Why I am giving the IFA another chance
We took a day off, like many farmers, to head to the ploughing championships down in Screggan, Tullamore. As we travelled around and chatted with other tillage farmers there was a sense of both relief that harvest was over and concern about the low prices for grain.
The knock on effect of these low yields and low prices will impact many of the stands at the ploughing. We were looking at all the shiny new machinery and tractors that were there and I think the low price of grain will see a drop in machinery sales.
I was also part of a Farming Independent debate about women's representation in farming organisations and in particular the IFA. I argued that I don't believe women are represented well in the IFA but I would also add that I believe the young farmers and tillage farmers are also not represented well within farm organisations.
When I mentioned the lack of women in the organisation I had many within the IFA tell me there are plenty of women in important positions.
IFA Top Brass
When I got home I went onto their website and had a look. In the 57 positions of committee chairmen, county chairmen and executive board members there is a total of one woman.
Do they really believe that that is gender balanced? Do they really think that reflects "plenty" of women in important roles?
I was also told that anyone can apply for all the different positions within the IFA.