Why not count emissions for exported produce where it is consumed?

Why not count emissions for exported produce where it is consumed?

The programme of government commitment to review greenhouse gas emissions on a consumption basis could be a game-changer, writes Stephen Cadogan

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First Irish sighting of tree pest which poses danger to the public

First Irish sighting of tree pest which poses danger to the public

The pest gives rise to many thousands of skin complaints annually in Europe when people come in contact with it.

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Tönnies took 50% of Ireland's cull sows before shutdown

Tönnies took 50% of Ireland's cull sows before shutdown

There was no change in Irish pig prices this week, with farmers receiving €1.64-1.68c/kg, according to IFA.

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Success for first Irish virtual agricultural-show

Success for first Irish virtual agricultural-show

Buoyed up by support messages from Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence Simon Coveney, the Cork Virtual Summer Show got under ...

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Retail launch of Irish beef in the Philippines

Retail launch of Irish beef in the Philippines

Filipino meat lovers can now choose organic Irish beef in their local shops which has come all the way from Cahir, Co Tipperary.

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Farmers asked to respond to farm risks as public did to Covid-19 risks

Farmers asked to respond to farm risks as public did to Covid-19 risks

Faced with an overwhelming public health imperative, practices such as physical distancing, coughing etiquette, and hand sanitising, became the norm.

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Roundup, dicamba, PCB settlements to cost Bayer up to €11bn

Roundup, dicamba, PCB settlements to cost Bayer up to €11bn

Bayer last week confirmed agreements to settle outstanding Roundup lawsuits in the US and to address future litigation, while denying any wrongdoing.

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Cowen: CAP budget must match environmental ambition

Cowen: CAP budget must match environmental ambition

New Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Barry Cowen got straight to work on Monday, in a video conference of EU agriculture and fisheries ministers.

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New Taoiseach promises to work for decent farm incomes and a sustainable rural future

New Taoiseach promises to work for decent farm incomes and a sustainable rural future

Agriculture, food and the marine will remain a priority, both as central to rural society and as a major economic pillar, said Taoiseach Micheál Martin as ...

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French research investigates crop production without glyphosate weedkillers

French research investigates crop production without glyphosate weedkillers

No-till is considered among the most environmentally sound methods, improving biodiversity, soil fertility, and carbon sequestration, but would probably be abandoned ...

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Brendan Dunford and Brigid Barry delighted with Farming for Nature win

Brendan Dunford and Brigid Barry delighted with Farming for Nature win

Farming for Nature is a small start-up initiative which aims to identify, promote and support farmers, and farming practices, that improve farmland biodiversity.

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Stephen Cadogan: Can agricultural pollution be solved by paying farmers to retire?

Stephen Cadogan: Can agricultural pollution be solved by paying farmers to retire?

If farmers feel unwanted, they might welcome opportunities to get out of the business.

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€13.35m back to Ireland as reserve fund money swap from EU to farmers continues for seventh year

€13.35m back to Ireland as reserve fund money swap from EU to farmers continues for seventh year

Since the establishment of the crisis reserve in 2014, it never been used, and the money set aside each year was returned to farmers.

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Flawed report carried by major media  damaged dairy industry

Flawed report carried by major media damaged dairy industry

Dairy also provides for the livelihoods of one billion people, including 133 million female dairy farmers.

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Scientists want re-calculation of how emissions such as methane cause global warming

Scientists want re-calculation of how emissions such as methane cause global warming

They said the different lifespans of emissions are crucial to understanding their potential to warm the earth’s atmosphere.

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Dairy sector has had to endure a 'whispering campaign' against milk

Dairy sector has had to endure a 'whispering campaign' against milk

The dairy industry has welcomed the Food Safety Authority of Ireland recommendation that milk is a key food for one to five-year-old children.

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The EU agri-sector hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic

The EU agri-sector hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic

The European Commission granted derogations from competition rules, but the flower and plants sector delegation said these are not sufficient to deliver any tangible ...

