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Jam-packed Energy and Farm Diversification Show set for Gurteen Ag College

Energy and Farm Diversification Show 

The Energy and Farm Diversification Show (formerly the Energy in Agriculture Show) is set to take the form of a one-day event, incorporating a large trade exhibitor showcase, outdoor practical demonstrations, networking opportunities with industry experts and an extensive talks programme.

The 2023 show, which was launched recently by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, as well as representatives from the show’s organising committee and main sponsors, will take place at Gurteen College on Thursday, July 20th, 2023.

The Energy & Farm Diversification Show is a collaboration between Teagasc, Tipperary County Council, Irish Farmers Association, Tipperary Energy Agency, Macra Na Feirme, Gurteen College and TUS Midlands Midwest.

The talks, which include several first-hand accounts from farmers, are split into three distinct streams: energy in agriculture, smart climate land use and farm diversification.

Event 

Speaking at the launch, Minister McConalogue said: “I am delighted to be involved in this hugely important event again, and it comes just a few months since I launched the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS 3), which has the strongest ever focus on renewables and solar.”

“Grants of 60% with an investment ceiling of €90,000 are available under TAMS for farmers interested in solar panels and storage. We are also stepping out our ambitions around on-farm anaerobic digestion.”

Barry Caslin, Teagasc Energy and Rural Development Specialist said, “If the ambitions of the government’s Climate Action Plan are to be delivered, farm-scale and community-based renewables must be the central part of future energy policy in Ireland”.

“The next few years will see a dramatic uptake in renewable energy generation on farms. There is a huge appetite for information from farmers who are planning to set up or expand diversification enterprises.”

“This energy and diversification event will provide guidance and ideas for the agricultural and rural communities on the generation of renewable energy, effective energy and carbon management, business development through diversification and low-carbon farming options.”

Future-proof farm business

Paul O Brien, IFA National Environmental Chair, further added that “the IFA are pleased to be involved in what is now known as the Energy and Farm Diversification Show”.

“At a time of much uncertainty in farming and the need to make agriculture more sustainable, such an event is very important.”

“It will be good to see what practical options may be available for farmers who wish to future-proof their business from ever-fluctuating energy costs and also assess what diversification options may be available if this is a route they are considering,” he added.

The show is sponsored by AXA Farm Insurance as the show title sponsor, the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and FBD.

Christy Doherty of AXA says: “AXA are delighted to put our name to the Energy & Farm Diversification Show, which has quickly become the must-attend annual event for farmers and landowners interested in exploring energy, food and tourism options for their enterprise.”

More information on the show can be found at www.energyandfarmdiversification.com

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