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# Farmers

Last week
19th November 2023 - 25th November 2023
Jacinda Ardern on death threats, climate change and why social media is like alcohol
The former Prime Minister of New Zealand was speaking at a conference in Dublin today.
This month
November 2023
This year's potato harvest 'worst in recent memory', says IFA
Heavy rainfall has turned the season into a “salvage operation”.
Last month
October 2023
Varadkar plans to bring Environment Commissioner to Irish farm to highlight 'well managed' beef and dairy sector
The Taoiseach says a reduction to 175kg per hectare would “inflict serious damage” on the sector.
Ash dieback disease a ‘national emergency requiring a national response’ says independent report
First detected here in 2012, the disease now affects approximately 16,000 hectares of ash forests in Ireland.
September 2023
Ryan says water quality 'not something we can concede on' pointing to Lough Neagh algae example
Lough Neagh has made headlines recently due to the resurgence of toxic algal blooms.
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.
EU Chief vows 'agriculture and protection of the natural world can go hand in hand'
Farmers in Ireland this week protested over changes to the nitrate derogation limit which they say will impact their livelihoods.
Tánaiste says meeting with farmer representatives at Fianna Fáil think-in has been ‘constructive’
Large crowds of farmers turned up to protest at the Fianna Fáil think-in in Tipperary today.
Opinion: If proper funding is provided, farmers can recover from the nitrates derogation blow
Dr Catherine Conlon says the nitrates derogation is an opportunity for farmers to reduce productivity and meet EU Nature Restoration targets if funding issues are addressed.
Farmers say there will be 'massive ramifications' over decision to cut nitrate derogation limit
Ireland’s nitrates derogration provides farmers an opportunity to farm at higher stocking rates when they take extra steps to protect the environment.
This year
Three in four farmers would vote for a new farmers’ political party, survey shows
The Irish Farmers Journal carried out the survey amoung 1,982 readers.
Opinion: We've just had the hottest week on record and we're cheering a gutted EU Nature bill?
Lorna Bogue says the Nature Restoration Law debacle in the EU this week should be viewed as the climate failure it is.
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.
Some aspects of proposed Nature Restoration Law 'go too far' says Taoiseach
Leo Varadkar says some proposals in the new law do not fully recognise land use in Ireland.
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.
Over 80% believe national deer herd is damaging biodiversity as call for cull grows
Over 1,500 people took part in a public consultation on the issue.
Last year
Fine Gael remains the most popular political party among Irish farmers, poll shows
That’s according to a poll commissioned by the Irish Farmers Journal.
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.
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.
All time
Ibec boss warned Taoiseach that climate budget could cost economy €7.8bn a year
A move to include emissions from land usage in the budgets would ‘totally undermine the viability’ of the agri-food industry, CEO Danny McCoy wrote.
Opinion: Castigating farmers won’t reduce agricultural carbon emissions
Dr Stephen Onakuse says consumers and processors must also shoulder the blame for their impact on climate.
Farmers protest in Dublin as Agriculture Minister defends Government climate targets
Farmers have said they are being asked to do more for less and government policy will make more family farms unviable.
A win for farming, a win for nature: scheming for sustainability
Farm subsidies to protect biodiversity need to be channelled into results-led projects.
EU reaches provisional deal on major CAP reform for farmers
The IFA has criticised the agreement as a “bad deal for Irish farmers”.
'No longer appropriate': Cabinet signs off on fur farming ban and compensation scheme for farmers
The prohibition is not expected to begin until next year, allowing farmers to see out the 2021 season.
Farmers rally against impact of climate bill and CAP on agriculture sector
Demonstrations were organised in 30 towns in Ireland this morning.
Ireland set for a spell of 'unseasonably cold' weather
Snow is possible in some areas.
Northern Irish products not being of EU origin could cause 'huge problems' for valuable Irish dairy sector
Lorcan McCabe, a Cavan dairy farmer, said this could “pose huge problems” for the dairy sector.
Vulture funds are 'preying on the misery and distress' of farmers
The Tánaiste said if people borrow money, they have a responsibility to pay it back.
Livestock marts disrupted as online bidding system crashes
Cattle were already gathered in marts to be sold when the system went down.
'Absolutely crazy': TikTok to investigate Irish videos showing 'dangerous pranks' with farm machinery
IFA president Tim Cullinan called on those recording the videos to show more responsibility.
Irish farmers ask European Commission to suspend imports of beef from outside Europe
Some 318,000 tonnes of beef was imported from outside of Europe last year.
'It's like the stock exchange closing': Farmers at a loss to sell their cattle as marts close for several weeks
The Department of Agriculture is currently in discussions with farmers around potential measures to support them.
'We can't accept it': The EU budget summit has ended without agreement
Leo Varadkar had said that the budget proposal as it stood was “not something [Ireland] can accept”.
Dutch farmers bring tractors into city in protest over planned emissions policy
The demonstration comes a day before a debate in parliament on how to rein in emissions of the pollutant nitrogen oxide.
Poll: How often do you eat potatoes?
Irish farmers are worried that millenials are ditching the potato.
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.
'They can't go green if they're in the red': Farmers won't become climate-friendly if subsidies are cut, warns IFA
The comments come on the same day Fine Gael launched its agriculture plans ahead of the upcoming election.
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”.
Explainer: What's next for the farmers and will there be more protests?
Farmers said they were returning home to rethink their next moves, adding that they have nothing left to lose.