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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Sheep and goat census extended

The deadline for receipt of this year's sheep and goat census forms has been extended to March 11, the Department of Agriculture has announced.

Minister Simon Coveney warned farmers that failure to submit a census form in time or the submission of an inaccurate census can lead to penalties as a result of cross-compliance requirements and can also impact on claims made under certain schemes.

Details of ewe numbers received after the deadline will not be taken into account for payment under this year's Grassland Sheep Scheme.

Canada targets €33/hr workers

Canadian agricultural jobs, with wages of €16.40-33.60 per hour, will be offered at this weekend's Working Abroad Expo.

The Alberta Agri-industry Workforce Development Team is one of many companies recruiting at the Expo that are specifically looking for Irish workers with agriculture and agri-food experience.

Jobs on offer include those in farm management, animal welfare, grain operations, vegetable production and landscaping, industrial meat cutting, bakery and vegetable processing.

The Working Abroad Expo takes place at the RDS this weekend from 11am-5pm each day, and at Cork's Silver Springs Hotel on March 7 from 12-7pm.

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IOFGA welcomes Dept's AEOS plan

Organic farming body IOFGA has welcomed the decision made by the Department of Agriculture to honour contracts made with organic farmers who are in both the AEOS and the Organic Farming Scheme.

The Department had decided to reverse its decision to withdraw payments for parcels of land designated as species rich grassland, traditional hay meadow and riparian margins for organic farmers who are participating in both schemes.

However, payments will now be made under both AEOS and organic schemes for last year.

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