Rachel Martin

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Rachel Martin

Senior Northern Correspondent

Rachel Martin specialises in writing about agri-business, food production and dairying. Previously, she worked as a business reporter at one of Northern Ireland’s biggest daily newspapers. In 2017 she was named one of IFAJ's 10 Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism. She is currently secretary of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists in Northern Ireland. When she’s not writing, Rachel can usually be found in the milking parlour at home in Co. Down with her family's 130 cows.

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2017 flood fund opens for NI’s northwest farmers

2017 flood fund opens for NI’s northwest farmers

A £2.7 million flood support fund has opened for applications from northwest farmers affected by flashfloods and landslides in 2017....

Seasonal agricultural workers to be exempt from NI travel restrictions

Seasonal agricultural workers to be exempt from NI travel restrictions

Seasonal agricultural workers in Northern Ireland will be able to avail of exemptions from Covid-19 travel restrictions. Those who arrive...

Animals not tested for BVD to be banned from NI abattoirs

Animals not tested for BVD to be banned from NI abattoirs

Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture has announced plans to ban BVD untested animals from slaughterhouses in a bid to crack...

World Agri-Tech Summit announces start-up innovation challenge

World Agri-Tech Summit announces start-up innovation challenge

Entries are now open for the World Agri-Tech challenge for start-ups with innovative solutions to support sustainable agriculture. The World...

UK to restrict promotions of ‘unhealthy’ foods from October 2022

UK to restrict promotions of ‘unhealthy’ foods from October 2022

The UK Government has announced plans to restrict retail promotions of foods that are deemed ‘unhealthy’ from October next year....

Daily Covid testing to replace isolation for UK food processing workers

Daily Covid testing to replace isolation for UK food processing workers

It’s hoped a new Covid-19 testing regime rolled out across UK meat plants will help ease staff shortages exacerbated by...

Footprinting tool aims to help farming become part of the climate solution

Footprinting tool aims to help farming become part of the climate solution

A pioneering sustainable farming initiative aims to help decarbonise the global ruminant agriculture sector while supporting farmers in continuing to...

Ag-tech experts and growers to create prototype robotic lettuce harvester

Ag-tech experts and growers to create prototype robotic lettuce harvester

Work is underway in the UK to develop a robotic solution to horticultural labour shortages to help secure the harvest...

NI’s proposed TB strategy could save region up to £70 million

NI’s proposed TB strategy could save region up to £70 million

Northern Ireland’s proposed bovine TB strategy could save the region as much as £70 million, according to officials. Responding to...

Great Yorkshire Success gives hope for September Balmoral

Great Yorkshire Success gives hope for September Balmoral

The prospect of 26,000 people gathering for England’s premier agricultural show might have seemed like wishful thinking this year, but...

Clarkson’s Farm set to return for second series

Clarkson’s Farm set to return for second series

Those disappointed thinking they had seen the last from Diddly Squat Farm will welcome news that a second series of...

DAERA announces date Covid-19 TB testing mitigations will end

DAERA announces date Covid-19 TB testing mitigations will end

Mitigations made to bovine TB testing in Northern Ireland to minimise disruption as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic are...

£12 million earmarked for FBIS Tier 2 tranche 2

£12 million earmarked for FBIS Tier 2 tranche 2

A total of £12 million has been earmarked for the second tranche of Tier 2 the Farm Business Improvement Scheme...

FBIS Tier 2 to change to 2-step process for tranche 2

FBIS Tier 2 to change to 2-step process for tranche 2

The application process for Northern Ireland’s Tier 2 grant has been changed to a two-part process after planning issues hampered...

Badger cull identified as DAERA’s preferred option for bTB wildlife intervention

Badger cull identified as DAERA’s preferred option for bTB wildlife intervention

A badger cull in the areas worst affected by bovine TB has been identified as the department’s preferred option for...

NI farm medicines project secures £30,000 from venture capital fund

NI farm medicines project secures £30,000 from venture capital fund

Northern Ireland scientists have secured £30,000 in venture capital funding to develop a system simplifying the process of recording farm...

Supermarket bosses call for action to avoid NI supply disruption

Supermarket bosses call for action to avoid NI supply disruption

Supermarket bosses representing over 75% of the Northern Irish (NI) grocery market, have called for urgent action to avoid GB-NI...

NI’s new bovine TB strategy: What does it mean for farmers and what are the next steps?

NI’s new bovine TB strategy: What does it mean for farmers and what are the next steps?

Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture has announced plans to introduce a swathe of ramped up biosecurity measures as part of...