Comment: Skies foretell of Brexit storms ahead - but there's no dampening of spirits
Despite rubbish broadband, the threat of Brexit and recent flooding, rural Ireland has showed itself once again to be incredibly resilient.
Despite rubbish broadband, the threat of Brexit and recent flooding, rural Ireland has showed itself once again to be incredibly resilient.
How far a farmer can go to defend themselves remains a grey area in law that needs to be addressed, according to top rural solicitor Karen Walsh.
Elderly people in rural Ireland are living in fear of being murdered in their beds, a discussion on rural crime heard at the Ploughing today.
The main farming bodies tackled Minister Creed on what farmers want from the budget at the Ploughing today.
The one good thing about the rain today at the Ploughing Championships was that every farmer there is equipped to deal with all kinds of weather.
One very popular stand at the Ploughing this week is the Road Safety Authority's display, where they had a poignant display of every person who has died in a road traffic accident this year to remind visitors of the real people behind road traffic accidents.
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins warned that “one of the great challenges of our time” was unbalanced development leaving rural areas lagging.
The Ploughing continues to attract the crowds of both people and commercial interests, as the social place to be and be seen over the three days and a record number of people – 112,500 attended the first day of the Ploughing in Tullamore today.
EU Member States should look at increasing their net contributions to ensure the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget is not reduced.
A safety-first message has gone out to the 100,000 visitors expected to descend on Co Offaly for day one of the National Ploughing Championships.
The final preparations are underway today at the Ploughing site outside Tullamore, as the rain of the past few weeks takes its toll on the site.
Michael was first hospitalised with depression after his wife found him sitting in a field.
A farmer, landlord and employee made a settlement of €103,966 with the Revenue Commissioners in the latest tax defaulters list.
Lakeland Dairies has opened its €40m expansion of milk powder operations at its Bailieboro site in Cavan.
The IFA is losing its chief economist Rowena Dwyer, as she moves to a role in Enterprise Ireland.
The former Tanaiste and Minister for Agriculture, Mary Coughlan, has returned to having an agricultural brief, with her new role as an consultant and registered lobbyist.
The slide in the value of sterling is costing the Irish agri-food sector millions per week, farming leaders have warned.
They say good things come to do those who wait and that was certainly evident in National Lottery offices this morning as a Co. Clare farmer finally claimed his EuroMillions Plus win of €500,000 from June, a full 83 days after the draw.
Ireland is failing to improve the quality of its waterways and measures to reduce agricultural pollution are not working, An Taisce has said.
Farmers will not need a Public Services Card (PSC) to access their farm payments through the Department of Agriculture's website agfood.ie, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed says.
Gardai in the midlands are warning farmers to be vigilant after recent thefts from farmyards in North Tipperary.
Animal nutrition company Alltech has announced a joint venture move in Russia, which it says will give it increased access to this market.
The IFA is staging a protest outside Dunnes Stores and Aldi supermarkets today in Portlaoise, over what it says is a "market grabbing milk price war".
Irish milk production is surging ahead of the first six months of last year and is up more than any other country in western Europe.
With cream cheese undergoing a steady surge in popularity in Asia, New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra is building two new cream cheese factories and has opened a new mozzarella factory to meet the demand.
THE road where Martin White was involved in a fatal collision is a perfectly straight stretch of road and he was doing approximately half the speed limit when he was involved in a fatal road accident.
Insulating attics and plugging draughts can’t deliver enough energy efficiency and mindsets must be changed, according to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment.
Ireland is at a critical point in its energy and climate history, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Denis Naughten has said, but warned that Ireland faces real challenges in meeting its climate objectives and EU obligations.
An novel marketing campaign has been launched Westport Credit Union to promote its new agri loan scheme.
The points needed to study Agriculture at UCD are back slightly on last year for almost every agricultural course.
Dairygold has announced that it is increasing its July milk price. It comes after Glanbia and Kerry also announced they were increasing their July base milk prices.
The UK is calling for unprecedented agri-food agreements and recognition of current regulations, which would allow trade continue as is post Brexit between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Three agri-food companies were fined by the Health and Safety Authority last year for breaches of safety measures.
Improved milk prices and lagging world dairy markets are to blame for a fall in margins at Glanbia Ireland, the new joint venture between Glanbia Plc and Glanbia Co-op.
New figures show that farming had the highest number of work-place fatalities in 2016 – accounting for 21 of the 45 work-related deaths last year.
Glanbia Ireland has announced details of a new Milk & Feed Loyalty Scheme (Glanbia Loyalty Scheme), including a five-year fixed milk price element and a €30/t loyalty bonus on concentrate dairy feeds from GAIN Animal Nutrition products.
