Stuart Says: It never rains but it pours

"Over recent decades, farmers have lost their position in the food supply chain; their trading position has become weaker and their financial returns poorer" - Stuart Meikle discusses grass-fed beef.

Opinion: ‘Labour was always a key issue for dairying’

The current labour problems have not come out of nowhere. If the dairy sector had been properly evaluated say five years before quotas were removed, they could have been factored in.

Stuart Says: Biofuels are not an ever-giving free lunch

‘Apparently, in our rush to switch to biofuels from fossil fuels, we seem to have failed to work out where the pathway leads.’ - Stuart Meikle.

Stuart Says: Grazing cattle - we are no longer circling the wagons!

"My expectation is that as society becomes more aware of our food systems, and we will, that Ireland’s laurel-sitting position will become distinctly uncomfortable." - Stuart Meikle.

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.’

Stuart Says: It rains in Ireland more than we thought

'What I find bewildering is that there were not more people vocally questioning the dairy sectors expansion strategy.The tragedy is that the Irish industry has now heavily invested in commodity markets for which its farming base'- Stuart is back!

Stuart Says: Has there ever been so much pressure on farmers from campaign groups?

Stuart is back and this week he is discussing how research can strength our campaigning voices, with a particular focus on the response from the farming community on veganism.

Stuart Says: 'We are choosing to sweep many Irish communities under a carpet of conifers'

Stuart is back with his regular opinion piece, this time he is discussing forestry plantations and weighing up some available options.

Opinion: Do tillage farmers need to change their ways to ensure a future?

Stuart is back and this week he is weighing up options for Irish tillage farmers.

Opinion: Will Nitrogen fertilizer be taxed? It might just happen

Stuart shares his thoughts on a measure that might just change farming forever in Ireland.

Opinion: An open letter to minister Creed on the need for generators for our power struck dairy farmers

In an open letter to Minister Creed, Stuart gives his opinion on the electricity crisis facing the dairy industry.