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Teagasc To Host Seminar For Farm Families

Teagasc the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland.

Teagasc, under the guidance of Area Manager Donal Mullane, are hosting an important seminar for all farm families in Thurles on Tuesday 2nd of November at 8.00pm in the Anner Hotel.

Farmers and farm families are continually weighing up their options and planning for the future.  Opportunities and threats are continually being assessed as farmers navigate the decision making process for themselves and their families.

In farming there is a great interdependence between the farm and the family life. All farm families have a common aim and that is to maintain a decent household income, have a good quality of life and plan for the future of the farm. The past decade has witnessed huge change in family farm structures and the recent Harvest 2020 report, highlights the significant role that agriculture will play in the economy over the next decade.

The Teagasc Options Programme is designed to help Farm Families address the difficulties which they are experiencing, of reduced incomes and unemployment. Good management is the skill of making things happen rather that letting things happen so planning for a future in farming is the core aim of the Options Programme. A newly designed farm household income ready – reckoner will give a pin picture of the farm family income which will act as a foundation to examine your present income and family situation, to assess the potential of the farm and the family and discuss the many options with potential to generate more income and create a viable and attractive future for a successor on the farm.

To ensure all farmers are familiar with the benefits of the programme Teagasc are hosting a seminar at the Anner Hotel, Thurles on Tuesday night 2nd November to inform farm families of the benefits to planning for the future through the Options Programme.   Teagasc Advisors and Specialists will be present at the seminar providing advice on finance, succession, forestry, food rural tourism and organic production. Other Agencies such as LEADER, County Enterprise Boards, Fas, VEC and Citizens Information Board will be available to discuss options and opportunities for farm families.

Programme For This Seminar

8.00 – 8. 15pm.   Introduction – Sustaining Farm Income – Donal Mullane Area Manager Teagasc
8.20 – 8.40pm     Agricultural Incomes Today – Dr. Cathal O’Donoghue, Teagasc
8.40 – 8.55pm     Options for Farm Families –    David Meredith, Teagasc
8.55 – 9.10pm     Local Issues for Farm Families – Bill Condon Teagasc Advisor
9.10 – 9.30pm     Budgeting – The Easy Way – Maria Heneghan, Teagasc
9.30 – 9.50pm     Options in Action –  A Local Options Story – John Kenny Fairymount Farm
9.50 – 10.00pm   Leader  Funding –  Michael Murray CEO Leader
10.00 – Finish     Questions and Discussion

All farm families are welcome.

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