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IFA’s Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has called for State agencies, such as Inland Fisheries Ireland, to work with farmers to safeguard our aquatic environment. Thomas Cooney says the plethora of agencies that duplicate water monitoring and evaluation must end. He says agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, the Department…

The United States has banned all Brazilian beef imports with immediate effect. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suspended all imports of fresh beef from Brazil amid “recurring concerns” about the food safety of the product. The USDA has said the ban will remain in place until the Brazilian…

A North West MEP has secured a meeting with the French agriculture representative that called for a hard border to be imposed between the North and the Republic post-Brexit. The comments by the rep who is with one of France’s biggest lobby groups known as the French Chamber of Agriculture.…

A west of Ireland TD is raising concern about the acquisition by Dawn Meats of Dunbia’s operations in the Republic of Ireland. Independent Roscommon Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice says it’s bad news for farmers. It comes following an agreement between both companies to establish a majority owned joint venture in…

Sinn Fein has launched a new Farming and Agri-Food Brexit document. Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy joined Westminster candidates for Fermanagh South Tyrone and West Tyrone Michelle Gildernew and Barry McElduff to launch the Sinn Fein paper called ‘Farming and Agri-Food Why the North must achieve Special Status within the…

The heritage bill which would extend the hedge-cutting and burning seasons is up for discussion in the Dáil again tomorrow (Wednesday). As part of this bill farmers would be able to cut hedges until the end of August and burn in March. The bill went to the Seanad where Fianna…