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Down Dealer Unveils Fertiliser Spreader Offer

Mindful that fertiliser is one of the most expensive commodities a farmer must buy, and that much of it is lost in hedges and ditches when spread by machines that are overdue for replacement, Downpatrick farm machinery dealer William Lindsay of Killyleagh, has announced details of a finance offer designed…

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Beef Conference Date Set For November

The Ulster Farmers’ Union, CAFRE, LMC and AFBI have confirmed arrangements for their ‘Progressive Beef Production’ conference. This will take place on Thursday November 17th at Greenmount. Beef production makes a significant contribution to the agri-food industry and our rural environment. To ensure that the sector has a viable future,…

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McKee Welcomes Ministerial Commitment To Him On Slurry Spreading

Ulster Unionist Party Agriculture Spokesperson Harold McKee has welcomed the confirmation that farmers will be able to spread slurry after the end of the season without fear of being penalised. The Agriculture Minister made the announcement in direct response to a challenge by Mr McKee in the Assembly on Monday….

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McIlveen Encourages Northern Ireland Farmers To Take Advantage o Of  €150million EU Dairy Aid Scheme

Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen today announced details of a €150million European Union aid scheme to incentivise farmers to voluntarily reduce their milk deliveries. The Milk Production Reduction Aid is part of a €500million aid package, agreed at the Agri-Fish Council in July, designed to encourage farmers to reduce milk production…

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Fear Of Science Based Agriculture Seen as Chilling

Letter to the Editor. Dear Editor, On your site today I noticed the piece in the agricultural section advocating a strong development of our industry outside the EU. I found the statement by Stephen James most chilling: ‘NFU Cymru President Stephen James added: “Welsh farmers understand the role that science…

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McIlveen Announces £8.7million Contract For New State-of-the-Art Traceability System

Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced the award of an £8.7million contract for the delivery of a new state-of-the-art food, animal health and traceability system for Northern Ireland. NIFAIS (the Northern Ireland Food Animal Information System) will be an improved replacement for the Animal and Public Health Information System (APHIS),…

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Mercosur Deal Unacceptable Says UFU

Ulster Farmers’ Union president Ian Marshall has said the EU trade deal on offer to the Mercosur countries of South America is an ‘unacceptable risk’ to the livelihoods of farmers in Northern Ireland. (The Mercosur countries that are involved in the trade negotiation are Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela)….

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Assembly Agriculture Committee Raises Concerns For The Industry

Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development have met with Westminster MP’s and the Groceries Code Adjudicator to raise issues of concern to local farmers. Committee Chairperson, William Irwin MLA, along with Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Edwin Poots MLA and Oliver McMullan MLA met with representatives…

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NIIRTA Backs UFU At Stormont Protest

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has indicated its support for the Ulster Farmers Union rally at Stormont today. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts who attended the rally said: “Commissioner Hogan and the European Commission need to accept the seriousness of the position facing all parts of the local…

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Pay Increase For Agricultural Workers Announced

The Agricultural Wages Board for Northern Ireland (AWB) has confirmed changes to pay for agricultural workers. At a meeting of the AWB on Friday 20 March 2015, the Board increased minimum rates for agricultural workers across all grades by 2% from 6 April 2015. The new rates are: Minimum rate,…

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O’Neill Sets Out Priorities For 2015

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has said that 2015 will be a challenging year, but that DARD will continue to work in partnership with stakeholders and agencies to deliver for the farming, agri-food and fishing industries, and to further improve services in rural communities. Setting out her priorities for 2015 Minister…

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O’Neill Welcomes Additional £19.9M Funding For Farming And Rural Communities

NI Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill has welcomed the announcement that farming and rural communities are to receive additional funding of £19.9m from the 2014/15 Capital Reallocation exercise. The additional allocation will allow for the continuation of a number of important Rural Development Programme (RDP) projects, DARD’s contribution…

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