Plans to build a massive 76-acre solar farm in Kildare have been rejected by Kildare County Council.
Following a fatal accident involving a specific model of trailer (NC 300 Series Power Tilt Dump Trailer), the manufacturer of the trailer has issued a safety alert.
A Europe-wide health scare continues as 15 different countries report cases of eggs contaminated with a lice insecticide, the European Commission has confirmed.
A european-wide egg scare continues as 15 different countries report cases of eggs contaminated with a lice insecticide, the European Commission has confirmed.
FBD Holdings has announced that the IFA President Joe Healy has formally joined its board as a non-executive Director.
New tariffs announced by Japan on beef imports will be felt by New Zealand bee producers as it faces increased tariffs into the premium market.
The Department of Social Protection has confirmed that anyone who earns additional income after completing a training course to milk cows, will be subject to means testing.
Dutch consumers have been told to avoid certain eggs, after it was found that they may be contaminated with lice insecticide.
Any moves on the Fair Deal scheme which could benefit farmers with large assets but low incomes are to be welcomed.
A special deal to slash nursing home costs for farmers is in jeopardy following a dramatic intervention by the Office of the Attorney General, the Irish Independent can reveal.
A small village in Leitrim is looking to bolster its community and is calling on families to come live there.
Zoetis and Nexvet announced that Zoetis has completed the acquisition of Nexvet, a biologic therapeutics company with headquarters in Tullamore, Ireland, developing a pipeline of monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapies for companion animals in pain and other therapeutic areas.
The UK remained Ireland's largest trading partner with almost 40pc (€4,804m) of total exports by value in 2016, a decrease of 6.1pc from 2015.
The Department of Agriculture has revealed the details of the financial aid available to tillage farmers affected by crop losses in September 2016.
The Department of Agriculture is pursuing a criminal case in light of clenbuterol (angel dust) being found meat samples taken from animal carcasses last year.
How likely are farmers to die in a farming-related accident? That depends on how you view the odds.
A trade delegation from Morocco is currently in Ireland visiting a number of state bodies.
Glanbia has announced that it will increase its base milk price to farmers for June manufacturing milk.
The IFA has ended its protest in the lobby of the Department of Agriculture offices on Kildare St.
Consumers in the UK may face higher prices, lower quality and less choice when it comes to food as a result of Brexit, a former supermarket CEO has warned.
George Bingham from Templepatrick in Co Antrim has a 650-acre farm and 1,200 cows with 650 milking at any one time.
The IFA protest at the Department of Agriculture entered its sixth day today, marked with the arrival of a combine harvester.
If young people are to remain in rural areas and businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive, quality broadband coverage is essential, according to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).
The Grianan Estate is situated in Co. Donegal and its sale was confirmed this week for €17.425m.
Glanbia has completed the sale of a 60pc interest in Glanbia Dairy Ireland to Glanbia co-op.
With nearly 40pc of Irish food and drink exports heading to the UK, the possible impact of a hard Brexit would be felt by the industry, but it's the day-to-day currency fluctuations that are hitting Irish exporters in the pocket.
A trade deal between the UK and the US does not mean that UK food standards would be loosened, according to Michael Gove.
Over half of the respondents to Bord Bia's Brexit Barometer are heavily dependant on the UK for exports, with it contributing 53pc of their exports by value, but the majority don't have a plan for the UK post Brexit.
Complaints about odour from the Dairygold Mallow plant have been upheld by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Irish tillage farmers are facing difficulties in achieving high yields, necessary for profitability, due to the reduced availability of products and crop resistance.
There is no end date envisaged for the end of splash plates, ICMSA President John Comer has said, following a meeting with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
A farmer in Co Clare died last night in a farming accident.
Revenue's tax defaulters' list includes a number of farmers, including one Laois farmer and turf cutter who handed a bill of €80,000.
Waitrose, one of the leading UK supermarkets, has pulled one of its corned beef brands from its shelves, after allegations were made that the meat came from a farm that used slave labour.
After years of being castigated as borderline evil for our waists and hearts, butter sales continue to grow and drive up prices.
The latest Global Dairy Trade auctions results saw overall prices lift a touch, but whole milk prices were back.
It's crazy really - if 6,000 jobs were announced in any other sector every minister and Government body would be elbowing their way into a picture and claiming the credit.
Some 6,000 new entrants into dairying will be required in the next decade to replace retirees and meet the labour requirements of the expanding dairy herd.
