Beef farmer Angus Woods on his farm in Co Wicklow:  “We have this huge market right on our doorstep . . . we have been supplying if for hundreds of years and now we could end up with a scenario that we might not have free access into that market.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

In the pasture lands of Co Wicklow, the Woods farm has passed down through three generations. It is, says its owner Angus Woods, a typical family oper(...)

“The worst-case scenario is a hard border, and people won’t accept that.” Frank Brady at his pig farm in Cootehill, Co Cavan. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

When Border farmer Ossy Hughes gets up in the morning, he has a choice: should he tend his beef cattle in the Republic of Ireland or his dairy herd in(...)

To their credit, agri-food groups here – Bord Bia, the Irish Farmers’ Association and the Ibec group Meat Industry Ireland – refrained from such petty jibes, keeping their criticism to the report’s findings and its recommendations. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

In sports parlance, it’s called playing the man not the ball. In its reaction piece to this week’s Lancet study on meat consumption and the environmen(...)

Half of the beef produced in Ireland  goes to the UK as does  virtually all of the  mushrooms produced here.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) is to seek greater detail on plans for financial and other aid to its members in the event of a no-deal Brexit at (...)

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson who was in Dublin this week for the Pendulum business conference. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

UK environment secretary Michael Gove this week said hardline Brexiteers pushing for an improved withdrawal deal with the European Union were like “mi(...)

Joe Healy IFA President: five actions the  Government can take to support farming to deliver on climate mitigation.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

It’s time to “move beyond climate blaming and into climate action” in addressing the issue of carbon emissions arising from agriculture, according to (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in advance of delivering Budget 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The Minister for Finance plans to increase an income tax credit for self-employed people in next year’s budget to bring it in line with the credit cur(...)

The funeral service for Seymour Crawford  took place in Newbliss Presbyterian Church, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

Former Fine Gael politician Seymour Crawford was a peacemaker, who had made a significant contribution to the peace process, mourners at his funeral i(...)

Andrew McConkey,  LacPatrick Dairies chairman (left) with Lakeland Dairies chief executive Michael Hanley and chairman Alo Duffy.

Shareholders of Lakeland Dairies and LacPatrick Dairies have approved the merger of the two dairy processing co-operatives in separate ballots. Lakel(...)

IFA president Joe Healy: “There is a loss of confidence in the banks among the farming community.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has claimed that vulture funds are “killing off” farm businesses that have the potential to repay their debts and(...)

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