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.
Funding of €1,867,200 to 142 organisations involved in delivering animal welfare services throughout the country has been announced.
Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII) officially opened it new milk protein plant on its existing site in Virginia, Co. Cavan. Heather Humphreys Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Arlene Foster, NI Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, were on hand to open the new facility, which is the result of a €7.8 million investment.
The Government has approved a new forestry programme for 2014-2020.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, has announced that payments under the Beef, Sheep and Dairy Discussion Group programmes will begin issuing to successful participants in the coming days.
The total volume of milk supplies up to the end of November 2014 leave Ireland 6.51% over quota, taking into account the relevant butterfat adjustment.
Irish researchers will undertake new research across a range of areas in dairy, beef and pig production, as well as climate change and the engagement of dairy farmers with health and safety on farms, following the award of nine new postgraduate fellowships to UCD being funded by Teagasc.
Awards of over €20 million for agri-food and forestry research projects have been announced by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, and Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Forestry, Tom Hayes TD.