Posts in Agriculture
Positive moves on farm payments

On the young farmer issue positive results have been achieved, young farmers will now get a five-year payment irrespective of when they apply within the five-year period of first taking over the farm, a positive change, as before if they applied in year 3 they were eligible only for a two-year payment. 

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Our food is more than a "commodity"

It is the ultimate in hypocrisy to be advocating these type of deals, replacing grass-fed cattle from Europe with beef from South American feedlots, similar food products being shipped halfway around the globe and meeting each other in the high seas in passing, burning up vast quantities of fuel, while berating the farming community at local level for not doing enough to mitigate climate change.

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Making the CAP Fit

Recently I facilitated a group of farmers from the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) to come to Brussels, to once again engage with Commission officials on the contested issue of land eligibility for CAP payments.

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Work Must Pay

As the multibillion-euro farming industry has its annual showcase at the Ploughing Championships, putting its wares and products on display, there is one striking paradox surrounding the industry that must be addressed at the highest level nationally.

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CETA

Prior to CETA, both Canada and the EU applied higher customs duties in the agricultural sector than in any other. The significant drop in tariff barriers instituted by the CETA will thus have the greatest effect on the agricultural sector, with zero-duties now applying to most forms of production

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