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Rural Viability - Challenges and Opportunities

Event Time 10am - 1pm
Venue Teagasc Conference Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15
Teagasc Rural Economy and Development Programme is hosting a seminar to highlight on-going research relating to the economic viability of rural areas including small farms.

Results from a special survey conducted through the Teagasc National Farm Survey on the economic situation on smaller farms as well as information on off-farm income sources, access to services and rural security will be presented in the context of the changing structure of Irish agriculture.

In addition, new research using 2016 Census data will be presented on the regional distribution of the economic recovery across towns and rural areas and on the diversification opportunities, training and supports required by rural families.

This research will inform an Open Forum discussion on how Teagasc, policy makers, farm organisations and service providers can use this information to provide targeted supports and opportunities for farm families and rural dwellers to play a part in the economic recovery. The forum will be chaired by Pat Spillane (Rural Ambassador) with contributions from a number of relevant stakeholders.

There is no registration fee but capacity is limited and registration is required by October 1st. Please register at: https://ruralviability.eventbrite.ie

A light lunch will be served after the seminar.

Further information if required from Marian.Moloney@teagasc.ie


  • 10:00 Welcome – Tea/Coffee
  • 10:15 Opening Remarks Prof. Gerry Boyle (Director, Teagasc)
  • 10:30 Regional perspectives from the Teagasc National Farm Survey Dr. Emma Dillon (Teagasc)
  • 10:50 Teagasc National Farm Survey – Small Farms Analysis Prof. Thia Hennessy (UCC)
  • 11:10 The Urban-Rural Impact of Economic Recovery Prof. Cathal O’Donoghue (NUIG) & Paul Kilgarriff (Teagasc)
  • 11:30 Teagasc Rural Development Actions Dr. Mary Ryan (Teagasc)
  • 11:50 Open Forum: Developing Opportunities in Post Recovery Rural Ireland
    Chairperson: Pat Spillane (Rural Ambassador)
  • 13:00 Lunch

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