Mairéad McGuinness: “Farmers are more than the custodians of the land. You are the managers of nature.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Farming lobbyists and Government should not pretend Ireland is trying to feed the world, a conference for young farmers has been told. “The policy is(...)

Young farmers need to ‘regain the environmental clothes’, according to Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness. Macra to Furrow Conventional Plough Class atthe National Ploughing Championships. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Young farmers need to “regain the environmental clothes”, according to Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness.She said the “clothes of the environment shoul(...)

European Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan speaks before the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development at the EU Parliament in Brussels yesterday

The commissioner-designate knew what he had to do. So for the day that was in it, he kept the lid on Big Phil and went heavy on the Humble Hogan. Some(...)

Independent MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan accused Hogan of looking after the rich ‘rancher’ farmers

Ireland’s European commissioner-designate Phil Hogan has won the backing of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee to become the next EU a(...)

Former Fine Gael minister Phil Hogan is expected to face tough questioning from MEPs when he appears before the European Parliament’s agriculture committee tomorrow morning for a three-hour hearing on his nomination as Ireland’s next European commissioner.   Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Former Fine Gael minister Phil Hogan is expected to face tough questioning from MEPs when he appears before the European Parliament’s agriculture comm(...)

A European Parliament spokesman has said that MEPs have parliamentary immunity in the exercise of their duties  following a row between Irish commissioner-designate Phil Hogan and Independent MEP Nessa Childers over a row she circulated to parliament members of his potential appointment. Photographs: The Irish Times and Patrick Seeger/EPA.

Members of the European Parliament have parliamentary immunity in the exercise of their duties as MEPs, a spokesman for the European Parliament has sa(...)

Gerry King (left) from Dunleer, Co Louth, ploughing in the senior horse section, watched by his son Gerard  at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Eric Luke 2:39

There is nothing like this. Nothing. Here, you get the real deal. This is the mood your vintage oilcloth artisan types strive to evoke in their carefu(...)

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

The EU’s handling of the impact of the Russian food import ban has been defended by outgoing EU commissioner for agriculture Dacian Ciolos amid calls(...)

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.

There was universal welcome from farm organisations and farming figures for Phil Hogan’s appointment as EU commissioner for agriculture and rural affa(...)

Phil Hogan who was named as the EU’s next agriculture commissioner today. Photograph: Collins

Phil Hogan has been named as the next EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, marking the second time Ireland has secured the post foll(...)