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Press Releases 2006

Title Date

January

TitleDate
Record payments under REPS in 2005 06 January 2006
Minister Coughlan calls for continued vigilance on Avian Influenza 10 January 2006
New arrangements for the export of slaughter pigs to Northern Ireland 12 January 2006
Call for Proposals for the development and promotion of Sustainable Forestry 16 January 2006
Nitrates: Coughlan says REPS farmers will not need amended planes, but must follow the regulations 16 January 2006
Minister Coughlan announces details of Group to assist pig producers in Donegal 16 January 2006
Minister Smith acknowledges contribution of Centra Foodstores to Irish Food Sector 16 January 2006
Minister Coughlan highlights potential for local enterprises under Community Enterprises Centre Scheme - 2006 19 January 2006
Minister Browne reminds occupiers and owners of land of their obligation to control noxious weeds 23 January 2006
Coughlan welcomes dramatic improvements in brucellosis levels in 2005 25 January 2006
Minister Smith welcomes Musgrave SuperValu-Centra support for Irish Food Industry 26 January 2006
Coughlan welcomes positive response to Land Purchase Annuity Discounted Buy-Out Scheme 26 January 2006
Browne addresses IFCA Annual Dinner 28 January 2006
Worrying of Livestock by Dogs - Minister Browne issues advice to dog owners 30 January 2006

 

February

TitleDate
Minister Coughlan clarifies position on REPS and Nitrates Regulations 01 February 2006
Minister Smith launches Programme of Seasonal Food Market Events in OPW Heritage Sites 07 February 2006
Coughlan announces award of €4.5 million in R&D grants 07 February 2006
Coughlan awards €6.7million to Food Research Projects and announces funds for new call 08 February 2006
Minister of State Browne addresses Coillte Annual Management Conference 09 February 2006
Minister Browne launches Booklet on Re-skilling for Farm Families in Wexford 09 February 2006
Minister Coughlan meets Commissioner Fischer Boel in Brussels 09 February 2006
French Market Worth €500m to Irish Food and Drink Sector and Growing - Smith 12 February 2006
Browne welcomes Consultants Report on Forestry Tax Exemption Measures 10 February 2006
Minister Coughlan reassures on Avian `Flu 13 February 2006
Minister extends closing date for receipt of submissions on GM Coexistence Report 14 February 2006
Coughlan welcomes appointment of Mary Wallace as Minister opf State for the Department of Agriculture and Food 14 February 2006
Minister Coughlan announces arrangement for transfer of Single Payment Entitlements (including Trade for 2006) 15 February 2006
Minister of State Wallace affirms committment to Forestry 16 February 2006
Minister Coughlan announces additional Avian Influenza measures 16 February 2006
Appointments to Bord Bia 17 February 2006
Minister of State Wallace urges farmers to plant forestry now 20 February 2006
Coughlan urges continued vigilance on Bird 'flu following Council of Ministers Meeting 20 February 2006
2006 Single Payment Scheme/2006 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme: Closing date for receipt of applications 22 February 2006
Avian 'Flu Expert Advisory Group meets 22 February 2006
Coughlan welcomes Revised Estimates 23 February 2006
Minister Coughlan announces €4.6 million Capital Investment Grants for the Fruit and Vegetables Sector 27 February 2006
Minister Smith announces €1.3 million Capital Investment Grants for the Fruit and Vegetables Sector in Monaghan 27 February 2006
Minister Wallace announces €380,000 in Capital Investment Grants for the Mushroom Sector in Meath 27 February 2006
Food Sector offers many opportunites for local economies says Minister Smith at South Roscommon Launch 27 February 2006

 

March

TitleDate
Minister Coughlan launches new Farm Waste Management Scheme 24 March 2006
Minister Coughlan announces the issue of Annual Payment Statements to farmers for 2005 and eServices available to farmers 01 March 2006
Coughlan welcomes increase in export refunds for butter 03 March 2006
Minister Wallace issues early warning about the risk of forest fire 03 March 2006
Minister Smith supports efforts to increase forestry 06 March 2006
Minister Smith supports efforts to increase forestry 06 March 2006
Avian Influenza Advisory Group meets 07 March 2006
Minister Coughlan appoints Michael Murphy to the Milk Quota Appeals Tribunal 08 March 2006
Minister Coughlan welcomes Pig Plant inspection visit by Chinese Authorities 08 March 2006
Minister of State Wallace opens National Forestry Conference 10 March 2006
Minister Coughlan announces changes to Milk Quota Schemes for 2006 10 March 2006
Minister Coughlan announces plans for new Milk Quota Transfer Arrangements 12 March 2006
Coughlan hosts meeting with French Agriculture Minister in Dublin 13 March 2006
Minister announces Genotyping Initiative 15 March 2006
Minister Coughlan expressed regret at decision by Greencore to cease sugar production 15 March 2006
Coughlan announces plans for new Research Stimulus call 15 March 2006
Comprehensive Action Plan for the future of Agri-Food 22 March 2006
Minister Coughlan launches new Farm Waste Management Scheme 24 March 2006
EU Emissions Trading Scheme allocation for Kyoto committment period 2008-2012 29 March 2006
Forestry Minister welcomes "Greener Homes" Scheme 30 March 2006
Minister Smith announces €6.2million for hunger in Africa and the ''Forgotten Emergencies" 31 March 2006
Minister Coughlan welcomes Public Service Excellence Award for her Department 31 March 2006

