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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.

Women in Agriculture
Webinar Series

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

NRN LEADER Impact Campaign Public Vote Now Open

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...

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Hen Harrier EIP-AGRI Project Training Videos

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...

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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.

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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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