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Cost efficiency of technology needed for anaerobic digestion a concern – Creed

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The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed has stated this week that the cost of on-farm technology for the generation of alternative energy sources is a challenge.
'The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed has stated this week that the cost of on-farm technology for the generation of alternative energy sources is a challenge.He also said he was aware of the need to encourage the utilisation of farm manure as an alternative source of energy and pointed to the fact that he recognised the wider environmental benefits of using agricultural residues in the production of biogas/biomethane and in particular its role in the heat and transport sectors.The minister’s comments came earlier this week during Dáil proceedings when he was asked by deputy Michael Moynihan to clarify the status of additional supports for anaerobic digestion and on-farm renewables.The minister said that indigenous renewable energy played a vital role in the country’s domestic fuel mix and would become even more important in the reduction of reliance on imported fuels “and meeting the challenging renewable energy targets for 2020 and 2030”. My department is committed to working closely with the Department for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to ensure that the supply of domestic fuels available in the forest and agriculture sectors are mobilised.He continued: “We want this to happen to support energy generation from a range of bio-energy technologies including anaerobic digestion. “The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) aims to bridge this economic gap and will support farms and businesses to adopt renewable heating systems, including biogas heating systems.” The minister went on to say that earlier this month the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Richard Bruton, opened the second phase of the SSRH – an operational support for biomass boilers and anaerobic digestion heating systems for applications. “Details of this scheme including the tariffs that apply are available on the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) website,” he added.TAMS supports Meanwhile, Creed pointed to the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) supports capital investment.TAMS includes a number of target areas which will promote – among other things – sustainability; e.g. low emissions slurry spreading equipment, farm nutrient storage, and renewable energy and energy efficiency.He added: “I recently made €10 million available for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, following a comprehensive review of TAMS designed to increase its focus on sustainability . “Eligible investments include the extension of support for Solar PV Installation to all sectors and support for LED lighting as the only form of lighting to be grant aided. “In addition, other energy efficiency measures such as biomass boilers and water heating continue to be eligible investment items under TAMS.” . The post Cost efficiency of technology needed for anaerobic digestion a concern – Creed appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

More than 600,000 people in Ireland live in poor housing conditions, say Engineers Ireland

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More than 600,000 people in Ireland live in poor housing conditions with leaks, damp or rot while almost two million housing units will require retrofitting, according to Engineers Ireland.
'More than 600,000 people in Ireland live in poor housing conditions with leaks, damp or rot while almost two million housing units will require retrofitting, according to Engineers Ireland.'

June…a month to see new advances in the tillage fields

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June is a month often used to investigate and collect knowledge in the tillage sector, with an array of open days and shows to attend.New varieties, machinery and the latest technology will all be on display at different events throughout the month.
'June is a month often used to investigate and collect knowledge in the tillage sector, with an array of open days and shows to attend.New varieties, machinery and the latest technology will all be on display at different events throughout the month.These events provide plenty of opportunities to ask questions, look at the latest varieties and chemistry up close and even test drive some machinery.First on the list is the Dairygold tillage evening this week.Dairygold Tillage Evening – June 6 Kicking off at 6:00pm at the Department of Agriculture’s farm in Ballyderowan, Fermoy, Co.Cork, the evening will focus on spring barley and cereal disease resistance.The Department’s Séamus Kearney will be on hand to discuss the latest varieties, while Steven Kildea of Teagasc will carry out a Ramularia workshop and Ciarán Collins – Teagasc Tillage Specialist – will tackle malting barley agronomy.Cereals 2019 – June 12 and 13 Cereals 2019 takes place next week in Lincolnshire in the UK and many Irish make the trip to the tillage-focused event each year.As always there will be a focus on agronomy, varieties and the latest innovations.This year attendees will also have the chance to try out the latest new machinery in the ‘Ride & Drive’ arena.Cereals 2019 takes place on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 of June at Boothby Graffoe, Lincoln, Lincolnshire in the UK.Goldcrop open days – June 18 and 21 Goldcrop will host its annual Arable Crop Open Days on Tuesday, June 18, at its trial site in Mooremount, Dunleer, Co.Louth and on Friday, June 21, at its trial site in Ballybane, Shanagarry, Co.Cork.As always the company’s latest varieties will be on show.Last year’s event had everything from wheat to oilseed rape to rye on display.Registration is at 9:30am and proceedings kick off at 10:00am.Groundswell No-Till Show and Conference – June 26 and 27 For anyone interested in conservation tillage the Groundswell No-Till Show and Conference is a must attend event.It takes place on Lannock Manor Farm, Hertfordshire, UK on June 26 and 27.The theme of this year’s event is conservation agriculture and practical ideas on how to farm in the new environmental and political climate whilst regenerating your core asset – the soil.Seedtech & Syngenta Open Day – July 4 Another event not to be missed is Seedtech & Syngenta Open Day, which will take place next month on July 4.The newest Seedtech varieties will be on display, while some of Syngenta’s chemical trials will also be available to view.Tim O’Donovan will discuss hybrid barley agronomy on the day, while trials manager Patsy Kehoe will guide growers through spring oats, spring beans and winter wheat.This event will begin at Arvum Group’s Production and Distribution Hub at Belview Port, Co.Kilkenny at 9:00am.Anyone wishing to attend should RSVP to eobrien@seedtech.ie Whatever the event, be sure to get along to at least one.Keeping up to date is essential to a profitable farming system. . The post June…a month to see new advances in the tillage fields appeared first on Agriland.ie .'