 

April

TitleDate
Minister Smith announces grant aid of €6m in Captial Investment Grants for the development of the Horticulture Industry 03 April 2006
Minister announces change to BSE Depopulation Policy 05 April 2006
Minister Coughlan announces arrangements for sugar beet farmers wishing to claim force majeure or exceptional circumstances 05 April 2006
Minister responds to Avian 'Flu in Scotland 06 April 2006
Continued pro-active approach to Avian Influenza threat 07 April 2006
Expert Advisory Group considers latest developments 07 April 2006
2006 Parasitic Disease Forecast 11 April 2006
Minister Coughlan announced allocations from the 2005 Single Payment Scheme National Reserve 12 April 2006
2006 Single Payment Scheme/2006 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme: Extension of Closing Date for Receipt of Applications 12 April 2006
Minister Coughlan amends Milk Quota Regulations to facilitate Family Transfers and Partnerships 13 April 2006
Minister Wallace announces Forestry Premium Payments of 41m euro for 2006 13 April 2006
Minister announces ban on Electro Immobilisation 13 April 2006
Good Progress on National Forest Inventory Project 19 April 2006
Minister Coughlan announces increase in Dairy Export Refunds 27 April 2006
Minister Coughlan on Food Business Development visit to US 30 April 2006

 

May

TitleDate
Minister Smith announces grant aid for Seed Potato Sector 03 May 2006
Official opening of the Teagasc National Soft Fruit Conference 2006 04 May 2006
Minister Coughlan meets US political leaders 05 May 2006
Coughlan announces on-line application for Single Payment Scheme in 2007 08 May 2006
Coughlan announces changes to Milk Quota Temporary Leasing Scheme 10 May 2006
Coughlan announces decrease in the number of farmers to be inspected under Cross-Compliance 10 May 2006
Minister Coughlan and Commissioner Fischer Boel meet prior to address to Joint Committee on Agriculture and Food in Dail Chamber 10 May 2006
Minister Coughlan relaxes rules on Bird Gatherings and Pigeon Racing 11 May 2006
Coughlan encourage Donegal Children to be 'Food Dudes' 12 May 2006
Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme 2006 - Closing Date of 15 May 2006 12 May 2006
Minister Coughlan calls for final effort to eradicate Brucellosis 15 May 2006
Coughlan welcomes proposed amendments to Nitrate Regulations 18 May 2006
Minister Wallace reminds landowners of their responsibility for the control of noxious weeds 19 May 2006
Minister Coughlan announces fast track transfer rules for REPS farmers 22 May 2006
Single Payment Scheme: Coughlan clarifies position of Early Retirement Scheme farmers who leased entitlements 22 May 2006
Minister of State Wallace announces additional funding of €1.123 Million for the further promotion and development of Sustainable Forestry 22 May 2006
Minister Wallace sets out incentives for next generation of farmers 24 May 2006
Minister of State Wallace opens Wood Fuel Supply Seminar as part of Wood Energy Week 25 May 2006
Minister Coughlan confirms pro-active approach to Avian Influenza threats 26 May 2006
Minister Coughlan welcomes the maintenance of EU Export Refunds for Butter 26 May 2006
Minister Smith attends Informal Council of Agriculture Ministers Meeting in Austria 31 May 2006

 

