The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has welcomed the decision of Bord Gáis Energy to reduce electricity and energy prices, but has called on the company and all other energy suppliers to further reduce these prices, in line with the 50 per cent fall in international fuel prices.
The IFA has announced that its officers, from every county, will lobby members of the Oireachtas in Dublin today (Wednesday) to get approval for the Rural Development Programme (RDP). The IFA said patience is running out among its members who are calling to have vital farm schemes opened without further delay.
As dairy farmers prepare for the historic lifting of the EU milk quotas in April of this year, new research indicates that Ireland's heritage in dairying may date back as far as 4,000BC.
The versatility of Quality Assured Irish pork, is the focus of a new campaign launched by Bord Bia, which runs until Saturday, January 31.
Bord Bia has announced a new financial support, the 'Step Change Programme', for small food, drink and horticulture businesses.
Ireland's ability to export beef to the US creates a 'unique branding opportunity for Irish beef', according to IFA president Eddie Downey.
A new report has indicated that the Irish farming sector has a sound financial structure, with the average debt on Irish farms half the European average.