Young children are being banned from travelling in tractors or other farm machinery.
The Irish Farmers Journal reports that the Health and Safety Authority is to be given sweeping new powers to improve safety on farms.
The tougher new measures mean farmers can be prosecuted for a range of safety breaches, including carrying children under seven in tractor cabs or other farm vehicles.
There will also be a focus on uncovered slurry pits.
There have been 24 farm deaths this year, almost three-quarters of which were as a result of vehicles and machinery accidents.