Articles Tagged ‘Young Farmers’

A balanced approach to life and farming

 

As the winner of the 2017 FBD Young Farmer of the Year Award, PJ O’Keeffe represents a new generation with a balanced approach to life and farming. Tomas Turley, on the other hand, has just retired from Teagasc after completing a 34-year career in the advisory services. Both men spoke to Matt O’Keeffe and shared some thoughts on the state of Irish agriculture.

Agri-digital natives fuel farming future

 

Digital natives are using consumer and agricultural technologies in myriad ways, such as data and records management, crowdsourcing solutions to problems, right the way through to promoting their farm and produce, writes Ethan Cleary, head of IT strategy at the Irish Farmers’ Association.

BEEF 2016 Open Day

 

BEEF 2016, a major Teagasc Open Day will take place on Tuesday, July 5, at Grange in Dunsany Co Meath. Thousands of cattle farmers from all over the country are expected to attend this major national beef event which is sponsored by FBD.

Co-op directors advised of key responsibilities in Irish farming market

 

“As the co-operative sector seeks further expansion opportunities and also copes with serious fallout from the Brexit decision, it must continue to promote a strategic vision and clear leadership in the interests of co-operative members,” said Martin Keane, President of the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS), at the 40th ICOS National Conference at the Convention Centre in Dublin.

Department to assist young farmers with online applications

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is offering one-to-one assistance in the next week to young farmers and new entrants who may be experiencing difficulty in completing and submitting online applications under the National Reserve and Young Farmers Scheme.

Fall in CAO applications for agriculture courses

First Round statistics show a fall in applications for agriculture courses.

 

Over 74,000 students applied for college places via the CAO this year. The figures show strong growth in areas of built environment, architecture, engineering and technology, as well as law and dentistry. CAO preliminary data indicates a decline in overall demand for agriculture third-level courses of approximately 7 per cent, with a decline in first preferences of 18.9 per cent.

Macra joins farm income debate

 

Macra is the latest organisation to call for safeguards and favourable policy instruments to counteract the crippling income volatility that farmers are currently facing.

Macra na Feirme president supports EU young farmers survey

 

Speaking from the European Parliament in Brussels today (Wednesday, September 27), Macra na Feirme national president James Healy has welcomed publication of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) survey of young farmers.

Macra welcomes opening of new young farmer scheme

Macra na Feirme has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney and Minister of State, Tom Hayes of the opening of the Targeted Modernisation Schemes (TAMS II)  scheme for young farmers. The Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme is the first of the new TAMS II to be launched under the new Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014 - 2020. The scheme is co-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Young farmers fearful of Brexit – Macra na Feirme

 

Brexit is the biggest challenge facing the agriculture industry and young farmers, according to Macra na Feirme President Sean Finan. Speaking at the most recent meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture to discuss Brexit, he expressed the disappointment and fear young farmers feel following the UK’s decision to leave the EU.