Farm Viability

Enhancing farm viability and competitiveness in all agricultural sectors.

About Farm Viability

Farm Viability and Competitiveness

The National Rural Network (NRN) will highlight the challenges and present good practice models that can support farms and Irish agriculture to remain viable and competitive.

Areas of focus are driven by the NRN’s ongoing networking and priorities of the RDP including:

  • Farm succession and inheritance
  • Women in agriculture
  • Rural business
  • Organic farming.

Rural Services - Expand Your Horizons

As part of ‘Expand Your Horizons 2017 – Reaching Out to Rural Ireland’ Teagasc and the NRN brought together over 20 organisations that offer services in rural Ireland. These included Local Action Groups, Local Enterprise Offices, Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS), Education and Training Boards (ETB), Citizens Information, Mental Health Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Fisheries Ireland, Credit Unions, Clann Credo and Community Finance Ireland.

These organisations provided a flavour of the opportunities they offer and the role they play in contributing to the viability of rural areas and farms.

An innovative series of evening seminars took place from January to March 2017 to promote the value of rural Ireland and range of services available.  The seminars provided people living and working in rural farming communities with the chance to:

  • Find out their options for farm diversification
  • Consider a new farm business or off-farm enterprise
  • Explore options for retraining for a new job
  • Learn about applying for funding opportunities under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020
  • Find out about how to access LEADER funding.

Check out videos from contributors to Expand Your Horizons.

Latest News

NUI Galway Rural Studies Centre Seminar Series 2022

The NUI Galway Rural Studies Centre Seminar Series 2022 was established in conjunction with the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) and provides a platform for Irish academics and key rural stakeholders to present their research or rural projects;...

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Year 6 of Sheep Welfare Scheme confirmed for 2022

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., has announced that the sixth year of the Sheep Welfare Scheme will commence on the 1st of February 2022.  The Sheep welfare scheme provides financial support to farmers for taking extra steps...

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NRN Women in Agriculture Video Series

NRN Women in Agriculture Video Series

Blog Posts

Assessing Access to Land Across the European Union

In this guest blog, Dr Shane Conway, Researcher in the Discipline of Geography’s Rural Studies Unit at NUI Galway provides us with an insight into the importance of land mobility (i.e. transfer of land from one farmer to another, or from one generation to the...

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Case Studies

Entrepreneurial Young Trained Farmer Case Study

Karol Devaney, Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo Supporting young farmers wishing to enter the agricultural sector is a key priority of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme (RDP). Throughout the European Union, such measures aimed at stimulating generational renewal in...

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An Overview of Producer Organisations

What are Producer Organisations (POs)? Producer Organisations or POs can simply be defined as legally constituted groups of producers or farmers (EU Commission, 2017). More specifically, they can also be understood as rural businesses which are producer owned and...

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Farm Succession and Inheritance

NRN Partners & Funders