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# Teagasc

Last year
# factory farm
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.
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.
# Cost of Living
Higher prices for meats and dairy products in Ireland 'beginning to happen already'
The disruption to the supply of wheat and other grains will affect other agri-products, Teagasc explained to The Journal.
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# cash cow
A win for farming, a win for nature: scheming for sustainability
Farm subsidies to protect biodiversity need to be channelled into results-led projects.
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
# 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.
# essential workers
'The demand for labour is unaffected by the pandemic': Food producers under pressure as harvest season begins
Foreign supply chain anxiety could increase the need for the harvest season to run smoothly.
# Teagasc
53% of farm fatalities last year associated with vehicles and machinery
Provisional figures from Teagasc recorded 17 farm deaths in 2018.
# cereal killer
The cereal harvest is forecast to be the worst in 24 years
The worst performing crop is forecast to be spring wheat which is set to fall by a staggering 58%.
# crisis
Farmers are calling a fodder crisis ...but the government says there is sufficient supply
The bad weather throughout the summer has left farmers without sufficient amounts of fodder.
'The gap in household income in Dublin versus rural Ireland is widening'
The government’s objective of delivering growth in rural areas still remains a challenge that remains to be overcome.
# cya-nara roscommon
Enough cyanide 'to wipe out Roscommon' lay in farmer's shed for 45 years
The farmer brought the killer chemicals down to a hazardous waste collection drive over the weekend.
# hairy shearer
Before and after: The wooliest sheep in the world has just been sheared
The animal was carrying more than 40kg of wool.
# udder madness
There are cows in supermarkets as people lose the plot over the price of milk
Farmers saying they are being paid less than it costs them to produce the commodity.
# Road To Recovery
"I don't think Fáilte Ireland knows that we're here" - the South-East tourism industry battles against the tide
Despite falling tourist numbers and a plunge in spending, the South-East is determined to bounce back.
Opinion: How can we revitalise rural towns? Simple – take some of the risk out of doing business
The key to taking advantage of the bounce-back is to remove some of the fixed costs involved in starting up a business (or keeping one going).
# Economy
Do we need a junior minister for rural development?
RTÉ has seen a report which underlines how much Ireland’s rural areas have suffered in the downturn – should a minister be dedicated to tackling that issue?
# farms
Nearly two-thirds of Irish farms are not economically viable
The average income on a family farm fell by 15 per cent last year according to the Teagasc National Farm Survey published today.
# fodder crisis
Fodder scheme doubled to €2m and extended for two more weeks
The fodder will help farmers suffering from food shortages for their livestock following the unseasonally cold winter.
# Unemployment
Midlands show largest percentage drop in employment ratio since 2006
Nationally, there has been a 64 per cent decline in the ratio of employed to unemployed people with less than 5 people working for every person out of work.
# bacteria
Infant antibiotic use may have implications for allergies, asthma and obesity - study
A new Irish study has shown that antibiotic use can reduce the number of bacteria in the intestines of children.
# grow it yourself
No garden, no problem: What can you grow in your apartment?
Just because you haven’t got a garden (or allotment) doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own vegetables.
# Trade
Sherlock to lead food and lifesciences trade mission to Japan
Fourteen of Ireland’s leading food and lifesciences companies will also travel to Japan for the mission.
# GM
Groups aim to launch legal challenge against GM trials
Green Party Councillor Malcolm Noonan explained the reasoning behind the legal challenge, which involves a number of Irish food producers and organic groups.
# Superspuds?
EPA clears way for field trials of blight-resistant GM potato
The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to allow Teagasc carry out experimental field research in Carlow.
# farm safety
Farm injuries rise by 35 per cent in 5 years
The latest research shows that farm family members suffered almost 90 per cent of farm injuries reported, while livestock-related injuries accounted for 33 per cent of all injuries.
# Retirements
Department defends reappointment of top servant who retired 18 months ago
An assistant secretary-general at the Department of Agriculture retired in 2010, but will stay on until October at least.
Column: We should be wary of GM foods, if the past has taught us anything
In the past received wisdom was to blanket our fields in chemicals, writes Walter Ryan-Purcell – so what does that tell us for today?
# GM trials
GM potato trials could be held in Carlow
The Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Teagasc, is seeking a licence to grow GM potatoes in order to examine the potential impact on Irish ecosystems.