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Margaret Donnelly: No farmer can get a free pass while others carry environmental can for everyone

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The emphasis on environmental measures has never been more significant

The emphasis on environmental measures has never been more significant

The emphasis on environmental measures has never been more significant

The formation of a new government comes at a time when farming is at a crossroads for many in the sector. The emphasis on environmental measures has never been more significant, yet too many farmers are unable to make a living wage.

The proposals under the programme for government for this sector are heavily influenced by environmental measures.

News of a new REPS-type scheme will be welcomed by all - the original REPS was one of the most popular farming schemes ever run in this country, proving, if nothing else, that farmers can view environmental schemes in a positive light.