2018 will be a 'defining year' says IFA president

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Never before have such major challenges as Brexit, the CAP Budget, Mercosur and climate change converged in a single year, said Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) president, Joe Healy, addressing the 63rd IFA AGM today (Tuesday, January 16). 

"This year will be a defining year for Irish agriculture," he said.

A game-changing CAP

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The proposals for restructuring the next Common Agricultural Policy and how it interacts with farmers are game-changing, as EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, explained to Matt O’Keeffe.