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Doyle announces 2019 payment of advance payments for Organic Farming Scheme

on Tuesday, 10 December 2019. Posted in Schemes, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

Payments for farmers in the Organic Farming Scheme have commenced.

. Payments to the value of approximately €6.1 million have already been made to almost 1,300 farmers, commencing at the end of November. Payments will continue to be made to farmers between now and the end of the year.  

The Minister commented “I am delighted to announce that advance payments commenced ahead of schedule and earlier than last year. The Organic Farming Scheme is one of our most successful schemes under our current Rural Development Programme and it has more than achieved its targets in terms of land converted and maintained for organics.”

The payments to farmers under this scheme mean that since September, DAFM has paid out a total of €1.55 Billion in direct payment to farmers.

Liver Fluke Forecast November 2019

on Monday, 02 December 2019. Posted in Sheep, Dairy, Beef

Each year, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) in collaboration with Met Éireann advises farmers of the predicted risk of disease caused by liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) infection in livestock. This forecast is based on meteorologi

The Regional Veterinary Laboratory (RVL) Liver Fluke Abattoir ELISA Survey

Blood samples collected by DAFM staff from a selection of lambs born in 2019 (928 flocks) across 25 counties were tested for the presence of antibodies to liver fluke by the DAFM Laboratory Service to determine the level of exposure of lambs in these flocks. Data from this survey indicates that the majority of infected flocks are from counties on the western seaboard. A particularly large number of positive results were reported from flocks located in Mayo and Donegal. In these counties, exposure to liver fluke was detected in June, while animals in the southwest were apparently not exposed before August. By October, there was evidence of fluke exposure in lambs from the midlands and large parts of Leinster. Please see http://www.animalhealthsurveillance.agriculture.gov.ie/ for further details and maps of test results.

Over 75% of applications rejected in Organic Farming Scheme

on Monday, 18 November 2019. Posted in Schemes, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

The chairman of the Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA’s) Organics Project Team, Nigel Renaghan, is seeking an urgent meeting following the rejection of “over 75%” of applications under the re-opened Organic Farming Scheme (OFS).

Renaghan is seeking a meeting with the Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle, to address the issue.

The IFA’s organics chairman said: “This is despite these farmers having full organic registration.

The minister has overseen a flawed process with less than a quarter of applicants accepted into the scheme at a time when we are being lectured about the need for farmers to diversify.

“Only 55 applicants out of 225 that applied in November 2018 were eventually accepted into the scheme, despite meeting the obligations of the scheme since they committed to applying.

“These farmers have been contacted advising them that their application was not successful.

N & P Statements to 31 August 2019 now available

on Tuesday, 22 October 2019. Posted in Schemes, Dairy, Beef

The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine has announced that interim Nitrogen and Phosphorus (N&P) Statements for the period January to August 2019 are now available on the Department’s online system www.agfood.ie.

These statements are particularly useful as they allow farmers to plan for the remainder of the year, in order to ensure compliance with the limits of the Nitrates Regulations, thus avoiding penalties for breaching the limit of 170 kgs of Nitrogen per hectare or the 250 kgs of Nitrogen per hectare limit for those who hold an approved derogation.  

Farmers are also reminded that all Nitrate Records Forms for 2019 must be submitted to Nitrates Section before 31 December 2019.

Farmers not already registered for agfood.ie can do so by logging onto www.agfood.ie and clicking the 'Register' button. To register a mobile phone number for future SMS text alerts, log on to https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/contactsupdates/ to access the sign-on form.

Minister Creed Announces Commencement of €20m Payments for Year 3 of the Knowledge Transfer Programme

on Monday, 07 October 2019. Posted in Schemes, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

Knowledge Transfer Programme

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today announced that payments in respect of Year 3 of the Knowledge Transfer Programme have commenced.

The Minister commented “I can confirm that the payments in relation to Year 3 of the Knowledge Transfer Programme have now commenced.  I am pleased to note that these payments are commencing a month earlier than in previous years.”

The Minister added “over the three year lifetime of this programme it has played a central role in helping farmers develop the skills and knowledge which will help them to address sustainability, productivity and competitiveness challenges.  This Programme has also been shown to have significant social benefits for the farming community in addition to providing important financial support.”

Given the structure of the Programme, payments are now rolling out on a sector by sector basis over the coming weeks. Payments for farmers in Equine and Poultry Knowledge Transfer Groups have now issued. Payments for Dairy, Beef, Sheep and Tillage will issue shortly.

PV SOLAR PANEL FOR FARMERS

on Tuesday, 01 October 2019. Posted in Products, Schemes, Dairy

Dependable Supply of Renewable Electricity

Demand for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems has spiked in the last few years as concerns around climate change grow and customers seek reliable, affordable solutions to help offset ever-rising energy costs.

TC Renewables Ltd said this, the experts in wind and solar PV power solutions for households, businesses and farms.

