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Bord Bia at Gulfood 2017

Bord Bia coordinated Ireland’s largest ever presence at Gulfood, the world’s biggest annual food trade show which took place in Dubai from the 26th February to the 2nd March 2017.

The Bord Bia presence across dairy, meat and consumer food was a significant and timely representation of the Irish industry following the Gulf States Trade Mission led by Minister Michael Creed. The Minister visited the trade show and exhibiting companies on their stands on Wednesday the 1st of March along with Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy.

Read more: Bord Bia at Gulfood 2017

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Glee Talking Head: Brexit – the current mood

As the leading show for the garden retail industry, Glee prides itself on providing an unrivaled platform for discussion. In this, the first of a series of special ‘talking head’ style features, the topic of Brexit is addressed. To some a dirty word, others a fear-inducing prospect, and to many, a word that evokes feelings of the unknown, here Glee exhibitors and supporting trade associations share their thoughts on Brexit and how it is shaping their future.

Read more: Glee Talking Head: Brexit – the current mood

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Social Media Influencers – The Right One for your Brand

A study conducted by Nielsen in 2013 highlighted that word-of-mouth recommendations from family and friends, often referred to as earned advertising, are still the most influential according to 84% of global respondents.

Read more: Social Media Influencers – The Right One for your Brand

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2017 Allianz Garden Show Ireland - Fabulous Festival of Flowers, Food & Fun

2017 Allianz Garden Show Ireland runs from 5th-7th May at the stunning Antrim Castle Gardens, and promises to provide buckets of inspiration for every level of a gardener from the expert to the budding enthusiast.

Read more: 2017 Allianz Garden Show Ireland - Fabulous Festival of Flowers, Food & Fun

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HTA Catering Conference 2017

The HTA Catering Conference is designed to inspire and support garden centres with catering operations by tapping into catering best practice from inside and outside the sector. It brings together garden centre owners, garden centre managers, catering managers, and supervisors, together with industry specialists and those that have made changes within their own garden centres.

Read more: HTA Catering Conference 2017

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ENA General Assembly Meeting

ENA -European Nurserystock Association- accepted Ukraine as a new member, shared information with American colleagues and discussed new projects.

The European Nurserystock Association (ENA) General Assembly met in Essen, Germany, during IPM trade show, on January 26th, 2017. Over thirty delegates from sixteen countries participated and discussed the main concerns of the European nursery sector in a meeting chaired by Mr. Jan-Dieter Bruns, ENA Vice-president.

Read more: ENA General Assembly Meeting

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Public Consultation on the draft River Basin Management Plans for Ireland 2018-2021

Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government has published the draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021 and invites submissions, observations, and comments on the proposed plans during a six-month public consultation process. 

Read more: Public Consultation on the draft River Basin Management Plans for Ireland 2018-2021

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Doyle launches pilot Forestry Knowledge Transfer Group

Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, launched a pilot Knowledge Transfer Group scheme for forestry at the AGM of Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners Ltd., in Hollyford, Co. Tipperary, recently.

Read more: Doyle launches pilot Forestry Knowledge Transfer Group

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How safe is your crop? - Teagasc | Agriculture and Food Development Authority

This seminar will inform you about the new FSAI guidelines on fresh produce safety, simple tips on producing safe food, how to take a water sample, advice on boring for water and wells, water quality of our rivers and how to clean up your water if you do have a problem.

Read more: How safe is your crop? - Teagasc | Agriculture and Food Development Authority

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In the Future, hortivation Will Take Place During IPM ESSEN

From 2018, hortivation by IPM ESSEN will be integrated into IPM ESSEN. That was announced by Messe Essen during the most recent edition of the world's leading fair for horticulture.

Read more: In the Future, hortivation Will Take Place During IPM ESSEN

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Feeding Ourselves

Join us for the annual Feeding Ourselves gathering! We will celebrate the soil beneath our feet, the food it provides for our communities and the agroecological farmers and growers who work the land.

Feeding Ourselves 2017 will feature a soil symposium - including an introduction to a fascinating new citizen science project called GROW Observatory - with dedicated sessions on community gardens, sustainable farm diversification, community supported agriculture and the land workers alliance.

Read more: Feeding Ourselves

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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council acquire Fernhill Park and Gardens

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) has recently acquired Fernhill Park and Gardens and intends to develop the property as a Regional public park. Fernhill is a former substantial family residence with ancillary buildings on 34 hectares of land (gardens, parkland, woodland and agricultural land) just south of the Enniskerry Road at Stepaside, County Dublin.

Read more: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council acquire Fernhill Park and Gardens

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Public Consultation on the National Clean Air Strategy

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) is developing a national Clean Air Strategy with the aim of promoting clean air policies to enhance and protect the quality of the air we breathe.

Read more: Public Consultation on the National Clean Air Strategy

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Food safety: simpler rules proposed for small retailers | European Food Safety Authority

EFSA has proposed a simplified approach to food safety management in small retail businesses such as grocery shops, butchers, and bakeries. The approach includes guidelines on how to identify the most relevant biological, chemical and physical hazards at each stage of the food production process, the activities or practices that make hazards more likely to occur and appropriate control measures.

Read more: Food safety: simpler rules proposed for small retailers | European Food Safety Authority

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Stop Wasting Food

France passed food and packaging waste laws in 2016: banning single-use plastic bags and requiring supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity. They have also passed a law banning plastic cups and cutlery, which will come into effect in 2020.

Read more: Stop Wasting Food

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AIPH Approves 'Grow Green. Eat Green. Live Green' Expo in Bologna

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has approved an application from the region of Bologna and Emilia Romagna in Italy to host a ‘B Class’ International Horticultural Exhibition in 2019. Expo 2019 Bologna & Emilia-Romagna was approved by AIPH on 23 January 2017. 

Read more: AIPH Approves 'Grow Green. Eat Green. Live Green' Expo in Bologna