FARMING NEWS

An organic kind of renaissance

After dodging the worst effects of the recession, the organic sector found itself losing some ground in recent years but the good news is it’s on its way back to its 2010 heyday, writes Ray Ryan

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Stressed-out farmers advised to seek help to avoid injury

Many farm accidents may be due to a lack of concentration by farmers, as they struggle to cope with financial stress arising from the ongoing beef crisis and farm income cuts, according to the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association’s rural development committee vice-chairman, Seamus Sherlock.

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How ‘Big Data’ will revolutionise the Irish farming landscape

Irish food production is being revolutionised by the use of ‘AgInformatics’ on farms, says Gerry Murray, EMC Ireland country manager.

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InternationalYear of FamilyFarming needs a reality check

So 2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming. Meaning what, exactly?

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Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and his Northern Ireland counterpart, Michelle O'Neill, who are planning an all-island approach to promoting Irish beef in Britain.

Farmers put pressure on Coveney to intervene in beef trading issues

Farmers are applying increasing pressure on Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to intervene in the trading issues facing the beef sector.

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Tom Doyle: Farmers have reacted positively to move.

Spouses to qualify for contributory pension under changes to PRSI

Spouses of farmers will qualify for a contributory pension due to new extensions to PRSI eligibility — a move which IFA farm business chairman, Tom Doyle, has welcomed.

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Residues found in just 0.2% of food samples tested by department

Just 0.2% of food samples were found containing residues by the Department of Agriculture’s tests under the National Residue Control Plan in 2013.

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Lower production costs help farm incomes to stabilise, survey finds

Lower production costs saw farm incomes stay relatively stable so far this year, according to the Teagasc Mid-year Outlook for Irish Agriculture 2014.

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Farmers demand fleximilk figures in bid to reclaim €10m in quota fines

ICMSA deputy president, Pat McCormack has called on the Department of Agriculture to issue its final national fleximilk figures for the dairy processors to begin paying back up to €10m to farmers in monies withheld due to superlevy concerns.

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Pig producers see prices slip on 2013

Pig farmers have been disappointed this week by falling prices — in contrast to 2013, when pig prices continued to rise monthly until November.

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