All the latest opinion and comments on the Irish agricultural industry from the Farmers Journal editorial team.

Opinion: we need more time, we have no time
Pat O'Toole
The EPA report for emissions and the revelation of a scenario where hundreds of thousands of cows would be culled causes concern, as southern Europe burns up and Brussels is divided over rewetting.
31 May 2023 Viewpoints
Aviation emissions are only at the surface
Aside from creating work for lawyers, is this a smart way to limit aviation emissions?
31 May 2023 Northern Ireland
Farming by the book isn’t always possible
The weather this past spring has provided a significant challenge on many NI farms.
Home Farm: deep ruts need careful driving
The crop most vulnerable to this dry spell would normally be the late sown beans but so far, it seems that the undisturbed untilled land that was direct drilled is holding the moisture well.
31 May 2023 Viewpoints
Dempsey at Large: packed house for Tirlán AGM
Jim Bergin, the Tirlán chief executive put up a map showing the cash flowing into each county serviced by the co-op.
31 May 2023 Viewpoints
Opinion: what’s the beef with ICBF’s genomic scheme?
The annoyance of some cattle farmers at the restrictions of ICBF’s new genomic scheme for calves of cows in SCEP is evidence of a deeper frustrations within the sector.
28 May 2023 Opinion
Just how high are food prices?
If we exclude the last 12 months and look at the previous 19 years, food prices actually fell by 6.7%, writes Tadhg Buckley, director of policy at the IFA.
24 May 2023 Opinion
Dempsey at Large: no policy input
Empty slogans such as reducing the use of plant protection products by 50% achieve nothing.
24 May 2023 Viewpoints
Home Farm: TB reactor - herd test failure
There was no room for doubt as we read the test results last Thursday.
24 May 2023 Viewpoints
Irish retail grocery trends this year
If food prices can be manipulated upwards by retailers to boost profits, they must possess market power.
24 May 2023 Viewpoints
Those against badger cull need to see sense
In the last year the evidence from roadkill assessments suggests TB is up by 69% in local badgers.
24 May 2023 Northern Ireland
Soaring food prices hitting the headlines
Higher food prices are necessary if the industry is to have any hope of being sustainable.
17 May 2023 Northern Ireland