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.

Farming For Nature Ambassadors and Public Vote 2020

The National Farming For Nature initiative, proudly supported by Ireland’s National Rural Network, have recently announced their first cohort of eight wonderful Farming for Nature Ambassadors for 2020. They are now encouraging members of the public to view a series of...

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NRN Women in Agriculture Video Series Makes Headlines

In July, the NRN launched a Irish Women in Agriculture video series to highlight the pivotal role that women play in the, traditionally male dominated, agricultural industry. The series detailed the experiences of five farmers including Sinead Conry, a Pedigree...

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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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How do we Transition to Smart Farming in Ireland?

In this guest blog, Dr Peter Mooney and Dr Liadh Kelly, Lecturers in the Department of Computer Science at Maynooth University, provide us with a comprehensive insight into the huge potential of Smart Farming Technologies to improve the...

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The Key Aspects of Collaborative Farming

In this guest blog, Paidi Kelly, Research Officer at Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, outlines the growing interest in collaborative farming arrangements in Ireland. He also outlines the key aspects to ensure...

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