Climate and environment
Rewetting will not stop farming - TDs
Noel Bardon
Some TDs and senators have sought to assure farmers that rewetting peats will not mean completely stopping animals from grazing.
Review nitrates derogation and end drainage of peatlands – report
The committee also agreed that “all farmers need to know what their greenhouse has emissions are and how these are affected when they change their farm output and farming practices”.
‘Targeted action’ needed to restore water quality – EPA report
The EPA released its Water Quality in Ireland Report 2016-2021, which shows that water quality in Ireland is not as good as it should be.
Westmeath farmer fined €2,000 for putting in a drain
The farmer was convicted under the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011-2021. The case taken for wildlife crime is the 26th such conviction this year.
10 October 2022 News
Farmers being paid to remove nitrogen from water
As part of his Nuffield scholarship, Laois dairy farmer Bruce Thompson visited farms in the UK and US that are extracting nitrates from water and getting paid to do so.
28 September 2022 Management
VistaMilk using satellites to collect real-time data on farm soils
The satellites can hone in on an area as small as 10 metres squared.
21 September 2022 News
Fleming Agri Products make return to National Ploughing
Fleming Agri Products is set to return to this year’s National Ploughing Championships in Laois with an extensive range of tractor mounted equipment.
19 September 2022 Farm machinery
Farmer Writes: another year, another drought
Overall we have reduced nitrogen use this year and were able to skip a round during the good growth in May, writes Thomas Duffy.
14 September 2022 Farmer Writes
Proposed peat compost ban for NI dropped
The proposed ban would have had significant implications for the NI horticulture sector, particularly mushroom growers.
17 August 2022 Northern Ireland
Field scoring leaves farmer ACRES payments uncertain
Farmers in certain ACRES actions may find their payments dropping if field scores deteriorate in years three and five of the scheme.
Five farm maintenance jobs for mid-summer
Farm maintenance is a never-ending task. Where the workload has eased between jobs such as silage, outlined are some maintenance jobs to consider carrying out.
23 July 2022 Management