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The FBD Young Farmer of the Year Final was held for its first time ever as a virtual presentation live on the Macra na Feirme Facebook page. The awards, now in their 22nd year, are sponsored by FBD Insurance and supported by the IFA and the National Rural Network. The evening introduced us to the four finalists and gave us an overview of the farming enterprises they are running. Macra na Feirme National President Thomas Duffy thanked all that applied and participated in the competition, “We were blown away by the volume of applications this year. This is a testament to...

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 Joe Melody, a dairy and purebred suckler farmer from Bunratty, Co. Clare, was named the 2020 National Rural Network Biodiversity Farmer of the Year at this year's FBD Macra na Feirme Young Farmer of the Year Awards on Friday evening (27 November). The National Rural Network Biodiversity Farmer of the Year Award recognises a farmer who is farming sustainably by encouraging biodiversity and protecting the environment. Joe farms 360 acres in partnership with his father. Around 260 acres of the farm is used for the purebred suckler cows, their calves, and rearing the dairy replacement heifers. Joe is an active participant...

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The One Health – From Soil to Society conference organised by Macra na Feirme, CEJA and Devenish Nutrition and supported by Macra Agricultural Skillnet told of the importance of farmers and farming to the core of human health on the morning of Friday, 13th November 2020. This webinar which doubled as Macra na Feirme’s annual conference was held via Zoom.

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Macra na Feirme has welcomed the allocation of an additional €50m for 3rd level student supports by Minister Michael McGrath, Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform.  The funding is for extra supports for students across the 3rd level sector.

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Macra na Feirme has welcomed the commitment to accelerate the rural Broadband Plan roll-out with an additional 132m capital allocation.

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