All the latest farming news, comments and editorial opinions from Irish Farmers Journal editor Justin McCarthy

Time to take stock of €100m European Innovation spend
Jack Kennedy
Almost €100m to be spent on European Innovation Partnership (EIP) projects from 2023.
30 November 2022 Viewpoints
Big spending on carbon measurement, but big thinking is needed also
Knowing the benefits of sequestrating carbon that farmers all over Ireland can participate in is paramount to any real change at farm level.
23 November 2022 Viewpoints
Clear vision needed to manage beef shift
Farmers are losing out right now relative to market returns.
Tillage scheme a positive but leaves farmers in a quandary none the less
With many challenges impacting food production, Rachael Doak wants people to understand how much of an impact politics and war have on farming
23 November 2022 Editorial
Burren and SUAS Wicklow schemes show what can be done
It is also fair to say that ACRES isn’t perfect and should be allowed to evolve.
23 November 2022 Viewpoints
Forestry – a new dawn for a stalled industry?
The development of a verifiable carbon market for farming is critical.
16 November 2022 Viewpoints
Merchant dilemma, including working capital challenges
No doubt any risk and potential softening has or had been built into the higher prices that farmers paid.
16 November 2022 Viewpoints
Food and farming makes rural Ireland tick
We need everyone, including farmers to understand the benefits of food and farming.
9 November 2022 Viewpoints
Forestry programme has major implications
Locking land into forestry long-term or planting maybe marginal land can now attain attractive incentives.
9 November 2022 Viewpoints
Making sure the tillage toolbox is up to the challenge
Is the 15 t/ha target Andy Doyle talks about achievable with lower artificial nitrogen?
9 November 2022 Viewpoints
Push towards lower stocking rates and lower output
For all those submitting to the organic scheme by the 9 December deadline, plan for conventional prices and a policy of grow your own with on farm nutrients.
2 November 2022 Viewpoints
Move needs to be made on forestry premiums
There should be a bounce in 2023 planting if the forestry premiums can be nailed down.
2 November 2022 Viewpoints