STEPHEN CADOGAN

Dairy focused on input costs

Irish farmers depend on low production costs to stay in the race.

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Phil Hogan speaking to 1,700 guests and voluntary officers, who served on IFA’s National Council and Executive Council, since the founding of the Association in 1955, attending the IFA's 60th commemoration at the Convention Centre in Dublin.

Great 60 years for IFA, but it’s as challenging as ever

The best-organised and most influential farmers in Europe — that’s the Irish, and it’s all thanks to the IFA, was the very interesting assessment of EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, last week.

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Ireland’s carbon quota strategy team deserve great credit

Ireland may lose milk quotas this year, but could instead have been shackled by carbon quotas were it not for a breakthrough in October that should not be overlooked in any review of 2014.

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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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