commentary

Opinion: A ‘seismic impact’ on Irish farming; but are we ‘asleep at the wheel’?

Opinion: A ‘seismic impact’ on Irish farming; but are we ‘asleep at the wheel’?

Last week saw the unveiling of important EU Commission policy documents – namely the Farm to Fork Strategy and the...

May 27, 2020

Opinion: We aspire to own land, but what does ‘ownership’ now mean…as farming itself may be ‘for sale’?

Opinion: We aspire to own land, but what does ‘ownership’ now mean…as farming itself may be ‘for sale’?

A draft document – titled: ‘EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030’ – is circulating at present. The strapline beneath the document’s...

May 20, 2020

Opinion: How do we reduce the risk for dairy farmers?

Opinion: How do we reduce the risk for dairy farmers?

By Dr. Declan O’Connor, Department of Mathematics, Cork Institute of Technology We need to strengthen the dairy safety net. At the...

April 29, 2020

Opinion: Do farmers need to ‘climb’ the supply chain, to avoid being trodden on at the bottom?

Opinion: Do farmers need to ‘climb’ the supply chain, to avoid being trodden on at the bottom?

Beef farmers are grappling with low prices. No one seems to have a workable solution. Some farm leaders, lobbyists and...

April 24, 2020

Opinion: A ‘protectionist mantra’ is not in Irish farming’s best interests

Opinion: A ‘protectionist mantra’ is not in Irish farming’s best interests

In a time of crisis, we often scramble to ‘circle the wagons’. In an otherwise-globalised world, borders become more visible...

April 20, 2020

Opinion: Now we see how much farming does matter, but what happens after?

Opinion: Now we see how much farming does matter, but what happens after?

Many farmers and contractors are busy. It’s an almost surreal sight, when set against the situation that many other people...

April 17, 2020

Opinion: Perhaps we should bury a beef report, if it doesn’t ‘pander to populism’!

Opinion: Perhaps we should bury a beef report, if it doesn’t ‘pander to populism’!

The long-anticipated IFA-commissioned report on the beef industry – compiled by Jim Power – was published last week. One almost...

March 11, 2020

Opinion: The IFA ‘took the soup’, but is Beef Plan’s bowl empty?

Opinion: The IFA ‘took the soup’, but is Beef Plan’s bowl empty?

Back in late 2015, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) found itself embroiled in a debacle over pay; it was one...

February 27, 2020

Opinion: Who gets the money – ‘active’, full-time, part-time or ‘armchair’ farmers?

Opinion: Who gets the money – ‘active’, full-time, part-time or ‘armchair’ farmers?

Much of the focus over the past week or two has been on how much money will be allocated for...

February 26, 2020

Opinion: A different perspective on future farm subsidy levels?

Opinion: A different perspective on future farm subsidy levels?

Is some of this talk about cuts to future Irish CAP (farm) funding beyond 2021 being blown out of proportion?...

February 24, 2020

Opinion: Does Irish farming need to brace for a sharp, sudden jolt?

Opinion: Does Irish farming need to brace for a sharp, sudden jolt?

Just a few short days ago, AgriLand published an article detailing a stark proposal from the President of the European Council...

February 19, 2020

Opinion: Would a left-leaning government spell danger for farmers?

Opinion: Would a left-leaning government spell danger for farmers?

With Sinn Féin having amassed 37 seats in the next Dáil – just one behind Fianna Fáil and two ahead...

February 13, 2020