Farmers are pro-European - but unhappy with payments
Farmers are overwhelmingly pro-European but would prefer to get a fairer price for produce than subsidies.
A huge 80pc of farmers say we should remain within the EU and not consider leaving, despite the Irish agri-food sector's reliance on the UK as an export destination.
While farmers are very pro-Europe, their attitude to direct payments from the EU is largely negative, with 75pc saying they are unhappy with the current system.
They believe that payments are unfairly distributed or they would prefer a fair price for their produce instead of subsidies.
The findings are contained in the Farm Ireland National Survey of Farmers 2017 which provides a snapshot of rural hopes and fears.
It was conducted on behalf of Independent News and Media's leading agri-news website FarmIreland.ie and surveyed more than 1,000 farmers countrywide.
Yesterday, the Irish Independent reported on the overwhelming support among farmers (72pc) for prenuptial agreements amid concerns about land ownership following marital breakdown.