Weekly podcast: Hogan calls out member states on CAP
In this week's podcast we hear from Commissioner Hogan on how EU member states need to be encouraged to fill CAP funding and the INHFA on their hopes for hill farmers.

Listen to "Commissioner Hogan calls out member states and Beef 2018 - Podcast Ep. 169" on Spreaker.

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CAP funding can be increased, but it’s up to member states to fill the Brexit gap, Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan told news correspondent Hannah Quinn-Mulligan in Brussels.

Hogan also outlined how he hopes CAP proposals will work in favour of young farmers and how his strategy for selling off skimmed milk powder (SMP) is working.

Listen to "Commissioner Hogan on CAP and SMP" on Spreaker.

Policy officer with the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) Joe Condon, spoke to the Irish Farmers Journal at the association’s AGM.

Listen to "Joe Condon on INHFA on the CAP proposals" on Spreaker.

Tommy Moyles talked to Dermot Leahy about the Timoleague catchment area. This is one of six areas where water quality is measured as part of the Teagasc Agricultural catchment programme.

Listen to "Water quality in Timoleague catchment" on Spreaker.

As part of our Agritech focus this week we talked to Padraig Whelan and Fiona Edwards Murphy about the threats facing bees and how their company Apisprotect aims to combat them.

Listen to "Using technology to reduce threats to our bee population" on Spreaker.

And finally, Adam Woods spoke to Aidan Murray this week about the upcoming open day taking place in Teagasc, Grange, Co Meath on Tuesday 26 June from 9.30am-5pm.

Listen to "Aidan Murray from Teagasc on BEEF 2018" on Spreaker.

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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.

Consultation

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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