Farm Ireland

Friday 20 April 2018

In brief: Downey urges Rural Planning

IFA deputy president Eddie Downey has called for the establishment of a Rural Planning Forum to revitalise struggling rural communities that are experiencing emigration, job losses and social isolation.

Speaking after a meeting with Minister for State for Education and Skills, Ciaran Cannon, Mr Downey said the loss of young people due to emigration was having a profound impact on the culture and sense of community in rural Ireland.

James Doyle, chairman of the Irish Rural Dwellers' Association, has also called for a full review of the existing rural planning guidelines, and for representation on An Bord Pleanala for rural communities.

Arla holds fire after protests

Arla Foods' plans for a massive new dairy processing facility in Buckinghamshire, England are under review after opposition from local interest groups.

Arla had planned to build a plant capable of processing 1bn litres of milk on a 70 acre site at Aston Clinton, near Aylesbury.

The £150m (€170.4m) plant would have generated around 680 jobs in the area but locals have objected to the 1,000 HGV movements per day that would take place to and from the plant.

Farmer dies in work tragedy

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A Co Cork farmer in his 50s died tragically last week after he became entangled with the PTO shaft of his tractor while spreading slurry.

Coleman Coughlan, from Reenmore, Ahakista, Co Cork, sustained multiple injuries and subsequently died on a farm close to Durrus, where he was working.

Mr Coughlan was discovered at the scene a short time later by another farmer who went to check on the machinery.

His death is the fifth farm fatality of this year.

Elvis still Deere to the heart ...

John Deere's latest tractor to be launched is a bit unusual. It's a 1:16 scale model of a 1963 John Deere 4010, which was owned and used by Elvis Presley.

According to John Deere, 'The King' enjoyed driving the tractor on his Mississippi ranch after he acquired it in 1966, and it was later used to maintain the grounds at his home in Graceland.

The original tractor was fully restored and is now on display at the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum at Graceland.

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