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IFA CALL FOR RELAXATION OF MEADOW CUTTING MEASURE UNDER GLAS

on Monday, 25 June 2018. Posted in Blog, Schemes, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

Articles taken from the IFA website.

Rural Development

IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to allow farmers who have the traditional hay meadow measure in GLAS to cut their meadows now rather than have to wait until July 1st.

He said, “The excellent weather and ground conditions at the moment are ideal for cutting to take place now. This will ensure farmers can maximise fodder conservation, which is critical following the significant depletion of fodder stocks last winter and spring”.

Joe Brady said the land is now in good condition to conserve fodder. but this could change quickly, particularly on heavy soils.

He said the Minister must allow as much flexibility in GLAS as possible so that farmers are in a strong position with fodder for next winter.

IFA SECURES CHANGE TO VACANT SITE LEGISLATION FOR FARMLAND

Environment & Rural AffairsFarm Business & Credit

IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed as a first step an amendment to the Vacant Site Levy legislation, which will ensure farmland will not be liable for the levy, as long as the land was owned and farmed by the farmer prior to its being zoned as residential.

The amendment comes as a result of IFA representations to Minister John Paul Phelan and to local authorities on this matter.

Joe Healy said that to deem farmland as vacant simply because it is zoned for another purpose is completely unacceptable and not in line with the intention of the Vacant Site Levy.

He said the amending legislation must be enacted swiftly, and in the meantime Minister Phelan should issue clear direction to all local authorities that farmland should not be included on their vacant site register.

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