The crisis fund for the 2016 harvest is failing farmers, according to one of the main campaigners for its establishment. “The fund seems designed to exclude as many farmers and as many elements of the losses sustained as possible” says Cork farmer Jim O’Regan. “It is anti-farmer, and we are calling on the IFA to renegotiate elements of the package.” There are questions around farmers who dried grain on-farm, and young farmers who were not established for the previous three “reference years”.