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Matt Dempsey
Matt Dempsey

Chairman of The Agricultural Trust

01 419 9500


Matt Dempsey retired as Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal after 25 years in March 2013. He is Chairman of The Agricultural Trust, publishers of the Irish Farmers Journal and The Irish Field. He is a former President of the European Agricultural Publishers Association and the Irish Grassland Association. He is President of the RDS having been Chairman of the Board for 10 years. Also, Matt is a past Chair of the National Agricultural Research Institute and ACOT, the national advisory and education body before their amalgamation into Teagasc. A graduate in Agricultural Science from UCD, he also runs an intensive tillage and beef farm in Co Kildare. In 2010, Matt was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from University College Dublin. In September 2011, Matt was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate (DLitt) from Harper Adams University. Matt is a member of the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland and in 2012, Matt was appointed Chairman of the National Newspapers of Ireland. In 2013, Matt was appointed as Chairman of the Irish National Stud. Matt is also Chairman of the Board of IdentiGEN, a leading provider of DNA-based solutions to the agri-food industry with operations in Ireland, UK, USA and Canada.

The refusal of policymakers to be guided by science rather than NGO stridency is striking and difficult to explain.
By Matt Dempsey on 09 November 2017
While the normal farming continues, there is no point in pretending that my confidence in the long-term future of my current mix of enterprises has not been severely dented.
By Matt Dempsey on 16 November 2017
A varied week but a common thread of Irish inventiveness and application.
By Matt Dempsey on 16 November 2017
There will always be investors who will develop necessary infrastructure if future profits are visible so we should not live in a fool's paradise.
By Matt Dempsey on 07 November 2017
He wondered what long-term future I saw for the farm and if I saw a dairy farming partnership as a possibility.
By Matt Dempsey on 09 November 2017
All the costs stayed roughly the same, while some slightly increased. The net result was a collapse in profitability in beef production.
By Matt Dempsey on 02 November 2017
As fertility builds up, sod strength seems to weaken and ground seems to become more liable to poaching.
By Matt Dempsey on 26 October 2017
It is very clear that consumer protection, service and welfare rank far down the Central Bank’s agenda.
By Matt Dempsey on 26 October 2017
Farmland as an asset class is intrinsically different from an office block in Ballsbridge. To lump them in together is bizarre.
By Matt Dempsey on 19 October 2017
On the cattle side, despite the care we take with the new weanlings, we still have occasional mortality at this time of the year – one died of either bloat or fog fever.
By Matt Dempsey on 22 October 2017
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