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Rural Development Programme

In December 2015, 3,313 farmers applied to join business developments groups with a further 118 dairy and pig farmers joining in November 2015.
By Peter McCann on 13 April 2017
With the opening of the seventh tranche of TAMS II, Peter Varley looks at how the scheme is progressing.
By Peter Varley on 13 April 2017
The Irish Farmers Association held a briefing for members of the Oireachtas members on the ANC review.
By Amy Nora Fitzgibbon on 06 April 2017
The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that there are no funds to reopen the Organic Farming Scheme despite warnings of more organic imports.
By Amy McShane on 30 March 2017
More use of financial instruments and a retirement package were some of the recommendations included in Macra's CAP policy document.
By Amy McShane on 24 March 2017
Around 9,500 applications were received for the 2017 ANC scheme with DAERA stating that approximately 8,800 applications are eligible for payments.
By Peter McCann on 23 March 2017
The 2017 ANC scheme in Northern Ireland has a £20m budget, with a final one-year extension to the scheme next year set to be funded from an £8m budget.
By Peter McCann on 20 March 2017
Macra na Feirme recently met the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and his officials.
By Contributor on 16 March 2017
Contractors have now been selected for the five-year hen harrier scheme, but farmers are concerned about the scheme's value and what farmers will have to do.
By Amy McShane on 28 February 2017
Farmers who comply with schemes and incur the costs have a legitimate right to expect payment in line with agreed terms.
By Justin McCarthy on 09 February 2017
Don’t let the bureaucrats drag you down, writes Kieran Sullivan, it’s worth it in the end.
By Kieran Sullivan on 08 February 2017
The European Commission has given its green light to an amendment to Ireland's Rural Development Programme allowing a number of schemes to proceed.
By Thomas Hubert on 27 January 2017
Former agriculture minister Michelle O'Neill has succeeded Martin McGuinness as the new leader of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland.
By Amy Nora Fitzgibbon on 23 January 2017
Farmers who apply successfully to the sixth tranche of TAMS II will have less time to complete their investments for grant aid.
By Peter Varley on 19 January 2017
Tommy Moyles attended the first information evening for the new sheep welfare scheme this week and took away the key farmer questions from the event.
By Tommy Moyles on 19 January 2017
UK farming minister George Eustice has said that the UK’s farming policy post-Brexit will consist of support payments but not direct subsidies.
By Amy Nora Fitzgibbon on 04 January 2017
GLAS numbers now likely to total 52,000, as all 14,000 GLAS III applicants are now poised for acceptance.
By Pat O'Toole on 29 December 2016
Macra na Feirme national president Seán Finan reflects on the organisation's achievements in 2016, as well as the opportunities and challenges facing the agricultural sector over the next year.
By Contributor on 29 December 2016
Minister Michael Creed launched the new Animal Welfare Sheep Scheme on Monday. Darren Carty looks at what’s involved for farmers.
By Darren Carty on 22 December 2016
The Department of Agriculture has opened the application process for locally led projects to access the €24m in funding made available earlier this year under the EIP initiative.
By Odile Evans on 16 December 2016
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