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Reaction to the triggering of Article 50

29 March 2017
Reaction to the triggering of Article 50

 

Now the UK has confirmed it is leaving the EU, young farmers must be ready for the biggest challenge to the agriculture industry in living memory

 

Today’s triggering of Article 50 by UK Prime Minister Theresa May has made...

Macra na Feirme supports call for EU Brazilian Meat Ban

24 March 2017
Macra na Feirme supports call for EU Brazilian Meat Ban

Macra na Feirme welcomes the confirmation that EU Commissioner for Health and Food Security Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis will meet with the Brazilian Agricultural Minister Blairo Maggi on Monday next to discuss the current corruption scandal...

Macra na Feirme outlines CAP 2020 Young Farmer Roadmap for Generational Renewal

24 March 2017
Macra na Feirme outlines CAP 2020 Young Farmer Roadmap for Generational Renewal

Over the last few days in Brussels, Macra na Feirme representatives have outlined the organisation’s policy paper entitled ‘Young Farmer Roadmap for Generational Renewal’ on the Common Agricultural Policy post 2020.  The...

Young Farmer Scheme to maximise grass potential

13 March 2017
Young Farmer Scheme to maximise grass potential

Macra na Feirme recently met with Agriculture Minister Michael Creed and his officials and presented them with a submission for an amendment to be made to the Rural Development Programme to include grazing infrastructure under TAMS (Targeted...

Macra na Feirme Election 2017

09 March 2017
Macra na Feirme Election 2017

Every two years, Macra clubs elect a new National President and three Vice Presidents to represent the young farmers and rural youth organisation. They are:

 

 

 

Candidates for National President

• Odile Evans,...

Macra na Feirme urges minimal change to Irish Ice Cream

08 March 2017
Macra na Feirme urges minimal change to Irish Ice Cream

Macra na Feirme has called on the Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy to ensure the milk content of Irish ice-cream is protected.   The Minister has instigated a review via public consultation of the 1952...

National Afforestation policy - Not in the best interest of rural Ireland or young farmers

23 February 2017
National Afforestation policy - Not in the best interest of rural Ireland or young farmers

Macra na Feirme recent launched its afforestation policy which challenges the current national afforestation policy and outlines the concerns of young farmers.

The Macra na Feirme policy offers some alternatives to the current forestry strategy...

Macra na Feirme delivers 2017 National Reserve for Young Farmers

21 February 2017
Macra na Feirme delivers 2017 National Reserve for Young Farmers

Macra na Feirme warmly welcomes and is delighted with the announcement from Agriculture Minister Michael Creed today that the National Reserve will re-open in 2017. This will come as great news to young farmers who want to progress their farming...

Tillage forum needs to find solutions for tillage structural and income challenges

17 February 2017
Tillage forum needs to find solutions for tillage structural and income challenges

Macra na Feirme strongly articulated the views of young farmers at the tillage forum yesterday.

 

National President Seán Finan called for immediate action on an aid package for young tillage farmers in financial difficulty due to...

Education key for young farmer development

14 February 2017
Education key for young farmer development

In Macra na Feirme we have just concluded five Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2020 consultations with over 600 young farmers across the country. This was a very affirmative and meaningful exercise. We heard first hand the views of young...

Take the Macra na Feirme Survey and have your say!

13 February 2017
Take the Macra na Feirme Survey and have your say!
The development of the Macra na Feirme strategic plan is now underway with meetings taking place around the country. As part of this process we are asking members of the public to fill out a questionnaire on the organisation. Please click on the...

Young Leaders Recognised - Macra na Feirme National Leadership Awards

09 February 2017
Young Leaders Recognised - Macra na Feirme National Leadership Awards

At an event to recognise outstanding young leaders in the rural youth organisation, Macra na Feirme, three winners were awarded National Leadership Awards sponsored by ABP Food Group.

The announcement was made last night, Tuesday, the 7th...

Macra’s FBD Capers Title Goes to Banteer Macra

09 February 2017
Macra’s FBD Capers Title Goes to Banteer Macra

The All-Ireland final of Macra's variety entertainment contest, the FBD Capers competition, took place in the Mountmellick Arts Centre, Laois, last weekend.

Banteer Macra, Avondhu, Cork took home the top prize on the night thereby keeping...

Macra meet Minister Zappone

09 February 2017
Macra meet Minister Zappone

Macra na Feirme had a very constructive meeting last week with Katherine Zappone Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and her officials in Government Buildings. At the meeting the Minister received an outline of the Macra na Feirme key...

Agricultural education critical to the future prosperity of young farmers

03 February 2017
Agricultural education critical to the future prosperity of young farmers

Macra na Feirme has completed its five Common Agricultural Policy post 2020 consultations which took place around the country over the last few weeks. It’s clear from them that young farmers place a huge importance and value on receiving...

