Sherlock in bid for top ICSA role
The ICSA is gearing up for election mode as another candidate has thrown his hat in the ring for president.
The association's rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock has received a nomination to go forward against the current president Patrick Kent.
Mr Kent is coming towards the end of his second term of two years, and under ICSA rules can stand for a third term.
However, Limerick farmer Mr Sherlock lodged his application to run for the election due to take place in Portlaoise on December 14.
Mr Sherlock, who is well-known from his campaign on debt, barricaded himself into the family home at Feohanagh, Co Limerick in 2012 after he was served with an eviction notice from a bank over outstanding payments.
Mr Sherlock said his main campaign platform will be focused on "keeping the lights on in rural Ireland" where he says many farmers are struggling.
He said more money needs to be put back into farmers' pockets as in many of the schemes, such as Knowledge Transfer, there is little "financial incentive" to take part.
"We have huge issues out there and a lot of farmers asked me to put my name forward," he said.