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

15.49 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.

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.

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.

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.