Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said he will face down any demands that the agri-food sector should stall expansion because of environmental concerns.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Minister sees Ireland being fastest-growing milk producer despite environment concerns

IFA president Eddie Downey  before Tuesday’s agm. “I know what it’s like to try and head up an organisation, having worked in it for 25 years.”  Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

New farm organisation set to be launched within weeks

Thousands of documents from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food were found on  Athenry Rd out of Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Andy Newman

Thousands of documents were strewn along a 10km section on the Athenry Road

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 at agm told they must think about safety in everything they do

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.

Farmers told ‘we cannot keep losing lives’ in farm accidents as deaths highest since 1991

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

County could see 50% increase in milk, and value of output and exports could rise to €450m

Thousands of documents containing sensitive information and details relating to the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Environment Protection Scheme  were found scattered along a road near Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Andy Newman

Papers relate to Department of Agriculture Scheme and contain sensitive information

Last year was the worst year for farm deaths since 1991. Thirty people lost their lives in incidents which mainly involved machinery and animals

Personal testimonies on video might have an impact to make farms safer

A spokesman said the Health and Safety Authority  would welcome the opportunity to meet with the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture to discuss farm safety and its strategies for dealing with what was a serious issue.  Photographs: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Last year worst for farm deaths since 1991, with 30 dead

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