Cattle on a Midlands farm. The Government has been urged to help  farmers aged under 40 who don’t qualify for supports for young farmers  after their plight was highlighted at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government has been urged to help so-called “forgotten farmers” after their plight was highlighted at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agricultur(...)

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(...)

Incoming Macra na Feirme president Seán Finan has said: “We have witnessed the decimation of rural Ireland in recent years with the closure of post offices and garda stations.”

Rural Ireland has been decimated and the Government must invest in rural areas it if it wants people to live there, incoming Macra na Feirme president(...)

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(...)

All the candidates are prominent Macra na Feirme members and are all involved in farming.  Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Rural youth and young farmers’ organisation Macra na Feirme will elect its 35th president today . The election count will take place at its hea(...)

The bottom-up approach to saving rural areas is crucial, says Bernard Kearney, who last year helped to set up a community shop in his parish, in Co Ro(...)

Muintir na Tíre chief executive Niall Garvey said it was amazing that there was no national policy for rural Ireland.  “There have been white papers, strategies and so on, but there is no national policy as to where we see rural Ireland, what we think it should be like, how we get there and what are the services needed to support that. Where is the line in the sand beyond which we are not going to cut any more of those services?” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

An alliance of organisations has vowed to make rural Ireland an election issue as their Save Rural Ireland campaign gets off the ground.Muintir na Tír(...)

Four candidates have been confirmed to run for president of young farmers’ group Macra na Feirme, as the nomination process closes. Photograph: Macra na Feirme

Four candidates have been confirmed to run for president of young farmers’ group Macra na Feirme, as the nomination process closes. The candidates are(...)

The winner will replace outgoing president Kieran O’Dowd who made waves when he was elected  in 2013 because he was a barrister and not a farmer. This time, all four candidates are involved in farming

The race is on to be the next president of young farmers’ group Macra na Feirme with four candidates in the running.The winner will replace outgoing p(...)

The priority of a soon-to-be-launched farming group is protecting farm incomes and the viability of the family farm, according to organisers. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A new national farm organisation will be launched in February and will focus on keeping family farms viable, spokesman for the organisers Colm O’Donne(...)