Bernie Commins

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Bernie Commins

Senior News Journalist

Bernie Commins has an honours degree in journalism from Dublin Institute of Technology. She previously worked in the world of agri media as editor of several industry publications and as a journalist she has covered a variety of topics from farm safety to rural-life matters. She also has a background in regional newspaper reporting. From south Tipperary originally, she spent her formative years on her uncle’s dairy farm.

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Dairy: 73% farm emissions from milk-based output

Dairy: 73% farm emissions from milk-based output

Total farm greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the average dairy farm increased in 2020, largely due to an increase in...

EU vote on Ireland nitrates derogation postponed

EU vote on Ireland nitrates derogation postponed

The European Commission will postpone a vote on the introduction of Ireland’s nitrates derogation until next March, Minister for Agriculture,...

Coillte-ESB renewables  venture officially launched

Coillte-ESB renewables venture officially launched

Coillte and ESB have launched a new 50:50 joint venture – FuturEnergy Ireland – focussed on renewable energy development. This...

Domestic milk intake up by 2.4% in October 2021

Domestic milk intake up by 2.4% in October 2021

Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 662.5 million litres for October 2021. This represents an increase...

Grass growth prediction  research secures top AI award

Grass growth prediction research secures top AI award

A research project focussing on grass growth prediction in smart agriculture and explainable artificial intelligence (AI) has taken a top...

Silver Hill Duck wins big at Irish food awards

Silver Hill Duck wins big at Irish food awards

Silver Hill Duck achieved a clean sweep in the Meat-Game Category at this year’s Irish Quality Food Awards, taking home...

‘Need for a dedicated red meat regulator never more evident’ – ICSA

‘Need for a dedicated red meat regulator never more evident’ – ICSA

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) has welcomed the announcement that a new beef stakeholder forum is to...

Cavan farmer wins annual forestry award

Cavan farmer wins annual forestry award

A Cavan farmer has won the 2021 RDS Teagasc Farm Forestry Award. Owen Cooney was presented with his award today...

Contracting US beef production drives tightening global market

Contracting US beef production drives tightening global market

The global beef market is set to tighten in 2022, placing further stress on markets that are experiencing strong demand,...

Investigation ongoing as hare-netting licence suspended

Investigation ongoing as hare-netting licence suspended

An investigation is ongoing into the death of a number of hares at a recent Galway coursing meeting. Loughrea Coursing...

NPWS farm plan ‘not a compensation scheme’ – minister

NPWS farm plan ‘not a compensation scheme’ – minister

There are currently 190 National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) farm plan schemes in operation all around the country. But...

Kerry Co-op chair to step down in December

Kerry Co-op chair to step down in December

Chair of Kerry Co-op, Mundy Hayes, has announced that he is to step down from his role this December at...

EU agri-food trade sees steady increase

EU agri-food trade sees steady increase

The total value of EU agri-food trade – exports and imports – for January to August 2021 reached €210.5 billion,...

New €50k agri scholarship launched at UCD

New €50k agri scholarship launched at UCD

University College Dublin (UCD) and FDC Group have announced details of a new annual scholarship programme available to students enrolled...

‘Disgraceful act’ – IFA president condemns Cuffe

‘Disgraceful act’ – IFA president condemns Cuffe

Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) president, Tim Cullinan has said that a letter sent by MEP Ciarán Cuffe to banking CEOs...

Livestock funding discrepancy  ‘completely unfair’ – senator

Livestock funding discrepancy ‘completely unfair’ – senator

The commencement of advance payments under year five of the Sheep Welfare Scheme will see almost €16 million paid to...

Ash dieback – alternatives to planning and felling criteria being explored

Ash dieback – alternatives to planning and felling criteria being explored

The reconstitution and underplanting scheme (RUS) for ash dieback has been extended to all plantations – regardless of age –...

New Veterinary Ireland president appointed

New Veterinary Ireland president appointed

A new president of Veterinary Ireland has been appointed. Dr. Joe Collins took the reins from outgoing president, Conor Geraghty...