Weekly podcast: Ploughing plans, renewables, Brexit and social farming
In this week's podcast, we hear from ploughman Eamonn Tracey, participants in social farming, British farmers battling the anti-farmer movement and TDs and MEPs on Brexit.

 

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National Farmers' Union (NFU) vice president Stuart Roberts told David Wright about how to respond to the various critics of agriculture.

Fianna Fáil’s agriculture spokesperson Charlie McConalogue told Thomas Hubert that the Government must speed up agricultural preparations for a hard Brexit.

World Ploughing champion Eamonn Tracey chaired the first public meeting to organise next September's National Ploughing Championships. He told Pat O'Toole about the location and scale of the event.

Conor Sampson spoke to Dr Aisling Moroney and some of the participants involved in Social Farming Ireland.

Amy Forde asked Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton about his plans for solar panels and biogas on farms.

At the European Parliament, Phelim O'Neill asked MEPs Mairead McGuinness and Matt Carthy for their position on proposed rules to make the food chain fairer to farmers.

While in Brussels, Phelim also asked MEP Sean Kelly for his views on preparation for a no-deal Brexit and an update on CAP 2020 progress.

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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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