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Masters in Agricultural Innovation Support Research Projects 2021-2023

  • Laura Daly - A study of farmer’s attitudes towards growing catch crops in a catchment with high stream water concentrations of nitrate N, whilst developing KT methodology to further adoption.
  • Niamh Dunphy - Engaging Farmers in Conversations about Climate Change
  • John Mahon - To evaluate the Teagasc Podcast as a digital advisory tool and to make recommendations for future development.
  • Roisin McManus - Achieving improvements in water quality through targeted organic manure storage advice
  • Diarmuid Mulkerrins - Farmer preferences for actions needed to adhere to changes in the Nitrates Action Programme
  • Michael O’Loughlin - Establishing the Adoption of new dairy technologies by small-scale dairy farmers in Kenya
  • Aoife Seymour - Dairy Farmer Decision Making Process Regarding Core and Non-Core Tasks.

Masters in Agricultural Innovation Support Research Projects 2020-2022

  • Jennifer Bracken - Application of digital advisory tools and services within a farm advisory service context
  • Penny Gavin - Towards increasing Farmer and Advisor Engagement in Occupational Health and Safety on Farms
  • Catherine Kilmartin - Identify and analyse best practices in interactive innovation across Europe and the competencies required by advisors to support interactive innovation
  • Martin McNamara - Smart Farming on rural farms demonstrating benefits to the wider agri-food community and co-creating new food products and services
  • Michael O'Connor - An examination of the use of online tools for evaluation and impact assessment of multi-actor innvation in the beef advisory services in Ireland in the context of Covid-19
  • Orla Walsh - Effective teaching and learning strategies with the potential to enhance sustainable farming knowledge and skillsets amongst Teagasc full-time agricultural students

Masters in Agricultural Innovation Support Research Projects 2019-2021

  • Aoife Flannery - Enhancing the use of Digital Advisory / Digital Communication Tools with Farm Advisors
  • Aoife Leader - Towards improving environmental sustainability on dairy farms in Ireland: the development of an effective communication method for the increased adoption of biodiversity management practices
  • Donnacha Ryan - Barriers To The Adoption Of The Teagasc MACC Actions To Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions On Dairy Farms
  • Eóin Lynch - Capacity Building for Commonage Groups within the Wicklow SUAS
  • Lisa O'Toole - Developing an Understanding of the Relationships and Methodologies in Contract Cropping Agreements
  • Margaret Farrell - Diversity and inclusion in agricultural education:  Teagasc staff experiences and perspectives
  • Niall Duffy - An investigation into farm specific messages & analysis tools to promote EBI with dairy farmers in the Lakelands region

Masters in Agricultural Innovation Support Research Projects 2018-2020

  • Ruth Bennett Coady - The role of Knowledge Transfer and farmer engagement in halting the decline of threatened farmland species
  • Aoife Forde - Facilitating and enabling drystock farmers to engage in short value chains in Kerry
  • Roisin Horan - Development of a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme for farmers including graduates of Teagasc Educational Programmes and Host Farmers.
  • Meadhbh Johnston - Observations on the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) initiatives supporting Teagasc Advisors – a case study in Teagasc
  • John Maguire - Equipping Teagasc teachers to teach using a Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach
  • Daniel McPartlin - The role and effectiveness of local led KT initiatives - examining the "Grass on the By-Pass" project
  • Eamonn O’Flaherty - A qualitative approach to developing guidelines for employment of drystock farmers on dairy farms
  • Louise Pierce - Perfecting the message on silage quality
  • Mairead Quinn - Innovative Teaching for Distance learning in Agriculture Courses
  • Aoife Rooney - Determining technical and human factors parameters for optimal rollout of online assessment across the range of Teagasc education courses

Masters in Agricultural Innovation Support Research Projects 2017-2019

  • Cormac Brennan - The implementation of NMP recommendations by a targeted Dairy Discussion Group
  • Amy Connolly - Using Nutrient Management Plans (NMP) to deliver soil fertility advise under GRASS10.
  • Lorraine Delahunty - An Evaluation of the future role of and support for practical learning.
  • Suzanne Groome - Dairy farm employer and employee characteristics
  • Philip Kennedy - How can agricultural extension services support Irish Dairy farms using AMS Systems?
  • James Lynch - Alignment of education planning and choices to longer term business and succession needs on dairy farms.
  • Oisin McGlynn - Engaging the 'middle third' of Dairy farmers - Teagasc Glanbia joint programme
  • Rachel Spillane - Improving profit on winter milk farms - use of co-design approach to enhance knowledge transfer packages
  • Emma Swan - Development of a blue print for the disseminating best management practices for rush control to improve the productivity of grassland and minimise herbicide loss to water