June

TitleDate
"Farmers' Markets useful outlet for 'Farm Direct' fresh produce" - Minister Smith at the official opening of the Cavan Farmers' Market 03 June 2006
Minister Coughlan launches Agriculture and Food Annual Review and Outlook 2005/2006 07 June 2006
Coughlan announces arrangements for Milk Quota Lessors 07 June 2006
Coughlan introduces Grant Scheme for emerging technologies in processing livestock manure and mushroom compost 09 June 2006
Minister Smith addresses FAO 25th Regional Conference for Europe 09 June 2006
Big future for small Food Enterprises in the North East says Minister Smith 12 June 2006
Minister Coughlan announces changes to simplify the National Sheep Identification System (NSIS) 13 June 2006
Coughlan announces 'Country of Origin' Information on Beef to be mandatory at Restaurants and all Food Service Outlets 14 June 2006
Department confirms presence of Equine Infectious Anaemia 15 June 2006
Minister Coughlan accepts Annual Report of the Audit Committee of the Department of Agriculture and Food 16 June 2006
Minister allows pigeon racing from Northern France 16 June 2006
Coughlan calls on Farm Council and EU Commission to protect Agriculture at up-coming WTO talks 19 June 2006
Mary Wallace launches COFORD publication "Brackloon - The Story of an Irish Oak Wood" 19 June 2006
Forestry - A real alternative land use for farmers 19 June 2006
Department of Agriculture and Food releases the Results of 2005 National Residue Monitoring Plan 27 June 2006
Coughlan maintains firm stance at WTO talks 29 June 2006
Coughlan announces extension to Land Annuity Buy-Out Scheme 30 June 2006
Minister Coughlan welcomes Report of Sheep Industry Development Strategy Group 01 June 2006
Minister Smith announces further awards of €2.4 million under the Capital Investment Scheme under certain agricultural products 02 June 2006

 

July

TitleDate
Minister of State Wallace launches Forestry Promotion Campaign 02 July 2006
Food Service Industry embracing new beef labelling rules 04 July 2006
Minister Coughlan appoints Chairman of Sheep Strategy Implementation Group 05 July 2006
Department confirms further case of Equine Infectious Anaemia 06 July 2006
Minister Smith opens new Mullingar Showgrounds 09 July 2006
Minister Coughlan launches the RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards 2006 10 July 2006
Minister Coughlan meets with David Cairns MP, recently appointed Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 11 July 2006
Minister Coughlan Announces Government Decision on EU Sugar Restructuring Aid Allocation 12 July 2006
Farmers to receive two thirds of sugar compensation 13 July 2006
Minister Coughlan launches Kepak "Irish Hill Lamb Initiative" 13 July 2006
Minister Wallace oversees conversion of Department building in Wexford to wood energy 14 July 2006
Minister Smith launches Food Agency 2015 Group 18 July 2006
Coughlan outlines position on WTO at Council of Minister meeting in Brussels 19 July 2006
Coughlan welcomes revised Nitrates Regulations 19 July 2006
Minister Coughlan defends Department approach to Cross-Compliance as fair, reasonable and equitable 19 July 2006
Minister Wallace warns of forest fire risks 20 July 2006
Wallace moves to protect young forests from deer 21 July 2006
Minister Smith announces donation of €250,000 to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in support of Avian 'Flu control in Vietnam 21 July 2006
Department confirms additional cases of Equine Infectious Anaemia 23 July 2006
Coughlan comments on suspension of WTO talks 24 July 2006
Minister Coughlan launches Sheep Strategy Implementation Group 25 July 2006
Coughlan announces progress in consultations on Milk Quota Trading 26 July 2006
Coughlan meets Latvian Minister 26 July 2006
Minister Smith announces further grant aid of €0.5m for seed potato sector 27 July 2006
Department confirms additional cases of Equine Infectious Anaemia 27 July 2006
€300 million investment in dairy processing announced by Minister Coughlan 28 July 2006
Department confirms further case of Equine Infectious Anaemia 31 July 2006

 

August

TitleDate
Minister announces introduction of Revised Standard Costings for On-Farm Investment Schemes 09 August 2006
Minister announces financial package for EIA testing 09 August 2006
Minister Coughlan outlines committment to Research 10 August 2006
Minister of State Wallace praises RDS Wood-Fired Heating System 10 August 2006
Approval to use set-aside Land for Animal Feed Purposes 11 August 2006
Coughlan wants EU to insist on equivalent standards from beef imports from Third Countries 13 August 2006
Minister Smith addresses 52nd International Congress of Meat Science and Technology 14 August 2006
Minister Smith encourages farmers to participate in the Farm Waste Management Scheme 21 August 2006
Minister Coughlan announces Publication of 2005 Annual Report of the Agriculture Appeals Office 22 August 2006
Farmers have Important Role in Future of Bio-Energy - Coughlan 23 August 2006
Minister Smith presents the Bailey Cow Competition Cup at Virginia Agricultural Show, Co. Cavan 24 August 2006
Department confirms further case of Equine Infectious Anaemia 25 August 2006
Minister Coughlan launches New School Milk Scheme - Refrigeration units for 1,000 schools 30 August 2006
Minister Coughlan welcomes State Aid approval for €300 million investment package for the Irish Dairy Processing Sector 30 August 2006

