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

Colm McCarthy: our water and electricity shortages
Colm McCarthy
The two national utilities responsible for electric power and water are clearly uncomfortable with the IDA’s enthusiasm for more data centres.
Farmers doing more and more for less
10 April 2024 Northern Ireland
Farmers doing more and more for less
Current support to farmers has been relatively static for 20 years so is being eaten away by inflation
Home Farm: solid ground at last
10 April 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: solid ground at last
All the cattle were brought back in after the deluge in the middle of last week, and to give the ground a chance to recover.
Dempsey at Large: European farm taxes vary wildly
Normally in this country, tax debates focus on the corporate taxes paid by multinationals and businesses, but the discretion given to member states is almost unlimited.
10 April 2024 Viewpoints
Opinion: reasons to be cheerful - parts one to four
With all the awful weather, farmers need to focus on the positives as best they can and wait with optimism for the weather to change.
6 April 2024 Opinion
Farmers part of a game around trade
UK trade talks with Canada have broken down, partly due to Canadian demands around beef
3 April 2024 Northern Ireland
Home Farm: wet weather still slowing progress
On the tillage side, land has certainly got firmer and the water level in what I use as an indicator ditch has dropped significantly.
3 April 2024 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: What a difference a year makes
The European Commission President went out of her way to assure European farmers that she appreciated their work in providing safe, nutritious food for Europe's population.
3 April 2024 Viewpoints
Prospects for Ireland's capital budget
It is a gamble to promise indefinite expansion of the capital programme.
3 April 2024 Viewpoints
Crop insurance: we’re not in Kansas now
Is crop insurance really suited to Ireland? Is price insurance a better option for a country with some of the highest yields in the world?
2 April 2024 News
Agri-Food Regulator reports 'good progress' in early dialogues
Agri-Food Regulator has clear directions on unfair trading practices legislation, but will have to find their own way on bringing transparency to the supply chain.
29 March 2024 News
Home Farm: some progress at last
Some of the headlands have effectively no crop at all. It’s not just a low plant population - it’s a total absence of any plants.
27 March 2024 Viewpoints