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Update: Bayer to pay up to €10 billion to settle bulk of Roundup weedkiller cancer lawsuits

Update: Bayer to pay up to €10 billion to settle bulk of Roundup weedkiller cancer lawsuits

The ruling, which permanently bars California from requiring a cancer warning on glyphosate-based products, is separate from wider litigation over whether Roundup ...

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Penalties mount as BDGP hurdles get higher

Penalties mount as BDGP hurdles get higher

The penalties in 2017 totalled €920,367.

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After 215 years, a Virtual Cork Summer Show

After 215 years, a Virtual Cork Summer Show

Organised by the Munster Agricultural Society, the Cork Summer Show has been running in one form or another for over 200 years, but this will be their first-ever ...

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Bog equipment auction includes more than 90 tractors

Bog equipment auction includes more than 90 tractors

More than 200 lots will be on offer in an online live auction on Wednesday, July 1.

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Stephen Cadogan: Unmet credit needs of farmers in the EU between €19.8 and €46.6bn

Stephen Cadogan: Unmet credit needs of farmers in the EU between €19.8 and €46.6bn

Having bailed out many banks across the continent since 2008, the EU and taxpayers are more than entitled to demand a better deal for borrowers.

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Dairy commodities resilient despite global economy’s deepest recession since the 1930s

Dairy commodities resilient despite global economy’s deepest recession since the 1930s

Dairygold pleased farmers yesterday with a 0.5c milk price increase, “based on some cautious optimism”.

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Farmers give their backing to the new Government

Farmers give their backing to the new Government

Farmers were generally supportive of this week’s bid to form a new Government.

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Unfilled credit gap of nearly €1 billion in potential loans to Irish farmers revealed

Unfilled credit gap of nearly €1 billion in potential loans to Irish farmers revealed

There’s an unfilled credit gap of nearly €1 billion in potential loans to Irish farmers, according to an EU-funded study of financial needs.

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Much more will be known after the first 100 days of government

Much more will be known after the first 100 days of government

As is usual with farming matters, much of the real political action takes place in Brussels, where EU leaders will hold a video-conference tomorrow to discuss the ...

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€50m to soften Covid-19 blow for beef finishers

€50m to soften Covid-19 blow for beef finishers

The scheme received cabinet approval this week.

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Microsoft, Accenture working with farmers in Woodland Environmental Fund

Microsoft, Accenture working with farmers in Woodland Environmental Fund

Microsoft and Accenture are availing of the Woodland Environmental Fund (WEF) to partner with the Government and private landowners in creating diverse woodland ...

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Outbuildings including old farmhouse in 21-acre West Cork sale

Outbuildings including old farmhouse in 21-acre West Cork sale

Situated in an almost deceptively central West Cork location between two of the main arteries that connect the farthest reaches of West Cork to Cork City, a strong-quality ...

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Laws of economics and EU's wooly Farm to Fork aspirations

Laws of economics and EU's wooly Farm to Fork aspirations

If dairy, beef, pig, sheep or tillage farmers were told the EU has a plan to increase their production three-fold, many of them would decide it’s time to get ...

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Late applications cost 224 farmers their basic payment in 2019

Late applications cost 224 farmers their basic payment in 2019

However, Co Dublin farmers were hardest hit, with 65 of the county’s 609 farmers incurring penalties (10.7% of farmers).

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EU's 2011 strategy to halt biodiversity loss by 2020 has failed

EU's 2011 strategy to halt biodiversity loss by 2020 has failed

Intensive farming remains a main cause of biodiversity loss, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA).

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Rules will demand that farmers need a veterinary prescription for antiparasitic veterinary medicines in 2022

Rules will demand that farmers need a veterinary prescription for antiparasitic veterinary medicines in 2022

They can email observations to vetmedregs@agriculture.gov.ie as part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s work with all stakeholders on ...

