Commissioner Hogan has stated that Ireland must pledge €47m/year to avoid cuts to rural development funding including ANC. Farmland must be included as part of the Government's Flood Risk Management Plan.IFA deputy president Richard Kennedy has stated that an increased Garda presence is needed in rural communities. The search is on for the 20th FBD Young Farmer of the Year. MEPs endorsed the 2016 EU Sheepmeat Forum recommendations to increase payments.
Two year old Eve and her teddy prepare the family veg patch. \ Philip Doyle
Two year old Eve prepares a small piece of land belonging to her family in Stradbally, Co Laois. Each year for the last 33 years they have planted potatoes, onions, rhubarb and strawberries to name but a few crops. While it is not a commercial exercise, it has provided food for their extended families. \ Philip Doyle