Opinion

Opinion: Edwin Poots must intervene in DAERA debacle

Opinion: Edwin Poots must intervene in DAERA debacle

Northern Ireland’s agriculture minister Edwin Poots has said that he cannot intervene in the debacle regarding the Department of Agriculture,...

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Opinion: Brexit becoming an unmitigated disaster for UK agriculture

Opinion: Brexit becoming an unmitigated disaster for UK agriculture

Up to this point, Brexit is turning out to be an unmitigated disaster for production agriculture in the UK. And...

May 23, 2022

Opinion: Could farming news be your future career path?

Opinion: Could farming news be your future career path?

The demand for farming news continues to increase at an insatiable rate, both here in Ireland and further afield. Farmers...

May 20, 2022

Ciaran Fitzgerald: When does the EU start to reassess attitude to food?

Ciaran Fitzgerald: When does the EU start to reassess attitude to food?

In addition to the human misery inflicted on Ukraine by the Russian invasion, the war has led to a huge...

May 20, 2022

Opinion: Thank goodness for blight warning after cold days at Balmoral

Opinion: Thank goodness for blight warning after cold days at Balmoral

I mean no harm to potato growers, but I was never so glad to hear that a blight warning has...

May 13, 2022

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Turf wars – a sign of conflict or miscommunication

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Turf wars – a sign of conflict or miscommunication

The current row regarding the restricting of turf sales has received much commentary, and I would suggest has succeeded in...

May 10, 2022

Opinion: Have we sown the seeds of a fodder crisis?

Opinion: Have we sown the seeds of a fodder crisis?

Fodder crisis; what fodder crisis? I hear you ask. The rains have returned; temperatures are rising and the weather looks...

May 6, 2022

Letter to the editor: Conflict must not overshadow climate concerns

Letter to the editor: Conflict must not overshadow climate concerns

While our thoughts are with the people of the Ukraine, some of the polarised arguments circulating in response to the...

May 1, 2022

Opinion: Reduce fungicide application rates at your peril

Opinion: Reduce fungicide application rates at your peril

With all grain prices currently north of €300/t, the very thought of reducing fungicide application rates this year seems ludicrous....

April 27, 2022

Opinion: WPC to give potatoes a much needed image boost

Opinion: WPC to give potatoes a much needed image boost

We are just six weeks away from the 2022 World Potato Congress (WPC). The event will be centred in Dublin...

April 25, 2022

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Is Ireland open for dairy or agri-business again?

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Is Ireland open for dairy or agri-business again?

The well leaked and well analysed Food Vision Dairy Group paper contains a number of insights that are reflective of...

April 22, 2022

Opinion: Are we sleep-walking into a fodder crisis?

Opinion: Are we sleep-walking into a fodder crisis?

A fodder crisis is hardly a new phenomenon for Irish farmers to be dealing with. During my lifetime I can...

April 14, 2022

Opinion: Calculating the value of conditioning

Opinion: Calculating the value of conditioning

We all know that conditioning accelerates the wilting of the crop in the field, which in turn increases fermentation and...

April 14, 2022

Opinion: It’s not all bad news, where agriculture is concerned

Opinion: It’s not all bad news, where agriculture is concerned

Let’s be honest, despite all the headlines, it’s not all bad news where agriculture is concerned at the present time....

April 11, 2022

Ciaran Fitzgerald: EU needs to address price volatility in agri-sector

Ciaran Fitzgerald: EU needs to address price volatility in agri-sector

Fixed-price milk schemes are crucial, but the European Green Deal also needs to look at some form of crop and...

April 7, 2022

Opinion: Always beware of the term ‘retrospective’ in agri production

Opinion: Always beware of the term ‘retrospective’ in agri production

When a government or, let’s say for sake of argument a milk processer, wants to introduce any form of limit...

April 1, 2022

Opinion: How much would liming save the Irish farming industry?

Opinion: How much would liming save the Irish farming industry?

If every acre of farmable land in Ireland was at its optimal soil pH value through liming, how much would...

March 30, 2022

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Will the ‘ombudsman’ deliver better returns for agri-food?

Ciaran Fitzgerald: Will the ‘ombudsman’ deliver better returns for agri-food?

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue has issued a timely reminder to all of those in the...

March 29, 2022