Commissioner Phil Hogan said the initiative could boost investment in the rural economy across Europe

Farmers may access cheaper loans after EU decision

23 Mar Farmers and others involved in rural development are to be given access to cheaper and longer-term loans from the European Investment Bank after a new memorandum of understanding between the EU and the bank was launched in Brussels.

The IFA said it's clear that the US has ambitions for major agriculture exports into EU markets

Govt must defend Irish farming interests - IFA

24 Mar The Irish Farmers Association has called on the Government to take a strong role and defend the interests of Irish agriculture in the ongoing trade negotiations between the EU and the United States.

Wael Mohamed was one of five men killed when the Tit Bonhomme hit an island in 2012

Dependants awarded €262k over Tit Bonhomme death

05 Mar €262,000 has been awarded to the three dependants of Egyptian fisherman Wael Mohamed, one of the five men killed when the Tit Bonhomme trawler hit an island at the entrance to Glandore Harbour in west Cork in January 2012.

Commissioner Phil Hogan said his officials are examining a lot of economic data in relation to the food price chain

Phil Hogan to introduce food pricing legislation

03 Mar European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has said he intends to introduce legislation to ensure that farmers get a fair share of the retail price of the food they produce and to protect them from unfair practices by large retailers.

Chinese beef consumption is estimated at approximately six million tonnes per annum

China lifts ban on Irish beef

20 Feb China has formally lifted a ban on importing Irish beef, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has revealed at the Fine Gael party conference in Castlebar.

Dairy farmers across Europe have described the industry as being in crisis due to falling milk prices in recent months

Commissioner considering super levy reliefs

18 Feb EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said that he is considering reliefs for dairy farmers who will face heavy penalties for over-production when milk quotas end next month.

If eaten, daffodils can cause vomiting and diarrhoea and irritation to the mouth and throat

Supermarkets warned over daffodil poisoning

07 Feb Supermarkets in Britain have reportedly been asked to make sure daffodils are kept separate from fruit and vegetables in a bid to prevent customers mistakenly eating the poisonous plants.

Irish beef will be aimed at the high-end, premium green food sector of the US market

Beef companies to begin trade mission to US

08 Feb Irish beef companies, Bord Bia and Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney will travel to the US later today on a major trade mission to mark the opening of the US market to Irish beef.