Celebrating the Impact of LEADER on Rural Communities
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 23th, from 09:30-10:30.
Guest Speaker: Edward Burgess, Agricultural Catchments Programme, Teagasc
Topic: The Agricultural Catchments Programme assessment of the Nitrates Derogation
Latest NRN News
McConalogue Welcomes New CAP Deal: “Marathon Talks Pave Way for Negotiations with European Parliament”
Earlier this morning, the EU Agriculture Council reached agreement on a General Approach on the CAP Post 2020 package after marathon negotiations in Luxembourg, which started on Monday. This will now allow for the Council and Parliament to begin negotiations on the...
Minister Hackett Announces Extension to Deadline for Applications for EIP Open Call On Rewetting of Farmed Peatlands
The Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett today announced an extension to the closing date for an Open Call for a new locally led scheme for rewetting of farmed peatlands. This was...
The National Rural Network (NRN) have today launched a Bioeconomy Glossary of Terms as part of Bioeconomy Week 2020. The Glossary of Terms produced in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine seeks to highlight some of the key terms in...
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.