Jury still out on merits of CAP coupling
The redistribution of CAP payments was enough of a test of farmer unity over the last 12 months.
But the IFA's push for a new €144m fund to re-couple payments promises to stretch farmer relations to breaking point.
Every other farm organisation in the country has strongly criticised moves from Bluebell to establish a strong coupled payment for vulnerable sectors such as sheep, sucklers, small dairy farmers and tillage farmers growing protein crops.
The IFA leadership is also drawing criticism from within its ranks for forging ahead with the plan.
County executives up and down both the east and west of Ireland have serious reservations about the logic behind such a move.
Broadly speaking, they don't want any more meddling with the €1.2bn CAP fund. It has already been cut and redistributed and sliced and diced for various environmental and demographic reasons.
There's no doubt that many farmers stand to gain from an additional coupled payment, but not all of the recipients are convinced of its merits.
The actual benefit for those who will qualify for a coupled payment will be diluted by the fact that they will be required to cough up at least 3pc of their core Single Farm Payment to part-fund it.