The lack of physical meetings has ironically allowed people to take a much more involved participation in farming policy discussions than usual. Over the last week, I virtually attended both my own county IFA meeting and the south Leinster regional meeting.

The south Leinster meeting gave us an opportunity to hear the new IFA director of policy and chief economist Tadhg Buckley give a summary of Tom Arnold’s new policy paper, while their man in Brussels, Liam MacHale, gave an update on the progress in the CAP reform talks forecasting their conclusion in time for the new regime to start next January.