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State paying up €3,700/ac for raised bog
Declan O'Brien
In excess of 59ac of raised bog have been purchased since 2020 by the State under the Voluntary Bog Purchase Scheme.
Emissions trends in agriculture and land use ‘not promising’
An increasing dairy herd and a higher-emitting sheep sector rose agricultural emissions in 2021.
Target still to come for land use and forestry
The EPA has submitted to Government a "refinement" to its reporting of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with land use, according to Minister McConalogue.
Editorial: matching political sound bites and promises with farm reality
Promises of money from the EU for managing soil carbon stocks once EU regulation is enacted in a number of years is hard to bank when you have family commitments and loans to meet.
20 July 2022 Viewpoints
Farmland rewetting measures rolled back in scale
Brussels has amended its draft nature restoration law, possibly to the benefit of those farming on peatlands.
Restoration measures cannot be forced on farmers – EU farmer group
An EU-level group representing farmers and co-ops has said that CAP strategic plans will not do enough to reach the targets proposed by Brussels and that further action will be needed.
14 June 2022 News
UK farmers receiving private funds to rewet peatlands
Central to securing private sector funding for the initiative was ensuring “trust and confidence” in the system, as well as the accurate measuring of the carbon. sequestered by the restored peatlands.
13 June 2022 News
Anticipation building as opening of AECM edges closer
Confirmation of the exact specifics of the flagship agri-environment scheme are expected towards the end as the European Commission finalises details of Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan 2023-2027.
8 June 2022 Schemes
Carbon farming must address biodiversity too – EU organics group
Carbon farming projects should seek to achieve objectives beyond simply sequestering carbon, according to IFOAM Organics Europe.
2 May 2022 News
Coillte's €2bn plan includes 100,000ha of new forests by 2050
Coillte's plan is to create 1,200 jobs in rural communities "to enable the just transition to a low carbon economy in Ireland".
27 April 2022 Forestry
Coillte pledges to plant 100,000ha of new forestry
The semi-State forestry company said that the new strategy will support the creation of 1,200 direct and indirect jobs over the next five to 10 years.
21 April 2022 News