Farming organisations are urging their members to use their votes in the forthcoming referendums. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The leading farming and rural organisations are not making recommendations on how their members should vote in the referendums on marriage equality a(...)

Seán O’Donnell, a dairy farmer from Co Mayo, won the Young Farmer of the Year award in 2014

The search is on to find the top young Irish farmer. Macra na Feirme has launched this year’s FBD Young Farmer of the Year award and the winner will b(...)

Fruit and vegetable growers say they are on their “last gasp” and there is a risk that some vegetables will no longer be commercially grown in Ireland if action is not taken. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fruit and vegetable growers say they are on their “last gasp” and there is a risk that some vegetables will no longer be commercially grown in Ireland(...)

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(...)

 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’(...)

Dairy farmer Michael Doran from Duncormick, Co Wexford. Doran used to be a well-known figure in the beef sector. Photograph: Patrick Browne

There was some surprise when it emerged that suckler farmer Michael Doran was taking up dairying. The farmer from Duncormick, Co Wexford, was a well-k(...)

Sheep farmers have reported a spate of attacks on their flocks in recent weeks even before the lambing season gets into full swing this weekend. While(...)

Bus Éireann chief executive Martin Nolan said if the Government wanted smaller towns and villages on commercial routes to be serviced, it would have to pay a subsidy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Planned cuts to some of Bus Éireann’s rural routes have been condemned by farm groups and organisations of rural and older people. The national bus se(...)

Mairéad McGuinness: “Clear and accurate information is all that consumers want.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland (ACBI) has accused the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) of unfairly targeting its members with its latest pr(...)

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(...)