Solar PV systems are today a reliable and cost-effective solution for generating renewable electricity, with surplus energy stored in batteries for later use or directed towards heating water.

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Solar PV is a well-proven technology that converts sunlight into electricity.  Made of tempered glass these systems last for up to 30 years and can withstand extreme weather conditions.

Incredibly durable, solar PV systems are very reliable with very predictable generation over the year and, with no moving parts, there are little maintenance costs.

With attractive government grants and tax write offs available to encourage installation, and finance offered by professional companies like TC renewables, solar PV solutions are affordable and one of the best investments to improve sustainability and reduce exposure to ever rising energy bills.

Creed launches an Open Call for submissions on the CAP Strategic Plan – SWOT analysis

on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. Posted in Schemes, Courses, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

Following on from the latest meeting of the CAP Stakeholder Consultative Committee, The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has announced his intention to launch an open call for submissions on the CAP Strategic Plan – SWOT

The open call for submissions is part of the CAP post 2020 consultation process, under which each Member State is required to conduct a Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat analysis (SWOT) of the geographic area covered by the CAP Strategic Plan, and to engage with civil society and stakeholders to ensure the SWOT is fully reflective of the situation.

Minister Creed announces opening date for €100 million Beef Exceptional Aid Measure

on Monday, 19 August 2019. Posted in Schemes, Dairy, Beef

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. today announced that the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) will open for applications from Monday 19th August; BEAM will open for applications from 19th August to 8th September inclu

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. today announced that the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) will open for applications from Monday 19th August;

BEAM will open for applications from 19th August to 8th September inclusive. Applications will be accepted online through AgFood.ie

Creed announces detail of new €100 million Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM)

on Tuesday, 06 August 2019. Posted in Schemes, Dairy, Beef

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today (Monday) announced details of the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM).

This measure will be funded by a combination of EU exceptional aid and Exchequer support, provided in light of the difficult circumstances that Irish beef farmers have been facing as a result of market volatility and uncertainty arising out of Brexit.

The Minister acknowledged, “I am keenly aware that the past few months have been very difficult for beef farmers. There has been a prolonged and exceptional period of depressed prices since last autumn, with the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the outcome of Brexit, among other factors, contributing to this market disturbance.”

“The availability of this EU and Exchequer support, together with the Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP) introduced earlier this year, provides an injection of up to €120m in aid for the beef sector in 2019.”

BEAM will provide financial aid to Irish beef farmers and is targeted towards those farmers most affected. BEAM is also designed to meet the requirements set out by the Commission, including granting support to farmers engaging in actions, which enhance their long-term resilience and sustainability.

BEAM is a demand-led, voluntary scheme. Farmers who meet the initial eligibility criteria will then have to commit to meeting the following conditions in order to qualify for aid. Each participant must:

  • be a member of a Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme or a DAFM environmental scheme; and
  • reduce the production of bovine livestock manure nitrogen (total figure) per herd by 5% for a target period (1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021) compared to a reference period (1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019).

WATER ABSTRACTION REGISTRATION REMINDER

on Monday, 29 July 2019. Posted in Schemes, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

WATER ABSTRACTION REGISTRATION REMINDER

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government launched a register of water abstractions in accordance with the European Union (Water Policy) (Abstractions Registration) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 261 of 2018) in August 2018. People who abstract 25 cubic meters (25,000 litres) of water or more per day are required to register their water abstraction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The official deadline for registration passed on 16 November 2018 and the EPA estimates that about 10 to 15% of abstractions of 25 or more cubic meters per day have been registered to date from the farming sector.  

N & P Statements to 31 May 2019 now available

on Monday, 22 July 2019. Posted in Schemes, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine has announced that interim Nitrogen and Phosphorus statements (N&P Statements) for the period January to May 2019 are now available on the Department’s online system www.agfood.ie.

These statements are particularly useful to allow farmers to plan for the remainder of the year, in order to ensure compliance with the limits of the Nitrates Regulations, thus avoiding penalties for breaching the limits of 170 kgs of Nitrogen per hectare or the limit for those who hold an approved derogation is 250 kgs of Nitrogen per hectare.

Farmers not already registered for agfood.ie can do so by logging onto www.agfood.ie and clicking the 'Register' button. To register a mobile phone number for future SMS text alerts log on to https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/contactsupdates/ to access the sign-on form.

Each year a small proportion of Irish farmers lose income by exceeding stocking rate limits in the Nitrates Regulations, the Department of Agriculture has said.

The Department advises that farmers can avoid these penalties by taking action during the year.

Farmers can avoid penalties through a range of options, including exporting slurry during the year to less intensively stocked farms or renting extra land and submitting the appropriate forms to the Department.

Another option is monitoring their livestock numbers throughout the year and reducing them where there is a risk of exceeding the limit.

