STEPHEN CADOGAN

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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Safety scheme deadlines loom

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and agri-organisations are urging farmers to avail of the new Farm Safety Scheme to improve their farms and to reduce fatality statistics.

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EU’s international aid crusade doesn’t augur well for farmers

When European heads of state meet this weekend to decide the EU’s new climate and energy policy framework, Ireland will have to fight very hard to win any concessions for our agriculture.

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EU milk superlevy continues to ignore commercial realities

It seems almost unbelievable that the “decision makers” in Brussels will take their foot off the throat of the dairy industry next April.

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Now or never for new beef markets as Ireland enters US

It’s now or never, if the Irish beef industry is to break into new markets.

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Milk on: seems dairy market doesn’t work like beef market

Predictions that milk prices will weaken for the next six to eight months are a sober reminder to dairy farmers that their expansion plans must be robust enough to withstand major shocks.

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