Strong uptake of Tier 1 grant scheme in NI
There has been a considerable uptake of the second tranche of the Tier 1 capital grant element of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme in Northern Ireland.

DAERA (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs) has announced that 2,996 applications were submitted for the Tier 1 capital grant element of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme before the deadline at the beginning of February.

The scheme provides up to 40% grant funding for equipment and machinery costing between £5,000 and £30,000.

The department has said that the total budget for the second tranche of the scheme is expected to be £7.5m, although this is subject to final approvals.

Applications will be ranked according to the points-based selection criteria and the first letters of offer will be sent out to successful applicants following budget approval.

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Second tranche of Tier 1 opens

Competitive process retained in Tier 1 grant

Watch: Keeping children safe on farms
On the fourth day of #FarmSafetyWeek, the focus is on keeping children safe on the farm.

Between 2007 and 2016, a total of 23 children lost their lives due to farm accidents. The focus for the fourth day of farm safety week, is educating children about the dangers of farms.

“Summer is a particularly dangerous time for children on farms as they’re off school and are about more when work activity is running at a very high level - often with contractors on-site operating potentially dangerous vehicles and machinery,” said Caroline Farrell, IFA farm family chair.

Agri Aware the agri-food educational body has a number of resources focusing on farm safety including the “Once Upon a Farm” farm safety awareness video.

“The first step is educating people, especially children,” said Agri Aware chair Richard Moeran. “If we can instil in their minds, from an early age, an awareness of the dangers on the farm, and help them to form good farm safety habits, that lesson will be with them for a lifetime.”

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Crossing cows across busy main road a 'farm safety issue'

Weekly podcast: harvest 2018, Glanbia Cheese and Farm Safety Week
In this week's podcast, we get the latest news from the harvest, join Glanbia Cheese in Portlaoise where its new factory will be built and discuss ways of raising awareness on farm safety.

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Tillage editor Andy Doyle and tillage reporter Stephen Robb join news correspondent Thomas Hubert for an update on the 2018 harvest.

In Portlaoise, agribusiness editor Eoin Lowry speaks to Paul Vernon, chief executive of Glanbia Cheese, about the company's new mozzarella venture.

Beyond Farm Safety Week, Deidre O'Shea, chief executive of Agri Aware, tells Irish Farmers Journal reporter Una Sinnott about the work that goes into creating awareness of farm safety throughout the whole school and farming year.

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