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Advice: ‘Many Farmers Can Continue To Receive BPS Payments On Afforested Land’

Once again, it is time to complete your all important Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application.

If you have (or are considering) a forest enterprise on the farm then by adhering to strict criteria, many applicants can continue receiving entitlements on… Continue reading

60% Of Farmers Are Over 50 While Only 16% Under 40 – Survey

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Almost 60% of farmers are over the age of 50, while only 16% are under the age of 40, according to a new survey by a farmer representation group.

The farm succession survey, carried out by the Irish Natura and… Continue reading

Five Things You Need To Know About The Broadband Plan

Group Political Editor Kevin Doyle explains in simple terms the five things you need to know about the broadband plan.

1. Every House In The Country

The Government decision means every home in the country will be entitled to high-speed… Continue reading

National Reserve And Young Farmers Scheme Deadline Is Fast Approaching

Earlier this year the National Reserve and Young Farmers schemes were launched by the The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D.

The various categories of the online schemes provide a vital financial resource to young farmers… Continue reading

Applications Open For Dutch Ammonia Solutions Study Trip

Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture is offering 16 dairy farmers the opportunity to travel to the Netherlands to learn about how the country’s farmers have found innovative ways to reduce ammonia emissions.

The three-day study tour will run from June… Continue reading

Recognition For Farmers Managing Their Land And Livestock In A Way That Benefits Nature

May 12 is the deadline for nominations to find Ireland’s Farming For Nature ambassadors for 2019.

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The national Farming for Nature Award recognises farmers managing their land and livestock in a way that really benefits nature.

The award was developed… Continue reading

Is Your Land Eligible For BPS?

To draw down payment in respect of your BPS entitlements, you must have an eligible hectare to accompany each entitlement.

A hectare is eligible, provided an agricultural activity is carried out on it, such as growing crops, grazing animals or… Continue reading

Suckler And Dairy Calf Births – What Are The Numbers?


The number of suckler-bred calves born so far this year has fallen by 34,821 head when compared to the same period in 2018, figures from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) indicate.

However, dairy calf registrations are running marginally ahead… Continue reading

Gardai Issue Alert About Websites Offering Un-Secured Loans

An Garda Siochana at the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau wish to alert the Public to an ongoing Advance Fee Fraud related to on-line websites offering un-secured Loans.


A number of websites offering un-secured loans are targeting vulnerable persons… Continue reading

Summer Is On The Way – Time To Protect Against Lyme Disease

Monday, April 29 was Lyme Awareness Day, and the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has some practical advice on how to protect yourself against the disease. Now that summer is almost here, people who spend time outdoors – whether… 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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