A lot more bite in CAP reform debate
A lot more bite has come into the CAP reform debate over the last 10 days.
But while the latest spat between the IFA and Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney will dominate the headlines, it is the divisions within farm organisations that have the potential to become most divisive.
This was clearly illustrated at a farmer meeting that took place in Sligo on Sunday evening.
The meeting was addressed by Donie Shine of the Farm Family Rights Association, who insisted that Pillar I of CAP would remain the primary income support for farm incomes and urged west of Ireland farmers to secure "their fair share".
Mr Shine insisted this could only be secured by the front loading of the SFP on the first 20-25ha, with farmers being paid up to €400/ha.
This proposal is being strongly opposed by the main farm organisations and the fact that it has built-up traction over the last week will be a cause of concern for them.
However, more worrying for the main organisations were the sentiments expressed by local farmer Mary Rooney.
Ms Rooney bemoaned the fact that none of the main farmer organisations appeared to be representing the views of members with low SFP entitlements.