EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan said Europe would not allow the importation of hormone beef if a trade deal is agreed with the US. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Beef from cattle raised with hormones and an angel dust derivative could appear on Irish supermarket shelves if EU negotiators do not take a firm line(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, pictured with Mary Fogarty from the Cottage Cafe in Loughmore village, Co Tipperary, said he was keen to see new ideas for renewing villages and small towns. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Groups interested in running the €250 million local development Leader programme in their areas have been invited to make an expression of interest.T(...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell: suggested “accident-free days” notices

Leading GAA figures should be used to promote farm safety, the Seanad public consultation committee has heard. The committee also heard suggestions f(...)

Bord Bia chief executive Aidan Cotter: “It represents a huge opportunity to showcase the breadth, depth and capabilities,” of the Irish food industry

The biggest international food buyer event to be staged in Ireland got under way yesterday and involves the arrival of more than 400 food and drink bu(...)

John Mulhare as Jesus Christ during  rehearsals for the passion play in Ballylinan, Co Laois. Photograph: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie

Jesus reads his lines on his daily commute from Laois to Dublin. Mary Magdalene’s day job is organising the National Ploughing Championships. And e(...)

“Investing in a dairy expansion operation takes a lot of money; and if you don’t manage your budgets, when you have a fodder crisis you can’t feed your animals”

Farmers who do not take financial planning seriously could lose their farms if they run into difficult times, the State agricultural agency Teagasc h(...)

Tasty grub? The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has highlighted the nutritional value of insects and the benefits insect farming could have on the environment and on addressing the demand for food worldwide. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A new survey is asking European consumers if they should allow insects to be used in animal feed. The survey is being conducted by the EU-funded PROte(...)

Milk volumes are expected to increase by 50 per cent by 2020 on foot of the milk quota regime being abolished at the end of March.

The news that dairy farms are responsible for 58 per cent of farm deaths has spurred on Icos, the umbrella group for dairy co-ops, to announce a new f(...)

 Irish Farmers Association  president Eddie Downey: he said the policy scenarios were “hypothetical and illustrative”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Farm groups have expressed concerns about a climate change report which offers scenarios that would result in major reductions in the size of Ireland’(...)

Vet sentenced: court  told that Gary Adams’s offences were at the upper end of the scale. Photograph: Alan Betson

A veterinary surgeon has received two suspended sentences and fines amounting to €40,000 for offences relating to the sale of prescription-only medici(...)