Farming special - Day 1: Half of farmers directly hit by suicide

More than half of farmers have been directly affected by suicide, either in their immediate family or community.


French appetite for Irish seafood holding up well, reports Bord Bia

Stable sales of Irish seafood to the French market feature prominently in the positive findings of Bord Bia research.


Germinal Seeds hires grassland expert to deliver technical advice

Forage seed specialist Germinal Seeds has added to its technical advice offering to farmers by recruiting grassland specialist Mary McEvoy.

Anna Marie McHugh, ploughing contest coordinator at the  Ploughing Championships. Picture: Dan Linehan

Farming special - Day 1: Ploughing receives top 10 boost from ‘National Geographic’

The three-day national ploughing championships, which President Michael D Higgins will officially open at Rathaniska, Co Laois, today, has received a boost from an unexpected source — National Geographic in Washington. This story is enriched with multi-media content


Farming special - Day 1: Suicide and mental health

Suicide is increasingly impacting farming communities as rural Ireland feels increasingly isolated from the rest of the country.


Farming special - Day 1: How farmers plan to vote in the next election 

A quarter of farmers intend to vote for Fianna Fáil in the next election, with the Sinn Féin vote doubling in just 12 months.

Dr Joe Kerry

Smart packaging alternative to relocation for agri-food firms

Irish agri-food companies are at a crossroads: Do they produce food here and export it, or do they relocate and still try to call it Irish, asks UCC food packaging scientist Dr Joe Kerry.

Eddie Downey

IFA: Many rural towns yet to see any signs of an upturn

While recent economic indicators are pointing to the beginning of a strong recovery, many rural towns and villages have yet to see any tangible signs of an upturn, the Irish Farmers Association told Oireachtas members at a pre-budget meeting in Dublin.


Vision to make it on global scale

The story of Brazilian company JBS becoming the world’s largest meat company is fascinating, and so is the journey of the man whose vision helped make it a global player. He talks to Ray Ryan.