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Father and son duo Michael and Norman Dunne from Maynooth, Co. Kildare were recently announced as the winners of the Farming for Nature Public Choice Award 2021. The Dunnes operate their 400-acre tillage farm under the principles of conservation agriculture, having moved gradually away from a conventional, intensive tillage enterprise to a regenerative farming system over the past 5 years.

Michael and Norman are pictured below with Dr Shane Conway, Researcher at NUI Galway’s Rural Studies Centre working on the NRN Project, and James Claffey, Project Manager of the NRN, at this year’s Burren Winterage Weekend award ceremony.

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The 7 nominees for the Farming for Nature Public Choice Award 2021 were a cross-section of farmers selected from this year’s 23 Farming for Nature Ambassadors who are adjudged to be managing their land and livestock in a way that really benefits nature in their area.

You can watch a video about Michael and Norman Dunne’s farm, as well as the other nominees here: https://www.farmingfornature.ie/awards/voting/

The NRN are delighted to have supported this inspiring initiative over the past 4 years.