I recently attended a meeting with newly elected IFA president Joe Healy and IFA County Chairman Brian Rushe to discuss farm incomes and measures that can be adopted to support farmers schemes.

Enhanced support for farm schemes, access to low cost credit, review of fertiliser costs, regulation of the retail sector and amendments to the Fair Deal scheme are all critical issues for farm families.

I am liaising with Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and Minister of State Andrew Doyle to raise and highlight these issues.