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Teagasc Series of Options Seminars for Farmers

In farming there is a great interdependence between the farm and the family life. All farm families have a common aim and that is to maintain a decent household income, have a good quality of life and plan for the future of the farm. A nationwide series of ten Options Seminars have been organised in the Teagasc advisory areas around the country to allow farm families to explore possible alternative enterprises for their own farm.

Maria Heneghan, Teagasc Rural Tourism Specialist said: ”The Teagasc Options Programme is designed to help farm families address the difficulties which they are experiencing, reduced incomes and unemployment. Good management is the skill of making things happen rather that letting things happen, so planning for a future in farming is the core aim of the Options Programme. A newly designed farm household income ready-reckoner will give a picture of the farm family income which will act as a foundation in the examination of each individual’s present income and family situation. This allows an assessment of the potential of the farm and the family to pursue the many possible options to generate more income and create a viable and attractive future for a successor on the farm.”

Teagasc advisers and specialists, together with representatives from other agencies such as LEADER, County Enterprise Boards, Fás and the VEC, will be present at each of the seminars.