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Press Release: Tuesday 4th October 2022 Another Budget another disappointment for the forgotten farmers Budget 2023 has failed to correct the failings of previous Governments in addressing the issue of the 'forgotten farmers'. The ‘forgotten farmers’ are a combination of farmers who lost out following the removal of young farmer supports such as Installation Aid due to cuts in public expenditure by the Government following the last recession. MACRA national president John Keane said, ‘it is now more than fourteen years since some of these farmers started out in their farming careers, and it is simply not good enough that the...

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Banteer Macra Win Bowling Title Congratulations to all the teams who made it to National Dairy Council National Bowling Finals which was held in Limerick on Sunday 25th September. Read More >>

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Tuesday 27th September 2022 MACRA welcomes Government commitment to extend young farmer tax reliefs Reacting to today’s Budget 2023 announcement, MACRA said the Government’s commitment to the extension of various young farmer tax reliefs to assist in addressing generational renewal and the challenges of food production and climate change is welcome. Speaking after the announcement, MACRA National President John Keane said, the consistency and continuity of young farmer tax reliefs is essential to support generational renewal. MACRA had lobbied for the extension of these reliefs and drew attention to the EU’s review of State Aid supports under the Agricultural Block Exemption Regulation which is...

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The following submission documents have been added to the Agricultural affairs page  Macra na Feirme Teagasc Student Placement Proposal Submission from Macra na Feirme in relation to Issues surrounding Water Quality and Supply Macra na Feirme’s submission to the Citizen’s Assembly on Biodiversity Loss Macra na Feirme Pre-Budget Submission 2023 Macra na Feirme Response to Food Vision Dairy Group Interim Report Macra na Feirme Dairy Food Vision Group Submission Macra na Feirme Beef Food Vision Submission  Read the Submissions >>

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Press Release: Tuesday 23 August 2022  Macra na Feirme national president John Keane is calling on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to extend the closing date for the cutting and conservation of silage and or hay under the National Fodder Support Scheme.   The closing date under the scheme for cutting and conservation is the 5th of September but given the recent dry weather, Mr Keane said many farmers have had to graze paddocks and fields previously intended for silage or hay.   The Macra president said “flexibility is needed around this, many farmers on all soil types across the country have soil moisture deficits on...

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