Climate and environment

New research: proving Irish grain has low carbon emissions
Siobhán Walsh
Irish oats are close to carbon neutral, according to new research, and the carbon footprint of Irish grain is likely much lower than estimated.
IFA warns losing derogation would hit climate targets
15 February 2024 News
IFA warns losing derogation would hit climate targets
Leaving dairy farmers at 170kg N/ha could scupper the State's forestry and organics targets, the IFA has told the Oireachtas agriculture committee.
Planting trees to capture ammonia on Limerick dairy farm
14 February 2024 Footprint Farmers
Planting trees to capture ammonia on Limerick dairy farm
Planting a tree belt can be an effective way to reduce ammonia emissions from farm buildings, while simultaneously providing a lively habitat for biodiversity, writes Emma Hart.
See inside the lab that tests your seed
Seed is a hot topic this year as there is a shortage. Over 10,000 tests are carried out on seed by the Department of Agriculture.
14 February 2024 News
Passionate about preserving hedgerows
Hedgerows Ireland is a Tipperary-based national group dedicated to all aspects of hedgerows including promotion, conservation, management and payments.
14 February 2024 Climate and environment
Reflections on a career as a farming consultant in Co Clare
After almost three decades as a farm adviser, Patsy Carrucan was happy to retire from the growing workload, ‘trickier’ applications and ever-shrinking timeframes involved, writes Brendan Dunford.
7 February 2024 Footprint Farmers
California making methane progress
Breeding more methane efficient animals is permanent and constructive, Prof Frank Mitloehner said.
7 February 2024 Climate and environment
Tightening EU regulations under fire at ICSA AGM
Farmers were heavily critical of EU Green Deal and the power of Brussels in Irish farming policy at the ICSA's annual conference last week.
7 February 2024 News
‘Urgent intervention’ needed for hen harrier to survive
The agricultural sector has significant capacity to implement landscape scale changes that can be optimised for the hen harrier, according to the report.
2 February 2024 Climate and environment
Managing the threats posed by extreme weather
One of the big changes in weather forecasting has been the introduction of formal warning systems. Klara Finkele of AgMet talks to the Irish Farmers Journal about how these systems work.
31 January 2024 Climate and environment
Teagasc releases its first carbon footprint figures for Irish grain
The first carbon footprint figures from Teagasc for Irish grain were detailed at the National Tillage conference this week. It’s big news for Irish tillage.
31 January 2024 News
Ideas for farm schemes sought for €3bn nature fund
The fact that the State's €3.15bn climate and nature fund is a capital fund remains challenging to the funding of agri-environmental schemes, but Government remains open to ideas.
31 January 2024 Climate and environment