Irish Farmers Journal breakfast bulletin: farmer tax defaulters and CAP
In the news today, Wednesday 13 June, find out why farmers found themselves on the tax defaulters list and concerns over CAP.

Weather forecast

Wednesday will start of dry in most areas, according to Met Éireann, with some bright and sunny spells in the south and east.

However, there will outbreaks of rain later in the day with highest temperatures between 16° and 19°.

In the news

  • Green diesel and failure to pay capital gains tax were just some of the reasons farmers found themselves on the tax defaulters list.
  • Plans to give each country more flexibility in delivering EU farm supports risks creating more complexity, a number of MEPs have said.
  • A new study shows that the “business-as-usual” approach will significantly reduce legume and vegetable production due to environmental changes.
  • Farmers are being asked to take care when spreading slurry or making silage this year by Inland Fisheries Ireland after a suspect silage pollution incident in Claremorris last week.
  • Mart update: cow prices continue to thrive, with more than 120 cows on offer. Prices ranged from €50 to €810 over the €/kg, with Friesian cows freely making €300 with their weight.
  • Coming up on

  • My farming week.
  • What’s on today

  • Limerick IFA county executive meeting, 8.30pm.
  • To find out about events near you, visit our agri-events calendar.

    Two injured in under-age tractor driving incident
    Police in Northern Ireland said two juveniles were injured in an incident with a tractor driven by a third one.

    The PSNI's Cookstown unit said on its Facebook page that it joined two ambulances and paramedics at the scene in Coagh, Co Tyrone this Sunday.

    "Two juveniles fell from a tractor being driven by a third juvenile," police said. "Both sustained injuries significant enough that they required transfer by ambulance to hospital. The tractor should not have been on the road and should not have been carrying passengers."

    Officers have prepared a file for the Public Prosecution Service against the driver for "a range of offences," adding that the incident "could have been a lot worse".

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    Repeat of forgotten farmers blunder may be avoided in new CAP
    There may be a chance to support the so-called forgotten farmers who were excluded by the rules of young farmers' schemes in the past, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has indicated.

    Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesperson Charlie McConalogue asked Minister Creed this week "his views on whether young farmers who are under 40 years of age but that have been farming for more than five years and that are not permitted to access measures currently under Common Agricultural Policy, CAP, including being able to apply for the national reserve and for top-up entitlements will be eligible in the new CAP".

    It appears that there will be some member state discretion in configuring the necessary supports

    His question was connected to a proposed rule allowing each European country to define what is a young farmer after 2020.

    Minister Creed said that while increased support for young farmers in the proposed structure for the next CAP applies to trained "young farmers who have newly set up a holding for the first time" or become head of the farm for the first time, "it appears that there will be some member state discretion in configuring the necessary supports".

    This could avoid a repeat of the anomaly that has seen around 2,000 farmers miss out on current schemes.


    On these and other questions relating to the CAP after 2020, the minster said he would open a new public consultation next month now that the European Commission has published its initial proposal. "Ultimately the shape of the regulations will be determined by engagement with the Commission, member states the European Parliament, but I am anxious that Irish citizens have an opportunity to have their voices heard in the process," Minister Creed said.

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