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

Farmers will follow the money
Phelim O'Neill
This week's budget is the latest step in encouraging farmers away from production towards lifestyle farming.
1 October 2022 Opinion
Opinion: Budget 2023 could be an election budget
The most leaked Irish budget ever could be this Government’s swansong. If it is, Saturday’s Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis is the start of the long lead-in to a marshalling of the canvassing armies.
28 September 2022 Viewpoints
EU-UK deal on plant and veterinary issues could unblock the Protocol impasse
The US needs the EU and the UK to be seen to be working together and pooling their resources, writes John Bruton.
Sustainability isn’t just about the environment
With a new sustainability payment on the horizon, as well as a new sustainability body, it is a term NI farmers will have to get used to.
28 September 2022 Northern Ireland
Home Farm: Winter approaches
Beef farmers' attitudes to autumn supplementation while cattle are still at grass vary.
28 September 2022 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: Contrasting two countries
Politics matters hugely in the development of a country.
28 September 2022 Viewpoints
Colm McCarthy: clarity needed on plan for energy rationing
Favour should surely be shown to exporters which use energy but which have deep linkages back into the Irish economy.
28 September 2022 Viewpoints
Take the positive tillage vibes from Government
Tillage farming is now being recognised as a low emissions sector and the sector should embrace this recognition.
25 September 2022 News
Energy security: findings from the CEPA report
The status of Ireland as a non-nuclear, anti-fracking, citadel of virtue is an affectation.
21 September 2022 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: drop in European grain harvest
Stark messages from the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.
21 September 2022 Viewpoints
DAERA serves up more fines than before
With farm penalties applied by DAERA near doubling in 2021 it points to rules being more strictly enforced
21 September 2022 Northern Ireland
Home Farm: high silage intakes
On the tillage side, we are consciously slightly delaying the sowing of the winter barley
21 September 2022 Viewpoints