Intensive chicken farming in Monaghan under scrutiny

August 22nd, 2019 A decision by Monaghan County Council to grant planning permission for a large-scale chicken farm has been challenged over the potential environmental and air pollution impact of the project. The proposed farm in Glaslough would have the capacity to house 26,000 broilers – chickens raised specifically for meat production – and two […]

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Sharks falling victim as commercial fishing bycatch

July 29th, 2019 Commercial fishing fleets are increasingly entrapping large sharks as bycatch leading to a significant decline in their populations, a new study has found. The study conducted by an international team of scientist from 26 countries indicates that large sharks, even those inhabiting the remotest parts of the ocean, are falling victim to […]

Irish families sought for Glyphosate exposure study

July 25th, 2019 NUI Galway is looking for volunteers to take part in the first Irish study to investigate the levels of glyphosate exposure on families. Researchers will collect and analyse urine samples from 50 non-farm families and 50 farm families for glyphosate. Each family – two parents and one child aged between 6–17 years […]

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Farmers must gain from land-use changes needed to hit climate targets

July 24th, 2019 The farming community must be engaged in, and benefit from, the major changes in land use required to meet our 2050 decarbonisation goal, the State’s climate advisory body has said. This year’s annual review from the Climate Change Advisory Council, launched in the capital this morning, has a strong focus on agriculture […]

Agri-food sector dominates EPA worst offender’s list

July 18th, 2019 Agri-food companies have dominated the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) worst offender’s list for licence compliance issues over the past two years, new data reveals. To date, the environmental watchdog has issued nine National Priority Sites (NPS) lists targetting industrial facilities that had major environmental regulatory compliance issues over a six-month period. Points […]

Minister will not allow roadside hedge cutting this August

July 16th, 2019 The Minister for Heritage has announced that she will not proceed with regulations that would have allowed for roadside hedge cutting this August on a trial basis.  Josepha Madigan said that she made the decision in recognition of the need to protect Irish nature and biodiversity. Hedge cutting for road safety purposes […]

‘Rank hypocrisy’ for EU to insist on agri-climate measures while supporting Mercosur deal

June 27th, 2019 A new report on Ireland’s beef sector has been largely welcomed by the beef farming community but tensions remain high with Brexit looming in the background. The committee Report on the Future of Beef Sector in the Context of Food Wise 2025 which contains twelve key recommendations was launched in Dáil Éireann […]

Extreme weather hit farm income hard in 2018, says Teagasc

May 31st, 2019 Extreme weather events had a significant impact on farm incomes last year, new research from Teagasc reveals. The agri-research body’s latest National Farm Survey reveals the extent of the financial impact of adverse weather in 2018 on Irish farm incomes. Data gathered by Teagasc from over 800 farms shows that the average […]

Two men found guilty of hedgerow destruction during nesting season

May 14th, 2019 Two men in Co Laois have been found guilty and convicted under the Wildlife Act for hedgerow destruction during the nesting season. The case was brought forward by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) earlier this month. The two men were convicted of four offences under the Wildlife Act. The offences […]

Ammonia emissions rise as agri-sector expands, EPA

May 8th, 2019 Rising ammonia emissions from the agricultural sector remain one of the key contributors to air pollution in Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency has warned. According to the EPA’s latest figures, ammonia emissions increased by two per cent in 2017. The upsurge is emissions are expected to continue out to 2030. The agriculture […]