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In advance of the Department of Agriculture CAP Consultation in Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Friday evening, (October 22) Macra na Feirme has said that the Minister and Department need to realised that not a single additional euro has been found for the next generation of young farmers through initiatives such as a retirement scheme, start-up business grants and a funded land mobility service.    Speaking ahead of the DAFM Consultation in Thurles, Macra na Feirme National President John Keane said “The Minister is to be lauded for the additional €900m that has been secured within the context of the overall CAP budget. However, not a single additional euro has been allocated for...

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Macra na Feirme is questioning the level of funding announced for the Common Agricultural Policy.  Yesterday (October 20th), the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine along with the Taoiseach announced a near €10bn CAP budget from 2023-27, that according to Macra na Feirme is missing €310m for young farmer measures.   In reaction to the detail of funds announced, Macra na Feirme National President John Keane said “We have consistently voiced the need to support young farmers as they begin their farming careers.  The funds announced are missing a Start-up Business Grant scheme for young farmers, a Retirement Scheme and funding for a Land Mobility Service. The cost of providing these valuable incentives to...

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Nominations and applications are now open for the National Leadership Awards and the ABP Leaders of the Year Awards. This competition is proudly sponsored by ABP Foodgroup and is run in association with Macra Agricultural Skillnet. The purpose of the competition is to promote and recognise the Young Leaders we have in Macra and acknowledge their volunteering efforts and the contributions they make into developing their local communities. This competition is open to those in Macra who hold County Officer positions. The objectives of the competition are as follows: To provide an incentive for the development of club and county programmes. To...

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This article is the second of a series of articles on mental health from our partner Turn2me  As a road user, be it a driver, cyclist or pedestrian you make a decisive contribution to ensure that you, and all other road users, get to your destination safely. Preventive road safety begins with you, as well as the provision of road safety practice both with equipment, vehicles, wearing high visibility material when out walking, cycling or motorcycling. In order to be able to work, walk, cycle and drive safely and accident-free, we must all be in line with road safety regulations. Society...

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Macra na Feirme has laid out its priorities for Budget 2022 which will lead directly to a stronger more progressive agricultural sector and a more progressive rural environment for young people to live and work. The focus is on both taxation and funding measures that will yield the greatest returns for young farmers. Macra na Feirme is also calling on government to honour their programme for government commitment in ensuring free access to contraception for women and girls aged 17-25. “Macra na Feirme members want to see positive change in this country and that change starts by investing in young...

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