 

September

TitleDate
Thinning of forests and sale of wood chip can increase return from forestry - Wallace 04 September 2006
Minister Smith opens the Elphin Agriculture Show in Co. Roscommon 02 September 2006
Minister Coughlan raises Income Limit for Transferees in Farm Retirement Scheme; Limit for retiring farmers abolished 05 September 2006
Minister Smith brings successful Regional Food Forum concept to the Midlands 06 September 2006
Department confirms new cases of Equine Infectious Anaemia 08 September 2006
Minister Smith launches financial package for poultry producers 11 September 2006
National Forestry Inventory moves into Meath 12 September 2006
Minister welcomes Commission response on Single Payment Scheme Advance Payments 13 September 2006
Minister Coughlan announces Details of the 2006 National Reserve and Claw Back Arrangements for the 2007 Single Payment Scheme 13 September 2006
Minister Coughlan announces detailed arrangements for the €300 million Dairy Processing Sector Investment Fund 14 September 2006
Coughlan encouraged by progress in the Organic Sector 15 September 2006
Coughlan extends REPS deadline 15 September 2006
Minister announces extension of Genotyping incentives 18 September 2006
Minister Coughlan updates Avian 'Flu regulations 18 September 2006
Minister Coughlan announces Schedule of Farm Payments 19 September 2006
Minister Coughlan announces details of Transport Regulation from January 19 September 2006
Minister Coughlan announces plans for consultation with farm bodies on Nitrates Explanatory Handbook 20 September 2006
Coughlan hosts visit of Commissioner Fischer Boel to Donegal 22 September 2006
Minister Smith promotes Irish Food at the Moscow Food Fair 25 September 2006
Minister Coughlan announces arrangements for dealing with residual aspects of discontinued Livestock Schemes 25 September 2006
Minister Coughlan welcomes opportunity for enhanced co-operation on agricultural matters between Ireland and China 25 September 2006
Department confirms new cases of Equine Infectious Anaemia 26 September 2006
Minister Coughlan announces the rate for the Sugar Beet Compensation being incorporated into the Single Payment Scheme 27 September 2006
Coughlan announces new Milk Quota Trading System 27 September 2006
Think Forestry! says Minister Wallace 28 September 2006
Minister Wallace presents National Awards for the 75th National Ploughing Championships at the Wolseley Hotel, Tullow 28 September 2006
Minister Coughlan publishes Annual Report for 2005 29 September 2006
Minister Smith promotes Farm Waste Management Scheme at the World and National Ploughing Championships 29 September 2006

 

October

TitleDate
Minister of State Wallace launches Forestry Promotion Campaign in Mullingar 02 October 2006
Wallace welcomes progress on Guidelines for Forestry in Pearl Mussel Habitats 03 October 2006
Arrangements for increased TSE testing in sheep 04 October 2006
Minister Smith highlights Biomass potential at conference in Cavan 05 October 2006
Extension of Closing Date for Dairy Investment Scheme 06 October 2006
Minister Wallace launches 2006 Tree Day - 'Year of the Ash' 09 October 2006
Minister Smith presented with certificate of ISO Accreditation for the livestock breeding area 09 October 2006
Minister Coughlan welcomes EU Decision on Exemption Criteria for Veterinary Medicines 11 October 2006
Minister Coughlan announces 500M euro advance payments from 16th October under the Single Payment Scheme 11 October 2006
Minister Smith announces an additional donation of 1.3m euro to the World Food Programme (WFP) 13 October 2006
Minister Wallace presents the RDS/Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards 18 October 2006
Minister Coughlan announces €6.8 billion farming package 19 October 2006
Wallace highlights the contribution of Forestry to the economy 19 October 2006
Minister Smith announces aid of €3.5 million to producer organisations for fruit and vegetables 20 October 2006
Land Purchase Annuity Discounted Buy-out Scheme 23 October 2006
New case of Equine Infectious Anaemia 26 October 2006
Minister Wallace views implementation of Thinning Protocol 27 October 2006

 

