IFA president Eddie Downey  before Tuesday’s agm. “I know what it’s like to try and head up an organisation, having worked in it for 25 years.”  Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

IFA president Eddie Downey has said he wished a new rival farm organisation well but warned they would face a tough battle.The new national organisat(...)

Farms are  “a dangerous place. We need to go in and farm defensively, think defensively. We have to get a change in attitudes,” IFA president  Eddie Downey has said. “We cannot keep going on losing lives the way we are.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Farmers are involved in more fatal incidents because lack of profit is forcing them to work longer hours to support their families, IFA president Eddi(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey has said that “farmers will not tolerate their high quality produce being devalued and their livelihoods being destroyed by supermarkets in pursuit of a quick buck.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Irish Farmers’ Association has called for the appointment of a supermarkets’ ombudsman to ensure that farmers get a fair share of the consumer pri(...)

Lester Ryan, Kilkenny’s linchpin, is in mourning after the sudden death of his father, Johnny. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

A Kilkenny farmer has become the first farm fatality of the year in this State after dying in a machinery-related incident at his farm.Johnny Ryan, ag(...)

Simon Coveney’s suggestion that the US market could take up to 20,000 tonnes of Irish beef in 2015, worth up to €100 million, and “go way beyond that”, is considered by many as too optimistic

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has overstated the importance of Ireland’s re-entry into the US beef market, according to senior industry sourc(...)

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan addressing the  IFA   in Dublin. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The Irish Farmers’ Association offered a masterclass in protest at its 60th-anniversary celebrations in Convention Centre Dublin, with a video of high(...)

 Irish Farmers’ Association president Eddie Downey: farmers getting inadequate return. Photograph: David Sleator

Sixty years after farmers came together to found a national farming association, farm families are again finding themselves under immense pressure to(...)

Beef cattle in Kilkenny: the US is seen as providing a good market for Irish grass-based beef exports. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Beef processors have said they are poised to start exporting to the United States, once the required veterinary certificate is in place. This follows(...)

Rural organisation have said the Garda text alert system is a vital tool in supporting local communities.

A text alert system aimed at preventing crime in local communities has been used over a million times since its introduction in late 2013, according t(...)

The CSO found the value of cattle output fell by more than €180 million.

Farm incomes have dropped by 1 per cent this year, according to a provisional estimate from the Central Statistics Office. It estimated total farm inc(...)