Farm Ireland

Monday 16 July 2018

No compensation for fodder beet

FODDER beet will not qualify for the aid scheme for crops damaged by frost.

The Department has confirmed that the package is limited to food crops for human consumption and therefore it does not cover fodder beet.

Compensation will be available for damage to field vegetables and potatoes.

The deadline for receipt of crop damage assessment forms is Friday, February 19.

Irish 'at forefront of water quality'

Irish farmers are playing a key role in safeguarding water quality, the IFA's environment committee chairman Pat Farrell has claimed.

Reacting to a statement from Europe's Environment Commissioner, Janez Potocnik, that water quality trends are improving, Mr Farrell said the findings of the report underline the impact of the investment, totalling €3bn under the Farm Waste Management Scheme by 34,000 farmers .

Mr Farrell said the farming community's efforts must be recognised in the review of the Nitrates Action Programme by the relaxing of the rigid dates on slurry spreading.

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Macra: Bigger uni stamp relief vital

Stamp Duty relief should be extended to several new and existing agriculture degree courses that do not qualify for the measure, Macra na Feirme has claimed.

Macra president Michael Gowing welcomed the decision to add the Agri-Environmental Science degree to the training courses that qualify for stamp duty relief in the Finance Bill.

However, Mr Gowing said courses such as the BAgrSc in Engineering Technology and the Dairy Business Degree at UCD should also be included.

Mayo to host dairy sector crisis event

The ongoing dairy sector woes will be the focus of a milk meeting at the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, Co Mayo, on Monday.

The supplier event is being organised by National Milk Rights Group, and follows several farmer gatherings which the group has held over the past few months.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 8pm.

Irish Independent