Macra President welcomes publication of EU Young Farmer Survey

Kinsale Macra’s president Paul O’Regan (centre) pictured with Kinsale members Selina O’Donovan and Mark O’Donovan after Paul was rewarded with a Gold Leadership Distinction Award at this year’s Macra na Feirme county officer training in Athlone. As Paul received Gold he is now eligible to participate as a Macra representative on a number of overseas seminars, including the European Rally for young people.

Posted on: 9th October, 2017

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Speaking from the European Parliament in Brussels, Macra na Feirme National President James Healy has welcomed publication of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) Survey of young farmers.

The Young Farmer Survey entitled ‘Building a Sustainable Sector’ was an online survey of young farmers conducted from April to August this year. The survey asked questions on topics of economic viability, animal health, on-farm investment, environmental protection and sustainability, rural lifestyle, family farm involvement and availability of land and credit.

At the launch of the survey findings, National President James Healy highlighted the findings that over 50 per cent of young farmers need access to land to develop their farm in an economically sustainable way. Speaking at the launch, President Healy highlighted the Macra na Feirme established Land Mobility Service as a successful and independent model that supports generational renewal. The Land Mobility Service has facilitated over 280 collaborations over the past three years between young and older farmers.

“This is an important survey to capture the sentiment of young farmers across the EU.  From an Irish young farmer perspective, the survey reveals that 81 per cent of Irish young farmers surveyed believe that practical and implementable measures are needed to safeguard the environment.”

“It is not surprising to read within the survey findings, that 89 per cent of Irish young farmers highlight the necessity of widespread fast broadband as an essential requirement to support a vibrant and sustainable lifestyle in rural areas. As Ireland’s young farmer and rural youth organisation, Macra na Feirme have consistently highlighted the importance of equal access to broadband as cities and towns. Over the past few years with advancements in technology, the lack of available and widespread rural broadband is now distinct competitive disadvantage for rural young people operating their farming businesses. “

“Capturing Young Farmer sentiment of a viable future was an important part of the survey. Approximately 60 per cent of young farmers across Europe think that a viable future is either “very likely” or “somewhat likely” within the agricultural sector. As a sector, we need to take sector wide approach to encouraging and supporting careers across the farming community. The constant negativity that exists relating to high costs, barriers to entry for young farmers, financial uncertainty, and challenges associated with work-life balances are discouraging new entrants to the sector.”

Kinsale Macra’s president Paul O’Regan (centre) pictured with Kinsale members Selina O’Donovan and Mark O’Donovan after Paul was rewarded with a Gold Leadership Distinction Award at this year’s Macra na Feirme county officer training in Athlone. As Paul received Gold he is now eligible to participate as a Macra representative on a number of overseas seminars, including the European Rally for young people.

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Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

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