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Rural Development Programme

Beyond new criteria on climate, soil and terrain, the redrawing of areas eligible to the Areas of Natural Constraint scheme can be "fine-tuned" if countries have enough data to show farm handicaps.
By Thomas Hubert on 12 April 2018
Rules on ANC extra €25m to be approved 'shortly' – IFA
EU farm organisations are gathered in Brussels this Monday to discuss the review of the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme in their respective countries.
By Thomas Hubert on 09 April 2018
A total of €83m has been drawn down from EU funds as part of the NI Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
By Peter McCann on 05 April 2018
Adam Woods profiles the Save Our Sucklers campaign and gives one final call for outstanding petitions and online signatures as the campaign enters its final phase.
By Adam Woods on 29 March 2018
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has countered claims that money earmarked for farm payments will remain unused, with his own Department's estimates showing an overspend.
By Thomas Hubert on 28 March 2018
The first two tranches of Tier 1 have proved popular, with around 6,500 applications.
By David Wright on 29 March 2018
Cork, Galway and Mayo are in the top three for the amount of CAP funding they receive.
By Odile Evans on 25 March 2018
All  promised scheme funding must be paid to farmers
Calls have been made for the Rural Development Plan underspend to be kept to a minimum.
By Michael Keaveny on 23 March 2018
The IFA and the Department of Agriculture are at odds over risks that millions of euro in farmers' money will remain unspent.
By Thomas Hubert on 22 March 2018
Poor uptake of the TAMS and Knowledge Transfer schemes are raising the prospect of farmers missing out on funds earmarked for them.
By Thomas Hubert on 22 March 2018
The campaign for higher suckler supports, additional TAMS items and increased ANC payments are among the options discussed to absorb a projected €106m underspend.
By Thomas Hubert on 22 March 2018
A wide range of views on Irish agriculture’s role in reducing emissions was expressed to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture on Tuesday.
By Odile Evans on 07 March 2018
Irish Farmers Journal nightly news: Project Ireland 2040 and Trodax
Have you missed out on any of the top stories today? Catch up with the top five stories from today, Friday 16 February.
By Hannah Quinn-Mulligan on 16 February 2018
The €25m increase in funding for the ANC scheme secured by IFA in the last budget means increased payment rates for farmers in 2018.
By Contributor on 22 February 2018
Project Ireland 2040: €1bn for rural regeneration
As part of the National Development Plan, a new Rural Regeneration and Development Fund will be established to invest an additional €1bn to promote rural renewal.
By Amy Forde on 16 February 2018
Rural Development projects move to next phase
The Minister for Agriculture has announced that a number of projects have been chosen to be develop their plan under the European Innovation Partnership Initiative.
By Hannah Quinn-Mulligan on 14 February 2018
Payments targeting the most marginal land are set to increase as budget talks on the level of farm support in the next CAP heat up.
By Thomas Hubert on 15 February 2018
ANC increase targets smaller hill farms
The Department of Agriculture has set payment rates for the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme, including this year's €25m budget increase.
By Thomas Hubert on 13 February 2018
Ireland must submit a formal amendment to the Rural Development Programme before this year's payment rates for Areas of Natural Constraints can be set.
By Thomas Hubert on 08 February 2018
"Do we want to see our countryside, particularly in the poorer areas, denuded of these communities? Because it is going that way" – Johnny Couchman, Johnstown House, Carlow.
By Letters to the Editor on 08 February 2018
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