Celebrating the Impact of LEADER on Rural Communities - Public Vote Now Open!
A celebration of how LEADER has impacted rural enterprise, organisations, communities and local environments across Ireland.
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.
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, October 30th, from 09:30-10:30.
Guest Speaker: Donagh Berry, Centre Director, VistaMilk
Topic: Animal breeding as a cumulative and permanent strategy to environmental stewardship- VistaMilk
Latest NRN News
The public vote for the NRN LEADER Impact Campaign is now open. This national campaign aims to celebrate the impact of the LEADER programme 2014-2020. Over thirty LEADER funded projects have submitted short videos, speaking to the impact of their LEADER projects, in...
A series of training videos, commissioned for the Hen Harrier EIP-AGRI Project, will be made available on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine website and Hen Harrier Project Vimeo page every Wednesday from the 21st of October 2020. These videos address...
The National Rural Network ran a Bioeconomy Awareness Campaign as part of Ireland Bioeconomy Week 2020 from the 19th to 23rd of October 2020. This pioneering initiative provided farmers and rural dwellers with an insight into the types of locally-led bioeconomy...
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
In this National Rural Network EIP-AGRI guest blog, Peadar Casey, Innovation and Enterprise Development Manager at Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow), provides us with an informative insight into his participation at a number of initiatives run by the EIP-AGRI...
Earlier in the year, 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. We...
In this EIP-AGRI guest blog, Dr Derek McLoughlin, Assistant Project Manager of the Pearl Mussel Project EIP-AGRI Operational Group provides us with a unique insight into the origins and ethos of this innovative pilot agri-environment programme seeking to improve the...
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.