Preliminary analysis of the Teagasc survey shows family farm income increased by 6 per cent in 2014, bringing the average farm income to €26,974. This does not include off-farm income, and the research found 51 per cent of farm households had an off-farm income. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Dairy farmer incomes were last year the highest since Teagasc began compiling its National Farm Survey in 1972, the farm research and education agency(...)

Ryan Pandya (left) and Perumal Gandhi of US-based company Muufri which has discovered a way to produce animal-free milk

Amid all the post-milk quota hoopla, there is one firm whose production ambition would barely stretch to a bowl of cornflakes.US start-up Muufri may b(...)

EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas speaking at the official opening of the Paddy O’Keeffe innovation centre at Teagasc Moorepark in Fermoy: the centre is now home to some 200 people who are working in animal and grassland research

Even after his death, Paddy O’Keeffe was promoting research. The former Farmers Journal editor, who was passionate about learning, donated his body to(...)

Gaia Dempsey, managing director of DAQRI International, speaking to students at a Smart Futures talk

Managed by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in partnership with Engineers Ireland, the Smart Futures programme is aimed at promoting science, technolo(...)

Study author Dr Liam Downey: “Ireland was covered with cattle from time immemorial. In fact, cows were the currency.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There was an “extraordinarily high” number of cattle here from earliest times and an abundance of fish in the waters, yet Irish people ate very littl(...)

Dandelions: we treat them as weeds, but these golden wild flowers are an important source of food for a vital insect. Illustration: Michael Viney

An annual spring communion with the polytunnel’s visiting bumblebees found me in a bright-blue T-shirt, the tunnel’s rising warmth having stripped me (...)

Barry Cryan, Pat Walsh, Conal O’Neill and Anthony Killeen from PanelDuct: the Co Mayo engineering firm  won the overall Innovation of the Year award at The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards 2015. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

A couple of US visitors broke away from their guided tour of Belfast’s historic City Hall on Friday night, abandoning talk of the past for a snapshot (...)

EU Commissioner for research, science and innovation Carlos Moedas: “With public resources limited, it is even more essential to attract private R&D investment.”

The EU is very good at turning money into research discoveries but not so good at turning these discoveries into products and services – and this will(...)

Carlos Moedas, European commissioner for research, science and innovation , addresses delegates at the  opening of the Paddy O’Keeffe Innovation Centre at Teagasc Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork

Ireland should be the torchbearer for finding innovative ways to feed the world in a sustainable way, EU commissioner for research, science and inno(...)

Great lake: mayflies’ sudden emergence from the water and nuptial swarmings have signalled the launch of anglers eager to catch trout with imitation mayflies of their own. Illustration: Michael Viney

The mayflies that dance above the lakes of late spring are of the insect order called Ephemeroptera: they hatch, fly, mate, lay eggs on the water and (...)