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Succession and partnership at work in a multi-generational farming company

Succession and partnership at work in a multi-generational farming company

ifac has helped many farm families to get succession right, including the Powers of Ballymullala in West Waterford. Their case study is described here.

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Irish Shows Association launches virtual event

Irish Shows Association launches virtual event

“With most of our 2020 shows and our All-Ireland Championships cancelled for 2020, we want to offer something to our showing community to help keep the spirit ...

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Change to vaccination protects badgers, cattle, and farmers

Change to vaccination protects badgers, cattle, and farmers

Badger vaccination marks a major step forward in the bovine TB eradication programme, according to Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, serving to protect the badger ...

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Overshadowed EU agriculture negotiations could easily be compromised

Overshadowed EU agriculture negotiations could easily be compromised

Three months on, the EU is no nearer to agreeing its seven-year food agriculture policy funding.

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Torsten Hemme: post-pandemic recession may yet hit dairy market hard

Torsten Hemme: post-pandemic recession may yet hit dairy market hard

Early warning indicators point to a delayed Covid-19 milk price crisis, warned the IFCN dairy research network last week.

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‘Flawed’ system gives Ireland a bigger footprint than Los Angeles

‘Flawed’ system gives Ireland a bigger footprint than Los Angeles

It’s because the current greenhouse gas assessment methodologies are flawed, said Dr Frank Mitloehner, at the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience.

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No beef to China due to atypical BSE

No beef to China due to atypical BSE

IFA President Tim Cullinan said the suspension is a technical issue resulting from a case of atypical BSE.

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Be a carbon hero; buy sequestration credits from a farmer

Be a carbon hero; buy sequestration credits from a farmer

Some farmers in the USA have been netting about $13 an acre per year, in payments for storing carbon dioxide in soils.

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Highest GB weekly beef cattle price rise in six years

Highest GB weekly beef cattle price rise in six years

With half of Ireland’s beef going to the UK, it should be good news. However, our beef shipments to the UK are falling. This trend continued in March, when ...

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Work on Farm Sustainability Programme postponed for at least two months

Work on Farm Sustainability Programme postponed for at least two months

A controversial Bord Bia sustainability programme for farmers will be delayed for for at least two months.

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Stephen Cadogan: Improved farming has saved a billion hectares of forest

Stephen Cadogan: Improved farming has saved a billion hectares of forest

There was an eloquent, if perhaps unintended, comment on the EU’s sustainability plans, at an important event in the US last week.

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Co-ops say impact of Covid-19 on breweries and distilleries won't affect their malting barley contracts

Co-ops say impact of Covid-19 on breweries and distilleries won't affect their malting barley contracts

Liam O’Flaherty, head of Dairygold agri business, said: “The restrictions currently in place have led to the closure of bars and restaurants and this ...

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Ag-food exports rose 5.6% in March despite Covid-19

Ag-food exports rose 5.6% in March despite Covid-19

Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures released last week showed a 5.6% increase in agricultural produce exports.

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Supporters of biological diversity welcome  decision hailed as a victory against agribusiness giants

Supporters of biological diversity welcome decision hailed as a victory against agribusiness giants

The decision represents a fundamental change in the position of the European Patent Office (EPO) on the patentability of plants and animals.

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€855,000 underpayment of REPS participants revealed

€855,000 underpayment of REPS participants revealed

The Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall, welcomed the favourable conclusion to this complaint, saying it will benefit all applicants similarly affected.

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Tough year for farmers revealed in analysis of 2,548 sets of accounts

Tough year for farmers revealed in analysis of 2,548 sets of accounts

Nine out of 10 say carbon tax collected from the agri-sector should be ringfenced for farmer support, and 70% would support grant aid to use more sustainable energy ...

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Stephen Cadogan: F2F launch shows EU commitment to food sustainability

Stephen Cadogan: F2F launch shows EU commitment to food sustainability

Even as the EU struggles through the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Commission yesterday adopted the Farm to Fork (F2F) sustainability strategy.

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