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Monday 4 May 2015

We need to protect Congo’s forests against shifting cultivation… or do we?

According to a new study, undertaken by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), while agriculture appears to be a main driver of deforestation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, there is a ‘lack of strong evidence’ to support widespread concerns about extensive forest loss in general and about shifting cultivation’s contribution in particular.
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Friday 1 May 2015

Eight people charged in France over horsemeat fraud

After two years of investigations, the French authorites have pressed charges against eight people suspected of passing horsemeat as beef.

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One in five applying for GLAS through Teagasc may miss deadline

Teagasc has written to 1,700 farmers using its joint planning service with FRS to warn them that their GLAS applications may not be complete by 22 May.

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Thursday 30 April 2015

Irish Farmers Journal weekly podcast: new beef scheme and blackcurrant rebirth

Listen to our livestock specialists go throuh the details of the Beef Data and Genomics Scheme and hear from Animal Health Ireland as well as Matt Dempsey, who edited the IFA's 60th anniversary book.

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Tuesday 28 April 2015

Scientists: Base payments for ecosystem services on scientific evidence

In an opinion article in Science magazine more than 45 scientists asked policymakers and environmental agencies to “get the science right when paying for nature’s services”.

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Wednesday 22 April 2015

Irish Farmers Journal weekly podcast: GLAS, Ornua and social welfare

Listen to this week's podcast if you're wondering whether to apply for GLAS, interested in sharemilking or worried about the impact of social media on teenagers' exams.

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Wednesday 15 April 2015

Farmers Journal weekly podcast: farm safety and crop growth update

In this week's podcast, Farmers Journal specialists discuss Farm Safety Fortnight and crops and grass growth as well as Ireland's love affair with gardening.

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Tuesday 14 April 2015

France secures transfer of CAP entitlements between lease holders

The French government has said farmers could transfer existing leases with their references and entitlements attached, allowing many start-up farmers to draw higher payments than previously thought.

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Thursday 9 April 2015

US considers restrictions on GM maize to counter pest resistance

The US authorities are considering mandatory crop rotation and other measures to slow down corn rootworms' increasing resistance to the toxin produced by genetically modified maize.

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Wednesday 8 April 2015

California drought drags milk production down

Water shortages have begun to eat into California's milk production as the authorities impose unprecedented restrictions on usage.

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Farmers Journal weekly podcast: markets for Irish beef

Listen to Justin McCarthy and Phelim O'Neill in conversation about new overseas outlets for Irish beef and lamb and meet Macra na Feirme's new president.

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Wednesday 1 April 2015

New: listen to the Irish Farmers Journal weekly podcast

I'm producing a new weekly podcast series for the Irish Farmers Journal. In the first episode, news editor Pat O’Keeffe, dairy editor Jack Kennedy and agri-business editor Eoin Lowry discuss the future of the dairy industry as milk quotas become history; Thomas Hubert talks to US beef buyer Bruce Firnhaber; and Mairéad Lavery tells us why Maria Walsh is on the cover of Irish Country Living.

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Tuesday 31 March 2015

On ‘landscape approach,’ scientists search for meaning

The so-called "landscape approach" - a holistic way of looking at often competing land uses within a given area - is an increasingly prominent way of thinking across ecological, agricultural and social fields, yet it has so far defied easy definition. Researchers are now sifting through thousands of pages of literature to to establish the state of the art in landscape-scale studies.

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Saturday 28 March 2015

International buyers eye Irish meat

The availability of ritually slaughtered beef and lamb to supply majority Muslim countries has been a recurring theme raised by food buyers visiting Ireland as part of Bord Bia’s Marketplace 2015.

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Sunday 22 March 2015

A twist of faith

After the horror of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, France is in a state of tension as it goes to the polls this month. Sophiane Nafa (photo), a social worker in Paris's 19th district, is among witnesses to the deteriorating mood of an increasingly divided nation.

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Friday 6 March 2015

Découvrez la poésie d’une traversée en ferry

Une fois n’est pas coutume, oubliez les 10 kg de bagage à main et les paysages flous à travers un hublot à grande vitesse… et prenez la mer.

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Saturday 28 February 2015

Offre de stage francophone avec le CIFOR (Bogor, Indonésie)

Le Centre de Recherche Forestière Internationale (CIFOR), avec lequel je collabore régulièrement pour ses sites web de vulgarisation scientifique, recherche un stagiaire francophone pour ses activités de communication. Si vous cherchez une expérience dans la production de contenus multimédias et l'organisation d'événements dans le domaine du climat et de la gestion forestière, je vous recommande cette super équipe !

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Friday 27 February 2015

Laissez tomber Ikea, pensez aux ventes aux enchères

Les gars, vous avez du remarquer en passant chez moi ces derniers mois que mon home sweet home prend du caractère. Le meuble à tiroirs, incrusté de bois, pour mettre de l’ordre dans mes notes en pagaille, la lampe à huile ventrue transformée en plafonnier… On peut sortir de la déco Ikea sans forcément payer plus cher ! Mon secret, ce sont les ventes aux enchères.

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Monday 23 February 2015

EU plan to curb illegal logging: Think big by thinking small?

For a decade, the European Union (EU) has been negotiating with tropical timber-producing countries to stem illegal logging. Recent research indicates that they may have to leave small-scale producers aside—temporarily—to bring their joint efforts to fruition.

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Thursday 12 February 2015

Take a new look at markets to boost climate change adaptation, research suggests

For generations, Malian farmers have traveled north and south with their cattle and sheep, following grass and water, and meeting traders in market towns to sell some of their animals.

This seasonal migration is a way to cope with unpredictable rains but is becoming more complex, however, as expanding permanent farms occupy land previously used for grazing. In response, people in Mali’s livestock industry are becoming more sophisticated, taking advantage of expanding mobile phone, road and banking networks to fine-tune their work to meet the demand of meat consumers in neighboring countries’ coastal cities.

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