EU farming ministers have today accepted the provisional deal struck on Friday in relation to reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.
It brings the proposal a step closer to becoming law.
According to the EU, the new deal bolsters environmental measures, and also includes provisions to ensure more targeted support for smaller farms.
Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue insists it's a good deal for Irish farmers:
IFA President Tim Cullinan was in Luxembourg today where the Ministers met.
Ballina based, Livestock Chairman of the IFA, Brendan Golden told Midwest News that the organisation President is urging the Irish Government to honour its commitments on maximum national co-financing, and on the €1.5bn from the Carbon Tax Fund to protect the viability of farmers. He believes the new reform deal will have a mixed impact on farmers and the economy of this region.
Brendan has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley...