STEPHEN CADOGAN

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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Producer organisations key, says Coveney

Producer organisations with up to 5,000 to 10,000 beef farmers each, which will negotiate prices with processors, and help farmers get beef specifications right, will be the most significant change in the beef sector in the next few years, predicts Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

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Survey shows that farming industry is at a crossroads

The 2014 Irish Examiner ICMSA farming survey depicts an industry at the crossroads — shortly before the end of EU milk quotas and the CAP reform start to transform it, and before the signs of recovery in the national economy and consumer confidence begin to take effect.

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Europe’s gain could be a winner for Irish farmers too

Within three years of securing a Cabinet position in Dublin, Phil Hogan had introduced taxes on property and water, overseen the set up of Irish Water, and implemented the biggest reform of local government in Ireland since the formation of the state.

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Grant aid for farm safety improvements is expected

Grant aid for farm safety improvements is expected to be part of the Government’s rural development policy which will be finalised in the coming months.

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Eddie Downey

Hogan right man: Downey

IFA president Eddie Downey has welcomed the appointment of Phil Hogan as the next EU commissioner for agriculture, and said the IFA looked forward to working closely with him in shaping the future of the Common Agricultural Policy in a way that will have a positive impact on Irish and European farm families.

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