Farm Viability

Enhancing farm viability and competitiveness in all agricultural sectors.

About Farm Viability

Farm Viability and Competitiveness

The National Rural Network (NRN) will highlight the challenges and present good practice models that can support farms and Irish agriculture to remain viable and competitive.

Areas of focus are driven by the NRN’s ongoing networking and priorities of the RDP including:

  • Farm succession and inheritance
  • Women in agriculture
  • Rural business
  • Organic farming.

Rural Services - Expand Your Horizons

As part of ‘Expand Your Horizons 2017 – Reaching Out to Rural Ireland’ Teagasc and the NRN brought together over 20 organisations that offer services in rural Ireland. These included Local Action Groups, Local Enterprise Offices, Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS), Education and Training Boards (ETB), Citizens Information, Mental Health Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Fisheries Ireland, Credit Unions, Clann Credo and Community Finance Ireland.

These organisations provided a flavour of the opportunities they offer and the role they play in contributing to the viability of rural areas and farms.

An innovative series of evening seminars took place from January to March 2017 to promote the value of rural Ireland and range of services available.  The seminars provided people living and working in rural farming communities with the chance to:

  • Find out their options for farm diversification
  • Consider a new farm business or off-farm enterprise
  • Explore options for retraining for a new job
  • Learn about applying for funding opportunities under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020
  • Find out about how to access LEADER funding.

Check out videos from contributors to Expand Your Horizons.

NRN Women in Agriculture Video Series

NRN Women in Agriculture Video Series

Latest News

Blog Posts

Organic Strategy Consultation

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is initiating a public consultation for a new Organic Sector Strategy to drive the sector's growth in line with Food Vision 2030 and the EU Farm to Fork Strategy. The consultation, which opened from July 10th to...

Case Studies

Anne Marie Feighery – Feighery’s Farm Beetroot Juice

In 2019, Anne Marie Feighery launched her innovative agri-food business, Feighery’s Farm Beetroot Juice, which produces beetroot juice using pesticide-free beetroot grown by her father and brothers on their family farm on Co. Offaly. Anne Marie actually credits her...

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Entrepreneurial Young Trained Farmer Case Study

Karol Devaney, Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo Supporting young farmers wishing to enter the agricultural sector is a key priority of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme (RDP). Throughout the European Union, such measures aimed at stimulating generational renewal in...

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Tel: 090 6482744



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