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Colm McCarthy - Green diesel should not be seen as a handout to farmers
Colm McCarthy
The farm organisations should be concerned that the Irish arrangements for green diesel are being characterised as a subsidy to farming.
20 March 2024 News
Slow Green Deal timeline and ban machinery subsidies, say EU farm contractors
'Overly ambitious' EU Green Deal timelines and 'farmer machinery subsidies' are the key issues driving contractors to participate in farmer protests across Europe, writes Claire McCormack.
13 March 2024 Northern Ireland
A lot of positives in new beef scheme
John Egerton doesn’t share the view of many others when it comes to the Beef Carbon Reduction Scheme.
Polish farmer border blockade intensifies
Poland, Greece, Italy, the Czech Republic and Wales, as well as Ireland, are among the countries where farmer protest were held this week.
21 February 2024 News
Farmer Writes: Days of industrious farmers are gone
Soon there will probably be no native whitethorn propagation and it’ll be all imported stock, which risks bringing the fire blight disease.
14 February 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer protests sweep across Europe
Anne O'Donoghue and Noel Bardon examine the spread of farmer protests across the EU and what drove protest action in the EU agricultural powerhouses of Germany, France, Poland and Belgium.
7 February 2024 News
10,000 tractors descend on Berlin to cap farmers’ protest week
President of the German Farmers’ Association Joachim Rukwied said he was disappointed no further progress was made with the government towards fully reinstating the green diesel subsidy.
17 January 2024 News
German farmers bring cities to a standstill
Deutscher Bauernverband, of the German Farmers’ Association (DBV), is primarily organising the protests.
10 January 2024 News
Making the most of what the Dublin Cattle Market offered
A northside Dubliner by birth, Paddy Gernon – who died earlier this month – was a successful live exporter who shipped thousands of cattle to Britain, the Continent and beyond.
26 December 2023 News
Problems to address for ground nesting birds
"We heard at the Teagasc uplands conference in Westport in November that ground nesting birds will not nest within 700 metres of the forest for fear of predators" - Ger Roarty, Co Donegal.
13 December 2023 Letters
Crop insurance and farm subsidies still eclipse conservation in US farm policy
Claire McCormack speaks to Jonathan Coppess, associate professor of agricultural policy and law, at the University of Illinois, about the US Farm Bill and the Trump vote among farmers.
6 December 2023 Feature
Schemes and finance: Flood relief, equine breeding and renewable subsidies
Irish funding is being allocated to Shannon Callows farmers and for equine projects, while the EU Commission has approved major funding for renewables in Czechia and Finland.
8 November 2023 Schemes