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Rural Development Programme

There are no plans to open the organic farming scheme for new entrants, according to the Department.
By Peter Varley on 15 June 2017
Some farmers who situated their GLAS actions in areas used in the past as REPS habitats may have to issue an appeal to the Department for payment.
By Peter Varley on 08 June 2017
BurrenLIFE programme takes home top award from the European Commission
The groundbreaking BurrenLIFE project has been recognised as the best ever LIFE project in the 25 year history of the programme.
By Odile Evans on 02 June 2017
€25m KT underspend projected
Figures published in the Dáil this week point to a 25% underspend in the Knowledge Transfer (KT) scheme budget.
By Thomas Hubert on 04 June 2017
IFA rural development chair Joe Brady has insisted that Minister Creed must prioritise the provision of an additional €25m for the areas of natural constraint (ANC) scheme in the 2018 budget.
By Contributor on 25 May 2017
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD offers opinion on what he and his Department have done to protect farmers since the Brexit vote.
By Contributor on 18 May 2017
European Innovation Partnership projects shortlisted
A total of 22 projects have been shortlisted for the next phase of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) initiative under the RDP.
By Odile Evans on 14 May 2017
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
Mandatory retirement package for farmers top of Macra's CAP report
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
ANC payments made to over 8,000 NI farmers
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
Farmers call for 'vast majority' of hen harrier funding
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
RDP amendment including Sheep Welfare Scheme approved
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 to lead Sinn Féin in NI
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
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