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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Poots urged to expand criteria for North West floods support

Poots urged to expand criteria for North West floods support

Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has been urged to widen the criteria of a support package for farmers afflicted...

North West floods: Applications for payments to open in August

North West floods: Applications for payments to open in August

A long-awaited support package for farmers in the North West affected by floods in 2017 will open for applications in...

Rathlin Island unveils carbon-neutral plans

Rathlin Island unveils carbon-neutral plans

Islanders on Rathlin have ambitions to generate their own renewable energy in an effort to create local jobs and achieve...

DAERA Direct offices to reopen to the public

DAERA Direct offices to reopen to the public

Northern Ireland’s network of DAERA Direct offices will open to the public again from Monday (June 7). The 12 local...

Agri-tech earmarked as pillar of NI’s post-pandemic ’10X Economy’ plan

Agri-tech earmarked as pillar of NI’s post-pandemic ’10X Economy’ plan

Agri-technology has been picked out as one of five pillars central to a new strategy to ’10X’ Northern Ireland’s economy....

Old scheme rejections not to be reviewed as part of scheme appeal reforms

Old scheme rejections not to be reviewed as part of scheme appeal reforms

Decisions on area-based schemes made under previous agriculture ministers will not be reviewed under plans to reform the appeal process,...

Poots seeking to get alternative climate change bill tabled since March

Poots seeking to get alternative climate change bill tabled since March

Northern Ireland Agriculture and Environment Minister Edwin Poots has claimed he has been trying to get his alternative climate change...

Devenish reports £5.3 million losses in 2020

Devenish reports £5.3 million losses in 2020

A major fire at Devenish’s Belfast manufacturing plant, as well as the effects of Brexit and Covid-19, have caused the...

McAleer: NI needs ‘carbon calculator’ to help farms prepare for net-zero

McAleer: NI needs ‘carbon calculator’ to help farms prepare for net-zero

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has called on the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to develop an...

Two new Beef Technology Demonstration Farms unveiled for NI

Two new Beef Technology Demonstration Farms unveiled for NI

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Entreprise (CAFRE) has unveiled Northern Ireland’s two newest Beef Technology Demonstration Farms. John...

Abolishing Agricultural Wages Board to benefit industry by £1.2 million

Abolishing Agricultural Wages Board to benefit industry by £1.2 million

Abolishing the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) in Northern Ireland could have net benefits of up to £1.2 million over the...

NI’s new Beacon Farm Network begins carbon footprint benchmarking

NI’s new Beacon Farm Network begins carbon footprint benchmarking

The newly-established ‘Beacon Farm’ research network has begun work establishing a benchmark for carbon sequestration in Northern Ireland. Government policy...

GrassCheck: NI grass growth down 32% for year so far

GrassCheck: NI grass growth down 32% for year so far

Grass growth in Northern Ireland for the season so far is down almost a third compared to the 10-year average....

Poots: ‘The Republic should have been our friend’ in Brexit talks

Poots: ‘The Republic should have been our friend’ in Brexit talks

Northern Ireland (NI) Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has hit out at the Irish Government, accusing it of failing to support...

Farm succession: Have something in mind to ‘step back’ into

Farm succession: Have something in mind to ‘step back’ into

Stepping back from a farm is one of the most difficult things you can do but there are ways to...

Farm succession: ‘A barn conversion might be cheaper… but divorce is very expensive too’

Farm succession: ‘A barn conversion might be cheaper… but divorce is very expensive too’

Farming families have been warned to avoid creating a “self-fulfilling prophecy” for divorce. Speaking at a Women in Dairy event...

£2 million Covid-19 support scheme announced for potato growers

£2 million Covid-19 support scheme announced for potato growers

Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has announced further information on the £2 million financial support package for potato growers....

DAERA granted additional £12.4 million of Covid support money

DAERA granted additional £12.4 million of Covid support money

Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has been granted a further £12.4 million to fund its...