Glad to see the end of quotas: Mike Magan, a Co Longford dairy farmer, says the system brought the worst of both worlds, as milk prices fell rather than rose. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

On April 1st dairy quotas will be abolished, and for the first time in three decades farmers will be able to produce as much milk (...)

Pat McCormack: “Teagasc has spent the past 30 years researching how to best grow and utilise grass, and Irish farmers have that pretty much perfected.” Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Pat McCormack of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association is worried about colleagues’ financial problems

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland CEO Jim Bergin,  Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan giving bottles to  Annie and Saoirse Power (9 months), and Noah Connolly (14 months) at the plant which will produce infant formula. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

€235 million investment marks the first greenfield dairy site since the 1970s

MEP Maireád McGuinness: Described the steady fall in farmers’ share of the consumer price as “dramatic”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Producers received 31% of final price in 1995 but 21% in 2011, according to FG MEP’s figures

Four candidates have been confirmed to run for president of young farmers’ group Macra na Feirme, as the nomination process closes. Photograph: Macra na Feirme

Four running for presidency of young farmers’ group as nomination process closes

Phil Hogan: Considering the possibility of penalising farmers for farm-safety breaches by reducing their farm payments. Photograph: The Irish Times

Low interest loans for young farmers being considered by European Commission

Phil Hogan: said  suppliers are still not getting a fair price from supermarkets for their produce

Phil Hogan promises changes in legislation before end of the year

 New EU rules  allowing member states to ban or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified crops in their territory have been formally adopted by the European Council. File photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

European Council adopts rules allowing member states to restrict GM cultivation

‘Farm Walk and Talk’ initiative has been organised by Agri Aware. Photograph: The Irish Times

Number of people studying agricultural science has increased in recent years

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