Job creation continues apace in the Irish agri food industry, with over 11,200 jobs created over the last five years. Between 2015 and 2018, the number of jobs created each year was somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 across companies surveyed by the Irish Farmers Journal. This year slowed a little, with just under 1,500 jobs created.

That said, it was an uncertain year in agriculture, with Brexit scheduled to happen twice but postponed, and a summer of protests at factory gates over beef prices. Some 72 companies were surveyed by the Irish Farmers Journal this year, from processing to state agencies and ag tech to merchant companies.