Delightfully alternative: Carabus problematicus, widespread on Ireland’s mountain heaths and moraines. Illustration: Michael Viney

My wellies stand on the slate-flagged floor of the porch, and each morning for days a beetle has been under one of them, black and shiny, quite common(...)

Seán Sherlock: he said Ireland was a committed supporter of using agricultural development to lift people out of hunger and poverty

Teagasc and Irish Aid have signed an agreement to use agricultural research and training to help developing countries.The agricultural research body a(...)

Research conducted by Teagasc and the Health and Safety Authority has revealed a marked increase in the incidence of farm deaths over the last five years. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Older farmers are accounting for a disproportionate amount of farm-related fatalities, particularly those who have returned to an agricultural setting(...)

The deaths of 30 people on farms last year may not signal a trend and knee-jerk reactions to the fatalities must be avoided, said Patrick Kent, presid(...)

Announcement of  two investments was made by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney (above) and Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton. Photograph:  Sean Curtin

Opening a new dairy processing technology centre is like adding a new software engine to the dairy sector, Pádraig McPhillips, chief executive of a(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney,  today announced a €10 million plan to upgrade Teagasc’s food technology plant in Fermoy, Co Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A total of €35 million is to be invested by Government and industry in two dairy research and innovation centres in Limerick and Cork.The projects aim(...)

Raymond Codd of Codd Mushrooms: the mushroom industry is worth more than €112 million and now employs more than 3,200 people in Ireland

The mushroom industry in Ireland is acknowledged to be one of the best in the world. It is the largest horticultural sector in Ireland and is worth mo(...)

Farms are  “a dangerous place. We need to go in and farm defensively, think defensively. We have to get a change in attitudes,” IFA president  Eddie Downey has said. “We cannot keep going on losing lives the way we are.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Farmers are involved in more fatal incidents because lack of profit is forcing them to work longer hours to support their families, IFA president Eddi(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey has said that “farmers will not tolerate their high quality produce being devalued and their livelihoods being destroyed by supermarkets in pursuit of a quick buck.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Irish Farmers’ Association has called for the appointment of a supermarkets’ ombudsman to ensure that farmers get a fair share of the consumer pri(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says similar benefits to those in Cork would be seen in many other rural communities. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The ending of the milk quota regime could provide 4,000 more jobs in Co Cork by 2020, new research has found. However, it warns that Cork County Counc(...)