Celebrating the Impact of LEADER on Rural Communities
Can you tell us the story of how LEADER impacted your rural enterprise, organisation, community or local environment?
Then we want to hear from you!
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 02nd, from 09:30-10:30.
Guest Speaker: Maria Long, Grassland Ecologist, NPWS
Topic: Semi-natural grasslands in Ireland – precious resources under threat.
Focusing on what are semi-natural grasslands are and how to identify them. Identifying threats and conservation solutions.
Latest NRN News
Minister McConalogue Announces Payments Worth €185 Million Under 2020 Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D., today announced that payments worth €185 million million under the 2020 Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) Scheme have commenced issuing this week to 86,000 farmers. The Minister commented “I...
The National Farming For Nature initiative, proudly supported by Ireland’s National Rural Network, have recently announced their first cohort of eight wonderful Farming for Nature Ambassadors for 2020. They are now encouraging members of the public to view a series of...
In July, the NRN launched a Irish Women in Agriculture video series to highlight the pivotal role that women play in the, traditionally male dominated, agricultural industry. The series detailed the experiences of five farmers including Sinead Conry, a Pedigree...
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.