This annual seminar offers farmers the occasion to take a day out to discuss with a panel of experts key issues, opportunities and challenges facing them and their families. The seminar focuses on identifying positive ways in which farmers can continue to contribute to the development of the economy and the community.
Workshops & timetable
10 am - Registration & Coffee
10.30 am - A Rewarding and Bright Future for Dairy Farmers, by Owen Brodie
11.15 am - Irish Diary: Reassuring the Questioning Consumer, by Zoë Kavanagh
and events in Ireland and abroad. Zoë holds a BAgSc degree from UCD (Agriculture & Food Engineering).
12.15 am - Agriculture Policy at Turning Point, by Mairead McGuinness
1.15 pm - Lunch
2.30 pm - Enhancing Ecosystems and Agri-environment, by Helen Sheridan
Researcher investigating the influence of farm management practices on biodiversity. Her primary areas of research interest include the potential of multispecies grasslands to enhance ecosystem service delivery; the design, implementation and monitoring of agri-environment schemes; and the classification and management of farmland habitats.
3.30pm - The Challenges of the Beef Industry, by Paul Crosson
College Dublin from where received a BAgrSc and a PhD in Agricultural Systems Analysis. A major focus of his research is the assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from beef systems, an area where he collaborated with Bord Bia in the development of a farm carbon audit model and the Carbon Navigator, which are the key elements of the farm level sustainability component of Origin Green.
She is Executive Director at Agri Aware. Prior to this she worked with the Irish Farmers Association. She has delivered a number of key initiatives in Agri Aware including the National Open Farm Days as well as annual campaigns to communicate the importance of the Common Agricultural Policy to Irish citizens.
He has many years experience in management and consultancy in the pig industry. He is a former President of The Pig Health Society and is now a retired beef & suckler farmer in Oldcastle, Co. Meath.