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Guide To Passing On Entitlements

The Single Payment Scheme was introduced to Ireland in 2005.

This scheme allows farmers within the EU who follow certain rules to gain entitlements from the land.


This provides farmers with another income stream from their lands and can be… Continue reading

‘Phishing’, Farming And Ransomware – Cyber Security In Agriculture

With agriculture becoming increasingly digitised, and many essential elements of farming becoming increasingly online-based, the question of cyber security inevitably has to be raised.

The issue becomes all the more apparent following a high-profile incident last week where social media… Continue reading

23 Schemes To ‘Get A Result’ For The Environment

Sustainability features strongly in 23 European Innovation Partnerships projects, with a €59m total investment from the Department of Agriculture.

These rural projects focus variously on biodiversity, organic production, pollinators, water quality, flood management, soils, farming in an archaeological landscape, and… Continue reading

Donegal County Council Announce A New Thatch Repair Grant Scheme

Over twenty thatched buildings on record of protected structures in Donegal.

Donegal County Council has announced a new thatch repair grant scheme to assist the owners and occupiers of thatched dwellings with their continued maintenance and use.
At present, there… Continue reading

Donegal Farmers Recognised For Dairy Farming Excellence At The 12th Annual Aurivo Milk Quality Awards

Brothers Noel and Raymond Harte from Ballyshannon and Charles McCandless from Culdaff, have been acknowledged for their contribution to dairy farming excellence at the Aurivo Milk Quality Awards.

The awards recognise the standard of excellence in dairy farming by Aurivo… Continue reading

Marriage Breakdown A ‘Core Concern’ For Farm Transfers

The possibility of a farm successor becoming divorced is a “core concern” among older farmers looking to transfer their farm.

This is making those farmers reluctant to pass on the enterprise, according to the Agricultural Land Market Review and Outlook 2019… Continue reading

How Microsoft Airband Would Solve The Urban – Rural Broadband Gap

Last week’s Government decision to award the national broadband plan contract to Granahan McCourt wasn’t the only big recent announcement about improving rural connectivity.

On April 27, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan launched an important Airband… Continue reading

Online Gambling, Bullying And Loneliness – A ‘Cruel Reality’

Online gambling addiction; women being bullied in the workplace by younger women; and rural isolation are part of the cruel reality being faced by many availing of the counselling services of Northwest Stop, according to its chairman Tom O’Reilly.… Continue reading

May Sustainability Month Series: Farming Special

Food Wise 2025 sets out a roadmap for increases in agricultural output over the 2015-2020 period.

It also maintains that this must occur in an environmentally sustainable fashion.

It recognises that Ireland’s farmers and foresters manage the vast majority of… Continue reading

Milking It – Weighing Up The Cost Of Dairy Farming On The Environment

The Irish dairy industry has upped its milk output rapidly since EU quotas were abolished but at what environmental cost, asks Dan White

Cows on a dairy farm in New Zealand — the huge increase in dairy production in that country has exacted a heavy environmental toll. Can Ireland tread a different path as it ramps up milk production? Picture: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Cows on a dairy farm in New Zealand — the huge increase in dairy production in that… Continue reading

Rural Enterprise Skillnet

Rural Enterprise Skillnet

The Rural Enterprise Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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