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Water Quality Conference 2024

This conference was aimed at advisors and industry professionals working with farmers to improve water quality.

It took place on February 7th, in Tullamore Court Hotel.

The conference gave information to attendees on:

  • Water quality challenges for agriculture
  • Understanding nutrient losses and advisory resources for farmers
  • The advisory role in improving water quality

Session 1 - Water Quality Challenges for Agriculture

Chaired by: Pat Murphy

9.00am - Registration
- Opening Address - Water Quality - Key advisory priority for 2024 - Dr. Stan Lalor
9.45 amImproving water quality and co-benefits for the environment and society (PDF) - Fran Igoe
10.15amCurrent legislative requirements and future developments (PDF)- Dr. David Wall
10.45am - Panel Discussion: Drivers and actions to improve water quality - Fran Igoe, David Wall, Ted Massey, DAFM and Lisa Koep, Tirlan. 

11.15am - Tea/Coffee

Session 2: Understanding nutrient losses and advisory resources for farmers

Chaired by: Dr Karen Daly

11.40am - A complex problem - nutrient losses from an agricultural landscape (PDF)- Eddie Burgess
12.10pm - Utilising water maps for advisor/farmer engagement (PDF) - Noel Meehan/Cathal Somers
12.30pm - Panel Discussion - Utilising available information and resources to support farmers - Eddie Burgess, Noel Meehan and Cathal Somers

12.50pm - Lunch

Session 3 - Advisory role in improving water quality

Chaired by: Tim Hyde

2.00pm - Engaging farmers to deliver water quality improvements (PDF) - Dr. Mary Ryan
2.30pm -
Impacts of multiple small scale advisor/farmer actions at waterbody level

3.00pm - NAIP - National Agricultural Inspections Programme, inspection process and main issues (PDF) - Ray Cullinane, Senior Inspector, EPA
3.30pm - Panel Discussion - Supporting farmers to take the required actions to improve water quality - Dr. Mary Ryan, Kieran Kenny, David Webster, Mary Roache, Ray Cullinane, Senior Inspector, EPA & Eimear O’Keeffe, DHLGH

4.00pm - Close of conference - The ask of advisors for 2024