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Farm Business Options Webinar

A new weekly Teagasc webinar called ‘Farm Business Options’ will feature news, views and interviews on current topics relevant to farm business diversification in Irish Agriculture. Farm Business Options will be hosted by Teagasc ConnectEd and live-streamed through Zoom.

Speaking about the new webinar series, presenter Barry Caslin, Teagasc Energy & Rural Development Specialist, said: “Farm diversification is about moving to alternate forms of income and enterprises outside of traditional farming activities. Thinking laterally about using your land, buildings and skills in different ways can help to manage risk and provide additional cash-flow to a business. Diversification is not a silver bullet, and can be a very complex process.”

The new webinar, ‘Farm Business Options’ will target farmers, farm advisors, agricultural researchers and agri-businesses representatives of government and public authorities, and a broader interested audience. Considering a farm diversification and not sure where to start? This series will address common mistakes and the pitfalls to avoid. It will include important checklists in developing a new project. The webinar will be interactive with opportunities for registered participants to ask questions.

Speaking ahead of the new webinar series, Mark Gibson, manager of Teagasc ConnectEd said: “The Irish agricultural community is changing the way it meets, exchanges and explores ideas. Organisations across the sector are making the most of digital tools and holding virtual events and webinars. Farm Business Options will provide a great way to keep the wheels of innovation turning during the pandemic, and it also presents an opportunity to connect with a larger audience than ever before.”

Farm Business Options will be broadcast live from 11:00am to 12:00 noon every Tuesday from October 13th 2020. Participation is free. However registration is essential prior to each webinar.

Register now to join us on Tuesday, October 13th for our premier show that will focus on the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH), and its relevance to the pig, poultry and horticultural sectors. Register at www.teagasc.ie/farmbusinessoptions

The initial lists of topics are:



Panellist (s)

October 13th 2020
11:00am – 12:00 noon

The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH)

The SSRH presents an opportunity for commercial and industrial heat users to meet their heating demands with renewable sources of heat, and to meet the costs of same with government assistance. 

Ray Langton,
SSRH Programme Manager, SEAI

Sean Finan,
CEO, Irish Bioenergy Association (Irbea)

October 20th 2020
11:00am – 12:00 noon

Steps towards an on farm diversification

This webinar will focus on the common mistakes and key points to consider when starting a farm diversification enterprise.

Alan McAdam (B.Agr.Sc),
CEO, MCA Consulting

October 27th 2020
11:00am – 12:00 noon

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) – Questions for solar developers

Land owners are currently been approached by solar developers to sign option and lease agreements for solar or wind projects. This webinar will focus on the do’s and don’ts of such agreements.

James Staines,
Principal Staines Law

Declan McEvoy,

November  3rd 2020
11:00am – 12:00 noon

Insurance around farm diversifications

Insurance tips for new farm enterprises and diversifications.

Farm insurance covers the policyholder only for the business of farming, so the first rule on diversifying is to inform your insurer or broker of any changes or plans to move away from straight farming activities on your land or in your buildings.

Paddy Carey,
FBD Insurance