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Sunday 26 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Farmers

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# Protests
Farmers end blockades at several beef processing sites
Protests are still taking place outside certain factories.
# climate action
'We won't need as many car mechanics': Calls for new commission to plan for industries impacted by green policies
The Green Party’s Just Transition bill will not be opposed by government.
# Interview
Micheál Martin puts pressure on Fine Gael to include green policies in this year's Budget
Martin wants the government to set a target for when it will be fossil-free.
# Beef
Farmers continue protests despite deal reached with minister and meat processors at the weekend
Farmers insist the base line price of beef needs to be increased before they will agree.
# beef talks
Meat Industry Ireland pulls out of beef talks over ongoing blockades
Talks between beef farmers, the Department of Agriculture and MII resumed this morning as protests continue.
# Courts
Dawn Meats proceedings seeking to have several protesters imprisoned for alleged injunction breach is struck out
The proceedings could have resulted in the imprisonment of some of those who have been protesting outside the plants.
# Kepak
Chinese delegation will visit Roscommon meat plant today following mediation with protesters
Mediation between the parties involved earlier this morning lead to the meeting going ahead today.
# beef plan movement
Meat processing industry says operations at 12 plants brought to a halt by blockades
The owners of a number of plants have secured injunctions to stop protesters blockading their factories.
# china deal
Meat plants 'will seek to jail protesters' as farmers denounce 'heavy-handed legal tactics'
There have been reports of scuffles at protests outside plants today.
# High Court
Meat plant owners granted injunctions against protesters outside their factories
Dawn Meats and Anglo Beef Processors took the High Court action today.
# early hours
Beef talks ended overnight - but farmers says lack of movement on prices could scupper a final deal
Talks between Meat Industry Ireland and beef farmers ended late last night.
# beef plan movement
Beef protests suspended as farmers to enter talks with meat industry, Department says
Farmers around the country have been holding protests in recent weeks.
# beef plan movement
Beef farmers withdraw from one protest location over small number of demonstrators not abiding by rules
Farmers around the country have been holding protests in recent weeks.
# Farming
Explainer: Why have beef farmers across the country been protesting in recent weeks?
The Irish Farmers’ Association has said the Irish and European beef sectors are “in crisis”.
# farmers fight back
'F*ck off Mercosur': Angry scenes outside Leinster House as farmers protest against EU trade deal
There were heated scenes in the crowd during today’s protest when a farmer rounded on Fianna Fáil’s Jackie Cahill.
# mercosur deal
Minister 'very concerned' about impact of EU trade deal on Irish beef farmers
The Agriculture Minister said the deal has come at a time when the beef sector in Europe is “facing significant uncertainty” because of Brexit.
# Aid package
Fund of €50m on way for beef farmers following support from Europe
The IFA said a €50 million fund from Europe could be matched by a €50m government fund.
# Bull by the horns
'Where's the beef ya vegan?' Taoiseach met with protests from farmers in Cork city
A prize bull and farming machinery were brought to the protest outside Cork City Hall.
# Gorse Fires
No one has been prosecuted for deliberately starting wildfires since 2012
This burning of land is illegal from 1 March to 31 August, but there’s only been 11 prosecutions in over 10 years.
# Red meat
Just like Leo, Oprah once found herself in hot water for saying she was put off eating burgers
There’s also a Dr Phil twist to this story.
# Data Breach
Data of hundreds of farmers paid for taking part in government scheme leaked
It comes the same day as the Department announces the approval of a similar scheme for the forestry sector.
# fodder crisis
Farmers struggling to pay bills, call on retailers to increase price of milk
The IFA has said the low prices offered in some shops are “unsustainable”.
# fodder crisis
Farmers' feed costs have exploded inside a year as fallout from hot weather bites
The summer heatwave has seen the price of fodder rise across the board.
# Heatwave
Drought, wildfire and hosepipe bans - how countries around Europe dealt with the heatwave
With temperatures set to rise again over the weekend, we take a look at how the heatwave has had affect in some northern European countries.
# Farming
"There should be 90 or 100 grand worth of broccoli here - we probably won't see any of it"
The current heat wave has been impacting farmers across the country who are hoping to save their crops from being wiped out.
# Farming
Here's what new rules to stop 'unfair' grocery deals could mean for the Irish food sector
Farmers have welcomed moves to rebalance power in the supply chain.
# People Power
'There's power in community': Farmers urged to boycott forced sales of farms by vulture funds
The IFA has been contacted by around 200 farmers impacted by the issue so far this year.
# crisis point
Explainer: What is the fodder crisis and how are farmers being affected?
The weather since Christmas has meant poor grass growth and a lack of fodder for animals.
# beast from the east
Farmers struggling with dairy supplies as Storm Emma freezes pipes across the country
Some farmers are also afraid their lambs will die, said the President of the Irish Farmer’s Association.
# farmer yoga
People fell in love with this yoga-loving Kerry farmer on the Six One
So wholesome.
# Lambing season
'Angry' farmers fear new sheep inspections will put pregnant ewes at risk
Sheep farmer representatives plan to meet with government officials to discuss their problems with the inspections.
# Wood for the trees
Coillte says it will work with farmers who haven't been paid
Some farmers told RTÉ that they had been left without payments from the farm-forest partnership scheme
# Interview
'If someone breaks into your house you should do whatever you have to to take them on'
Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice talks rural crime, drink-driving and hits out against the Independent Alliance
# crisis
Farmers are calling a fodder crisis ...but the government says there is sufficient supply
The bad weather throughout the summer has left farmers without sufficient amounts of fodder.
# embrace farm
'I looked down and my leg simply wasn't there' - for farming families, the consequences of a workplace accident are devastating
Support and bereavement group Embrace Farm are soon to hold their first national conference on the multitude of problems presented by farming tragedies.
# rural crime
'Nobody should live in fear due to lack of garda resources': 45% of all agricultural crime not reported to gardaí
A new ICSA study looks at why agricultural crimes are not being reported to gardaí.
# Unprecedented
'It'll be very, very difficult to get back to normal': How Donegal is coping after the catastrophic floods
The Department of Agriculture has announced a compensation scheme of up to €15,000 for farmers affected.
# Flooding
'A tsunami from the skies': Taoiseach to travel to Donegal as emergency meeting takes place over floods
Met Éireann has issued a status yellow rainfall warning for five counties.
# mafia war
Mobster and two innocent farmers gunned down in Italy as mafia feud escalates
Two brothers who happened to drive by at the wrong moment were shot dead.
# rural crime
Farmers warned to 'stamp' their farm equipment or risk losing it to thieves
Thefts can be traumatic for farmers and their families. Communities are advised to work with local gardaí and watch out for suspicious activity.