‘No farmer should be forced to sell below cost’ – von der Leyen
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by Charles O'Donnell
6h ago
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has told a meeting of farmers in Sweden that “no farmer should be forced to sell products below cost”. In a speech to the general assembly of the Federation of Swedish Farmers, the largest farm organisation in Sweden, President von der Leyen claimed that a new observatory of production costs, margins and trading practices in the agri-food supply chain, which was announced earlier this year, will help avoid this. In her speech, delivered by video, the commission president said that “further measures will follow” to strengthen the negoti ..read more
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Bill introduced to Dáil seeks to protect ‘significant hedgerows’
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by Rubina Freiberg
6h ago
A bill which seeks to protect “significant hedgerows” across the country for their environmental benefits has been introduced to the Dáil by Green Party TDs today (Wednesday, May 22). Provisions of the Protection of Hedgerows Bill 2024 prohibit the removal of “significant hedgerows”, except where permission is granted or in “other limited circumstances”, Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh said introducing the bill. A “significant hedgerow” will be identified by reference to its contribution to the protection, maintenance and improvement of biodiversity; ecosystem services; the integrity of archeol ..read more
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Dublin farmers ‘take more than fair share’ of CAP payments – Tóibín
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by Charles O'Donnell
7h ago
Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín has called for a “more even system” of Common Agricultural Payments (CAP) payments for farmers, after the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine provided the average payments per farmer for each county. The figures, provided in response to a parliamentary question to Tóibín, show that, in 2022, Dublin was the county with the highest average payment per farmer, at €25,500, with each recipient sharing in €21 million in total payments. Only five other counties had average payments for farmers in excess of €20,000 for 2022. These were: Carlow (€21,000 per farme ..read more
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Poultry litter powered bioenergy plant opens in Antrim
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by Maeve Hennessy
7h ago
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Minister, Andrew Muir visited the “first facility” in the world to operate using poultry litter as its “sole feedstock”. The Steam BioEnergy (SBE) plant near Ballymena, Co. Antrim generates 3MW of renewable electricity from 40,000t of poultry litter each year, which is enough to power 6,000 homes across Northern Ireland. Construction has begun at the site which aims to produce biomethane to “displace 3% of gas” imported to heat NI homes and businesses. Minister Muir said that he was “delighted” to meet the staff at the facility ..read more
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€40,000 grants available under community peatlands scheme
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by Rubina Freiberg
7h ago
Funding worth a total of €600,000 for the community-led Peatlands and Natura Community Engagement Scheme 2024 has been announced today (Wednesday, May 22), with applications now open. Maximum grants of €40,000 are available for the conservation and revitalisation of Natura 2000 designated sites, and up to €20,000 for non-Natura peatland sites. Up to 80% of project costs will be covered. Since its establishment in 2018, the scheme provides funding to support the conservation and revitalisation of raised bog and blanket bog Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) and ..read more
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Biodiversity project increases rare butterfly numbers at wind farm
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by Ronan Sands
8h ago
Just under 1,000 webs of the protected Marsh Fritillary butterfly have been counted at a wind farm site in Northern Ireland, which is an increase of 300%. The webs were found at Energia Group’s Teiges Wind Farm site in Fermanagh, marking a 300% increase since 2022. It is part of Energia’s efforts to promote biodiversity and represents one of the highest counts from any colony site in Northern Ireland. The news has been revealed today, which is World Biodiversity Day (Wednesday, May 22). The Marsh Fritillary is not only Ireland’s only legally protected butterfly but insect as well, and is list ..read more
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Watch: Minister outlines payment rates for breeding waders project
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by Louise Hickey
8h ago
Farmer payments under the new European Innovation Partnership (EIP) project for breeding waders are expected to be in the region of €8.75 million. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, officially unveiled details of the €25 million project today (Wednesday, May 22) by the River Shannon in Co. Offaly. The project aims to maintain “key sites” for existing wader populations, including inter alia, curlew, redshank, golden plover, lapwing and snipe. The level of farmer participation during year one of the project is expected to meet 100 and increase further ..read more
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CCTV to be mandatory for slaughterhouses in Wales
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by Colm Ryan
8h ago
The use of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in slaughterhouses in Wales is to become mandatory this year. The mandatory use of Closed Circuit Television in Slaughterhouses (Wales) Regulations 2024 will require CCTV cameras to be installed in all slaughterhouses in areas where live animals are unloaded, kept, handled, stunned, and killed. The Senedd approved the regulations yesterday (Tuesday, May 22) which are now included in the Animal Welfare Plan for Wales, which seeks to maintain and improve standards of welfare for all kept animals. Most slaughterhouses in Wales already have CCTV.   ..read more
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Voluntary cow reduction measures remain part of 2024 climate plan
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by Charles O'Donnell
10h ago
The government has approved the 2024 Climate Action Plan following the completion of a public consultation and strategic environmental assessment (SEA). The updated plan, which will be the second statutory update to the national Climate Action Plan, includes, in a list of actions to be pursued in the agriculture sector, the mobilisation of voluntary reduction measures for livestock farmers recommended by the Food Vision Dairy Group and Food Visions Beef and Sheep Group. This is despite no movements being made to develop any such measures since they were recommended by both groups, and Ministe ..read more
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Investigations ongoing into Antrim fish kill following slurry discharge
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by Colm Ryan
10h ago
Over 1,100 fish were killed in a Co. Antrim river after reports of slurry being discharged into the water source were received by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) confirmed that at 8:30p.m on Friday, May 17, the NIEA received a water pollution report indicating that there was slurry in the Four Mile Burn tributary at Newmills, near Doagh in Co. Antrim. NIEA deployed water quality inspectors to the area to confirm the report and to assess the environmental impact and a joint investigation with DAERA Inland ..read more
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