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Warm welcome as IFA representative added to Laois Joint Policing Committee

Laois IFA will have a voice on the county's Joint Policing Committee (JPC) for the first time following the appointment of Brendan Birney from...

IFA Grain Chairman calls on all feed mills to use Irish...

IFA Grain Committee Chairman Mark Browne has called on feed mills to use Irish grains. According to Mr Browne, some feed merchants are now producing...

Fears for Malting Barley growers as significant downturn in drinks sales

Local tillage farmers are worried that their contracts for malting barley could be cut by up to 40% this year because of a significant...

John Fitzpatrick appointed new Laois IFA chairman as Francie Gorman’s term...

There was a change at the top table at the Laois IFA AGM in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on Monday night as Francie Gorman's...

Farmers being treated like criminals, claims leading Laois IFA member at...

"I'm sickened at the minute - because between extreme veganist campaigns and talk about the environment, we farmers are being treated like criminals." That was...

2002 & 2007 Election Memories: The rise and fall of Parlon...

In the spring of 2002 Mary Harney courted farm leader Tom Parlon and won him over. She wiped the eye of Parlon’s other suitor, Michael...

Election Diary: Greens move to mend fences as the IFA call...

Can the momentum in favour of the Greens reach the midlands and get behind their Laois-Offaly candidate, Senator Pippa Hackett? It’s a big ask in...

Laois IFA members begin voting this week as presidential election gets...

Approximately 2,000 Laois farmers across 20 different branches are entitled to vote as the IFA presidential election gets underway today. IFA members vote for a...

IFA on election countdown as presidential candidates confirmed

Three candidates have been nominated to run for IFA President. They are Munster Regional Chairman John Coughlan from Cork, National Treasurer Tim Cullinan from...

Farming chief challenges government to develop climate plan to harness agriculture

Opening the Smart Farming Spring seminar in Portlaoise today (Tues), IFA President Joe Healy challenged the Government to come forward with a comprehensive climate...

Laois IFA to host ‘crisis’ beef meeting while farmers urged to...

Laois IFA are holding a Crisis Beef and Livestock Meeting in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise on Monday April 15 at 8.30pm. The focus of the...

IFA calls for fair price for malting barley

IFA are calling for a deal for a sustainable price for malting barley for farmers. IFA chairman Mark Browne is concerned about the future...

Hidden cost of family labour needs to be highlighted, argues well-known...

A well-known Laois farmer has hit out at what he deems unfair elements of farm payments - and said that the work put in...

Laois farmers send fodder to Clare as crisis continues

The farming community is well known for its ability to help each other out in difficult times. Traditionally this was evident with neighbours offering support...

Snow ploughs at the ready as council ‘prepares for the worst’

Laois County Council's Extreme Weather Local Coordination committee  is “preparing for the worst” in anticipation of the ‘beast from the east’ and extreme weather...

Stradbally IFA chief says no Brexit deal ‘catastrophic’ for farmers

The head of the IFA, who is from Stradbally, says that no Brexit deal would be 'catastrophic' for Laois farmers. Damian McDonald made the comments...

Laois man elected IFA Dairy chairman

The Pike of Rushall farmer Tom Phelan has been elected the new chairman  of the IFA National Dairy Committee. He runs his own dairy farm...

‘We won’t be beaten on price’ says Aldi following farm protest...

Over 100 farmers and members of the Irish Farmers Association attended a protest in Portlaoise today over the low retail price of milk. Joe Healy,...

Sore feet and walking home – Laois farmers honoured on 50th...

The surviving Laois members of a national farming protest in 1966 were honoured at a Laois County Council reception on Thursday night. Then operating under the...

Sunday Interview: Local political life – ‘You need a tough skin...

For as long as Tom Mulhall can remember he has been involved in community groups and committees, going to meetings, trying to get things...

IFA President Joe Healy addresses Laois AGM

Over 120 local farmers attended the Laois IFA AGM on Monday night in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel. IFA President Joe Healy was guest speaker -...