Licensing delays at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have slowed tree felling and planting, creating a shortage of timber for sawmills and ultimately housebuilding.

Farmers and foresters have joined forces to demand that Minister of State for Agriculture, Pippa Hackett, tackles the crisis in the Republic’s timber(...)

The Irish Farmers’ Association said farmers must ban dogs from land to protect their livestock. File photograph

The dramatic rescue of a dog missing for two weeks and eventually discovered wandering in the Wicklow Mountains is a prime example of why the animals (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses the Irish Farmers Association’s agm, watched by IFA president Tim Cullinan

The Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, has commended the “heroic efforts” by farmers in keeping food supply chains open during the pandemic. The Government w(...)

‘The UK’s departure from the EU also has brought implications for our all-island dairy economy,’ said Irish Co-operative Organisation Society president. Photograph: Oktay Ortakcioglu/Getty

Ireland’s agri-food sector dodged a bullet last month when the European Union and the United Kingdom agreed a trade deal. A third of our food and drin(...)

Taoiseach says while the deal reached between the EU-UK would disappoint fishermen, it is was still better than no deal. Photograph: PA

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the Irish fishing industry will be disappointed by the EU-UK trade deal, which he called “the least bad version of Brexi(...)

Trucks parked on the side of the motorway near the Euro Tunnel terminal in Folkestone. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The disruption to travel and freight haulage across the UK in recent days has been described by Bord Bia “as an insight into the post-Brexit world”. (...)

Cattle graze in Cootehill Co Cavan. Environmental umbrella group EP said ‘without a decrease in cattle numbers Ireland will continue to be in breach of EU law’. Photograph: Getty

A plan that tries to set out how Irish agriculture could achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 “perpetuates business-as-usual practices that will continue(...)

Cillian Lohan has been elected vice-president of the European Economic and Social Committee, on a mandate of reforming the body

Not many people know about the EU’s European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Neither did Cillian Lohan, before he found himself nominated to be (...)

The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that livestock marts must continue using online only platforms for bidding and sales. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that livestock marts must continue using online only platforms for bidding and sales. The statement follo(...)

Sales of protected urea have increased significantly this year with almost 40,000 tonnes sold between January and June this year

There are strong indications farmers are scaling up actions to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) arising from farming and investing in proven technologie(...)

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