So, what will farmers think about Budget 2017? In my last farmer writes piece for www.farmersjournal.ie, I outlined my wish list of things I would like to see in the budget from a farmer’s perspective.

Looking at the bigger picture, the Department of Agriculture’s current budget is being increased by 9%. This increased funding is targeted at the Rural Development Programme, through the Green Low Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) and a new animal welfare scheme for sheep. This increase in funding will lead to an expected 50,000 farmers participating in GLAS. All very welcome measures.