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New IFA president on reform and CAP

Tim Cullinan speaks to deputy news editor Amy Forde on CAP and reform of the IFA.

Varadkar on farming, markets and Mercosur

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addressed the IFA AGM on fighting for farmers and Mercosur.

CAP budget must be fully funded – McConalogue

All farmers will see a drop in direct payments from Europe unless the CAP budget is fully funded, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on agriculture Charlie McConalogue has said.

‘We just cannot survive on the incomes we’re making’

CAP, Brexit and beef prices are all priorities for IFA regional and county officers this year. Marcella Connolly reports from the IFA AGM.

‘There’s inherent bias in research on plant-based diets’

Food scientist at Brussels University Frederic Leroy says almost all research claims on the sustainability of plant-based diets are false. Speaking to Lorcan Allen, the Irish Farmers Journal climate change specialist, Leroy says there is often inherent bias in research on plant-based diets with no emphasis placed on the nutritional value of plant-based products and their impact on food systems.

Where are Ireland's hedgerows?

News correspondent Barry Cassidy hears from UCD's Dr Helen O'Sullivan who has estimated the area of biodiversity-rich lands on Irish farms.

Teagasc’s beef research priorities

Beef specialist Paul Crossant says there will be greater focus on part-time farmers in Teagasc’s upcoming work.

Cocaine - one dairy farmer’s story of addiction

As the Irish Farmers Journal reveals how cocaine has invaded every parish in Ireland, one dairy farmer describes his battle with the drug.

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