The Irish Farmers Journal and open eir Agri Careers Fair made headlines last week because the numbers looked good – nobody could deny that 1,120 jobs made for a great news story and when word got out that we had to shut the doors on several occasions because the crowd was so big, the national media, and in turn everybody else, looked up.

Justin McCarthy said in his editorial in this paper last week that farming had been forgotten in the election campaign. We hope the Agri Careers Fair helped prove that agriculture is crucial to rebuilding the economy and that many people are turning to this industry in their quest to find employment.