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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.

A county council man came out to inspect the septic tank on the home farm.
By Matt Dempsey on 08 February 2018
It is no surprise that Eir dropped out of tendering to bring broadband to 500,000 houses and businesses.
By Matt Dempsey on 08 February 2018
As the downpipes from two of the slatted sheds were threatening to flood, we had to quickly find a solution.
By Matt Dempsey on 01 February 2018
The dairy sector is to be envied as the farming system in an Irish grass environment is relatively well developed with an inherent competitiveness.
By Matt Dempsey on 01 February 2018
We put on the narrow bucket on the digger and gingerly dug a channel to take the flowing water away.
By Matt Dempsey on 25 January 2018
Now is the time for a major international research effort to develop a whole suite of biodegradable plastic containers from agricultural products.
By Matt Dempsey on 25 January 2018
Education: while many may hate the points system, it has the merit of utter transparency.
By Matt Dempsey on 18 January 2018
With a four-wheel-drive tractor, fitted with wide tyres and a slurry tanker with low-ground-pressure tyres, I was amazed at the total absence of damage to the land.
By Matt Dempsey on 18 January 2018
He had that rare combination of intellect, common sense, compassion and a commitment to family, country, Europe and humanity.
By Matt Dempsey on 11 January 2018
Pie in the sky? Perhaps, but most of the basics are already in place.
By Matt Dempsey on 11 January 2018
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