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Energy and Farm Diversification Options Showcased

Thousands of people attended the Energy and Farm Diversification show which took place in Gurteen Agricultural College yesterday, Thursday 20 July.

Energy and Farm Diversification Options Showcased
Pictured a large section of the crowds that attended the Energy and Farm Diversification show which took place in Gurteen Agricultural College yesterday, Thursday 20 July. Talks were delivered all day across three pavilions: Energy Pavilion; Farm Diversification Pavilion and Land Use Change & Sustainability Pavilion

Energy and Farm Diversification Options Showcased

Talks were delivered all day across three pavilions: 

  • Energy Pavilion – Anaerobic Digestion, Energy Policy, Solar, Electricity, Biomass, Community Energy
  • Farm Diversification Pavilion – Secrets behind successful diversification, Food Business Start Ups, Tourism Diversification
  • Land Use Change & Sustainability Pavilion – Organics, Forestry, Bio-economy, Agri-Tech  

Teagasc Energy & Rural Development Specialist, Barry Caslin said; “Farm diversification has become an even more important topic in agriculture with farm family members thinking of adding a new business activity to traditional farming in order to future-proof their livelihood and already established business. 

This year’s Energy and Farm Diversification show provided an opportunity for the public to source information and advice on farm diversification funding, grants for diversification, planning, new products, new services, new ideas, troubleshooting, business tips, marketing tools, networking, inspiring keynote sessions, like-minded professionals, potential partnerships and much more.

The event showcased best practice, innovative thinking and inspirational activity to other farmers in the area of on farm energy, sustainable agriculture and diversification opportunities in rural areas.”  

Teagasc, through its Food Research Centres in Moorepark, Fermoy and Ashtown, Dublin, the Rural Development Centre and the BIA Innovator in Athenry, can offer a range of technical supports and public training options to the food sector. 

Ciara McDonagh, Teagasc Head of Food Industry Development, said: “The production of quality artisan foods is an option for consideration, with advice and support available from Teagasc. Our aim is to promote the development of high quality, innovative food enterprises, through a range of supports including food product development and scale-up processing, food packaging, testing and sensory analysis.”  

Earlier this month, a new Teagasc Marginal Abatement Cost Curve (MACC) to assist farmers and the Agriculture industry to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions was published. Speaking at the event in Gurteen, Professor Gary Lanigan, the Lead author of the Teagasc MACC stated: “The MACC provides farmers and landowners with a roadmap towards achieving sectoral targets. However, it’s important to note that these options must be translated and incorporated into new low Greenhouse gas (GHG) production systems by advisors. The Signpost Programme will be a key driver of this.”  

Karl Richards, Acting Head of the Teagasc Climate Research Centre reiterated the need for urgent action of the MACC measures. He said: “Our targets are only six to seven years away, so speed of uptake, particularly for nitrogen fertiliser reducing measures, will be key to achieving the targets.”  

This innovative event is a collaboration between Teagasc, Tipperary County Council, Irish Farmers Association, Tipperary Energy Agency, Macra Na Feirme, Gurteen College and TUS Midlands Midwest.