Over 120 local farmers attended the Laois IFA AGM on Monday night in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel.
IFA President Joe Healy was guest speaker – on what was his first official visit to Laois since taking over as president. He gave a comprehensive overview of the work of IFA in all commodities – and ongoing campaigns including price war on fertilizer and inputs and the challenges facing farm income in 2017.
The review of the ANC and the opening of discussions on CAP post-2020 will have long term implications on the viability of farm families,” said Mr Healy. He added that it was “never more important to have a strong IFA to represent the interest of Irish farmers”
Elections across Europe, Brexit and the Trump presidency will have an impact on policy, commodity price and the trading environment for Irish farmers, he added.
Spink man Francis Gorman was re-elected as Chairman, John Fitzpatrick from Spink as Vice Chairman, Michael Knowles from Luggacurren as Secretary and Paul Maher from Mountmellick as Treasurer.