'We can't stand idly by on CAP budget' - Hogan
European countries must stand up for high food standards and consider paying more into the EU budget to support the Common Agricultural Policy.
The results of the EU public consultation on CAP found the public want high quality food and for farmers to do more to protect the environment.
However, speakers at the conference in Brussels to unveil the consultation results were unclear about how this can be funded given the potential hit to CAP funding from Brexit
"We haven't talked about money at all today, we're talking about policy," said EU agriculture chief Phil Hogan during the conference. "We cannot stand idly by and do nothing."
IFA president Joe Healy said the EU must "step up" support for farmers.
"It must be recognised that low farm incomes remain a major challenge," Mr Healy said.
"Previous cuts to the CAP budget have undermined the effectiveness of this common policy and its ability to provide a fair standard of living for producers."
The head of the ICMSA John Comer said the Irish government needed to consider paying more into the EU budget.