Weekly podcast: carbon target for farmers, Garda rural liaison and €4.80/kg beef
In this week's podcast, we hear from Ministers Creed and Bruton, gardaí who are establishing themselves as familiar faces in rural communities, Beef Plan meetings and young farmers tackling mental health.

 

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Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton spoke to Thomas Hubert about how the Government will assign a specific greenhouse gas emission target to farmers.

Carol Lynch, partner at BDO Customs and International Trade, told Thomas Hubert about the paperwork that would be involved in shipping agri food products to and from the UK in a no-deal Brexit.

Potential border checks post-Brexit will be confined to east/west checks across the Irish Sea, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said at the IFA AGM.

Founders of the 'Make Moove - Farmer's Matter' initiative, Jonathan Dwyer and John Keane from north Tipperary Macra na Feirme, spoke to Hannah Quinn-Mulligan in Roscrea at the launch of their mental health initiative.

Anthony Culleton, Macra na Feirme's current Mr Personality speaks candidly about his own battle with mental health difficulties and appeals to others to speak about their problems.

Detective Sergeant Barry Turner spoke to Odile Evans about a new rural liason initiative aimed at fighting crime.

Founder of the Beef Plan Movement Eamonn Corley told Barry Cassidy about a number of rules that the group wants to see changed as it considers them to be anti-competitive.

Founder of the Beef Plan, Hugh Doyle has revoked his membership of the IFA until he receives an apology for comments made by one of the IFA regional chairs on local radio.

Cary Languirand of Gloricent International told a gathering of farmers at the Meath Beef Plan meeting that his company could pay farmers €4.80/kg for beef to export to China.

Barry Cassidy spoke to Gerry Loftus of the INHFA and Save Leitrim movement during their protest outside Dáil Éireann on the issue of Sitka spruce planting in the county.

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Survey: what do you expect from green fertilisers?
Cork academics researching the potential of recycling waste into fertilisers want to hear from farmers on their requirements for these products.

Cork Institute of Technology is running an online survey to collect farmers' views on recycling-derived fertiliser, which includes processed animal manure, urban waste including household food waste, catering waste or green cuttings from recreational areas as well as human waste in the form of sewage sludge.

Import-reliant

"Currently, crop production in the EU is heavily dependent on the import of P-containing [phosphoros] mineral fertilisers, while the production of mineral N [nitrogen] fertiliser requires large amounts of energy," the academics said.

"Paradoxically, however, there are several regions with a nutrient surplus in northwestern Europe," the academics said.

Technologies to recover nutrients from waste are available on the market

Their research is part of an EU-funded project looking into the potential of recycled fertilisers across Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany.

Technologies to recover nutrients from waste are available on the market, but researchers said that until now they have remained little-used by farmers.

Requirements

"It is essential that the end product fulfils farmers’ requirements," said Cork IT lecturer Niamh Power.

"The objective of the survey is to determine the desired properties recycling-derived fertilisers are required to have, to encourage their use over mineral fertilisers.

"This is a great opportunity for the farming community to have their voice heard about what they consider important."

Click here to take the survey, which comprises of 29 questions and takes around 15 minutes to complete.

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The farmer's daily wrap: inspections, milk price and silage 2019
Here is your news round-up of the five top farming stories and weather outlook for 16 February 2019.

Weather forecast

Met Éireann has said that there will be some mist or drizzle at times on Saturday morning, but most places will be dry during the day.

More general rain is forecast to develop along the west coast by evening.

It will be mild and breezy, with highs of 10°C to 12°C in southerly winds.

In the news

  • In pictures: silage 2019 kicks off in February in Kilkenny.
  • The board of Aurivo met on Friday and increased its January milk price.
  • Farmers are being driven out of business by over-zealous and unaccountable inspectors, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has said.
  • Applications for the BEEP scheme, which has a funding provision of €20m, will be accepted up to and including next Friday 22 February.
  • Some 66 projects from across the country will be allocated funding of €62m under the €1bn rural regeneration and development fund.
  • Coming up this Saturday

  • Good week/bad week.
  • Nathan Tuffy reports from Balla Mart.
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