Climate and environment
New scheme with quotas for nitrates proposed
Caitríona Morrissey
A trio of policy experts say that major farm scheme changes are needed to achieve step-wise reductions in water pollution from agriculture.
Fertiliser register a sign of new approach
A new fertiliser database is to be introduced by DAERA Minister Andrew Muir
Audit office probe into false soil samples
Concerns were initially raised by NIEA about false soil samples used to support planning applications in NI
Maize crops in need of nutrient boost
Colder than normal weather is having a negative impact on many maize crops in NI
10 July 2024 Northern Ireland
Part time farming 50 sucklers in Co Tyrone
Adam Woods reports from a CAFRE farm walk held in Tyrone last week.
10 July 2024 Breeding & health
Catch crop rules changes not enough
Farmers are confused about grazing rules for catch crop and forage crops and don;t see the need for the complications.
3 July 2024 News
Single day's rain causes shocking phosphorous leaching
Teagasc monitoring has revealed just how much phosphorous can be leached into rivers and streams following rain.
21 June 2024 News
Almost 40% of dairy farmers to reduce fertiliser use in 2024
Just 7% of dairy farmers have said that they plan on spreading more fertiliser this year.
12 June 2024 News
Understanding N and P losses and how to avoid them
The new EPA map shows the status of all waterbodies in the country and identifies areas of concern.
12 June 2024 News
No significant change to water quality in 2023 – EPA
Levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways has not changed, according to the 2023 EPA water quality report.
11 June 2024 News
£10m for next stage of sustainable slurry project
The aim of the project is to identify potential ways to deal with the problem of excess nutrients coming from NI farms
5 June 2024 Northern Ireland
Nutrient in NI rivers hits eight-year low
Last year’s improvement in water quality is significant given that 2023 was a wet year.
5 June 2024 Northern Ireland