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2020 NRN Biodiversity Farmer of the Year Award

Ireland has a vast array of native fauna and flora, which relies on sustainable farming methods to protect, enhance, and halt the decline of biodiversity in Ireland. The National Rural Network Biodiversity Farmer of the Year Award hopes to draw attention to this complex issue by celebrating farmers who are farming sustainably by protecting and enhancing biodiversity on their farms. The National Rural Network presents the award, and it is part of the FBD Young Farmer of the Year competition.

The 2020 NRN Biodiversity Farmer of the Year will be announced at the FBD Your Farmer of the Year Awards in November.

Women in Agriculture
Women in Agriculture

NRN Women in Agriculture Video Series

Showcasing the strength of women in agriculture, the NRN’s Women in Agriculture Video Series is now available to view.

The Sign Post Webinar Series

In association with our industry partners, we are pointing the way to a low emissions agriculture through informative webinars.

These one-hour webinars will focus on key topics to provide and equip agri-professionals with a better understanding of current research to meet the needs of clients.

Join us Friday, August 7th from 09:30-10:30.

Guest Speakers: Maria Talbot, DAFM & Michael O’Donovan, Teagasc

Topic: Climate Adoption Policy

Focusing how the Agricultural Sector is adapting to the impacts of Climate Change. A key focus on grass growth variability and how we can improve.

Role of Forestry

EIP-AGRI: Ireland’s Operational Groups 2019 Booklet

The National Rural Network team at NUI Galway have designed and produced a booklet entitled ‘EIP-AGRI: Ireland’s Operational Groups 2019’ to highlight and promote the 23 Irish EIP-AGRI Operational Groups selected by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Latest NRN Blog Posts

Maximising Organic Production Systems (MOPS)

Meeting the Growing Demand for Organic Fruit and Vegetables in Ireland In this guest blog, Gillian Westbrook, Maximising Organic Production Systems (MOPS) EIP-AGRI Project Manager and CEO of the Irish Organic Association (IOA) whom are the lead partner of the project,...

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The National Rural Network (NRN)

The National Rural Network (NRN) is a component of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP) led by Irish Rural Link in partnership with The Wheel, NUI Galway and Philip Farrelly & Co.

The overall aim of the NRN is to build and sustain a membership-based network that maximises the beneficial outcomes of the Rural Development Programme.​ 

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