When I chat to other farmers, especially tillage farmers, about the Green Party there is usually a deep sigh before they roll their eyes to heaven. The Greens may not be the most popular with us farmers, but I do agree we need to make changes for the benefit of the planet and future generations. So, when I started to read some of the policy proposals for the next government, I thought it would be 40 shades of green, but what I read was more like 50 shades of grey. The colour, not the book. That's how bland and boring I found the Programme for Government.
Bayer AG, after more than a year of talks, agreed to pay as much as $10.9 billion to settle close to 100,000 U.S. lawsuits claiming that its widely-used weedkiller Roundup caused cancer, resolving litigation that has pummeled the company’s share price.
Simon Byrne is not a man who is afraid of taking on plenty of hard work. The soon-to-be father of two is a sheep farmer and an independent agricultural advisor, and this year he is growing malting barley on contract for the first time on the family farm at the foot of Mount Leinster in Ballinavocran, Co Wexford.
The European Commission is seeking to halve the use of chemical pesticides by 2030 to halt the decline of pollinators, in a plan likely to draw criticism both from those urging a phase-out of the substances and from farmers who say crop yields will suffer.
Fungicide options for winter wheat are like a revolving door: as we gain some exciting new products, we are losing many more. But while the products may come and go, accurate spray timings are still key to disease control in wheat.
Chances are that if you have eaten scallions bought in a supermarket recently, they were grown by Paul Carroll. These past few months, he has started work at 6am and finished at about 7.30pm. He has 100 people working in his fields during the harvest at his farm in Lusk, Co Dublin, with another 50 to come on soon.
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