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

The HSE is carrying out a survey of gay and bisexual men in an attempt to reduce the high levels of HIV among men who have sex with men

Five years since similar research was conducted

Campylobacter causes acute gastroenteritis with diarrhoea and vomiting, and can be life-threatening in the very young and old. However, it can be killed by cooking the chicken thoroughly, until it reaches a core temperature of 75 degrees.

Three quarters of UK fresh chickens contaminated with bacterium campylobacter

Dog owners advised to check home insurance cover in case they are sued for damages

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