Agriculture

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Deja vu for agriculture all over again

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Deja vu for agriculture all over again

In 2005/2006 as the Doha round of World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks seemed set on an inevitable ‘giveaway trade’ deal...

April 1, 2021

Ciaran Fitzgerald: ‘Is Irish agriculture destined to struggle and drift?’

Ciaran Fitzgerald: ‘Is Irish agriculture destined to struggle and drift?’

Is Irish agriculture destined to struggle and drift, like Irish Water, or invest and innovate to address its challenges like...

November 18, 2020

Border region – strongest recovery in 2019 agricultural operating surplus

Border region – strongest recovery in 2019 agricultural operating surplus

The border region had the strongest recovery in agricultural operating surplus in 2019 according to the latest data from the...

October 8, 2020

Agricultural employment falls below 100,000 people

Agricultural employment falls below 100,000 people

Employment in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector has fallen below 100,000 persons, according to figures from the Central Statistics...

November 19, 2019

‘If we are asking farmers to do more they need the resources to do that’ – Minister Creed

‘If we are asking farmers to do more they need the resources to do that’ – Minister Creed

The existing Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for farmers is going to rollover for a period of 12 months. Systems within...

October 28, 2019

‘Farmers are in a perfect storm economically’ – IFAC

‘Farmers are in a perfect storm economically’ – IFAC

Levels of optimism among business owners in the food and agri-business sector have fallen when compared to how businesses were...

September 13, 2019

Could an extra-terrestrial manage the planet better than we can?

Could an extra-terrestrial manage the planet better than we can?

If you were an extra-terrestrial coloniser and you discovered a new planet in a distant solar system to colonise –...

September 8, 2019

‘GHG emissions decrease in agriculture because of increase in transport’

‘GHG emissions decrease in agriculture because of increase in transport’

In the early days agriculture had 37% of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for Ireland and, now-a-days, it’s 33%...

September 8, 2019

New principal appointed to the helm at Gurteen College

New principal appointed to the helm at Gurteen College

Jon Parry has been appointed principal of Gurteen College and will take over the reins this week from his predecessor...

September 6, 2019

How methane and nitrogen are entwined in the climate action debate

How methane and nitrogen are entwined in the climate action debate

Methane and nitrous oxide are the two main gases associated with agriculture. Nitrogen (N) is used to feed the animals...

September 5, 2019

How serious is a no-deal Brexit for farmers working and living along the border?

How serious is a no-deal Brexit for farmers working and living along the border?

It’s very serious. In fact it’s a mess; a disaster and farmers are in very serious trouble. There is a...

September 1, 2019

‘Brexit will have a detrimental effect in the Republic of Ireland and in the UK’

‘Brexit will have a detrimental effect in the Republic of Ireland and in the UK’

Concerns for the future of farming along the border region in the aftermath of Brexit were brought to the fore...

August 31, 2019

An incredible, small island that can lead the way on renewable energy…

An incredible, small island that can lead the way on renewable energy…

In Ireland, we need to look at what can work for us in terms of energy and understand better how...

July 29, 2019

Producing things the smarter way…and reaping the rewards while we’re at it

Producing things the smarter way…and reaping the rewards while we’re at it

At the moment, Ireland is producing 10 times the calories needed yet we import yogurts from Denmark and sell them...

July 28, 2019

‘Long-term restructuring and adaptation needed to meet carbon neutrality objectives’

‘Long-term restructuring and adaptation needed to meet carbon neutrality objectives’

The new Climate Action Plan commits the agri-sector to delivering 16.5-18.5 Mt CO2 eq. cumulative abatement from agriculture as well...

July 9, 2019

Wallace in battle to reach finish line in Ireland-South constituency

Wallace in battle to reach finish line in Ireland-South constituency

The latest exit poll results from REDC RTÉ regarding the European Elections indicate that Independents 4 Change candidate Mick Wallace is...

May 25, 2019

Mart insurance advocate to seek seat on Donegal County Council

Mart insurance advocate to seek seat on Donegal County Council

A national meeting to discuss mart insurance has been put on hold as the organiser endeavours to address the matter...

April 15, 2019

Farmer and processor at loggerheads over bonus payment

Farmer and processor at loggerheads over bonus payment

A Co. Cork farmer and a local processor who are at loggerheads over a bonus payment are due in court...

April 12, 2019