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An upcoming seminar being held by Teagasc on the 3rd of March 2021 is bringing together farmers, researchers, and national and EU policy stakeholders to discuss experiences of collective and collaborative approaches to improving agricultural sustainability. This events seeks to draw out lessons from recent research and experience of agri-environmental initiatives that can inform future policy directions in an Irish/EU context, build networks between relevant stakeholders and identify potential pathways for enhanced collaboration.

You can freely register for this seminar here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/working-together-for-sustainable-farming-tickets-141164333321

Teagasc Seminar

Seminar Agenda

2.00 – 2.05 Introduction and Welcome Dr David Meredith, Teagasc

2.05 – 3.20 Agri-environmental policy, practice and experience

  1. Collaboration for sustainable agriculture: current developments from the European Commission. 
    Ms Inge Van Oost, Policy Officer, European Commission
  1. Multi-level collaboration and good environmental governance.
    Dr Katrin Prager, Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen.
  1. Collaboration and knowledge sharing in preparing an EIP-AGRI application: an Irish case-study.
    Dr Jack McCarthy, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Teagasc.
  1. Experiences from the Inishowen Uplands EIP Project.
    Mr Henry O’Donnell, Agricultural Consultant and Project Manager, Inishowen Uplands EIP Project.
  1. How farmers work together to aim for more biodiversity on their farmland.
    Mr Alex Datema, Dairy Farmer and Chair of Farmers for Nature, Netherlands.

3.20 – 3.30 Break, Stretch, Coffee

3.30 – 4.00 Discussion and Questions

Chair:  Dr Daire Ó’hUallacháin, Teagasc


  • Ms Mary Mulvey, Sustainability Consultant
  • Ms Margaret Murray, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Questions and open discussion