Weather Forecast

May 23, 2018
Weather Forecast

Follow this LINK for Farming Weather Analysis and Forecast Today’s Weather Dry and mostly sunny for the rest of today. Top temperatures 19 to 22 C., generally, with light easterly or variable breezes. But fresher along parts of the east and south coasts, with values of 15 to 17 C., due to local onshore sea…

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E10 Bn for Innovation in Agriculture

May 4, 2018
E10 Bn for Innovation in Agriculture

Arriving straight from negotiations at the European Commission, a delighted Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, announced to delegates that Ten Billion Euro had been agreed under Horizon Europe, to support research and innovation in food, agriculture, rural development and the bio-economy.  Tom Murphy, for PAC Ireland, attended this event by invitation, and as usual…

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Safeguarding the Future of Farming

April 26, 2018
Safeguarding the Future of Farming

Attending the recent Safeguarding the Future of Farming Conference Tom Murphy for PAC Ireland remarked that this HSA conference was a breath of fresh air.  Moderated by Damien O’Reilly it was an interactive event with plenty of audience participation and practical safety demonstrations. Opening the event, Minister Doyle said: “To have a productive and efficient…

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T5 Tractors – Testing ?

February 13, 2018
T5 Tractors – Testing ?

Tom Murphy represented PAC Ireland at a meeting with Department of Transport Officials on Friday 9th February. The meeting honored the departments commitment to meet with concerned groups prior to the introduction of a new Statutory Instrument to replace  SI 413/2017, which was revoked by Minister Ross following representations by PAC Ireland and other stakeholders. PAC Ireland…

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PAC Conference

February 2, 2018
PAC Conference

“Smart Farming – Contractors and Farmers Working Together” was the theme of the PAC Ireland Conference, where Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture  led an impressive line up of speakers.  In his Keynote Address Commissioner Hogan stated that agricultural contractors were vital to the successful future of farming and would have to be taken into consideration in…

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Teagasc Workshops – Precise Application of Fertilisers

February 1, 2018
Teagasc Workshops – Precise Application of Fertilisers

Of particular interest to agri-contractors and field advisers, two workshops on the Precise Application of Fertilisers will be hosted by Teagasc in association with the Fertiliser Association of Ireland.There will be presentations on fertiliser planning for contractors and fertiliser spreader technology. Workshops will be run to demonstrate the correct set up of fertiliser spreaders to deliver…

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Food Wise Conference 2017

December 5, 2017
Food Wise Conference 2017

On 4th December Tom Murphy (PAC) attended the Food Wise Conference 2017 (Challenge . Ambition . Opportunity) at Croke Park, Dublin,  to ensure a presence and visibility for agricultural contractors. Phil Hogan EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development gave the Keynote Address and issued a warning for Ireland to “wake up and wake up…

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Rural Transport

December 3, 2017
Rural Transport

Tom Murphy for PAC Ireland pictured with Shane Ross, T.D., Minister for Transport, following a second meeting to discuss new legislation and penalties for driving over the limit. There was a strong lobby from the drinks trade that the new legislation would have a detrimental effect on rural pubs, which have already been badly hit. …

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Recycling Levy on Netting & Twine

November 30, 2017
Recycling Levy on Netting & Twine

Contractors need to be aware that from October 2017 waste legislation has been amended to ensure that netting and twine producers contribute to recycling costs. Therefore a recycling levy will apply to netting and twine waste.  The IFFPG, which is the national farm plastics recycling scheme, will use the funds generated to drive the recycling…

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HSA National Conference on Farm Safety & Health

November 17, 2017
HSA National Conference on Farm Safety & Health

Health and Safety Authority National Conference on Farm Safety and Health with the theme “Protecting your Life and Livelihood” took place on Friday 17th November at the Auburn Lodge Hotel in Ennis. It was encouraging to see that the conference was extremely well attended by the farming sector. Pat Breen TD, Minister of State for…

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