Climate and environment

Dutch derogation phase-out plans branded a 'sham'
Noel Bardon
The final draft decision from Brussels shows that 2022 will be the final year that derogation farmers in the Netherlands will be permitted to reach the 250kg N/ha granted to Ireland.
30 September 2022 News
No problem in funding or supporting the AD sector – Green Party minister
Green Party Minister of State Ossian Smyth has said that anaerobic digestion is a well-understood technology and that there won’t be a problem in funding or supporting the sector.
30 September 2022 News
Boortmalt scraps energy charge but goes back on moisture bonus
Boortmalt is the biggest buyer of malt in Ireland and brought in a controversial energy charge this harvest.
Top tips for increasing biodiversity on your farm
Autumn is an important time for wildlife as they prepare for the winter, so it is recommended that farmers hold off hedge cutting until later in the season.
30 September 2022 Climate and environment
Footprint Farmers: Wagyu beef in Ballycrenode
Tipperary farmer Barry Powell discusses how he has introduced Wagyu beef into his farm to increase the sustainability of his dairy herd. Ellen Durkin reports.
28 September 2022 News
Your Ploughing solar PV questions answered
Stephen Robb runs through some of the key questions about solar PV systems which were asked at last week's National Ploughing Championships.
28 September 2022 Climate and environment
Autumn is a crucial time for water quality
The coming months are an important time for water quality. Risks are high for nutrient loss when land is wet and rainfall is more frequent.
28 September 2022 Climate and environment
Closed slurry period starts next week
The closed period for slurry application has been extended and will start earlier than usual this season.
28 September 2022 News
Meat processors double down on renewables
Meat processors Liffey Meats and college proteins have both lodged applications to develop significant renewable energy projects.
28 September 2022 News
Exempt farm environmental improvements from Mica levy – ICMSA
The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association said Government needs to “get their policy ducks in a row” when it comes to on-farm environmental improvements.
28 September 2022 News
€53m for National Parks and Wildlife Service in budget
The additional funding to the National Parks and Wildlife Service will see conservation ranger numbers almost double by the end of 2023.
28 September 2022 News
EU farm ministers push against Commission’s 150-cow permit plans
Applying the rules to a farm with 150 cows is "not justified" Ireland told the European Commission on Monday.
27 September 2022 EU