Green Party candidate and former surfing champion Grace O’Sullivan was elected to the Agricultural panel, overcoming Fianna Fáil’s Michael Smith despite his higher vote. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil’s poor strategy in organising its Seanad campaign has resulted in the loss of one of its four seats on the Agricultural panel. Green Part(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney announced the commencement of payments worth €620 million to over 100,000 Irish farmers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ireland’s approach to reducing agricultural emissions has won praise from one of the most influential voices in the climate change debate. Juergen V(...)

Great lake: mayflies’ sudden emergence from the water and nuptial swarmings have signalled the launch of anglers eager to catch trout with imitation mayflies of their own. Illustration: Michael Viney

The mayflies that dance above the lakes of late spring are of the insect order called Ephemeroptera: they hatch, fly, mate, lay eggs on the water and (...)

Juergen Voegele, director of the agriculture and environmental services department of the World Bank: “We need a future model of food security that enables production systems to be carbon-neutral.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Agriculture will account for 70 per cent of global carbon emissions by 2050 compared with 25 per cent now, if global food production maintains a “busi(...)

Testing times: the Ikea shop in  Dublin  removed meatballs from its menu temporarily. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

This year got off to a galloping start for the food industry when it emerged that horse meat was being added to beef burgers and ready meals.Twitter l(...)

“Ireland is one of the very few areas in Europe where farmers can produce over nine tonnes of grass dry matter per hectare per annum,” said Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.

Legislation for the long-awaited code of practice for the retail sector will be introduced “within weeks”, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney told(...)

The horse meat crisis has led the world’s largest food manufacturer Nestle to test for the presence of meat such as kangaroo and dog. Photograph: Michaela Rehle /Reuters

The horse meat crisis has led the world’s largest food manufacturer Nestle to test for the presence of meat such as kangaroo and dog, head of food saf(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food	,Simon Coveney. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

ALISON HEALY, Food and Farming Correspondent in WaterfordThe horse meat crisis has enhanced Ireland’s reputation as a quality food producer and many n(...)