All the latest opinion and comments on the Irish agricultural industry from the Farmers Journal editorial team.

Forage crops could help land access issues
Siobhán Walsh
There are many things that can be done to free up land. One is to encourage tillage and livestock farmers to work together to produce forage crops.
22 March 2023 News
Tax-free leasing and carbon footprints needed for tillage
This week we publish more opinions and suggestions from tillage farmers on how to support the sector. Thanks to all who have been getting in touch.
22 March 2023 Viewpoints
Colm McCarthy: financial regulators react to banking crisis
European banks, including the main surviving Irish ones, have better capital buffers, more cautious lending policies and better supervision than was the case during the bubble.
Home Farm: farm timetable at a standstill
There is little point in panicking about things I can do nothing about.
22 March 2023 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: farming in a wide world
The temptation to re-establish the UK/Irish trade in live lambs for slaughter without the tedium of customs checks etc may well prove to be irresistible.
22 March 2023 Viewpoints
Changing to biomethane tractors
Decarbonising agriculture will be one of the biggest engineering challenges of our lifetime writes Thomas Duffy.
22 March 2023 Climate and environment
Market corrections catch out farmers and merchants who forward bought fertiliser
Market correction in fertiliser prices penalises anyone holding expensively purchased stock.
19 March 2023 News
Opinion: could we see a farmer/citizen party in Ireland?
The stunning success of the BBB in Dutch elections may have set some in rural Ireland thinking if it's time for a similar movement here.
18 March 2023 Opinion
Readers' views: tillage exodus can and should be stopped
From representation on State boards to tax incentives and co-operation with livestock farmers, the Irish Farmers Journal's readers have many different opinions.
15 March 2023 News
Home Farm: all bought-in young cattle back in
Now the whole place has greened up as the soft moisture washes in the slurry and stimulates grass growth.
15 March 2023 Viewpoints
What is an appropriate level of pay for the CEO of an Irish food company?
Broadly on a five year basis, the company had grown sales and the company has recovered well after the COVID-19 setbacks.
15 March 2023 Viewpoints
Inflation eating away at farm payments
Just over £300m in direct payments is due to come to NI farmers in 2023.
15 March 2023 Northern Ireland