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New charter to tackle retailer price pressure on horticulture growers
Caitríona Morrissey
Irish growers are particularly punished by the pricing system compared with their European counterparts, a new Government strategy has outlined.
12 April 2023 Footprint Farmers
Busy as a bee on Tykillen Farm
Tykillen Farm in Crossabeg, Co Wexford, is gearing up for a busy bee season.
2 March 2023 News
Department anaerobic digestion strategy in the works
Grass will be the primary feedstock of anaerobic digesters planned to reduce carbon emissions.
€2.4m investment in 70 new walking trails welcomed by IFA
The IFA's National Hill Farming Committee has welcomed proposed plans for 70 new walking trails, as part of the Embracing Ireland’s Outdoor scheme.
26 February 2023 News
Dingle farmers celebrating sustainability
West Kerry farmers gathered to mark the end of a year-long sustainability project ‘Corca Dhuibhne Inbhuanaithe – A Creative Imagining’.
20 January 2023 Diversification
New farm renewable electricity scheme set for 2023
A new scheme to encourage farmers to develop renewable electricity projects is set to be launched later in 2023.
11 January 2023 News
Roll-back on red tape for rooftop solar panels
Most farmers will soon be permitted to cover as much shed roof space with solar panels as they wish, without needing to apply for planning permissions.
30 September 2022 News
Cutting against the grain: Ardee butcher reopens abattoir after 13 years
Although the abattoir had been operating since last year, Commissioner McGuinness formally reopened the unit on Commins’s Co Louth farm.
28 September 2022 News
Watch: organic farming questions answered at ACA farm walk
Adam Woods reports from a well-attended Agricultural Consultants Association (ACA) organic farm walk in Co Offaly.
8 September 2022 Management
Many benefits to conservation grazing in the uplands
Conservation grazing is an important tool for managing habitats and enhancing biodiversity.
2 September 2022 Diversification
Dairy farmers could be hit with energy tariff at peak milking time
The changes could affect dairy, pig and poultry farmers in particular if adopted.
31 August 2022 Diversification
Energy sold into grid must move with retail prices - MREF
Some energy providers have moved to pay farmers 14c/kWh for the surplus electricity generated on farms.
23 August 2022 Diversification