Category Archives: Environment

Feeding optimism

  Richard Halleron analyses the challenges facing the agri-food sector in 2017. Last year was a topsy-turvy one for local agriculture. The spectre of volatility put great pressure on farmgate prices, particularly...

The Food Heartland

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough has now firmly established itself as the Food Heartland of Northern Ireland. It is home to an abundance of passionate producers and quality creators, and during...

The sustainability challenge

Senior Economist in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD, Jonathan Brooks believes there is no question that the world can be fed over the next 10 years but questions: at what price?...

A fair Brexit deal

  Agri-Food Strategy Board Chairman Tony O’Neill has raised concerns that the UK’s desire for cheap food could be detrimental to Northern Ireland’s agri-food sector in the context of new trade deals....

Smart agriculture

Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle discusses the acceleration and expansion of technology in mitigating the challenges facing Ireland’s agri-food sector. Precision agriculture brings together information from field, animal and machinery based sensors,...

Oil and milk prices are closely linked

  CEO of LacPatrick, Gabriel D’Arcy, discusses the correlation between rising oil prices and increased spending on dairy products. LacPatrick CEO Gabriel D’Arcy told delegates attending the agendaNi’s Agriculture & Food Conference...

L-R, Martin McKendry, Director, College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise, Gerry Boyle, Director, Teagasc, Roger Wilson, Chief Executive, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Jonathan Brooks, Head of Division, Agro-food, Trade and Markets, OECD, Richard Halleron, Agricultural Journalist and Councillor Garath Keating, Lord Mayor, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough.

Agri-food conference 2016

Craigavon Civic Centre was the venue for the sixth agendaNi Agriculture and food Conference, which was sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and the Food Heartland Forum; a fitting...

A challenging environment

Chair of the Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Linda Dillon, discusses the make-up of the new department and the implications of Brexit. The integration of the functions of the former...