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 Macra na Feirme’s National President has called on Minister McConalogue to support 4% of direct payments in the next CAP at meeting of EU Agricultural Ministers.   Macra na Feirme have written formally to Minister Charlie McConalogue urging him to act on supporting young farmers in the upcoming meeting of Agriculture and Fisheries Council.  The letter forms part of the campaign coordinated by the federation of young farmers CEJA, with multiple EU Young Farmer Organisations. The campaign involves urging the respective national ministers to support the call for 4% of direct payments to be used for generational renewal. The next meeting of the Agri-Fish Council takes place on the 22 March where CAP reform will be discussed.  Macra na Feirme’s National President Thomas Duffy has raised concerns that the Commission’s focus on aligning the CAP with the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy has...

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Macra na Feirme’s National President has said young farmers must be put at the front of any action on climate change with clear supports.   In response to the publication today of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021, President Thomas Duffy has said that the challenges facing agriculture can only be overcome by supporting young farmers to adopt new practices.  “The comments by Minister Ryan that farming cannot reduce in the same way as energy or transport is welcome, the complexities of our food system are far greater than any other sector” stated President Thomas Duffy.  Macra na Feirme stated divisive rhetoric around mandatory herd culls or a return to herd limits were entirely unproductive, saying the...

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Macra na Feirme’s National President believes a clear message has emerged from today's meeting of the Beef Taskforce. The Beef Taskforce convened today, 9th March to discuss the current beef price and the wider market situation along with the latest in the set of transparency reports commissioned by the Taskforce and carried out by Grant Thornton. Macra na Feirme’s National President believes a clear message has emerged from today's meeting. “Large questions remain for farmers on the future of the beef industry. The recent cuts to beef prices for winter finishers is clearly not justified when looking at the Bord Bia...

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As we all know, February can be a busy month, but young farmers had a little more going on with the young farmer half-hour specials online. These brought a different topic to young farmers every Thursday in February. Presentations lasted approximately 30 minutes and afterwards participants broke out into breakout rooms where plenty of discussion and debate ensued.  Succession Austin Finn, gave a presentation on succession and the Land Mobility Service, with the clear message: “Have the discussion, gain knowledge and make a plan.” Finn reminded everyone that there are alternatives to the family farm option and that you need...

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The Macra Presidential Candidates Announced The Macra na Feirme 38th Presidential and Vice-Presidential nomination process is now complete. The nomination process for Macra na Feirme’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates has now closed and the election candidates have been announced. Bi-annually, Macra clubs elect a new National President and three Vice Presidents to represent the young farmers and rural youth organisation. This year’s candidates include: Candidates for National President John Keane, North Tipperary Daniel Long, South Tipperary Leinster Vice President Candidates Claire Gough, Meath Munster Vice President Candidates Áine McCarthy, Imokilly, Cork Elaine Houlihan, Limerick North West Vice President Candidates Luna...

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