Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said in his budget speech in the Dáil that the measures were to help farmers facing an “exceptionally poor year”to “step out” of income averaging this year. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Farmers will be allowed extra time to pay their tax bills and given access next year to a new low-interest loan fund of €15 million under measures ann(...)

Hot air?: The lowering of Ireland’s targets for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030 was a clear victory for lobbyists in favour of radical expansion of beef and dairy farming. Photograph: E+/Getty

Climate-smart agriculture is “not just a list of technologies and practices; it is also the process of engaging all stakeholders around a common visi(...)

 Some of the 40 sheep who were killed during a dog attack in Co Kerry last Friday. Photograph: ICMSA

Dog owners in rural areas have been asked to keep an eye on their pets after 40 sheep were killed during a dog attack in Co Kerry last Friday. It is(...)

A prominent Irish farmers’ group has called on the EU to suspend trade negotiations with the US and South America until the fallout from Britain’s sh(...)

Farming lobby groups have called on the Government to set out a clear strategy on how it plans to deal with the fallout from Brexit and to safeguard (...)

The survey of 15 major European processors, compiled by the Dutch Dairy Board, found Glanbia and Dairygold, which together process about half the State’s milk output, paid the lowest prices in April.

Two of the State’s leading dairy processors have been accused of shortchanging farmers after a survey revealed they were paying the lowest prices for (...)

Ireland’s dairy industry increased output by 18.5 per cent in the first  12 months since the ending of quotas. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

To cut or not to cut, that is the question facing Ireland’s beleaguered dairy farmers. With overproduction in Europe now cited as the main cause of f(...)

Ireland has recorded the biggest jump in milk production of any EU state since the lifting of quotas last year. Figures from Central Statistics Off(...)

Phil Hogan: in a speech to the European Parliament he said European producers had to  share  responsibility for the continuing glut in supply, which has seen milk prices fall by more than 40 per cent since 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

One of the State’s leading dairy lobby groups has taken issue with European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan for suggesting that European dairy far(...)

The latest National Farm Survey, relesed this week by Teagasc, provides the clearest snapshot yet of how collapsing commodity prices are affecting th(...)

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