Basic Payment Scheme set to  begin tomorrow

Deputy President of the IFA Brian Rushe had good news to impart to a substantial number of members this week when he said that the Association has received assurances that the 70% advances on the Basic Payment Scheme would begin tomorrow (Friday).

Speaking after the Charter of Rights meeting with Department of Agriculture officials, he said that “it’s absolutely essential there are no delays in payments this year.

“All farmers must be paid their advance Basic Payment Scheme on Friday. It’s critical that advance payments on uncompleted inspection cases are made next week, as previously agreed.”

Shanagolden woman takes up ICMSA  post

The ICMSA has appointed Shanagolden native Méabh Dore as the new Policy Officer and Executive Secretary for both the Livestock and the Farm and Rural Affairs Committees of the Association. She will work closely with these committees and their respective chairmen Des Morrison and Denis Drennan.

Méabh graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from UCD in 2018 following her completion of a semester at Iowa State University at its internationally-recognised Animal Science Program. She is also a Teagasc Walsh Scholar having completed her Masters in Agricultural Extension and Innovation last month. The title of her thesis is ‘An Investigation into Pathways for Non-replacement Dairy Calves and Attitudes of Stakeholders in the Limerick Area’.

Méabh grew up on the family suckler farm in West Limerick so she has first-hand knowledge of farming practices.