The voice of rural young people must be heard in Brexit debate

30 January 2017
The voice of rural young people must be heard in Brexit debate

The rural youth of Ireland will be disadvantaged more than their urban counterparts post-Brexit and their needs must be considered, Macra na Feirme President Sean Finan said today.

He was speaking at Department of Children and Youth Affairs...

Macra Na Feirme 2017 #OriginGreen #ItStartsHere Photo Competition

30 January 2017
Macra Na Feirme 2017 #OriginGreen #ItStartsHere Photo Competition

Macra na Feirme has introduced a new photo competition giving Irish farm families the chance to win a €200 gift voucher each month in 2017, with the overall winner at the end of the year receiving €1,000.

The Macra na Feirme ...

Macra na Feirme - the voice of young farmers

27 January 2017
Macra na Feirme - the voice of young farmers

In this article, Macra na Feirme National President Seán Finan outlines some of the work and achievements of Macra na Feirme and its Agri Affairs committees on behalf of young farmers in 2016. He also outlines the plans, challenges...

Macra na Feirme fighting hard for 2017 National Reserve

27 January 2017
Macra na Feirme fighting hard for 2017 National Reserve

A decision on a 2017 National Reserve for young farmers and new entrant priority categories is imminent.

Speaking ahead of the upcoming meeting of the direct payment advisory committee, Macra na Feirme National President Seán Finan said,...

Kilkenny man awarded FRS Scholarship

26 January 2017
Kilkenny man awarded FRS Scholarship

Paul Bowden a 23 year old dairy farmer from Urlingford, County Kilkenny is the 2017 National Winner of the Farm Relief Services Memorial Scholarship which rewards students who show outstanding leadership ability. After college Paul will go on to...

Generational Renewal a priority for CAP 2020 – Macra na Feirme

25 January 2017
Generational Renewal a priority for CAP 2020 – Macra na Feirme

Macra na Feirme welcomes the early indications from the European Commission that Generational Renewal has been identified as a challenge and will be one of the EU Commission priorities of CAP post 2020. The discussions on CAP 2020 have kicked off...

Macra na Feirme welcomes Action Plan for Rural Ireland

23 January 2017
Macra na Feirme welcomes Action Plan for Rural Ireland

Macra na Feirme has welcomed the launch of the Action Plan for Rural Ireland. It was launched earlier today by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Ballymahon Community Library.

Speaking at the launch Macra na Feirme President Seán Finan said "We...

Macra na Feirme Strategic Plan to Begin

20 January 2017
Macra na Feirme Strategic Plan to Begin

Macra na Feirme’s  strategic planning process is due to begin at the end of January and will set out the key areas of focus, broad areas of activity and priorities for the organisation over the next five to seven years. 

 

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Should farmers receive a pension and a Common Agricultural Policy Direct Payment?

13 January 2017
Should farmers receive a pension and a Common Agricultural Policy Direct Payment?

Commencing next week Macra na Feirme in association with the Irish Farmers Journal will begin a consultation with young farmers around the country on the ideal Common Agricultural Policy post 2020.

Speaking ahead of the consultation Macra na...

CAP 2020 - Have Your Say!

05 January 2017
CAP 2020 - Have Your Say!

Macra na Feirme is hosting a series of CAP 2020 consultative meetings in association with the Irish Farmers Journal.

'Don't wait till it's too late.... have your say on the shape of the next CAP'

These regional meetings will be...

New entrant eligibility for Sheep Welfare Scheme welcomed but further flexibility required

05 January 2017
New entrant eligibility for Sheep Welfare Scheme welcomed but further flexibility required

The announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed allowing recent new entrant farmers to be eligible for the Sheep Welfare Scheme has been welcomed by Macra na Feirme national president Seán Finan.

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Macra na Feirme want overdrafts restructured into term loans to be included in new Agri Loan Scheme

05 January 2017

Macra na Feirme has called on the Strategic Banking Corporation Ireland (SBCI) and the pillar banks who will administer the new agriculture cash flow support loan scheme to include farmers who have restructured overdrafts into term loans. Term...

Looking Ahead to 2017

04 January 2017
Looking Ahead to 2017

As we move into a new year this is an opportune time to reflect on some of the work and achievements of Macra and our Agri Affairs committee on behalf of young farmers over the last year and outline some of the challenges and...

A Christmas message from the Macra na Feirme president

21 December 2016
A Christmas message from the Macra na Feirme president

We have made huge advances with our land mobility service, and have taken positive steps with initiatives such as the Young Farmer Skillnet training programme, which provides further training opportunities for young farmers and Macra na Feirme...

Young Farmers Fearful of Brexit

14 December 2016
Young Farmers Fearful of Brexit

Brexit is the biggest challenge facing the agriculture industry and young farmers, according to Macra na Feirme President Sean Finan. Speaking at the most recent meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture to discuss Brexit, he...