The National Rural Network, in association with the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM), will be hosting a special seminar on the relationship between climate change and agriculture at the Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co, Offaly on Thursday, 1 November 2018.
The seminar will include contributions from DAFM, Teagasc, leading researchers from NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway, the Irish Farmer’s Association and the Agricultural Consultants Association and Philip O’ Brien, Officer at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Secretariat to the Climate Change Advisory Council, Ireland. Participants will hear how climate change is likely to affect Irish agriculture in years to come, what farmers could do to address the envisaged challenges. Details of the impact of the ongoing fodder crises will also be presented. Agricultural advisors, researchers and stakeholders in the agri-sector are invited to attend.

Speaking in advance of the seminar, agricultural consultant Phillip Farrelly said, “Climate change presents a real and definitive challenge to Irish agriculture, and it will take a coordinated effort by all stakeholders to mitigate the impact.

“Compared to other European countries and the USA, agriculture plays a larger role in our economy and, therefore, the importance of addressing the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture including the abatement of emissions to reduce risks. The Rural Development Plan 2014-2020 is addressing climate by funding actions that will help reduce the impacts of climate change. Funding is being made available for energy efficiency in the farming sector and the promotion of climate friendly, low carbon agricultural practices that are aimed at reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions from agriculture and increasing resilience. Farmer participation in the GLAS Scheme, Beef Data Genomics Programme (BDGP), Organic Farming Scheme (OFS), Knowledge Transfer (KT) Scheme, and the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) are designed to help address climate action. It is important that all stakeholders in Ireland’s agricultural sector combine their efforts to promote change and best practice thus encouraging farmers to adapt to technologies which will ultimately help reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions from the sector and enhance resilience,” said Mr Farrelly.

The seminar is free to attend. Register at www.tinyurl.com/tullamoreclimate.

Download full agenda here.