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A key objective of the Irish National Rural Network (NRN) has been to maximise the beneficial outcomes of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 here in Ireland by bringing it to the lives of as many researchers, farm advisors, agri-businesses, farmers and rural communities as possible through our various communication platforms on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).

Our latest dissemination endeavour comes in the form of a booklet entitled ‘Rural Voices’ comprising of all 10 Farm Viability and Competitiveness guest blogs featured on our website over the course of the RDP 2014-2020 from various experts in the field of agricultural productivity, sustainability and innovation and research.

You can freely view/download the booklet here.

The NRN team in the Discipline of Geography’s Rural Studies Unit at NUI Galway created the NRN’s dynamic, interactive blog space to provide key personnel in the rural realm with a platform to highlight current and emerging issues that have the potential to that help the Irish farming community and rural society to remain viable and competitive. Matters of concern highlighted within the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP) such as generational renewal, Digitization in farming, women in agriculture, rural entrepreneurship, farm investment and young farmers are featured within.

The full list of guest blogs and their respective authors featured within this new booklet can be found below:

RURALIZATION: The Opening of Rural Areas to Renew Rural Generations, Jobs and Farms
Dr Aisling Murtagh and Dr Maura Farrell

New Entrant to the Agri-food Sector – The Gourmet Gardener
Tara Kate Linnane

The Key Aspects of Collaborative Farming
Paidi Kelly

Assessing Access to Land Across the European Union
Dr Shane Conway

Young Farmers, Decision-making and Innovation
Dr Jessica McKillop

How do we Transition to Smart Farming in Ireland?
Dr Peter Mooney and Dr Liadh Kelly, Department of Computer Science, Maynooth University

Promoting Irish Farm Women’s Engagement with Agricultural Advisory Services
Aisling Molloy

Key Considerations when Planning Farm Investment
Eamonn O’Reilly, Agricultural Advisor with AIB Bank

Is it Time to Rethink the ‘Ideal’ Farm Successor?
Dr Anne Cassidy, Rural Resource Officer, Galway Rural Development

The North West Women in Farming Group – Strengthening the Voice of Women in Irish Agriculture
Hannah McNelis

You can freely view/download the booklet here.

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