My Farming Week

New Study Recruiting Farm Families In Ireland To Measure Exposure To Glyphosate

NUI Galway is to to carry out the first study in Ireland investigating the background level of exposure to the herbicide, glyphosate among families.

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The NUI Galway researchers with collaborators from the Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine in Bochum,… Continue reading

BEAM – What You Need To Know About The Proposed Scheme

Details on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s proposed Beef Emergency Aid Measure (BEAM) have been released, including eligibility requirements and conditions.

Under the proposed scheme, discussed by the department with representatives from a number of farmer organisations… Continue reading

Drastic Cut Of Up To 53% To Suckler Herd Needed – Climate Council

Ireland must reduce its bovine numbers – specifically its suckler cows – as part of its climate change efforts, according to a report published by the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC).

Published today, Wednesday, July 24, the council outlined three… Continue reading

‘There’s No Such Thing As A Safe Tan’ – Daily SPF Application Can Save Lives From Skin Cancer

Experts believe that making the application of SPF a part of our daily routine could save lives from skin cancer. By Kathy Donaghy

Barbara Brown will never understand why some people won’t stop and take two minutes to put on… Continue reading

Legal Advice – You Need A Licence For Safe Disposal Of Knotweed Or It’s Contaminated Soil

Control of invasive plants is governed by European and Irish legislation, writes Karen Walsh.

Japanese Knotweed in Flower - Reynoutria japonica

Japanese Knotweed in Flower – Reynoutria japonica

Japanese knotweed is a non-native plant species, originally from Japan and Northern China, and first introduced to Europe in… Continue reading

Q&A: The More Europe Exports, The More Jobs It Can Create

The EU has published texts of the EU-Mercosur trade agreement.

Included is the following questions and answers presentation which will be reproduced here over the coming weeks.

Why has the EU negotiated a trade agreement with the four founding member… Continue reading

‘No More Sitka Please!’ – Farmer Blocks Road Over Coillte’s Tree Planting Policy

Members of a Leitrim community have taken matters into their own hands, taking a stand against Coillte, who they feel have no consideration for their local area.

(L-R), Brian, Siobhain and Shannon O’Hagan.

(L-R), Brian, Siobhain and Shannon O’Hagan.

Just outside Manorhamilton, in Glenboy, there is… Continue reading

How This Galway Farmer Is Keeping The Tradition Of Stone Shoring Alive

The first time John Connelly saw a stone shore (ditch) being put into his family farm in Co Galway was September 1971.

Spadework - John Connelly dug the 500-yard ‘shore’ himself on his land in Co Galway

Spadework – John Connelly dug the 500-yard ‘shore’ himself on his land in Co Galway

He remembers it… Continue reading

Farmers Review Value Of Hemp In Kerry

A hemp growing experiment on a farm overlooking Tralee Bay in Kerry 56 years ago is now being recalled as a result of a growing focus on the suitability of the crop as an alternative agricultural enterprise.

The trial, which… Continue reading

Majority Of Farm Fatalities Are Avoidable, Say Safety Experts

And steeper penalties may be introduced if current rate of accidents continues, reports Margaret Donnelly

One farmer dies every two weeks in Ireland as a result of an accident, most of which could be avoided – that was the message… 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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