“Unless escalating input costs such as fertiliser are effectively addressed at EU level and elsewhere, the ability of farm families to continue to produce an affordable food supply for the expanding world population will be compromised,” Irish Farmers’ Association president Eddie Downey said. File photograph:  Sandra Mu/Getty Images

Farmers have urged the European Commission to begin an inquiry into the fertiliser industry due to rising prices. Irish Farmers’ Association president(...)

IFA general secretary Pat Smith, book editor Matt Dempsey, Ray MacSharry and IFA president Eddie Downey at the book launch. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Former EU commissioner Ray MacSharry has challenged Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald to come “out on the street” and repeat allegations she m(...)

Irish Wind Energy Association chief executive Kenneth Matthews speaking atthe association’s annual conference. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

The Irish Wind Energy Association, the lobby group for wind farm developers, held its annual conference on Wednesday at the Doubletree hotel, formerly(...)

EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan said Europe would not allow the importation of hormone beef if a trade deal is agreed with the US. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Beef from cattle raised with hormones and an angel dust derivative could appear on Irish supermarket shelves if EU negotiators do not take a firm line(...)

A TTIP deal could encompass almost half the global economy, potentially generating €92 billion in added output for the EU and US.

EU negotiators must ensure the interests of Irish and European farmers are not sacrificed in pursuit of an overall trade deal with the US, the Irish F(...)

Milk is one of the ever-present staples in the Irish home and the average family will spend more than €600 on the stuff between now and the end of the(...)

The State’s dairy industry faces a once-off opportunity following the end of the milk quota system, but volatility within the sector remains a concern. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto 2:10

The dairy industry is facing into a once-off opportunity, with the shackles imposed by the milk quota system, in place since 1984, being removed and m(...)

The IFA and Crimestoppers have launched a campaign to help prevent livestock theft. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

David Hall’s young daughter still asks when the cattle are coming back.Cattle rustlers stole 17 animals from his field in Newbliss, Co Monaghan last J(...)

The IFA  bought products such as back rashers, loin chops, back bacon and ham fillets in independent butcher shops and supermarkets in Wexford, Galway, Cork and Cavan.  Photograph: Getty Images

Almost one-third of pigmeat sold as Irish was found not to be so when its DNA was tested in a programme run by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA).Th(...)

Tests carried out for the IFA  found that 29 per cent of pigmeat products  did not have Irish DNA

Imported pork chops accounted for 40 per cent of products that were found to be of foreign origin when they were DNA-tested in a programme run by th(...)