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AUGUST 2019
Business News
www.irishfarmersmonthly.com
The Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS)
recently hosted the LeadFarm Project conference,
featuring the work of European co-operative partners
from Ireland and other states.
At the conference, which was opened by Minister of State
for Food, Forestry & Horticulture Andrew Doyle, ICOS
showcased key insights concerning the LeadFarm training
programme which will be launched and rolled out across
a number of European States ­ Ireland, Spain, France,
Latvia and Sweden.
The programme will support young European farmers and
their businesses at farm gate level, helping them to realise
their future ambitions within the sector. The training
programme will cover topics such management, finance,
policy, legislation, marketing and sustainability - key
issues within the co-operative agricultural sector.
Featuring an online training platform with training
materials for young farmers and a train-the-trainer
programme, the programme will enable participants from
the five countries to deliver the programme in their home
country. The online programme uses a variety of methods
to support the learning process including gamification, a
new concept in the dairy sector.
Commenting on the LeadFarm Conference and new
training programme, Minister Andrew Doyle commented:
"Access to land, credit and educational opportunities
remain at the heart of challenges facing our young
farmers, not just in Ireland, but across the European
Union. Projects such as LeadFarm play a critical role in
addressing these challenges, offering our young farmers
the opportunity to learn from each other, sharing ideas
and innovation, and improving technical skills while
promoting a cooperative approach to farming, and
strengthening our family farms for the future."
The LeadFarm training programme is part of the
LeadFarm Project. The project is funded through the
European Union Erasmus Plus Programme, which is
managed by Léargas in Ireland.
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