Category Archives: Environment

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...

Waste management

In the last year Northern Ireland’s local authority collected (LAC) municipal waste levels have stayed largely the same but our energy recovery rate has improved by some 2.7 per cent and landfill...

Another big year for planning

It’s hard to believe that it is almost two years since the biggest shake up of planning powers in four decades, when planning was repatriated to local government. Our new planning system...

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the 22nd UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco.

COP22 in Marrakech

A total of 111 nations have now ratified the Paris climate agreement and the recent COP22 in Marrakech has outlined a 2018 target for implementation. Amid the impending election of probably the...