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# Agriculture

Last month
September 2023
Eamon Ryan: Ireland isn't going to 'change tack' on nitrates derogation
His comments follow the Taoiseach’s invitation to EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius for a meeting to discuss the issue.
Taoiseach to seek meeting with EU Commission on nitrates derogation after meeting farmers
The IFA said the Taoiseach will seek to meet with the commissioner after a “positive” discussion with farmers today.
Farmer groups picket Agriculture Minister's meeting following nitrates cut
The decision to cut Ireland’s nitrates derogation limit arises out of the harm nitrates can cause water due to nutrient pollution.
This year
Growth at all costs? Row over Irish dairy farms targeting African nations
As Ireland looks to grow its market share in Africa, experts point to local farmers being put out of business by cheaper imports.
Rural Independents accused of ‘scaremongering’ during Dáil debate on supposed cattle cull
Ministers said a cull had never been proposed by the government
Supermarket price cuts can't come at the expense of farmers, McConalogue says
The Agriculture Minister said that a new food regulator will ensure that supermarkets are treating farmers fairly.
HSE urges public to avoid handling 'sick and dead birds' due to risk posed by bird flu
No cases of bird flu infection caused illness have been observed in the EU, but they have been recorded in other countries.
Govt transfers €150m in Brexit funding to post-Covid fund, to be spent in part on retrofitting
The Taoiseach said the Government “would have liked” to spend the money on businesses and the agricultural sector, but that it faced obstacles in doing so.
Irish beef exports to China resume after being suspended in 2020 due to pathogen
Shipments to China were suspended when a case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease, was discovered.
Last year
Local councils hiring inspectors to target farms over pollution concerns
It follows concerns over the impact agriculture has been having on water quality in a number of regions.
New Zealand proposes taxing cow burps as part of plan to tackle climate change
There are just five million people in New Zealand but some 10 million beef and dairy cattle and 26 million sheep.
NI Protocol debacle can't be allowed to become 'huge headache' for farmers - Coveney
The minister discussed the issue at the Ploughing Championships, where 90,000 people descended on Co Laois today.
Malnutrition and disease after Pakistan flood will get worse says UN
Mortality among newborn babies and severe acute malnutrition are at risk of increasing due to disruption of services.
Citizens’ assembly on agriculture the wrong model, says farming group
The Labour Party has proposed a citizens’ assembly be held on the future of agriculture and food production.
Poll: Is a 25% cut in agricultural emissions high enough?
The figure is among several targets set for sectors of society with the aim of reducing emissions by 51% by 2030.
Challenging but achievable: Govt announces 25% emission reduction target for agriculture sector
Weeks of negotiations were not completed before yesterday’s final Cabinet meeting of the summer.
The government previously set out a 22-30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions target for the agriculture sector.
Farming groups pushed for a target at the lower end but climate experts say close to 30% is needed to meet overall emissions targets.
The EPA said last week that Ireland’s 2021 greenhouse gas emissions increased compared to the previous year.
Explainer: Here's how (and why) sectors are being told to cut their emissions
EU approval sought for Irish grass-fed beef to be given same protected status as Champagne
Following consultation it was agreed that the area covered in the application would include the entire island of Ireland.
‘Significant’ price hikes faced by Irish dairy, meat and grain producers
Wholesale electricity prices also increased by 91% in 12 months, according to CSO figures.
Minister says it's up to all departments to cut emissions if Ireland is to meet carbon budgets
The country agreed its first carbon budgets earlier this year.
'It ain't just agriculture': Minister says other sectors must 'step up' to meet carbon emission targets
The sectoral carbon emission targets were due to be published before the summer recess.
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure?
Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and journalist Ella McSweeney tell Susan Daly about concerns over the cross-border poultry manure trade.
‘Particular concern' over agri sector's plan to cut emissions as key details still missing
The sector must give more detail on how it will reduce methane emissions in particular, an EPA report said this week.
Balance needed in food production between affordability and climate-friendly, says minister
Charlie McConalogue was speaking at the launch of the World Potato Congress today.
Legal requirement to confine poultry over bird flu fears to be lifted on Friday
It means that eggs can be classified as ‘free range’ again as hens are let out and about.
22% emissions reduction in agriculture 'challenging but achievable' - farmers' association
The Climate Action Plan proposed that the agriculture sector reduces its emissions by 22% to 30% by 2030.
All time
What is the Common Agricultural Policy, and how is it being changed to tackle climate change?
The farming subsidy is undergoing a major reform ahead of the 2023-2027 period.
Taoiseach says there's an 'obsession' about the national herd in climate debate
“There’s a much broader range of issues that we have to do in addition to agriculture,” the Taoiseach said at the launch of the Climate Action Plan.
Agriculture, Building, Transport: Here's how sectors are expected to cut emissions by 2030
The agriculture sector has been targeted with the lowest change – a 22% to 30% reduction in emissions.
Agriculture sector to have ‘really ambitious targets’ for reducing emissions
The Agriculture Minister confirmed that farmers will have to participate in eco-schemes to avail themselves of 25% of funding available under part of the programme.
The Explainer x Noteworthy: What is the issue with farm subsidies and nature?
Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and journalist Ella McSweeney tell Susan Daly how agri-subsidies are encouraging farmers to cut back on nature.
Land grab: How agri-subsidies encourage farmers to cut back on nature
A report by
Niall Sargent and Ella McSweeney
Carbon emissions-heavy dairy and livestock farming rewarded over environmental efforts.
The EU's multi-billion euro farm subsidy model is driving up emissions & hitting nature hard, writes Niall Sargent and Ella McSweeney in new Noteworthy investigation
Irish farmers are being financially penalised for maintaining biodiversity hotspots
€100 billion of farm subsidies for climate action have had little impact on emissions, EU audit finds
Explosion in poultry farming in Border region poses air pollution threat
Report, seen by Noteworthy, shows over 250,000 tonnes of manure is being currently produced by the industry in Monaghan alone.
There are an estimated 18.5 million farmed chickens in Monaghan producing ammonia-laden manure.
Report, seen by Noteworthy's Niall Sargent, warns of "direct and indirect negative impacts on the environment locally".
Soil, water and air pollution an increasing concern.
Opinion: 'The shift coming in Irish agriculture must be transformational - but it will be positive too'
Minister of State for Agriculture Pippa Hackett writes that the future for farming in Ireland should see increased incomes and decreased emissions.
Charlie McConalogue: Farming and climate ambitions can co-exist
The agriculture minister says he’s confident Irish farmers will embrace climate change policies that are needed to tackle the climate crisis.
Ireland will face its own challenges as part of the EU's mammoth 'carbon neutral by 2050' plan
The ‘Fit for 55′ plan first aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.
Cloned credit cards used in fraudulent transactions targeting Irish agri businesses
Up to €7,000 worth of silage wrap and some farm machinery were fraudulently paid for over the phone with a cloned credit card.
Farmers rally against impact of climate bill and CAP on agriculture sector
Demonstrations were organised in 30 towns in Ireland this morning.
Quiz: How much do you know about farm animals?
Can you tell your oinks from your baas?
'Under pressure': Industry urges State to open horticultural workforce to non-EU workers
Noteworthy examines an industry push for visas for non-EU workers in horticulture that has raised concern with unions, migrant rights groups and some Government departments.
Ireland has major 'pull factor' for seasonal workers fleeing economic hardship
Noteworthy and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network examine the lure for workers from Bulgaria and Romania to come to Ireland and the impact back home – both good and bad.