SFI St Patrick’s Day Science Medal awarded

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Dr Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech and recipient of SFI's St Patrick's Day Medal

During a visit to Washington D.C, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, presented Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) prestigious St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal to Dr Pearse T. Lyons, founder and president of Alltech, and Professor Adrian E. Raftery, professor of Statistics and Sociology at the University of Washington, for their significant contribution to academia and industry.

BPS delays unacceptable, IFA tells Department

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Delays in processing the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) for farmers are unacceptable, the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) has told the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine at a recent meeting.

"All payments must be made on time and in line with the deadlines set down in the Charter of Farmers' Rights," said IFA deputy president, Richard Kennedy. He added that payment delays as a result of Department inspections are not acceptable. This was a particular problem with satellite inspections last year, according to Mr Kennedy. "Farmers must be accurately informed if there is a problem or delay with their case so that issues can be resolved and payment delays avoided," he said.

Agri-digital natives fuel farming future

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Digital natives are using consumer and agricultural technologies in myriad ways, such as data and records management, crowdsourcing solutions to problems, right the way through to promoting their farm and produce, writes Ethan Cleary, head of IT strategy at the Irish Farmers’ Association.