Farming as a career can be a tough gig to make money from. Just ask beef farmers in 2018. At the Agri Careers Expo on 14 February at the RDS, one of the most memorable panel discussions was Taking Back the Value Chain, hosted by Irish Farmers Journal’s news editor, Catríona Morrissey.

The discussion centered around how diversifying a farming enterprise and finding new revenue streams are extremely beneficial. The speakers on the panel were Caroline Keeling of Keeling’s; Pat Lalor of Kilbeggan Organic Foods and Alan Kingston of Glenillen Farm. What was obvious throughout the discussion was their desire for positive change and innovation in their business.