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Trade deal will defend farmers, says Phil Hogan

The interests of European agriculture will be defended and promoted in crucial trade talks with the US.

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Too much red-tape around CAP: Phil Hogan

The EU goes over the top in the disproportionate way it deals with farmers who have small holdings, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said. 

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Ugandan farmers aid

The National Ploughing Association is helping two farmers from Mbale Co-op in Uganda to pursue a course in sustainable agriculture and rural development at Baraka College in Kenya. 

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More interest in alternative crops

There is a renewed interest in alternative crops to improve rotation on farms, according to Teagasc experts at a crops and sprayers open day in Oak Park, Carlow.

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Agri-food sector ‘integral in recovery’

The agri-food sector is set to play an integral part in the country’s economic recovery and the continued viability of rural and coastal areas.

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Phil Hogan confident over upcoming BSE result

The test results on the suspected case of BSE in Co Louth are awaited by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.

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Strong farmer interest in agri-environment scheme

Nearly 27,000 farmers have applied to join the Green Low Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme. Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said he was delighted by the uptake.

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Minister Phil Hogan and Gerry Boyle, Teagasc

Phil Hogan hails low-interest loan scheme

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has welcomed the Government’s uptake of a new European Investment Bank scheme of low- interest loans for farmers.

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Federica Mogherin, EU High Representative

Russia ban to hit dairy worst

A Russian ban on Western food imports until early 2016 look set to drive global dairy prices even lower.

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Phil Hogan reveals EU Commission’s frustrations in dealing with Greece

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has revealed frustrations in dealing with Greece — even as the debt-ridden member state teetered on the edge of debt default, and leaving the eurozone or the EU, this week.

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Tech focus: Two knives better than one for New Holland

New Holland has been commended for its idea of using twin knives at different heights, as a radically different way of reducing the amount of straw going through the combine harvester.

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Property: Two Cork land banks sold at auction

The Castle Hotel in Macroom was the setting for a very successful auction of a large 180-acre holding in the townland of Carriganima, mid Cork. 

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Moorepark’15 all about sustainable milk expansion

Next Wednesday’s Moorepark’15 open day near Fermoy, Co Cork, runs from 10am to 5pm. 

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Examine this €102 per cow bill

Average dairy farm contractor costs were 1.98 cent per litre (c/l) in 2014 (€102 per cow, €221 per hectare, 9% of total costs).

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Cork Summer Show attracted competitors from 18 counties

I had to give Rosemead Korona a slap on the back, at the Cork Summer Show last Sunday morning. 

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The hemlock weed

Control of grassland weeds guide

Best control of docks will be achieved in good growing conditions when docks are actively growing, and nutrients are actively being transported to new foliage and roots.

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Grass: the hardest thing to manage on your farm

Grazed grass is a difficult crop to manage at the best of times on many farms.

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Cormac MacConnell: Unlikely birth of a career in journalism

Water issues have saturated the headlines for so long this year, and drenched the corridors of power above in Dublin and beyond.

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Farming events guide

Today, June 25
Friesian field evening, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Noel and Eileen Hosford’s Glenkeel herd, Cappa, Enniskeane, Co Cork

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Renata Tesu wows ICA colleagues with her lace-making skills

Renata Tesu thinks nothing now of standing in front of 100 people and giving a lace-making presentation.

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Tuesday closing date in levy payment scheme

News Q&A: Superlevy instalments
Next Tuesday, June 30, is the scheme closing date. The Department of Agriculture has issued the following scheme information.

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Hard to restore beet industry: EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has advised private investors and farmers to be “very hard-headed” when assessing figures for viability of restoring beet processing in Ireland.

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President backs Know Your Neighbour

Some 71% of people living in rural Ireland believe stronger Government policies are needed to promote job growth, research published to launch Macra na Feirme’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend has revealed.

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Beef market report: Beef supply picks up in response to price gains

Cattle prices at the beef factories held steady this week, while the intake continued an upward trend for the second consecutive week.

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Cattle marts report: Serious trading done at regional marts as buyers travel from all corners of the country

On Tuesday morning, in a state of utter confusion, I found myself in Lissarda village. You see, I didn’t know whether to turn right for Corrin, or left for Kanturk.

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VIDEO: Silage cutting in Ireland is taking YouTube by storm

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Charleville Show puts focus on milk quotas

There were no milk quotas in place when Charleville Agricultural Show was first held in 1979. The EU did not introduce them until five years later.

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Consumers positive about milk, says study

Consumers worldwide remain positive about milk and understand its nutritional value, but feel variety and convenience are not keeping pace with modern lifestyles and expectations.

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Suckler cow payments begin this week

Payments to over 32,000 suckler cow farmers under the 2014 Beef Data Programme will start this week, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney announced yesterday.

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Farmers urged to challenge fuel hikes

Farmers were urged, yesterday, to continue challenging suppliers to justify ongoing fuel price increases.

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