for certain farmers announced last week by Finance Minister Michael Noonan.

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