High milk consumption does not increase the risk of heart disease and type2 diabetes “and indeed may provide benefit”, a conference on milk and nutrition was told this evening.

Lower risk of ill-health for people with high dairy intake, conference hears

Maireád McGuinness: her  call on the EU to immediately drop the superlevy regime in light of the impact of the Russian ban on dairy produce was rejected. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

MEPs say farmers should not have to pay the price for political crisis

A grandstand view at the 2014 International Sheepdog Trials at Kilbegnet, Co. Roscommon, yesterday. Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy

Visitors flock to international sheepdog trials in Roscommon

Juergen Voegele, director of the agriculture and environmental services department of the World Bank: “We need a future model of food security that enables production systems to be carbon-neutral.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Food prices rises inevitable because of global demand, conference told

Social farming is well established in countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands where farmers are paid for mentoring.

HSE studying review of pilot project

Models on a 1967 Nuffield tractor at Ratheniska, Co Laois. The 2014 National Ploughing Championships will be held there this month. Photograph: Alf Harvey

Champions and edible insects just some of the attractions promised for ploughing event

Farming orgaisations welcomed Phil Hogan’s appointment as agriculture commissioner while Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesman Éamon Ó Cuív urged him to tackle the current beef crisis.

New agriculture commissioner faces immediate challenge in Russian food ban

The Irish stoat is the focus of a  research project by NUI Galway. Photograph: Dermot Breen

Galway research project gets ‘phenomenal response’ from public

Hepatitis A-contamination of mixed berries and berry products was first identified in May of last year and was linked with travel to Italy.

Food Safety Authority of Ireland advise public to boil all imported frozen berries

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