Sean O’Donnell from Co Mayo. The young farmer is chairman of a local farmer discussion group and is also involved with his local football club

Mayo may not have got to the All-Ireland football final this year, but the county claimed the top prize for young farmers last night. Seán O’Donnell (...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said that swathes of land  were “totally unutilised” while a new generation of farmers were struggling to access land. Photograph: Eric Luke

A new service matching older and younger farmers who want to work together has been introduced by Macra na Feirme. The Lan(...)

Mary Cunningham of the National Youth Council: “With pre-drinking, you are not drinking at home and then going out to have one [drink]. You are drinking at home and going out and drinking whatever you’d have drunk anyway.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Activities such as “prinking” and having “car-bars” have become routine, showing how much our drinking behaviour has changed, a seminar on alco(...)

Fine Gael MEP Maireád McGuinness: she said there should be a more strategic analysis of the farm policy, rather than seeing it as “taxpayers giving money to farmers”. Photograph: Alan Betson

A “wall of money” is stopping older farmers from passing land to younger people, UCD’s professor of agriculture and food economics Alan Renwick told a(...)

Macra na Feirme president Kieran O’Dowd called on Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to introduce a new installation aid scheme for young farmers. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The year’s biggest gathering of young farmers is underway in Carlow this weekend as more than 2,500 people take part in Macra na Feirme’s annual co(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney launched initiative supporting rural LGBT people. Photograph: Eric Luke

A campaign to support people in rural areas who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender was unveiled at the National Ploughing Championships yesterd(...)

Talking about the Budget at the height of summer seems a bit premature until you remember that the Budget has been brought forward from December to Oc(...)

New Macra na Feírme president Kieran O’Dowd told the rural youth organisation’s AGM in Cork that 7 per cent of farmers in Germany were over 65 while in France, 13 per cent were

There are more farmers over the age of 80 than under 35, yet little has been done to address this “unbelievable” scenario, new Macra na Feírme (...)