Members of the Irish Farmers’ Association’s South Tipperary County Executive recently embarked on a technology training course. A training unit, furnished with a suite of top-spec PCs and Smartphones visited Thurles, Co. Tipperary. The aim of the initiative was to equip IFA’s County Officers with knowledge and skills on the internet and mobile technology to support their work in IFA.
The training initiative supported by IFA’s Farm Business Skillnet and the Member Services division, demonstrated software programmes which would be of benefit to farmers including Microsoft’s Word, Excel and Outlook Email. Each participant also received training and guidance in internet use and iFarm.ie, IFA’s new mobile application which has been developed to provide IFA members with up to date farming news, weather, and commodity and input prices.
James Kelly, Director of Organisation said: “Technology is becoming more and more important for our Members. This training will assist our Co Officers with the use of technology in their IFA roles and also help them to communicate more effectively with their members.”
County Officers also participated in a leadership and communications module on the day including training in areas such as organising lobby campaigns, meetings and time management.
IFA South Tipperary Chairman George Mason said: “Leadership at county level is fundamental to the IFA’s continued record of delivery. With the upcoming challenges of budget 2012 and CAP Post 2013, it is vital that farmers have strong representation at home and in Europe and it is equally important that we as officers have the required technical and organisational skills to deliver for our members.”