Encourage the Next Generation of Farmers

Equal entitlements for all farmers, regardless of age.

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A fair way forward for farmers

The next CAP must ensure all farmers under 40 have access to the same entitlements as farmers over the age of 40. Farming faces a serious demographic challenge as the bulk of the agricultural workforce grows older and retires with the average age of Irish farmers at 56. The long term future of the industry needs fresh blood to rejuvenate it.

The 2013 CAP agreement does not go far enough in achieving the supports necessary to draw in and sustain a new generation of Irish farmers.

Fianna Fáil’s plan to encourage the next generation of farmers.

  1. Equal entitlements

    Work with all EU Member States to ensure that the next CAP provides all farmers under 40 access to the same entitlements regardless of when they started farming in order to remove the current discriminatory set up.

  2. Greater flexibility

    Demand that greater flexibility be given to EU Member States regarding education eligibility to enable more young farmers to avail of CAP schemes.

  3. Young Farmer Scheme

    Enable Member States to adapt the current Young Farmer Scheme ceiling in order to make additional national exchequer contributions outside of ring-fenced pillar 1 funding and target underspend towards generational renewal incentives.

Safeguarding Farmers & Agrifood From Brexit

All policy levers must be deployed to safeguard farmers and Irish agriculture from the impact of Brexit.

Ensure A Fair Price For Farmers

Create a National Food Ombudsman to ensure fairness and equity in the food supply chain.

Secure A Fully-Funded & Fair CAP

Work for a fully funded, fair, and simpler CAP that safeguards direct payments.

Encourage the next generation of farmers

Next CAP must ensure all farmers under 40 have access to the same entitlements.

Increased Supports For Beef & Sheep Farmers

Seek increased supports for low-income beef suckler and sheep farmers.

Securing A Sustainable Future For Dairy Farmers

Strengthen tools to help dairy farmers mitigate price volatility.

Supporting Tillage, Organic & Horticulture Farmers

Advance fair price legislation to ensure a proper return on price for tillage & horticulture farmers.

Forestry and Climate Change

Support environmentally sustainable farming to meet climate change responsibilities.

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