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Opinion: four days can be a long time in the world of farming red tape
Pat O'Toole
The new requirement to report all slurry exports within four days followed within four days of a ministerial commitment to minimise red tape.
28 February 2024 News
Tillage area could fall by over 20,000ha
Current indications suggest that tillage area could fall by 20,000 to 30,000ha this year, as farmers struggle to compete for land and face low prices and wet weather.
28 February 2024 Renewables
AIB to source 80% of its electricity needs from Wexford solar farms
AIB’s commitment to purchasing power from these two sites was key to securing their construction, the bank has stated.
Almost 60,000t of organic feed required for next winter
The predicted demand includes 33,000t of concentrates, 20,000 of straights, 6,000t of protein feed along with 50,000 bales of fodder.
21 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.
15 February 2024 News
Will Brussels changes change anything?
While concessions announced by the European Commission on Tuesday seem like a win for protesting farmers, they should read the small print.
7 February 2024 Dealer
Organic Farming Scheme participants surpass 5,000
There were 1,050 new applications accepted in to the scheme in the latest tranche, bringing the area farmed to 225,000ha.
7 February 2024 News
What is in the draft biomethane strategy?
Last week, the Government launched a public consultation on the national biomethane strategy. Stephen Robb takes a look at what's in it.
7 February 2024 Renewables
No actions put in place to hit Government's tillage land target
The Government has a target to increase tillage area. Yet actions are not supporting this target and are actually contributing to the decline in area.
24 January 2024 News
Opinion: farmers, like the faithful, face the fear of the unknown
Watching The Traitors, a penny has dropped, writes Pat O'Toole. We exist in a constant state of uncertainty when we can't see all the pieces on the board.
20 January 2024 Opinion
Over 1,600ha of forestry planted in 2023
At 789ha, the area approved for planting in 2023 is down over 3,000ha on 2022, when 4,972ha was approved for planting.
6 January 2024 Forestry
Energy sector remains on track to exceed carbon budgets
Even if the full sweep of policies contained in the 2023 Climate Action Plan is implemented, the energy sector is likely to exceed its 2030 carbon budget, according to the SEAI. Stephen Robb reports.
3 January 2024 Renewables