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The Teagasc Signpost Programme Launch

The official launch of The Teagasc Signpost Programme, a collaborative programme to lead climate action by Irish farmers and their transition towards more sustainable farming systems.

Join us on Tuesday, 18 May at 10am for the official launch of The Teagasc Signpost Programme.

Hosted by RTÉ's Ear to the Ground presenter Helen Carroll, this online webinar will demonstrate to you how this new Teagasc led collaborative programme will support Irish farmers to reduce emissions from agriculture.

The Signpost Farms will: (1) showcase the science based technologies which can reduce agricultural emissions; (2) act as “hubs” for the Signpost Advisory campaign; and (3) create a national network of farms where carbon sequestration in grassland and hedgerows can be examined.

Speakers at the event will include:

  • Steven Fitzgerald
    Dairy farmer from Co. Waterford and Signpost Farmer
  • Ger McSweeney
    Suckler farmer from Co. Cork and Signpost Farmer
  • Pierre Bascou
    Director of Sustainability and Income Support, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, EU Commissions
  • Tom O’Dwyer
    Teagasc and Signpost Programme Manager

The official launch of The Signpost Programme will also include contributions from Politicians including:

  • An Taoiseach, Micheal Martin TD
  • Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD
  • Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Senator Pippa Hackett
  • Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Martin Heydon TD
  • Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Jackie Cahill TD

along with contributions from industry partners in the Signpost programme.

The Signpost Programme is a collaborative partnership of farmers, industry and State Agencies, working together for climate action.  Find out more about the partners involved here 

Signpost Programme Objectives:

  1. To lead and support the transition of Irish farming towards more sustainable farming systems;
  2. To reduce agricultural emissions, specifically,
  • To reduce GHG emissions to the range 5 – 19.0 MtCO2 eq. by 2030; and
  • To reduce ammonia emissions by 5% below 2005 levels, currently estimated at 5 kT NH3, also by 2030;

  3. To reduce other negative environmental impacts of agriculture (specifically, to improve water quality and to improve biodiversity)