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# Farming

Last month
May 2023
# Bird Flu
Two cases of bird flu detected in UK poultry workers
Both workers were asymptomatic.
Holly Cairns says she'll talk to all parties after next election but 'change' is in the air
A report by
Christina Finn
The new Social Democrats leader spoke to The Journal in a wide-ranging interview.
This year
# Macra na Feirme
Young farmers group hold 'positive' meeting with Taoiseach after march to Govt Buildings
Macra is calling for stronger government support for young farmers and young people in rural communities.
West Cork farmer who died following an accident involving a bull is named locally
71-year-old Joseph Shorten is believed to have been attacked when he went to open a gate.
# War in Ukraine
Ireland to contribute funding to delivery of 500 tonnes of seed potatoes to Ukraine
The seed potatoes will be given to 10,000 highly vulnerable small farmers in rural areas of the frontline.
Last year
# factory farm
Intensive farming set to ramp up if planned pig and poultry farms approved
If given the go ahead, up to 12 million more chickens and 55,000 more pigs would be industrially reared.
If given the go ahead, up to 12 million more chickens and 55,000 more pigs would be industrially reared
This would produce roughly 26,000 tonnes of excrement annually, Noteworthy reports
Climate scientist: Proposed increase 'especially concerning' given impact on ammonia emissions
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure?
'Canary in the coal mine': Protected nature areas under pressure from poultry farming
# Farming
‘Unacceptable cultural barriers’ preventing women taking over family farms
Charlie McConalogue pledged to do ‘everything we can’ to bring in policy changes.
# Farming
Cabinet to sign off on new Common Agicultural Policy worth close to €10 billion for farmers
For the first time, there will be specific measures to support female farmers.
# Agriculture
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.
Deaths of at least 80 cows in last decade linked to spreading of poultry manure
A report by
Niall Sargent
Cross-border investigation reveals concerns over regulation of the trade in poultry litter, an increasingly important natural fertiliser used on crops and vegetables.
16 farms inspected in last decade over concerns with poor spreading of poultry litter, Noteworthy reveals
In the most impactful case, 19 dairy cows died across two farms from botulism linked to litter spreading
Difficult for authorities to identify farms of origin of the litter for inspection or further action
'Canary in the coal mine': Protected nature areas under pressure from poultry farming
'Potential fraud' in poultry farm planning applications investigated in the North
# factory farm
'Canary in the coal mine': Protected nature areas under pressure from poultry farming
Cross-border investigation reveals serious environmental and air quality concerns from ammonia produced by the rapidly expanding poultry industry on the island of Ireland.
'Potential fraud' in poultry farm planning applications investigated in the North
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy cross-border project reveals serious concerns over the authenticity of documents claimed to be from an Irish State body.
Falsified or altered Teagasc letters used in 23 poultry farm planning cases in the North, Noteworthy reveals
Both national and local authorities in the North are currently investigating the issue
Several cases of dumping of poultry litter discovered in Northern Ireland since 2015
# factory farm
Suspected false documents and illegal dumping: the murky world of poultry manure
Noteworthy reveals serious concerns over authenticity of files used in some poultry farm planning cases in the North and where the manure is going.
# search for water
'The conflict takes two forms': How worsening droughts are fuelling tensions in Kenya
In times of drought, farmers move their animals to look for water and pasture. This can create a rift with crop farmers.
# Investigation
Over the Hill: Persistent overgrazing causing 'devastation' in vulnerable habitats
Many upland areas are experiencing ongoing grazing pressure and degradation, with rare plants disappearing.
Many upland areas are experiencing grazing pressure and degradation, with rare plants disappearing
Anthea Lacchia of investigative platform Noteworthy reports that overgrazing remains an issue despite being recognised as a problem for at least two decades
Protected areas will be lost if farmers are not given more support, according to experts
# new scheme
Irish farmers urged to grow more crops in response to Ukraine war
The Government is hoping a new multi-million scheme will ensure the co-operation of farmers.
# wheat and grain
Farmers say they will 'play our part in national effort' as minister to ask them to plant crops
The IFA has questioned if the request is the best use of resources for farmers to plant wheat, grain and barley.
All time
# meat and dairy
Two Irish companies accounted for 7.5% of emissions from EU beef sector in 2018
Three Irish meat and dairy companies are examined as part of a new report on emissions.
# India
India’s Modi vows to repeal farm laws after prolonged protests
Farmers said the legislation would devastate their earnings by ending guaranteed pricing.
# Agriculture
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.
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.
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.
# no more cages
EU Parliament votes overwhelmingly to ban caged animal farming by 2027
The matter will now go to the EU Commission.
# dairy farming
Zero-carbon dairy project lands €2 million prize to deliver climate-neutral farm
There are plans to extend the strategy to 5,000 dairy farms.
# Protest
Farmers rally against impact of climate bill and CAP on agriculture sector
Demonstrations were organised in 30 towns in Ireland this morning.
Opinion: Our farm subsidy model is broken and causing destruction to habitats
As the biodiversity crisis gathers pace, researcher Ray O’Foghlu explains how both farmers and environmentalists struggle with contradictory land eligibility rules.
# Moo
Quiz: How much do you know about farm animals?
Can you tell your oinks from your baas?
Opinion: Vulnerable unweaned calves need protection in our export trade
Animal welfare campaigner Caroline Rowley outlines why she is challenging the State’s enforcement of EU law to protect farm animals exported abroad.
# Mitchelstown
Shock in rural Cork community as three brothers found dead
They have been named locally as brothers Patrick (60), William (66) and John (59) Hennessy.
They have been named locally this evening as Patrick (60), William (66) and John (59) Hennessy.
The brothers have been described by neighbours as unremarkable "decent people".
# Farming
Quiz: How much do you know about Ireland's autumn crops?
This quiz is in honour of the National Ploughing Championships.
# TheJournal Investigation
Floods, drought and natural disasters already threatened food security in Nepal, then coronavirus came
Too much rain, and too little rain, hampers farmers and their crops.
# farm safety week
One third of serious farm accidents involve children or adults aged over 65
14 people having lost their lives so far this year compared to 19 for all of last year.
# Carrigaline
Man (60s) dies in farming accident in Cork
The accident occurred last night and involved a tractor.
# essential workers
The hard graft of horticulture makes it difficult for the sector to grow
The Keelings workers controversy has thrown a spotlight on a complex corner of Irish food production.
# farming accident
Five-year-old boy dies after falling from farm trailer in Roscommon
Gardaí say that the tragic accident took place yesterday afternoon.
# Farming
McDonald's closure 'big blow' to Irish beef sector, says IFA
It was announced yesterday evening that McDonald’s will be closed from today.
# ge2020
Q&A: Here's where Ireland's political parties stand on agriculture ahead of GE2020
We asked each party what measures they’d take to resolve the beef dispute and support Bord na Móna workers at risk of losing their jobs.
# whitegate
Man fatally injured in accident on Cork farm
The death is being treated as a tragic accident.
# tractor protest
No more farmers protests 'in the near future' after criticism from restaurants and commuters
David Long said that there were no more Dublin tractor protests planned “for the near future”.
# Workplace accidents
Construction deaths more than doubled last year with falls from heights being the leading cause
Overall, 46 people died in workplace accidents in 2019 and agriculture remains the most dangerous sector in which to work.