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New ICOS President Jerry Long, with outgoing President Michael Spellman, Minister Michael Creed and TJ Flanagan, ICOS CEO at the ICOS AGM

Jerry Long, a dairy farmer from the Ragg, Co. Tipperary, and milk supplier to Drombane Co-operative is the new President of ICOS.  He has been Chairman of the ICOS Dairy Committee since 2015.

Following his election, Mr. Long said “My strong focus and that of our organisation will be to work to help co-operatives to further develop the resilience of their businesses. The environment will, quite rightly, be a huge focus from now on, but in parallel, we need to ensure that our model of farming and food production is resilient and sustainable for the benefit of farm families and rural communities. The dramatic increase in milk production, with over €200 million in additional income for rural areas every year since 2015, has been hugely positive for rural communities. We must now focus on making the next phase of that expansion fully sustainable and resilient.”

Eamonn Farrell – Agri Food Policy Executive