James Healy becomes the 36th president of Macra at a critical time. Funding is a key issue. It receives a portion of the levies farmers pay on the sale of their goods. In the wake of the IFA’s tribulations in late 2015, levy revenue dropped for Macra.

As the representative body of young farmers, it holds several cards. Former president Alan Jagoe currently leads European farmer organisation COPA. IFA president Joe Healy and CEO Damian McDonald have held the equivalent roles in Macra. James Healy must capitalise on the goodwill they hold towards Macra.