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.
NRN Women in Agriculture Video Series
Showcasing the strength of women in agriculture, the NRN’s Women in Agriculture Video Series is now available to view.
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, August 7th from 09:30-10:30.
Guest Speakers: Maria Talbot, DAFM & Michael O’Donovan, Teagasc
Topic: Climate Adoption Policy
Focusing how the Agricultural Sector is adapting to the impacts of Climate Change. A key focus on grass growth variability and how we can improve.
Latest NRN News
The National Rural Network (NRN) has begun its annual search for Ireland’s Biodiversity Farmer of the Year. The award, which is part of the FBD Young Farmer of the Year competition, aims to draw attention to the importance of biodiversity, by celebrating farmers who...
Ireland's native fauna and flora are under threat, and sustainable farming methods are essential to protect, enhance, and halt the decline of biodiversity in Ireland. Agricultural activities have shaped Ireland's landscape and its associated biodiversity, and our...
The NRN have recently carried out a case study with Blackcastle Farm of Two Mile Borris, in County Tipperary. John and Ann Commins began breeding Pedigree Piedmontese Cattle, which are native to the Piedmont Region of North West Italy, back in 2005. Piedmontese are...
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
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...
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,...
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.