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Visit the International Tree Nursery Trade Fair GrootGroenPlus

Visit the International Tree Nursery Trade Fair GrootGroenPlus

From 30 September until 2 October about 300 participants will welcome you during the 25th Internatio...


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Exciting New Organic Marketing Campaign! Organics Naturally Good for Business

Exciting New Organic Marketing Campaign targeting the catering industry as shown in the July 2015 edition of Hotel and Catering Review Magazine.

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    Minister Announces the Publication of the 2014 National Litter Pollution Report

    Mr Alan Kelly, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, (23 July 2015) announced the publication of the 2014 National Litter Pollution Monitoring System Report.[pdf 2.84MB] The System Report provides important statistical data about the extent, causes and composition of litter in Ireland.

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      Hive of Activity: Minister Tom Hayes Opens Beekeepers Summer School

      Tom Hayes Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine officially opened the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations Annual Summer Course in Gormanston College, Co. Meath

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        Squeezing Every Drop of Efficiency From Juice Processing

        Plastic packaging made from the fermented wastewater of processed juice could save industry millions in production costs and tap into growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly products.

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          Trade Event Puts a ‘GLAS’ on the Horticulture Industry

          Ireland’s national trade only horticultural event, GLAS, took place at the Citywest Events Centre in Dublin. The show, now in its fifth year, attracted over 1,000 industry representatives and over 130 exhibitors, the largest number ever to participate at the event. 

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            Collaborative Farming Options Have Potential to Improve the Structure

            Three collaborative farming arrangements have the potential to redress the deficit in Irish farm structures. Partnerships, share farming and contract heifer rearing can make a difference in terms of the age profile, average farm size and level of farmer skills in the Irish dairy industry. These were the main messages to emerge from the Teagasc ICOS Dairy Expansion Seminar held in the Killeshin Hotel on Wednesday 15th July. 

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              EPA Integrated Catchments Management Presentations

              These presentation were given as part of the EPA-funded Catchment Science and Management Course focusing on Integrated Catchment Management, held in June 2015. This course was delivered by RPS Consultants. If you have any queries or comments, or wish to use the material in this presentation, please contact catchments@epa.ie

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                Ireland Matches Germany On Sustainability Measures

                RobecoSAM's Country Sustainability Ranking
                Robeco and RobecoSAM have worked together to develop a comprehensive and systematic ESG ranking framework for countries, designed to complement sovereign bond ratings developed by traditional rating agencies.

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                  Kilsaran Awarded For Energy Use Reductions

                  Kilsaran International, has been awarded the ISO50001 accreditation for the implementation of a new energy management system, an award that recognises the continual reduction of a businesses energy use, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and better energy efficiencies.

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                    Record Number of NI Parks with Green Flags

                    Environment Minister Mark H Durkan recently presented the Green Flag Awards to a record number of public green spaces at a ceremony in Antrim Castle Gardens. Forty-three of the North’s public parks, country parks, cemeteries and green spaces met the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award, an increase of 23% on last year. In addition six sites in the Republic were awarded their pilot Green Flag Award for the first time.

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                      Department Announces Details On 50% Grant for Farm Partnerships

                      The department has announced funding for a new farm partnership scheme. Under the scheme successful applicants will be able to claim 50% of legal,advisory and financial service costs incurred while setting up the partnership.

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                        What to Include in a 'Terms of Employment' Written Statement

                        The Terms of Employment (Information) Act 1994, provides that an employer must issue its employees with a written statement of terms and conditions relating to their employment within two months of commencing employment.

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                          HortiTrends Weekly News & Comment - Glas 2015 Review - July 24th

                          Glas 2015 is always a good barometer for the sentiment of the horticulture industry in Ireland. Speaking to some exhibitors, they felt that numbers where down, although that should be looked at in the context of a much enlarged show. They also commented that the quality of the buyers and the size of the spend was much improved on 2014.

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                            The Sodshow meets Roisin de Buitlear and Max Kempar – Bloom Fringe 2015, Episode 3

                            The SodShow, Ireland's Best Podcast 2013 and only garden radio show. Live every Friday @ 3pm – or alligator in podcast.

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                              National Broadband Plan to Drive SMART Agriculture

                              Teagasc welcomed proposals published by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR), in Connecting Communities, the National Broadband Plan to extend high speed broadband to most rural areas.

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                                Toolhardy - GIY News

                                I have an admission to make. There’s a dark corner of my garage that’s a graveyard for dead, decrepit and defunct garden tools. When I visit the garage to do manly stuff (cutting, sawing, sanding, hammering etc) I have to avoid eye contact (figuratively speaking) with this Boulevard of Broken Tool Dreams because it is an embarrassment to me, a reminder of my appalling lack of DIY skills. 

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                                  Featured Event

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                                  30 September 2015 - 02 October 2015

                                  @ Zundert, Netherlands

                                  Groot Groen 2015

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                                  This year, the registrations for GrootGroenPlus, the international trade fair for tree nurseries which will be held from 30 September to 2 October 2015, kept pouring in. Even though the same thing happened in 2014, this year the waiting list had to be activated even two months earlier than last year. At the moment, two thirds of the stand set-ups have been sent out. Since this year is GrootGroenPlus' anniversary, and the waiting list is still growing, tent supplier Neptunus B.V. has decided to use a bigger, higher, and most of all more luxurious tent. This offers a number of benefits.

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                                  More space
                                  The most important advantage of the replacement of the largest tent by type Alure is that it offers more space than the tent that they originally intended to use. Therefore, GrootGroenPlus gladly accepts this tent, since it offers more participants the possibility to celebrate the 25th edition of the trade fair. Because of this new tent, the layout will be amended, and so will the general drawings. Participants who were placed in hall 6 along the blue route will soon receive their stand information.

                                  Alure Globe
                                  Neptunus B.V. is not offering GrootGroenPlus just any tent. It has proposed to use the Alure Globe, a remarkable tent with extra long sidewalls and an innovative rounded roof. This results in a professional appearance and comfort that fits a leading trade fair like GrootGroenPlus. Besides, the additional height is perfect for growers of higher trees.

                                  Tom Ambaum from Neptunus B.V.: "We want to understand our customers and their interests, and do something with that. When it came to GrootGroenPlus, the offer of the Alure Globe seemed like a great idea." Even though the use of another tent comes with some additional work, GrootGroenPlus gladly invests in something that benefits the participants and the presentation of the trade fair as a whole.

                                  Please register soon
                                  Thanks to the additional space that this tent offers, chances of being able to participate in the anniversary edition of trade fair GrootGroenPlus increase for those who on the waiting list. However, it is important to register as soon as possible, and be put on the waiting list. There are limits to the additionally available space and many PR activities to promote the trade fair have been set up already. You can register for the waiting list via the standard registration form at www.grootgroenplus.nl.