Category Archives: Thats Farming

THE NEW NORTHERN FOREST IRISH STYLE

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com in January 2018 To quote the Woodland Trust on the 7th January 2018, “We’re thrilled to announce that… we plan to create an exciting new Northern Forest”. No, despite some local communities thinking … Continue reading

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OXFORD’S WINDS OF CHANGE

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com in January 2018 It has been fascinating following proceedings from Oxford this week, albeit from a distance. Until a decade ago we only had the Oxford Farming Conference but, apparently, a segment of … Continue reading

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WHERE TO NOW FOR THE IRISH TILLAGE SECTOR?

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 22nd December 2017 If ever there is an industry that is caught between a few rocks and several hard places, it is the Irish tillage industry. Clearly, judging by the yields … Continue reading

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NITROGEN FERTILIZER PRICES, IS THE ONLY WAY UP?

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 11th December 2017 A few days ago, I suggested that a tax on nitrogen might be a practical way to address some environmental issues. Of course, this would increase farm production … Continue reading

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AFTER GHG EMISSIONS, ARE NITROGEN FERTILIZERS NEXT?

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 23rd November 2017 After the recent suggestion that there should be a tax levied on GHG emissions from agriculture, will a proposal to tax nitrogen fertilizers be next? Whilst I have … Continue reading

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IS GM-FREE A MARKET TREND OR A CONSUMER FAD?

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 25th October 2017 Twenty years ago, I became involved with soybean production in SE Europe. Romania was then a GM-soybean producer; now it is not. The GM-free debate is old hat. … Continue reading

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IS MINISTER GOVE GOING TO BREXIT BY THE GREEN DOOR?

This post first appeared online at http://www.thatsfarming.com on the 20th September 2017 Is a prerequisite for a politician to be able to balance one’s principles with the winning of votes? One wonders if Michael Gove is not showing himself to … Continue reading

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