Opinion: there’s no victory for farming in a culture war
Pat O'Toole
If a political movement is to emerge in rural Ireland, it would be better for it to focus on issues rather than ideology, writes Pat O’Toole.
22 March 2023 News
Farmer party comes from nowhere to top Dutch elections
The surge of the Farmer-Citizen Movement to become the biggest single force in representative politics in the Netherlands is a reflection of resistance to government action on farming’s footprint.
22 March 2023 News
Current policies won't deliver 2050 land use target, report shows
The EPA-commissioned report on land use conducted by the Atlantic Technological University shows how far short current polices will fall from carbon neutrality in 2050.
Fertiliser market frozen by wet weather
The stand-off over old fertiliser stock continues as wet weather slows sales.
22 March 2023 News
Opinion: could we see a farmer/citizen party in Ireland?
The stunning success of the BBB in Dutch elections may have set some in rural Ireland thinking if it's time for a similar movement here.
18 March 2023 Opinion
Fertiliser prices in freefall
The IFA's importation of fertiliser over €100/t below merchant and co-op prices has exposed a fragile market as prices fall daily.
15 March 2023 News
Stand-off in fertiliser trade as imports hit
Farmers, merchants and fertiliser importers are currently in a three-way stand-off, as weather and prices combine to see little fertiliser moving, write PatO’Toole and Kieran Mailey.
15 March 2023 News
IFA grain committee buys Northern Irish nitrogen for €560/t
The IFA's grain committee is importing fertiliser from Northern Ireland to demonstrate the gap in prices on the island.
14 March 2023 News
‘I will be holding politicians to account’ - Macra's next president
Elaine Houlihan will soon become the 39th president of Macra na Feirme. The Limerick woman spoke to Pat O'Toole about where Macra is and where she wants to lead it.
8 March 2023 News
Farmer officers could be held personally liable for awards against IFA
The IFA's national council heard of the option of incorporation, which would protect them and their successors from personal liability for awards against the IFA.
8 March 2023 News
IFA consider governance changes
The options outlined include delegating some responsibilities to the National Officers Committe, which could be augmented to evolved into a board to better handle new responsibilities.
8 March 2023 News
Boortmalt offers €300/t forward price for malting barley
Boortmalt has offered a second forward price for the 2023 harvest. It's €20/t back on the December 2022 offer.
6 March 2023 Markets