The Department has encouraged all farmers who exported slurry, rented extra land or temporarily moved cattle to another holding to submit the appropriate forms as soon as possible (not later than December 31) to the Nitrates section, Johnstown Castle, Wexford.

National Farm Safety Awareness Day 15 to 19 July 2019

on Tuesday, 16 July 2019. Posted in Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, TD, added his support to the Farm Safety Week being run in Ireland by the IFA.

Minister Creed said “I very much welcome that the IFA are leading the fifth annual Farm Safety Week.  It is important that every organisation involved in agriculture continually raises the need for farmers to farm safely”.   

This initiative along with others such as the recent HSA Farm Safety campaign at the end of April which focused on the safe use of tractors and machinery, are very important in increasing awareness of the unacceptable level of farm accidents that occur every year within our industry and the need for continual awareness of farm safety. 

It is important to remember that farms are both work places and family homes and it is important that the whole family is alert to the risks that exist on farms.  Great care is required to ensure that tragic accidents do not occur.  One of the first steps in helping to achieve a safe farm is for farmers to adhere to the Farm Safety Code of practice and to review their Farm Risk Assessment. 

Minister Creed added, “While there are many risks in farming, farming does not have to be a dangerous occupation.  Behavioural change is what is required to prevent many accidents.  It is a case of being aware of the dangers and taking the time to do what is necessary to minimise the risk.  There are plenty of ways to reduce the danger, without spending huge money.  The first of these is to complete a Farm Risk Assessment”.   

Minster Creed Announces €13.4m Basic Payment Scheme Refund to 98,000 farmers

on Monday, 08 July 2019. Posted in Schemes, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

Minster Creed Announces €13.4m Basic Payment Scheme Refund to 98,000 farmers The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced the commencement of payments of over €13.4 million to approximately 98,000 farmers.

Minster Creed Announces €13.4m Basic Payment Scheme Refund to 98,000 farmers

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced the commencement of payments of over €13.4 million to approximately 98,000 farmers. This money was deducted from their 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments under the Financial Discipline rule, and is now being reimbursed in line with the EU regulations.

Minister Creed said ‘I am pleased to confirm that these payments totaling €13.4 million are now being reimbursed to eligible farmers.’  The Minister added that “these payments will bring the total paid to Irish farmers under the 2018 Basic Payment Scheme to €1.19 billion”.

Note to editors

In the context of the annual budgetary procedure of the European Union, the financial discipline mechanism which is implemented by the Member States involves a monetary deduction (1.4% for the 2018 reduction) from some direct payments thereby creating a financial Crisis Reserve for the European Union. The crisis reserve is intended to provide additional support for the agricultural sector in the case of major crises affecting agricultural production or distribution. In the event that the Crisis Reserve is not activated in the financial year, or it is not fully utilised, the balance not used is refunded to farmers in the subsequent financial year, hence this reimbursement.

Creed meets French Counterpart and Commissioner Hogan to discuss EU-Mercosur Negotiations

on Monday, 01 July 2019. Posted in Dairy, Beef

In Rome today, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, met his French counterpart, Didier Guillaume, and EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan to discuss the latest developments in the EU-Mercosur trade negotiations.

Minister Creed noted the shared concerns both he and Minister Guillaume have on the current state of play in these negotiations. Speaking following the meeting, the Minister said: “This was a very useful engagement with a Member State that has long been an ally of Ireland on many aspects of agricultural policy, and particularly in relation to the potential impact of an EU-Mercosur deal. We agreed that there are strong reasons for concern about the possible conclusion of such a deal in the short-term, with specialist beef farmers in both Ireland and France being particularly exposed to negative impacts. We will remain in close contact on this issue over the coming period.”

Minister Creed recalled the concerted efforts that have been made - and continue to be made - by Ireland, France and other Member States to defend the interests of the EU agriculture sector in the EU-Mercosur negotiations.

These have been going on for many years, and have included joint initiatives on issues such as the Commission conducting a Cumulative Impact Assessment on the effect of quota concessions across a range of trade negotiations on the sector, the exclusion of a beef tariff rate quota from negotiations in 2016, and the ongoing efforts to avoid any further concessions in the latest phase of negotiations. Most recently, Heads of State and Government from Ireland, France, Poland and Belgium have written to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker urging no further agriculture concessions, and Ministers Creed and Humphreys have written to Commissioners Hogan and Malmström to the same effect.

Minister Creed also met Commissioner Hogan to express his deep concern about news of momentum behind a Mercosur deal.  He urged that there should be no further concessions on beef, which has been identified by the Commission’s own analysis as a vulnerable sector.

In other bilateral meetings en marge of the EU-AU Ministerial Conference, Minister Creed also met:

  • New Zealand’s Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor – discussions focused on existing and future cooperation between both countries in relation to climate change and agriculture.
  • Egypt’s Agriculture Minister DR Ezz El-Din Abu Steit – discussions focused on Ireland’sAgri food exports and technical cooperation.

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