Climate and environment
Ireland best in Europe for farm carbon monitoring
Caitríona Morrissey
A network of 28 carbon flux towers dotted all over the country will generate Ireland-specific information on carbon emissions and sequestration which may influence future farming policies.
17 July 2024 News
EPA cuts beef and sheep emissions estimates
The EPA revised beef and sheep sector emissions downwards from the previous emissions estimates.
More water quality rules needed - Muir
The current NAP includes rules around closed periods for spreading slurry and fertiliser, as well as minimum slurry storage requirements.
Emissions tax on its way for Denmark’s farmers
With New Zealand reversing its decision on a carbon tax for agriculture, Denmark is the first country in the world to have a start date for a carbon tax on farmers.
7 July 2024 News
Tesco to switch to biomethane transport fleet
In a significant move, Tesco Ireland has taken delivery of 50 state-of-the-art biomethane-fuelled trucks, which will operate across its country-wide distribution network.
4 July 2024 News
Call for forestry representation on carbon working group
The Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) has called for forestry to be represented in the Department of Agriculture carbon farming working group.
3 July 2024 Forestry
Climate-neutral Ireland could require 30% cut to beef and milk - EPA research
Sweeping changes to Ireland's agricultural output, forestry plantings and soil management would be required to reach net zero by 2050, new research published has suggested.
Tillage Podcast: varieties, carbon and prices
This week, we hear about being paid for low-carbon barley, new varieties and have all the tillage news from this week’s paper.
27 June 2024 News
FarmPEAT: the farmed peat pilot scheme
A pilot project operating in the midlands gives an insight into some of the measures farmers on peat soils could deploy for carbon farming income.
Farmers can claim and sell carbon credits - EU official
A senior Commission maintains that selling carbon credits outside of the farming sector will not impact the sector's emissions reduction targets.
26 June 2024 News
Price bonus offered for carbon-certified barley
Some farmers are paid for taking part in sustainability and regenerative agriculture programmes. However, some are not paid, but receive soil sampling or seed.
26 June 2024 News
Carbon counting is not without pitfalls, farmers warned
A Teagasc conference heard that expectations on carbon farming should be managed to avoid over-promising its income opportunities to farmers.