IFA calls for grain farmer support

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An IFA protest at Drogheda port over unnecessary grain imports while growers' livelihoods are on the line.

Speaking at a protest in Drogheda, IFA President Joe Healy said farmers are extremely angry that brokers continue to import barley. He said this undermines the Irish grain sector, particularly at a time when “incomes are on the floor and the sector is in serious danger of collapse”.

Ploughing Championship brochure launched

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The National Ploughing Association (NPA) and Bank of Ireland (BoI) have launched a promotional brochure giving details of the upcoming 85th National Ploughing Championships taking place from September 20-22 in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. The brochure is available in BoI's 280 nationwide branches.

Global Food Summit commences in Dublin

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 The Inaugural IUFoST Global Food Summit – Global Strategies for Sustainability of Future Food Systems, has commenced in the RDS, Dublin. It is taking place in conjunction with the 18th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology.

Rural female entrepreneurs avail of successful start-up programme

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Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has welcomed the launch of the second year of Accelerating the Creation Of Rural Nascent Start-ups (ACORNS), a six-month part-time development programme for aspiring rural female entrepreneurs.
Minister Creed said: "I am pleased to announce the second year of this very effective programme. Job creation is a priority for this Government and an important focus of Food Wise 2025. The success of last year’s programme shows what a difference mentoring and peer learning can make to rural women in developing their new business ideas.”

IFA protests over lack of action on flooding

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An Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) protest is taking place today in Athlone in response to what it perceives as a lack of action over flooding. The protest coincides with an Office of Public Works (OPW) public consulation on the Shannon CFRAMS flood management plan.