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The great thing about horticulture is that there are courses available from degree to PhD level. Photograph: iStock

My daughter is very environmentally aware, enjoys biology and is considering a horticulture degree programme. What types of careers are available for (...)

IFA president Tim Cullinan speaking to farmers in Cavan. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Irish food prices “are going to have to go up”, according to Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) president Tim Cullinan, who also accused the Government (...)

Escargot Ireland chairwoman Deirdre O’Connor: ‘We have everything required to make this successful except research and Government help.’ Photograph: Alan Landers

These animals never kick, and no dangerous machinery is required to farm them. Their carbon footprint is minuscule, and their meat is high in protein (...)

(From left) Dr Bridget Lynch Teagasc; Prof Frank O’Mara Teagasc director; Liam Herlihy Teagasc chair; Dr Karl Richards head of Teagasc Johnstown Castle, Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue and Dr Dominika Krol, Teagasc

The Government is to scale up efforts to roll out carbon farming in Ireland, a key element of which is to capture greenhouse gases in soils. Carbon f(...)

The discovery of Crispr-Cas9 has allowed plant geneticists to delete a few letters of DNA or disable genes. Photograph: iStock

The EU is falling behind in crop improvement because of its outdated policies on gene editing, say crop scientists. Japan, Canada, the US and now the (...)

There is little more contentious in a will than who inherits the family farm: Photograph: Getty

Family disputes about inheritance and wills are by their nature divisive, in particular in Ireland when it comes to farmland. With land values on the (...)

There were 1,567,681 dairy cows in 2020, the highest dairy herd total ever recorded in a Census of Agriculture

Sustained expansion of the Irish dairy sector has continued over the past decade, resulting in record numbers of dairy cattle, according to preliminar(...)

People eating outside in Dublin city centre. Three-quarters of Irish adults said  eating out was their most-missed social activity as a result of Covid.  Photograph: Tom Honan

The majority of Irish consumers are still nervous about eating out despite believing adequate Covid-19 safety measures are being taken by restaurants (...)

Valued at €477m, horticulture is the fourth largest sector after dairy, beef and pigs. Photograph: iStock

Irish horticulture producers are facing into a very difficult 2022 due to sharply rising costs across almost every area of their operations. A new rep(...)

With greater focus on the need for farmers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, there is a scramble to identify ways that farmers can sequester carbon on their land. Photograph: Frank Miller

At best they are taken for granted on farms and at worst they are cut back so brutally that the birds, bees and bugs that thrived in and on them lose(...)

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