We take a look through 2017 and bow to those that made a difference to Irish farming in the That’s Farming Good list 2017.
Agrikids founder Alma Jordan continues her efforts with her farm safety educational platform for children. Earlier this year, Alma Jordan signed a new three-year partnership with Zurich Insurance to allow her to carry out a nationwide school and events roadshow to facilitate workshops. We brought you that story here.
Embrace FARM hosted their first Farm Accident Survivors Conference in November of this year. The well-attended event had several information sessions and a number of survivors shared their story.
Peter Gohery, Norma and Brian Rohan are three of people behind Embrace FARM, a bereavement support group for farm families.
The Hynes Family
Husband-and-wife duo Peter and Paula Hynes run a grass-based dairy farm in Co. Cork with their three children, Chloe, Becky and Georgie. The family, Zurich Irish Independent Farmer of the Year 2017 also started a campaign for a School Farm Safety Week. Check out the exclusive story here.
IFA President is leading a powerful campaign ‘IFA’s Fairness for Farmers, Honesty for Consumers Christmas Campaign’ to encourage consumers to check twice before they purchase food in order to ensure that it is Irish produce. He highlighted attempts made to mislead and confuse customers.
Westmeath-based drystock farmer and 52nd Queen of the Land Karen Elliffe raised a notable sum of money for The Irish Kidney Association and Irish Cancer Society as part of her Muck-in Macra Queen challenge. Hats off to Karen as she represented Women in Ag during her reign with pride and we have no doubt that she will continue her efforts!
As Mr. Moran rose to the limelight when he scooped FBD Young Farmer of the Year Award, he has continued to leave a powerful mark in Agriculture in 2017 officiating as a role model for young aspiring farmers. Kevin also donated his €3,000 to ‘Friends of Grace’ Trust, to Grace O’ Malley, a sufferer of Spinal Muscular Atrophy in November of last year.
Mairead McGuinness, MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament continues to make waves at EU level with a particular focus on Agricultural and Rural issues. She officiates as a strong voice for Irish farmers on topics including the Brexit, Mercosur, the issuing of payments and Agriculture and Rural development policy creation.
Minister Michael Creed
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, continues his work representing the sector, with one of the major highlights in 2017 being the Japanese/South Korean Trade mission.
Fitzmaurice continues to be a voice for the farmers on matters concerning Agricultural and Rural affairs. He has had his say on vulture funds, diesel price hikes, and land designation among other topics this year.