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

Opinion: Ryan is leaving, but Martin seems set to stay
Pat O'Toole
In a week of announcements and departures, it seems the Tanaiste is going absolutely nowhere.
EU imports from South America also increase global warming
19 June 2024 Viewpoints
EU imports from South America also increase global warming
Importing beef into the EU from Mercosur countries will increase global warming, writes Dr Myles Rath, formerly of the UCD School of Agriculture.
Good and bad in Labour party plans
19 June 2024 Opinion
Good and bad in Labour party plans
The British Labour Party manifesto includes some positive commitments, but nothing on future farm funding.
Dempsey at Large: Tough spring in Estonia
Estonia, as a country, has become a poster boy for what can be achieved by a country that has emerged from the oppressiveness of a communist regime.
19 June 2024 Viewpoints
Colm McCarthy: Should MetroLink be a national priority?
Dublin airport - the choice of a passenger cap by the planners is a curious target.
19 June 2024 Viewpoints
Tillage needs investment to play its part in sustainable Irish agriculture
The tillage sector can play a key role in making Irish agriculture more sustainable and environmentally friendly, writes Siobhán Walsh.
19 June 2024 News
Opinion: when opportunity knocks, perhaps you should open the door
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil seem to have dismissed the prospect of a summer election, but it might be their best chance of being returned to power.
17 June 2024 Opinion
Reconsidering our nuclear options
There could easily be a mid-course correction to Ireland’s declared policy should an affordable nuclear alternative emerge, offering always-on power with very low emissions.
12 June 2024 Viewpoints
Vital role for AFBI research in NI ag
Two major open days are planned at AFBI Hillsborough on 18 and 19 June.
12 June 2024 Northern Ireland
Home Farm: first cut silage now complete
We delayed cutting to let the dock spray work fully over the three week recommended period between spraying and cutting.
12 June 2024 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: weather and income insurance
It would be a pity if the report of the Food Vision tillage group was left to gather dust as the party political machines prepare for the looming general election.
12 June 2024 Viewpoints
Opinion: Kelleher, Cowen and co get a dose of Andrews' Liversalts
The Fianna Fáil candidate for the Dublin constituency set the cat among the, er, dairy cows, as he stated his opposition to the nitrates derogation days before polling.
8 June 2024 Opinion