Masters in Agricultural Innovation Support Research Projects 2016-2018

  • Niamh Garvey - Assessing extension methods to promote uptake of computer based grass budgeting on dairy farms
  • Ciara O'Donovan - Develop and test proxy indicators for farm profitability and efficiency measurement for Knowledge Transfer uses with beef, sheep, dairy and tillage farms
  • Kevin Cunningham - Identification and evaluation of innovative teaching approaches which enhance agricultural students engagement in classroom settings
  • Brian Duggan - Determine how to improve Knowledge Transfer in Integrated Pest Management on tillage farms
  • Hayden Lalor - Develop and assess a decision support system to integrate lowland and upland management on High Nature Value farms
  • Grainne McGrath - Determination of what is needed to enhance access and participation for learners with diverse ability levels in agricultural education programmes
  • Yvonne Grace - Training needs evaluation of the Irish Horticulture workforce in the Leinster area
  • Padraig Fogarty - An examination of why dairy farmers who were trained in grass measuring during their role as monitor farmers discontinued the use of the technology
  • Wesley Fennell - An examination of categories of dairy farmers in Mayo based on their adoption of certain farming technologies
  • John Moriarty - Develop and assess digital and visual tools for Knowledge Transfer in the pig industry

Masters in Agricultural Innovation Support Research Projects 2015-2017

  • Stephen Robb - The Development of a Producer Group Model within the Bioenergy Heat Sector
  • Martin Mulkerrins - The influence of the BETTER Farm Sheep Programme in terms of practice change
  • Conor Holohan - Best practice experience in Farmer Discussion Groups – Development of an Advisor’s Handbook
  • Sinead Flannery - Analysis of Ag teachers’ / education officers’ experience of their role as educators and identification of improvements to better prepare them for their role
  • Redmond McEvoy - The role and value of Teagasc-Industry Joint Programmes for KT – lessons from the Tipperary Coop Joint Programme
  • Claire Bambrick - Evaluate the communication methods used to disseminate the findings of a dairy research farm for extension purposes
  • Michael Ryan - An Evaluation of the Teagasc Level 6 Advanced Programme in Dairy Herd Management and identification of future needs in curriculum development 
  • Fergus O’Rourke - Strategic use of benchmarking tools
  • Peter Grogan - An Approach to Building Effective Agricultural Advisor-Client Relationships
  • Alastair Pollock - A Knowledge Transfer Approach to Collaborative Farming Structures for the Dairy Industry
  • Aishling Molloy - How Teagasc advisory services can improve engagement with and empowerment of farm women

Masters in Agricultural Innovation Support Research Projects 2014-2016

  • Meabh O'Hagan - Assessing farmers perception of green house gas (GHG) Emissions and developing effective KT interventions to support practice change and emissions reductions. (To be carried out in conjunction with Bord Bia)
  • Conor Kavanagh - Review of advisory tools and methodologies to engage with 'hard to reach' dairy farmers 
  • Oisin Coakley - Categorisation of ‘hard to reach’ dairy farmers in terms of their aspirations, intentions and motivations 
  • Joanne Masterson - Review of advisory tools and methodologies to engage with 'hard to reach' drystock farmers 
  • John Ryan - Soil Fertility – develop and test Knowledge Transfer initiatives to support achievement of high performance on farms 
  • Carly Boyd - Potential impact of collaborative farming agreement on the development of sustainable farming systems and the achievement of environmental outcomes
  • Tom Deane - Categorisation of ‘hard to reach’ drystock farmers in terms of their aspirations, intentions and motivations
  • Sean Mannion - KT Events – what are the key ingredients for effective farmer learning and adoption 
  • John Greany - Review/examine/develop online modes and tools for on-going review and updating of farm business plans by farmers and advisors 
  • Paul Newman - The benefits and risks of categorising farmers. Categorising farmers at local level. Where can we get the data? 
  • Ayano Teyeka - Assessing Extension Approaches for Innovation with Farmers in Ethiopia