November

TitleDate
Minister Coughlan assists farmers to finalise their applications under the Farm Waste Management Scheme 03 November 2006
Minister Coughlan meets UK colleague 03 November 2006
Minister Smith addresses flagship event for National Organic Week 07 November 2006
Coughlan announces major initiatives on the Suckler Herd 06 November 2006
Minister Wallace urges farmers to grasp bioenergy opportunities at Biomass Conference in Dundalk 07 November 2006
Minister Coughlan announces Consultation on new 7 billion euro Rural Development Programme 08 November 2006
Coughlan announces major Capital Investment Programme for Beef and Sheepmeat Processing Sectors 08 November 2006
Minister Coughlan appoints New Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Department of Agriculture and Food 09 November 2006
Nitrates Derogation Approved 13 November 2006
Minister Coughlan increases payment rates for retired farmers participating in Early Retirement Schemes 13 November 2006
Minister Wallace delivers key note address to the IFA Farm Forestry Conference 2006 13 November 2006
Minister Wallace visits Kilmoon Cross Nurseries in Co Meath - Leading Producer of Poinsettias for the Christmas Market 14 November 2006
Meeting of 2015 Agri-vision Food Industry Committee 14 November 2006
Department issues Liver Fluke Forecast 15 November 2006
Ireland scoops major award for "Food Dude" initiative 15 November 2006
Minister Smith highlights the Importance of the Milk Quota Trading Scheme at Teagasc Dairy Conference in Cavan 16 November 2006
Abridged Estimates for Department of Agriculture and Food 2007 16 November 2006
Department confirms new case of Equine Infectious Anaemia 16 November 2006
Coughlan reminds Dairy Farmers of closing date for Milk Quota Trading Scheme 20 November 2006
Coughlan meets Seehofer on CAP simplification 21 November 2006
Successful Food Forum in South East - Minister Smith launches Bord Bia guide to retail market for speciality food 21 November 2006
Minister Smith renews advice to consumers on purchasing organic produce 22 November 2006
Minister Coughlan welcomes new Excise Relief Scheme as major boost for biofuel production 23 November 2006
Minister Wallace warns of Disease Risks associated with mixing of cattle in "Bed and Breakfast" Arrangements 24 November 2006
Department outlines on-farm Inspection Policy 26 November 2006
Minister Smith expresses vote of confidence in €120m Mushroom Industry 27 November 2006
Minister Coughlan confirms supply of User-Friendly Flock Registers & Dispatch Documents to Sheep Flockowners 28 November 2006
Coughlan re-iterates commitment to Food Research and calls on industry to be innovative and consumer focused 28 November 2006
Minister Coughlan further streamlines application procedure under the Farm Waste Management Scheme 29 November 2006
Compendium of Irish Agricultural Statistics 2006 29 November 2006
Minister Coughlan announces balancing payments under €1.3 billion 2006 Single Payment Scheme 29 November 2006
Milk Quota Trading Scheme attracts 5,500 applicants 30 November 2006
Coughlan views innovative Limerick research on reduced salt ready meals 30 November 2006
Minister Coughlan to reduce disease levies by 50% 30 November 2006

 

December

TitleDate
Minister Smith visits Orchard Home and Garden Centre, Celebridge 01 December 2006
Coughlan Welcomes Generous Package of Measures for Farmers in Budget 2007 06 December 2006
Additional 80 euro Energy Crop Top-up a major Incentive for farmers - Coughlan 08 December 2006
Decentralisation to Macroom on track - Coughlan 08 December 2006
Coughlan welcomes easing of administrative burden on small food businesses 08 December 2006
Coughlan appoints Chairman of Farmers Charter Monitoring Committee 13 December 2006
Minister Coughlan announces grants of €1.2 million to Animal Welfare bodies countrywide 13 December 2006
Minister Smith announces grants of €25,000 to Monaghan Animal Welfare bodies 13 December 2006
Minister Smith announces grants of €17,000 to Cavan Animal Welfare bodies 13 December 2006
Minister Wallace announces grants of €24,000 to Meath Animal Welfare bodies 13 December 2006
Wallace highlights potential of wood energy 14 December 2006
Minister Wallace welcomes Budget initiatives on Forestry and renewable energy 14 December 2006
Wallace announces major increase in Forestry planting grants 15 December 2006
Minister Coughlan comments on 2006 Farm Estimate from CSO 15 December 2006
Minister Coughlan sets out position on soiled water and the importance of availing of the Farm Waste Management Scheme 15 December 2006
Minister Coughlan announces publication of the Department of Agriculture and Food's Scheme under the Official Languages Act 2003 20 December 2006
Minister Coughlan appoints Directors to the Board of the Irish National Stud Company Ltd 22 December 2006
Minister Brendan Smith announces funding of €40,000 targeted at Independent External Evaluation of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) 22 December 2006
Minister Brendan Smith announces donation of €1 million to keep vital food programme for orphans open 28 December 2006
Minister Wallace announces funding of €100,000 targeted at Forestry in developing countries 28 December 2006
Coughlan awards further €31 million to food research projects 31 December 2006