The National Rural Network in association with Teagasc ConnectED, Dairy Sustainability Ireland and Food and Drink Ireland Skillnet hosted the second in a series of technical training events designed for professionals working with the agri-food sector. The event took place in the Teagasc Food Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork on Wednesday 5th February. Pat Murphy (Teagasc), Freda Salley (NRN) and Philip Blackwell (DAFM) are pictured at the collaborative event.
The full day event focused on providing agri-professionals with the most up-to-date technical knowledge to help them advise farmers and stakeholders on how best to address Climate Change. ‘Understanding the Issues’, ‘Managing Nitrogen to reduce emissions’ and ‘Further actions to reduce the carbon footprint of Irish Agriculture’ were key focal points. Presentations were provided by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, Teagasc, and Dairy Sustainability Ireland.
Delegates took part in a breakout session in the afternoon. The session aimed at gathering the views of industry stakeholders on actions that would provide the greatest cumulative benefit in relation to Climate Change.
Freda Salley from the NRN said, “Climate Change presents a real and definitive challenge to Irish Agriculture and it will take a coordinated effort by all stakeholders to mitigate the impact. Effective mitigation will only occur on farms if best practice is communicated to farmers by industry professionals. Industry professionals need relevant technical training to advise farmers on how mitigation and adaptation may impact on the running of their farm.”
Presentations available here.
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