Deadline for applications for Macra na Feirme FBD Young Farmer of the Year Competition is this Friday Sept 4th

The deadline for applications for the 22nd Macra na Feirme FBD Young Farmer of the Year Competition is this Friday September 4th. Organised by Macra na Feirme and supported by the IFA, there are additional awards on offer alongside the main prize this year. Young farmers involved in sectors such as Dairy, Drystock (beef and sheep), […]

Storms Ellen and Francis have turned a difficult harvest into recovery effort by tillage farmers across the country

A survey carried out by Teagasc advisors on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th of August estimates that 50% of this year’s tillage crops remains to be harvested. The recent storms, Ellen and Francis, brought strong winds and rain resulting in damage to crops nationwide. Many crops have fallen over with the worst affected loosing grain […]

2020 Macra na Feirme FBD Young Farmer of the Year deadline extended to September 4th

The search for the 22nd Macra na Feirme FBD Young Farmer of the Year has been extended until Friday September 4th. Organised by Macra na Feirme and supported by the IFA, there are additional awards on offer alongside the main prize this year. Young farmers involved in sectors such as Dairy, Drystock (beef and sheep), […]

Major report on the strategic plan for the Irish Crops sector launched

The Teagasc Tillage Stakeholder Consultative Group and Minister Heydon has launched a key report, for the Irish Tillage sector entitled Crops 2030 – A strategic plan to deliver environmental and economic sustainability for the Irish Crops Sector. The report assesses the current state of the sector and provides 54 tangible recommendations. These collectively highlight how […]

Macra na Feirme seeks urgent meeting with Minister Harris over extending Covid education fund to Agriculture students

Macra na Feirme is seeking an urgent meeting with Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris to discuss extending the recently announced Covid education fund to students of agricultural colleges. The fund enables students to purchase laptops, tablets and internet connectivity for remote learning. Teagasc colleges have almost 6,000 students and these students have […]

There’s a culture on our farms and it’s killing us

Ahead of Farm Safety Week 2020, representatives from some of Ireland’s key safety, farming and community organisations have come together to deliver a strong message aimed at reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries on Irish farms.   The #SpeakUp for #FarmSafety video is calling on the public to help reduce farm accidents and […]

UCC & Macra Agricultural Skillnet launch Graduate Development Programme for Agri-Food SMEs

The UCC Diploma in Leadership for the Agri-Food Sector will provide SMEs with a tailored graduate programme, which will significantly enhance their current graduates’ skills, and help them to attract and retain the best young graduates.   Graduate training is now a vital part of the continuing professional development of young employees. While most of […]

Macra na Feirme: new government must act on farm income, jobs, and climate

Macra na Feirme welcomes the parties’ decision to enter government today but warns that this government must deliver for young people. “We are happy to finally have a government form but we insist that the new government make young people a priority. This government needs to make sure that any economic downturn does not force […]

IFA Reaction To Programme for Government – Long On Words But Short On Numbers

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the Programme for Government has positive aspects but lacks clear commitments on budgets and spending. “Overall, while there are lots of words, it lacks hard figures,” he said. “In implementing the programme, farmers will be looking to this Government to support farming and bring forward climate action measures that are […]

Teagasc publish analysis of farm income impacts of COVID-19

A new report by Teagasc economists explores the possible impact of COVID-19 on farm incomes in Ireland this year. Analysis of a range of scenarios finds that income in 2020 across the sector as a whole will drop relative to the income forecast for 2020 in the absence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The scenario impacts […]

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