Una Ryan and  Claire Gough of Macra na Feirme

Members of Macra na Feirme marched in the Dublin Pride parade this weekend, marking the first time in the organisation’s history that it has been offi(...)

The UK was the market for 50 per cent, or 270,000 tonnes, of Irish beef exports -  a loss of access due to Brexit would destabilise the overall dairy sector in Ireland, Irish Farmers’ Association president Joe Healy said. File photograph: iStockPhoto

The implications of Brexit for farmers and for the food and agriculture sectors are “frightening” and could affect Irish competitiveness to a potentia(...)

Phil Hogan: “Consumer food sentiment is very fickle.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A World Health Organisation report on cancer risks from processed meats is likely to have an immediate impact on eating habits, European Commissione(...)

Macra na Feirme president Seán Finan said that only 7 per cent of farmers are under 35, and that there has been a realisation of the need for “new blood” in the industry.

Rural youth organisation Macra na Feirme has launched a new training programme for young farmers called ‘Farm Cert,’ to encourage more young people to(...)

Cattle on a Midlands farm. The Government has been urged to help  farmers aged under 40 who don’t qualify for supports for young farmers  after their plight was highlighted at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government has been urged to help so-called “forgotten farmers” after their plight was highlighted at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agricultur(...)

Farming organisations are urging their members to use their votes in the forthcoming referendums. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The leading farming and rural organisations are not making recommendations on how their members should vote in the referendums on marriage equality a(...)

Incoming Macra na Feirme president Seán Finan has said: “We have witnessed the decimation of rural Ireland in recent years with the closure of post offices and garda stations.”

Rural Ireland has been decimated and the Government must invest in rural areas it if it wants people to live there, incoming Macra na Feirme president(...)

Seán O’Donnell, a dairy farmer from Co Mayo, won the Young Farmer of the Year award in 2014

The search is on to find the top young Irish farmer. Macra na Feirme has launched this year’s FBD Young Farmer of the Year award and the winner will b(...)

All the candidates are prominent Macra na Feirme members and are all involved in farming.  Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Rural youth and young farmers’ organisation Macra na Feirme will elect its 35th president today . The election count will take place at its hea(...)

The bottom-up approach to saving rural areas is crucial, says Bernard Kearney, who last year helped to set up a community shop in his parish, in Co Ro(...)

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