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Macra na Feirme’s 2017 Photo Competition Reaches the Halfway Stage

20 June 2017
Macra na Feirme’s 2017 Photo Competition Reaches the Halfway Stage

We are halfway through the Macra na Feirme photo competition for 2017 which is giving Irish farm families the chance to win a €200 gift voucher each month for 2017, with the overall winner at the end of the year receiving €1,000.

The ...

Macra na Feirme make history in Croke Park

16 June 2017
Macra na Feirme make history in Croke Park

‘The most memorable Macra event I’ve ever attended’ said one Macra na Feirme member as the Croke Park Challenge Cup final between Massey Kickhams and McHale Shamrocks drew to a close.

Over 60 players representing Macra clubs...

Macra na Feirme President welcomes new Taoiseach

14 June 2017
Macra na Feirme President welcomes new Taoiseach

Macra na Feirme President James Healy has congratulated Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar on his appointment as Taoiseach and would like to wish him well in his role as the new leader of our country.

He said, ‘The new Taoiseach visited our...

2017 Macra na Feirme Challenge Cup

02 June 2017
2017 Macra na Feirme Challenge Cup

On the 13th of June Macra na Feirme will take to the pitch in Croke Park where 60 players will get to experience what it feels like to play in the historic stadium as they partake in the 2017 Macra na Feirme Challenge Cup.

 

It’s an...

Macra na Feirme’s Six-Pack of Priorities to tackle Brexit

19 May 2017
Macra na Feirme’s Six-Pack of Priorities to tackle Brexit

At the Seanad Special Select Committee on the UK Withdrawal from the European Union, Macra na Feirme proposed a six-pack of priorities to reduce the impact of Brexit on young farmers and young people living in Rural Ireland.

Speaking at the...

My Journey as Macra na Feirme President

11 May 2017
My Journey as Macra na Feirme President

Having driven 101,000 miles in the past two years my term as the 35th National President of Macra na Feirme came to an end last Saturday at our National AGM.

Congratulations to the members of Leitrim County Executive for being fantastic hosts to...

Low Cost Credit for Young Farmers and Mental Health the focus for new Macra na Feirme President

09 May 2017
Low Cost Credit for Young Farmers and Mental Health the focus for new Macra na Feirme President

The newly elected 36th president of Macra na Feirme James Healy has called on Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to put, 'together a package of measures and incentives specifically for young farmers including further access to low cost credit...

Macra na Feirme AGM this weekend

04 May 2017

The 2017 Macra na Feirme annual general meeting hosted by Leitrim Macra na Feirme takes place this Saturday (May 6th) in the Lough Allen Hotel in Drumshanbo

The Macra na Feirme annual general meeting (AGM), jointly sponsored by Aurivo and...

Macra na Feirme welcomes provision for new entrants in BDGP II

21 April 2017
Macra na Feirme welcomes provision for new entrants in BDGP II

Macra na Feirme welcomes the re-opening of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) and the provision for new entrant young suckler farmers who have commenced farming since the 2014 reference year.

Speaking this week, Macra na...

Macra na Feirme’s Land Mobility Pilot Programme Surpasses All Expectations

13 April 2017
Macra na Feirme’s Land Mobility Pilot Programme Surpasses All Expectations

Programme aims to improve generational renewal in Irish farming

Macra na Feirme’s Land Mobility Programme which seeks to facilitate new collaborative arrangements between farmers such as farm partnerships, shared farming and long-term...

CAP 2020 Environmental Measures must be results based

10 April 2017
CAP 2020 Environmental Measures must be results based

Macra na Feirme recently launched its CAP 2020 policy which recognises the need for CAP 2020 to focus on results-based environmental measures where payments are directly linked to specific outcomes. When paid according to outcomes, there is an...

CAP 2020 needs to treat all young farmers equally

06 April 2017
CAP 2020 needs to treat all young farmers equally

Macra na Feirme recently launched its policy paper “CAP 2020 – Young Farmer Road Map for Generational Renewal” which calls for all CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) 2020 measures to be young farmer proofed and have a specific...

36th Macra na Feirme National President and Vice-Presidents Announced

04 April 2017
36th Macra na Feirme National President and Vice-Presidents Announced

The results of the Macra na Feirme Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections were announced in the Irish Farm Centre, Dublin, today 

James Healy from Kilmartin, Donoughmore, Co. Cork has been declared the 36th Macra na Feirme National...

All CAP 2020 measures need to be young farmers proofed

03 April 2017
All CAP 2020 measures need to be young farmers proofed

Macra na Feirme has launched the organisation’s policy paper entitled ‘CAP 2020 - Young Farmer Roadmap for Generational Renewal’ on the Common Agricultural Policy post 2020 after a significant national consultation process which...

Macra na Feirme welcomes opening of the 2017 National Reserve

30 March 2017
Macra na Feirme welcomes opening of the 2017 National Reserve

Macra na Feirme welcomes the opening of the 2017 National Reserve which is very significant and important to provide the priority categories of young farmers and new entrants with CAP payments which they need to build successful careers in...

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...