Payments under the GLAS scheme will continue for five years

Farmers must wait until September for GLAS payment

28 Jan The Minister for Agriculture has told the AGM of the Irish Farmers Association that farmers will have to wait until September this year before receiving any payments from the new GLAS agri-environment scheme.

Fish swim through coral at the Great Barrier Reef

Australia to restrict dumping near barrier reef

24 Jan Australia has ordered a ban on dumping dredge waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef, the environment minister said this morning, as part of a push to stop the UN declaring the site in danger.

There has been mixed reaction from Irish MEPs to this afternoon's vote

MEPs pass legislation on GMO crops

13 Jan New legislation to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms on their own territory, even if this is allowed at EU level, was passed by MEPs today.

Simon Coveney said the talks will be an uphill task given the scale of the whitefish cuts being proposed

Coveney rejects drastic cuts to fish quotas

14 Dec Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney has expressed concern at the threat to Ireland's whitefish fleet, ahead of the upcoming EU fisheries negotiations in Brussels.

Dairy incomes are forecast to fall by 50% next year

Farmers call on Hogan to increase milk price

03 Dec Dairy farmers have called on European Union Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan to significantly increase the EU intervention price for milk to avert a major crisis for rural Ireland next year.

Japanese whalers on board the Nisshin Maru clean a minke whale in the Southern Ocean off Antartica in 2000

Opposition to Japanese whaling 'eco-imperialism'

26 Nov Opposition to Japan's whaling programme is a kind of "eco-imperialism" that imposes one value system on another and is based on emotion, not science, Japan's top whaling official said this morning.

Commissioner Phil Hogan said it was important that beef farmers 'survived'

Hogan says processors driving down beef prices

18 Nov European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has accused supermarkets and meat processors in Ireland of "squeezing" farmers and driving down the price of beef because of their dominant market position.