Macra na Feirme has 3 sub-committees appointed from our National Council. These include the Agricultural Affairs, Rural Youth and Competition Committees. These sub-committees promote the values and objectives of Macra na Feirme through their activities.

Our sub-committees are made up of members of National Council, but we also have limited places for co-opted members.

Interested in getting involved on one of our sub-committees? Forms for election will be available before our National AGM in May.

Agricultural Affairs Committee

The Macra na Feirme Agricultural Affairs sub-committee’s brief encompasses all young farmer issues, including the pursuit of unimplemented proposals from existing Macra na Feirme policy documents and position papers, and the drafting of new policy proposals relating to young farmers. It also formulates statements on issues of concern to young farmers for adoption by National Council. The sub-committee achieves its aims through participation in social partnership, nationally coordinated lobby campaigns, and regular bilateral meetings with Government ministers and department officials.

Every young farmer in Macra has access to the Agricultural Affairs Committee through their county’s Young Farmer Development Group and is encouraged to put ideas forward to the Committee.

  • This year we were delighted to work with the Rural Youth Committee to submit our most comprehensive Budget Submission 2021 - check it out here

Rural Youth Committee

The main aim of Macra na Feirme’s Rural Youth sub-committee is to develop Macra’s role and image as an organisation for all young people. This sub-committee consults members, undertakes research and executes lobbying and public awareness campaigns on a wide range of issues that affect young people. Rural Youth devises policy on relevant issues for adoption by Macra’s National Council and pursues implementation of these policies. The sub-committee is responsible for promoting Macra’s participation in local rural development initiatives and devises national policy on rural development. The sub-committee also has responsibility for the travel programme.

  •  This year, we were proud to partner up with turn2me.
turn2me is a community of qualified mental health professionals working online to provide a safe, anonymous and confidential space to young people and adults seeking support with their mental health and wellbeing. They offer:
  • 24/7 moderated peer support
  • Group support online
  • Online Counselling

 Check out our National Rural Youth Calendar of activities for the 2021/22 Macra Year 

 Competitions Committee

The Macra na Feirme Competitions sub-committee’s key responsibility is to coordinate, administer and promote the national competitions programme. Its remit includes responsibility for planning, monitoring and reviewing Macra na Feirme competitions. It also administers the sports programme and evaluates this on an ongoing basis with a view to suggesting improvements for the future.

  • We were delighted to participate in the 20x20 Women in Sport Campaign

Check out the range of competitions we coordinate here.