Just 10 years ago, only 3pc of Irish dairy farmers had more than 100 cows. Today, 19pc of Irish dairy farms are milking 100 cows or more.
An artificial intelligence system designed by researchers at the University of Cambridge is able to detect pain levels in sheep, which could aid in early diagnosis and treatment of common, but painful, conditions in animals.
Larry Goodman and his family, who through two farms - Branganstown and Glydee - received €217,153 and €214,275 in EU payments in 2016 - giving them a combined income of €430,000 in EU farm subsidies.
The two sets of figures released today by the Department of Agriculture and Teagasc provide a stark contrast to each other and serve to highlight that a two-tier income situation exists in farming.
The details come as Teagasc published figures today that show that the average Irish farmer received less than €18,000 in EU direct payments, accounting for almost 75pc of their income.
Agriculture and food must be top of the Brexit negotiations agenda according to Leo Varadkar, as he continues his bid to become the next leader of Fine Gael.
Arrabawn Co-op has hit its 2020 milk supply targets three years early and embarked on a capacity review with the likelihood of further investment as a result, CEO Conor Ryan told suppliers at its AGM last week.
China and the US remain the largest importers of EU beef, new statistics from Europe show.
Two of the country's largest processors, Dairygold and Glanbia have announced their price for April milk.
The IFA has confirmed that it will not pay back any levies paid by malting barley farmers through a compulsory levy collection system it has in operation with Boortmalt
Glanbia has set its April milk price - holding its base price from March.
New figures released by the European Commission show how EU milk prices compare to those in New Zealand and the US.
As Coillte confirms that the fire at Cloosh Valley, Co. Galway, has been supressed pictures released by Nasa show how large the fires were - that they could be seen from space.
The Irish Grain Growers Group is calling on all malting barley growers to reject an offer from Boortmalt for their grain.
Fire services are battling over 30 wild fires across the country, with farms and homes in danger of being destroyed.
A family of five have lost their home after it was burnt when the roof caught fire from embers carried on the wind from local fires.
South Dublin County Council has voted to ban the use of glyphosate, as negotiations continue at European level over the future of the controversial weed killer in farming.
Kerry has announced in its first quarter results a 3.8pc growth in business volumes and says growth of 5-9pc in adjusted earnings per share is still on track.
A shipment of Irish in-calf Hereford heifers has left for Russia.
A community have been left in mourning after an elderly farmer died last week following a farm accident.
Conditions of extreme fire risk are prevalent around the country at the moment, with the Department of Agriculture warning that the weather is 'ideal' for wild fires.
A report from the House of Lords on the UK's stance on agriculture after Brexit has advised that there be no custom controls re-introduced between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
A report from the House of Lords on the UK’s stance on agriculture, in light of Brexit, is recommending that there is no custom controls should re-introduced between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Data released by the Department of Agriculture show that dairy farmers drew down 42pc of funds under the Agriculture Cashflow Support Loan Scheme.
The US beef and grain giant Cargill is to sell of its remaining feed lots and focus on becoming a protein provider.
Research from Teagasc shows that Irish dairy farms are competitive when compared with their foreign counterparts, until labour and the cost of owned land is included in the calculations.
A massive project by the Irish Film Institute has brought hundreds of TV ads from decades ago back to life, including some great agri ads.
China dairy imports increased 41pc, or 58,000m tonnes, in February compared to the same month last year.
UCD Agricultural Science Society (AgSoc) have raised a record €50,000 for two chosen charities - Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and Embrace FARM.
A survey of over 1,000 farmers by FarmIreland.ie shows that 71pc of farmers with children do not know if they have anyone to take over their farm.
Farmers are overwhelmingly pro-European but would prefer to get a fairer price for produce than subsidies.
Farmers in North Tipperary are understood to be seeking a hearing with the Joint Oireachtas Committee on agriculture over farm inspections in the county.
This year marks 20 years since divorce was legalised in Ireland and its impact continues to be contentious with a new poll showing the majority of farmers agree that pre-nuptial agreements should be legally binding.
A total of 72pc of farmers with guns would use them to defend themselves and their property if they had to, an exclusive FarmIreland.ie survey has revealed.
Farmers have overwhelmingly supported a call for prenuptial agreements with 72pc saying they should have a legal standing in Ireland.
I recently sat in on a Sunday night with my parents and an aunt and uncle who farmed down the road. Both farms raised families and put children through college.
Global milk production is expected to rise this year, according to one of the world’s largest milk processors but few markets will see a pick up in demand.
There are five roads out of Killarney which, hotelier Francis Brennan says affords visitors to five days of day trips from the Kerry town.