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Farm Safe – Farm Nature / Kids Colouring Competition

The National Rural Network in association with AgriKids recently held a colouring competition called ‘Farm Safe – Nature Farm’.

The aim of the initiative was to help raise awareness of how farmers protect the environment and keep wildlife safe.

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, July 3rd from 09:30-10:30.

Guest Speakers: Tom Houilhan Teagasc

Topic: Forestry GHG Emissions and the Role of Forestry.

Role of Forestry

COVID-19 Response from the National Rural Network

An important update from the National Rural Network on the escalating COVID-19 situation across Ireland. 

LEADER Programme Promotion Week 2020

The Irish National Rural Network (NRN) will be running a ‘LEADER Programme Promotion Week’ on our social media channels from the 29th of June to the 3rd of July 2020 on behalf of Ireland’s Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) and the Department of...

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LEADER Programme Update – June 2020

Activity in the LEADER programme has continued to increase as we progress into the second half of 2020. As of the end of May, there are over 3,100 LEADER projects across Ireland with a total value of over €122m. This is an increase of over 120 projects, since our last...

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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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