Fancy taking on the role of a modern farmer with hundreds of acres of agricultural freedom? Well that’s exactly what the latest edition of Farming Simulator has to offer. Farming Simulator 2017 was launched October 25th 2016 and for the first time in history features AGCO brands like Challenger, Fendt, Valtra and Massey Ferguson.
You can sit yourself behind the wheel of the worlds latest farm machinery and equipment, pick and choose your crops and livestock and build your own farm from the ground up.
Multiplayer mode will now let your friends visit your farm and help you out, and now user create game mods will be available for both game console and PC users. Multiplayer will support up to 6 simultaneous farmers for game consoles while PC can handle up to 16!
Farming simulator 17 looks sure to be another great in the popular franchise and is out now on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Budget 2017 was announced yesterday October 11th and in it included several key measures for Farmers in Ireland.
Low Cost Loans
Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan announced that there will be a new low-cost flexible loan fund available for Irish farmers which will be worth €150m. The aim of this is to help improve farmers cash flow and alleviate income volatility.
The loan is available to livestock, tillage and horticulture farmers and will have an interest rate of 2.95%. Farmers will be able to borrow up to €150,000 and there is no minimum amount of borrowing.
Farmers in Ireland will be able to apply for this loan in the early new year, more details are to be provided in November.
Income Averaging Step Out
The income averaging scheme will be maintained but with an “opt out” clause where in a single year of unexpected poor income and pay only the tax due on the current year and defer tax liability over subsequent years.
This will be available immediately and should help ease cash flow problems on farms in Ireland this year.
Capital Gains Tax & Capital Acquisitions Tax Changes
As of January 2017, a reduced capital gains tax of 10% will allow to the disposal in whole or in part of a business to an overall limit of €1m.
Group A lifetime tax-free threshold applying to gifts and inheritances from parents to children is being raised from €280,000 to €310,000. Group B for gifts and inheritances made to parents, sibling, nieces or grandchildren is being raised from €30,150 to €32,500. Group C for gifts and inheritances to all others is being raised from €15,075 to €16,250.
There’s a lot of rain at the best of times in Ireland, but September 2016 so a bit more rain than usual. The wettest September in 10 years was recorded at Valentia and Cork Airport with rainfalll figures of 182.77mm and 136.3mm respectively.
In general the month of September was pretty wet and mild in general and very dull. It was slightly warmer than average in the east of the country with temperatures approx 1C above their long term average. The highest temperature recorded was in Phoneix park on September 5th at 26C, the highest since September 1961.
The lowest temperature of the month was 1.3C at Markree in Co.Sligo on September 2nd. There was even ground frost reported at some stations on the 21st and 22nd of September.
It was the dullest September in over 50 years at Cork Airport with 68.2 hours of sunshine, only 52% of it’s average. Dublin was the sunniest with 112.4 hours, but still reported its dullest September in 16 years.
Farm Ireland has been set up to become a central location and resource for all things in the farming industry. Our mission at Farm Ireland is to help people understand more about Farming in Ireland, learn about the history of farming and why Ireland is a great place for farming.
Ireland is in a unique position for farming thanks our climate and fertile soils, but aside from that it’s our small scale farming that really sets us apart.