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.
Farmers can now submit 2015 derogation applications using the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine's online facility, which is the only application method available for 2015.
The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) got underway at the RDS in Dublin today, with plenty of innovative agri-science offerings among the 550 projects on display.
Agriculture minister Simon Coveney has announced the opening of the online system for the submission of applications to both the National Reserve and the Young Farmers Scheme in 2015.
A new Secretary General of the Department of Agriculture has been appointed.
Grants worth €1.2bn to Irish farmers may be linked to their safety record and cuts may be imposed if farmers do not comply with safety regulations, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said this week.
Ireland has become the first EU member state to secure beef access to the valuable US market, following an inspection by the US authorities of Ireland's beef production systems in July of last year.