Megan O'Brien

Megan O

Megan studied at the Technological University of Dublin where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She previously won the Science Foundation Ireland prize for work around agtech and food tech at the Student Media Awards. Megan comes from a rural background in Kildare and has a keen interest in agri-business and agtech, as well as sustainable agriculture.

GIY announces free online courses to combat cost of living
GIY announces free online courses to combat cost of living

Grow It Yourself (GIY), a social enterprise that promotes sustainability, has made all of its online food-growing courses available for...

Investment in AgTech 20 times higher in 2021 than in 2012
Investment in AgTech 20 times higher in 2021 than in 2012

A new report from McKinsey has shown that 20 times more capital was invested in AgTech in 2021 than there...

COP15: Calls for minister to promote the ‘natural capital approach’
COP15: Calls for minister to promote the ‘natural capital approach’

Natural Capital Ireland (NCI) has called on the Minister of State Malcolm Noonan to consider a new approach to valuing...

FAO: World cereal, dairy and meat prices fell in November
FAO: World cereal, dairy and meat prices fell in November

World wheat, maize, dairy and beef prices all fell in November, influenced by a combination of the Black Sea Grain...

Badgers with worm infections more likely to have TB – study
Badgers with worm infections more likely to have TB – study

Badgers with helminth parasite infections are more likely to have tuberculosis (TB), and infection of both is more likely once...

ICMSA: Low spring throughput could boost Irish beef prices
ICMSA: Low spring throughput could boost Irish beef prices

Factory throughput could drop significantly in spring of 2023 as beef farmers look to finish their stock later in the...

Call for extension to Shass Landslide Relief Scheme deadline
Call for extension to Shass Landslide Relief Scheme deadline

The Irish Natura and Hill Farmers’ Association (INHFA) has called for the application deadline for the Shass Landslide Relief Scheme...

Farmers invited to take part in Ifac Farm Survey
Farmers invited to take part in Ifac Farm Survey

Ifac has invited farmers across Ireland to take part in its annual Farm Survey, which aims to gather insights on...

MREF: Minster Ryan’s solar targets require one billion in funding
MREF: Minster Ryan’s solar targets require one billion in funding

The Micro-Renewable Energy Federation (MREF) has welcomed fresh commitments to solar energy development from a government minister but said that...

Vets to receive refunds on TB testing payment cuts
Vets to receive refunds on TB testing payment cuts

Private veterinary practitioners who carried out tuberculosis (TB) testing under the government’s eradication programme are to receive back payments for...

McConalogue calls on vets to develop AMR plans with farmers
McConalogue calls on vets to develop AMR plans with farmers

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue has asked veterinarians to encourage their farmers to develop a...

Hackett clarifies payment eligibility for organic farmers
Hackett clarifies payment eligibility for organic farmers

Farmers will be eligible to receive both the agroforestry and organic farming payment on the same area of land, Minister...

No contaminants detected in 99.89% of food samples in 2021
No contaminants detected in 99.89% of food samples in 2021

Tests carried out in 2021 under the National Residue Control Plan (NRCP) have shown that 99.89% of samples taken were...

Bird flu: Second outbreak confirmed in Monaghan
Bird flu: Second outbreak confirmed in Monaghan

A second outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) has been detected in a turkey flock in Co. Monaghan, the Department...

Calls for clarity on Leitrim landslide support package
Calls for clarity on Leitrim landslide support package

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has called for clarity on future payments that will be made to those affected by...

Sligo energy event to discuss wind farms and renewable energy
Sligo energy event to discuss wind farms and renewable energy

The benefits of achieving Ireland’s renewable energy targets for rural Ireland and how the environment can be protected from wind...

Irish researchers to trial soil moisture technology in Texas
Irish researchers to trial soil moisture technology in Texas

Researchers in Ireland and Texas are preparing to trial a new agri-sustainability tool that uses information on soil moisture to...

Minister ‘has turned his back on farmers’ with opposition to new bill
Minister ‘has turned his back on farmers’ with opposition to new bill

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue has “turned his back on farmers’ interests” by opposing the...