PAC Conference

February 2, 2018
PAC Conference

“Smart Farming – Contractors and Farmers Working Together” was the theme of the PAC Ireland Conference, where Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture  led an impressive line up of speakers.  In his Keynote Address Commissioner Hogan stated that agricultural contractors were vital to the successful future of farming and would have to be taken into consideration in…

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Teagasc Workshops – Precise Application of Fertilisers

February 1, 2018
Teagasc Workshops – Precise Application of Fertilisers

Of particular interest to agri-contractors and field advisers, two workshops on the Precise Application of Fertilisers will be hosted by Teagasc in association with the Fertiliser Association of Ireland.There will be presentations on fertiliser planning for contractors and fertiliser spreader technology. Workshops will be run to demonstrate the correct set up of fertiliser spreaders to deliver…

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PAC Conference – FBD Lead Sponsor

January 23, 2018
PAC Conference – FBD Lead Sponsor

PAC Ireland Chairman, Michael Sheehan met this week with  Joe Healy, President, Irish Farmers Association, one of the main speakers at the upcoming PAC Conference and Fiona Muldoon, CEO, FBD Insurance, Lead Sponsor of our conference.  Ms Muldoon commented “FBD Insurance plc is at the forefront of supporting and protecting agricultural businesses in Ireland.   The PAC…

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Food Wise Conference 2017

December 5, 2017
Food Wise Conference 2017

On 4th December Tom Murphy (PAC) attended the Food Wise Conference 2017 (Challenge . Ambition . Opportunity) at Croke Park, Dublin,  to ensure a presence and visibility for agricultural contractors. Phil Hogan EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development gave the Keynote Address and issued a warning for Ireland to “wake up and wake up…

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Rural Transport

December 3, 2017
Rural Transport

Tom Murphy for PAC Ireland pictured with Shane Ross, T.D., Minister for Transport, following a second meeting to discuss new legislation and penalties for driving over the limit. There was a strong lobby from the drinks trade that the new legislation would have a detrimental effect on rural pubs, which have already been badly hit. …

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Recycling Levy on Netting & Twine

November 30, 2017
Recycling Levy on Netting & Twine

Contractors need to be aware that from October 2017 waste legislation has been amended to ensure that netting and twine producers contribute to recycling costs. Therefore a recycling levy will apply to netting and twine waste.  The IFFPG, which is the national farm plastics recycling scheme, will use the funds generated to drive the recycling…

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HSA National Conference on Farm Safety & Health

November 17, 2017
HSA National Conference on Farm Safety & Health

Health and Safety Authority National Conference on Farm Safety and Health with the theme “Protecting your Life and Livelihood” took place on Friday 17th November at the Auburn Lodge Hotel in Ennis. It was encouraging to see that the conference was extremely well attended by the farming sector. Pat Breen TD, Minister of State for…

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Fast Tractors – Minister Orders Review

November 1, 2017
Fast Tractors – Minister Orders Review

As a result of representations by Tom Murphy for Professional Agricultural Contractors of Ireland, a meeting was held on 1st Nov at the Department of Transport to which all stakeholders were invited.  The meeting was briefed on the rationale behind the decision to instigate a 25km radial distance from base for fast tractors (contained in…

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CEMA Summit Farming 4.0

October 20, 2017
CEMA Summit Farming 4.0

Tom Murphy recently attended the CEMA Summit – Farming 4.0, in Brussels. Murphy was there to ensure a voice for Irish agricultural contractors and he did just that by taking part in the debate and posing a number of questions. CEMA is the European representative body for farm machinery manufacturers and this event focused on moving towards…

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National Marts Farm Safety Awareness and Remembrance Day

October 20, 2017
National Marts Farm Safety Awareness and Remembrance Day

During the week of 23rd October 2017 we remember the 217 people who have lost their lives in farm accidents since 2007. The devastating effect on their families, friends and the wider farming community cannot be measured.  This week all Marts will hold one minutes silence to remember those lost to farming accidents.  This initiative…

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