All the latest farming news, comments and editorial opinions from Irish Farmers Journal editor Justin McCarthy

Editorial: plenty on the mind as farmers look to the future
Justin McCarthy
Farmers have seen through reassurances from Government that emission reduction measures will be voluntary.
21 September 2022 Viewpoints
Need for a forestry development agency
Forestry report a wakeup call for forestry and agriculture in Ireland.
14 September 2022 Viewpoints
Editorial: a celebration of farming when it is most needed
Perfect opportunity to showcase agriculture's importance to the rural economy and the commitment of farmers to reducing the environmental footprint of food production
Editorial: merits of a suckler cow scheme worth debating
Efforts should focus on how a suckler cow reduction scheme could be designed to allow flexibility at an individual farm level
14 September 2022 Viewpoints
Editorial: today’s energy crisis is tomorrow’s food crisis
A volatile energy market has a direct impact on food production given the influence on both the price and availability of chemical nitrogen.
7 September 2022 Viewpoints
Editorial: Government’s vision for anaerobic digestion lacks credibility
This pace of development would require a level of buy-in from farmers, industry and the community not seen since the development of the co-operative movement in the early 1900s.
7 September 2022 Viewpoints
Farmers up for climate challenge but Minister must come forward with a plan
It is encouraging to see the science around some of the relatively recent technologies proving to be robust and farmer confidence in these technologies growing.
31 August 2022 Viewpoints
Editorial: Asian trade mission crucial as Brexit exposure increases
It is disappointing to note that beef exports to the Asian market for the first six months of 2022 are at their lowest point since 2018.
31 August 2022 Viewpoints
Editorial: long-term vision needed rather than policy on the hoof
It appears that long gone are the days when Government policy on agriculture was informed by solid research and rooted in economics.
24 August 2022 Viewpoints
Editorial: high-cost headwind beginning to hit
Like the processing sector, farmers are also seeing costs spiral inside the farm gate
24 August 2022 Viewpoints
Editorial: rewarding farmers for continuous improvement
There must be some way found to incentivise rather than discourage farmers that are committed to continuously enhancing the environmental aspects of their farms.
24 August 2022 Viewpoints
Difficult lessons to be learned from outcome of climate debate
Farm organisations both at national and EU level along with the wider industry must now review and identify the flaws within their strategy.
17 August 2022 Viewpoints