No compensation for fodder beet
FODDER beet will not qualify for the aid scheme for crops damaged by frost.
The Department has confirmed that the package is limited to food crops for human consumption and therefore it does not cover fodder beet.
Compensation will be available for damage to field vegetables and potatoes.
The deadline for receipt of crop damage assessment forms is Friday, February 19.
Irish 'at forefront of water quality'
Irish farmers are playing a key role in safeguarding water quality, the IFA's environment committee chairman Pat Farrell has claimed.
Reacting to a statement from Europe's Environment Commissioner, Janez Potocnik, that water quality trends are improving, Mr Farrell said the findings of the report underline the impact of the investment, totalling €3bn under the Farm Waste Management Scheme by 34,000 farmers .
Mr Farrell said the farming community's efforts must be recognised in the review of the Nitrates Action Programme by the relaxing of the rigid dates on slurry spreading.