Irish Farmers Journal nightly news: eye in the sky and Mercosur 'red alert'
Have you missed out on any of the top stories today? Catch up with the top five stories from today, Friday 25 May.
  • The Common Agricultural Policy has entered the space age. New rules adopted by the European Commission give member states the option to completely replace physical checks on farms with satellite data.
  • European farm organisation Copa-Cogeca has sent out a "red alert" on the trade deal between the EU and South America, Mercosur.
  • After issuing a profit warning for 2018, €450m was wiped off the value of Aryzta shares in one day.
  • Machinery manufacturer Grimme has opened a new €13m plant in China.
  • And in the weather forecast, temperatures this weekend are set to keep on rising.
  • Photo of the day

    Courtesy of the Irish Farmers Journal picture desk here is our photo of the day:

    A set of happy triplets on Unst, one of the Shetland Islands. \ Catriona Kirkwood

    A set of happy triplets on Unst, one of the Shetland Islands. \ Catriona Kirkwood

    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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