Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture & Food Charlie McConalogue says he is appalled by the UK Farm Minister Andrea Leadsom’s attack on the Common Agriculture Policy. Her comments, claiming that farmers would be better off outside CAP, fail to recognise the key role it plays in the food production chain on the island of Ireland.Deputy McConalogue said Minister Leadsom’s firebrand attack on the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy clearly demonstrates her blissful ignorance of the subject. The Donegal Deputy said “CAP payments play a key role in sustaining small farmers and rural communities on the island of Ireland. While improvements can always be made in its operation, 87% of farmers in the North are dependent on CAP subsidies to sustain their businesses.“The possibility of a hard border between the North and South would be disastrous, considering the amount of cross-border agri-food trade. Around one quarter of the Northern Ireland milk pool goes South for processing; along with 36% of Northern Irish lamb. Meanwhile, large numbers of live cattle and pigs move across the border for breeding and finishing.“Any return to tariffs placed on agriculture produce going north or south would have a catastrophic effect on cross border trade post-Brexit. It is imperative that the interests of farmers on the island of Ireland are taken on board in any future EU-UK negotiations due to the interdependent trading relationship currently existing.“Minister Creed must take the lead on this issue and ensure that the interests of Irish farmers are fully protected from the challenges which Brexit brings with it. The approach to date has not inspired much confidence, and combined with the comments from Minister Leadsom, raises serious concerns about how the process is being handled”. Farmers must not be left behind by Brexit – McConalogue was last modified: February 27th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
VALE, Ore. — A 59-year-old man has died while working on a fire line in southeastern Oregon.Carolyn Chad, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Land Management, says Kevin Hall apparently suffered a medical issue while he was working for a bulldozer contractor on the Grassy Mountain fire, about 60 miles southwest of Boise, Idaho.Hall, from Ontario, Ore., was found unresponsive in a pickup truck Saturday. Other workers administered CPR but couldn’t revive him.Chad tells KTVZ-TV that Hall was supporting a bulldozer crew as it worked to improve an existing fire line.He is the third person to die in Oregon this month while fighting wildfires.