'The link between pollinators, pollination and food production cannot be overlooked'

‘In Ireland alone, pollinators are valued at €53 million per year to the Irish economy.’ Today marks the inaugural celebration of World Bee Day – Read Pippa’s piece here!

Should there be an early slaughter premium?

At what stage does Irish ‘grass-fed’ lose its credentials? Are ‘grass-fed’ farming systems always all that they are claimed to be? – Read Stuart’s latest column here,

Are soils being forgotten in the sustainable food debate?

'If there is a universal panacea for our food systems, it lies within the way we now go about restoring the health and productivity of our soils.' - Check out Stuart's piece here.

Stuart Says: Steady as she goes, Mr Hogan

'A changed-down-the-line CAP must then be about payments to support the transition. It must be about grant-aiding change and not underpinning a new set of farming and food systems with direct payments.'

Stuart Says: Are cheap loans as mythical as cheap flights?

‘It is difficult enough to make farming pay and irrelevant debt will not help.There is, however, something wrong when it [credit] is deemed necessary within a farming system based in a developed economy.’

Opinion: It is unfair that cattle purchasers have to buy 'a pig in a poke'

"Livestock marts that have implemented restrictions must introduce pre-sale viewing periods and it is paramount that an efficient post-sale procedure is rolled out to avoid delays & poor return rates."- Catherina Cunnane.

Stuart Says: Let’s think Imaginative Solutions for the 2018/19 winter

‘The Government and farming organisations should already be working to facilitate such forage partnerships. Many farmers are only thinking about where the next bale is coming from’. -Stuart is back.

Opinion: Organic Farming - A Sustainable Agricultural model for Ireland?

‘The demand for all types of organic food is growing’ - Pippa Hackett, Green Party Spokesperson for Agriculture, Food, Forestry, Heritage and Animal Welfare shares her thoughts.

Stuart Says: Ireland must specialise in being specialists

Just what horticultural produce can we grow in Ireland? 'Simply, thinking fruit and nuts just opens a whole new world of ideas.' - Stuart is back!

Stuart Says: Will farmers be left behind, again?

“It is time for a new strategic approach to farming and food as what we now have has passed its use-by date.” - Check out Stuart’s latest piece here!