Organic standards are stricter than free-range standards with a limit of six hens per square metre for organic producers, compared with seven for free-range producers

Organic egg producers are in a flap over an European Commission rule on egg packaging that prevents them from labelling their eggs as both organic and(...)

Newly appointed EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan can employ up to three cabinet members from Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Phil Hogan is expected to finalise his team of advisers during the next few weeks, as he prepares to take responsibility for the European Commissio(...)

Fabien Peyaud: “Herdwatch can literally save farmers hours of paperwork every week by allowing them to record farm and animal events on the go as they happen”
New innovator: Herdwatch

“Three years ago I discovered a statistic that shocked me: 93 per cent of farmers did not use any form of computerised herd management system,” say(...)

 Minister for Agriculture and Food Simon Coveney: to attend meeting of EU agriculture and fisheries ministers in Brussels. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney is expected to raise concerns about the impact of Russian sanctions on the fishing industry at a meeting of EU(...)

Farm dangers: some 20,000 farmers in Ireland  have some form of disability, according to Teagasc

An estimated 20,000 farmers have some form of disability, according to Teagasc’s national health and safety officer John McNamara. He told the semina(...)

Simon Coveney: “I am firmly of the view that it is vital that Irish companies have access to as many markets worldwide as possible.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Burgeoning Asian appetites for meat provide a major opportunity for countries such as Ireland that have a strong focus on food exports. Incomes are ri(...)

The Department of Agriculture carries out controls in high-throughput factories slaughtering over 150,000 birds a year, while local authority inspectors do checks at low-throughput establishments.

Major concerns about standards at smaller poultry processing plants have been raised in a European Commission report.The report says the Department o(...)

The sanctions will affect some €70m  worth of exports, says Bord Bia chief executive Aidan Cotter.

The Russian ban on EU food imports came into effect at midnight last night and Russian customs have been ordered to block incoming products from EU c(...)

Much of the fighting in eastern Ukraine has been on the border with Russia, which Ukrainian government forces want to safeguard to prevent any influx of fighters and military hardware from Russia. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA 0:52

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk discussed possible Western alliance support for Ukraine’s d(...)

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Dozens of animal rights activists protested in front of Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s office yesterday over a plan to cull thousands of ba(...)