Ploughing Talks embrace sustainable farming

The sustainable future of farming is at the heart of Bank of Ireland’s Ploughing Talks in Ratheniska says the head of Agriculture Sector at Bank of Ireland Eoin Lowry.

All eyes of the agriculture community in Ireland will be on the Ploughing Championships in Co Laois in the week ahead as 700 acres of fields in Ratheniska play centre stage to celebrating and empowering rural Irish life.

Some 297,000 visitors are expected to visit the site between 19 and 21 September and more than 1,700 exhibitors will display their wares from finance to fashion, machinery to energy and much, much more.

“Farming is going to have to change. The way we farm today is not going to be the way we will farm in the future”

The Ploughing Championships have been taking place every year – except during the pandemic – in Ireland since 1931 when two lifelong friends – Denis Allen of Gorey, Wexford, and JJ Bergin of Athy, Kildare, argued that their respective counties have the best ploughmen.

Banking on tradition

Bank of Ireland has been a long-time supporter of the Ploughing Championships and this year at stand 299, the bank will host a range of Ploughing Talks entitled ‘Farming in a Climate of Change – supporting your farm’s future’.

The talks will tackle the sustainability agenda, the transition to green, financial wellbeing, farm diversification, renewable energy and the future of dairy farming.

Bank of Ireland’s head of Agriculture Sector Eoin Lowry said the purpose of the talks is to equip today’s farmers with the knowledge they will need to navigate the changes that are coming.

“There’s huge disruption facing the agri sectors and farmers, given the financial and climate challenges that are coming. We can see that reducing green house gas emissions by 25% by 2030 is a huge task in itself. We also have to reverse or improve the level of biodiversity in farms.

“Farming is going to have to change. The way we farm today is not going to be the way we will farm in the future.

“For Bank of Ireland it is about demonstrating that we understand the challenges that the sector and farmers face and ensuring we can enable that transition as a key partner to the sector. We bank with 82,000 farmers and have more than €1bn lent to farmers across the country.

“We have 55% of all new lending to farmers in the country and that means every second farmer that takes out a loan today is doing so with Bank of Ireland.”

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Bank of Ireland Ploughing Talks: Farming in a Climate of change- supporting your farm’s future

Day Time Title Panellists
Tuesday 19th 11am Setting the Sustainable Agenda- the evolving Policy environment and farmer response Tadgh Buckley- IFA

Anne Finnegan- Consultant

1pm Sustainable loans – financing the transition to green


Sean Farrell – SBCI

David Taylor – BOI

Mark Glennon – BOI

3pm Sustaining Beef farmers – Managing Risk & investing for the future Darren Carty – Farmers Journal

Tim Meagher – Beef Farmer

Pat Byrnes- BOI

Wednesday 20th 11am Managing your financial wellbeing

& planning for the future

Martina Gormely- Teagasc

Aisling Meehan – Agri  solicitor

Pat Byrnes- BOI

1pm Financing Renewable Energy -farm diversification opportunities Eoin Walsh PV Gen

Mark Glennon- BOI

3pm Sustaining Dairy farmers – Managing Risk & investing for the future Patrick Gowing – Teagasc

William Kingston

John Fitzgerald

Thursday 21st 11am Sustaining Tillage farmers- Managing Risk & investing for the future Siobhan Walsh – Farmers Journal

James O’Reilly Tillage Farmer

Susan Maher- BOI

1pm Food and the future consumer and how farmers are reacting Lucy Ryan – BOI

Kevin Honan- Tirlan

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