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Tillage Business and Technology Programme

Improving tillage farmers’ income consistent with their aspirations and lifestyle.

This programme entails:

  • providing time critical advice on crop husbandry and market opportunities
  • challenging the status quo by introducing innovative techniques to gain efficiencies in your farming business
  • farm planning, intensive agronomy and business appraisal reflecting the renewed emphasis on farming for profit

It includes:

  • a tailored service which encompasses planning inputs and detailed agronomy advice to improve profitability on
  • tillage farms
  • a detailed business service giving whole farm appraisal and planning as well as crop, machinery and labour efficiencies; and
  • a crop agronomy service including timely advice by means of farm visits, crop walking, newsletters, texts, emails and website. Discussion groups, seminars, open days, field walks and short courses are used where appropriate

Why is this programme important?

The challenges facing the busy tillage farmer are considerable and include decisions to be made on business, tax, production and marketing items.

We can deliver a complete package for the tillage farmer integrating advice on payments, financial, agronomy, mechanisation and cross-compliance issues. Additional business, environmental, buildings and machinery specialists are available to develop new ideas and structures on farms.

The Teagasc Business and Technology Programme is independent, locally organised, backed by research and specialists and is fully aware of the requirements of

Irish/EU regulations.

Why use the programme?

  • Teagasc can provide a commercial tillage grower with a specialised tillage adviser who is dedicated to the farm business and understands the grower’s family goals;
  • farm business needs are met by time-critical advice through an individually tailored service
  • impartial advice is provided, fully compliant with Irish/EU regulations
  • the locally organised service is supported by Irish in-house research in collaboration with institutions worldwide
  • customised courses, seminars, field events, discussion groups, access to the website and Today’s Farm are part of the service; and


The programme is provided through a network of advisers located in all the major tillage counties in Ireland. There are 17 tillage advisers supported by four tillage specialists and the research team at Oak Park.