Louise Hogan: Farmers' trust in top executives has been broken
It may be a case of once bitten, twice shy. Farmers' trust in those at the top to deliver fair salaries for top executives has been well and truly broken.
They had placed their faith in the country's largest farmer representative body, the Irish Farmers' Association. Yet their trust was dented after a pay controversy in which it emerged that former general secretary Pat Smith got a pay package of almost €1m over two years.
It is the comparison that leaves farmers angered - as it is a figure that is far beyond the Teagasc analysis that places the average farm income at €26,642.