Looking out my window this morning, the sky is grey and the radio just informed me that the weather will necessitate that the raingear and the wellies are the first things that go into the bag this evening when I pack for the Ploughing. Suffice to say, the weather this year continues to challenge us.

Last year at the Woman and Agriculture Conference, it was highlighted that there was a low level of female involvement in the executive council of the Irish Farmers’ Association. Since then, five woman have been elected as county chairs in the organisation. Although this is a positive development, more needs to be done and, in an effort to ensure greater diversity in the organisation into the future, IFA president Joe Healy has established a committee. The terms of reference are to ascertain what the barriers to involvement are and to make recommendations to break these barriers down. I have been asked to chair this committee.