What direction should European agricultural supports take to best support active Irish farmers
Patrick O’Meara is married to Siobhan and grew up on mixed enterprise farm (sheep, beef & tillage) in Tipperary. He took over the farm in 2006 and in 2014 he converted the farm to dairying. Since converting Patrick has expanded his dairy operation through leased land and contract rearing of replacements stock. He is the incoming Chairman of the Greenshoots discussion group.
After Patrick completed his Agricultural Degree in 1999, he joined AIB and worked in their Stra-tegic Development unit on Business and Agricultural Policy / initiatives. In 2005, Patrick took up the role of Agricultural Advisor, dealing directly with farming customer and is based in AIB Nenagh.
Patrick study will investigate ‘What direction should European Agricultural Support take to best support active Irish farmers’. While there is a large variation between individual sectors, markets supports make up a large portion of farm income in Ireland. “Recent CAP reforms have made some adjustment, but I believe that there is a missed opportunity to better support active farmers in Ireland.”
Patrick intends to travel to the USA, Europe, Japan, and Africa and will look at a range of concepts to try to overall increase the impact of the CAP budget for Irish farmers.