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Matt Dempsey
Matt Dempsey

Chairman of The Agricultural Trust

01 419 9500


Matt Dempsey retired as Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal after 25 years in March 2013. He is Chairman of The Agricultural Trust, publishers of the Irish Farmers Journal and The Irish Field. He is a former President of the European Agricultural Publishers Association and the Irish Grassland Association. He is President of the RDS having been Chairman of the Board for 10 years. Also, Matt is a past Chair of the National Agricultural Research Institute and ACOT, the national advisory and education body before their amalgamation into Teagasc. A graduate in Agricultural Science from UCD, he also runs an intensive tillage and beef farm in Co Kildare. In 2010, Matt was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from University College Dublin. In September 2011, Matt was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate (DLitt) from Harper Adams University. Matt is a member of the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland and in 2012, Matt was appointed Chairman of the National Newspapers of Ireland. In 2013, Matt was appointed as Chairman of the Irish National Stud. Matt is also Chairman of the Board of IdentiGEN, a leading provider of DNA-based solutions to the agri-food industry with operations in Ireland, UK, USA and Canada.

If large tracts of land are abandoned because of zero profitability, then what becomes of both the land and rural areas?
By Matt Dempsey on 21 September 2017
On every journey I have made along a motorway, I have met lorries loaded with straw going north and west.
By Matt Dempsey on 21 September 2017
The difference in cattle quality and profitability really hot home for me last week.
By Matt Dempsey on 14 September 2017
The present CAP system lasts until 2020 and then, yet again, it is all up for grabs.
By Matt Dempsey on 14 September 2017
We have now bought in about one-third of the weanlings – the prices are all over the place with some much more expensive than last year and some much the same.
By Matt Dempsey on 07 September 2017
After a look at the electrical work and a general inspection of the yard, the visit was to my huge relief over.
By Matt Dempsey on 07 September 2017
On Sunday, we found a bull just back in the sheds to begin his final finishing period, dead.
By Matt Dempsey on 03 September 2017
There are areas where we are clearly getting it wrong and where we do not seem to learn. Among the standout failures is broadband.
By Matt Dempsey on 31 August 2017
There is still no indication of what barriers either technical or financial will apply to Irish beef and dairy products bound for the British market.
By Matt Dempsey on 17 August 2017
I had expected some significant recasting of national energy policy to be announced by Minister Denis Naughten at the Energy event in Gurteen.
By Matt Dempsey on 24 August 2017
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