We provide the full suite of training for young
entrants, farmers, rural entrepreneurs and executives/operatives in the food industry.
- Nationally certified Certificate and Diploma
courses for young people interested in careers as farmers, horticulturists, foresters,
horse breeders and in a wide range of employment in the agri-food industry.
- Advanced and updating courses for farmers on every
aspect of their business.
- Comprehensive training for rural entrepreneurs on
establishing and managing farm and rural-based supplementary enterprises.
- Training for food industry personnel in food
safety, quality, process and product development.
We have a resource of over 200 teachers and
trainers operating from 14 colleges, 45 local training centres and research centres. More
than 10,000 people attend our training courses each year.
Teagasc advisory services are in contact with
some 70,000 farmers and rural dwellers each year. Teagasc provides professional advisory,
planning and consultancy services to over 40,000 clients annually. Some 500 advisers and
specialists help farmers maximise profit through applying the latest results from the
Teagasc research programme, making full use of the EU and National income support measures
and fully utilising all opportunities for development.
Teagasc works closely with a large number of food
processors on joint development programmes whose aims are to improve efficiency and
quality together with providing food safety assurance to consumers.
Teagasc advisory services are funded from a
National Government grant, from EU Structural Funds and from client fees. This three way
partnership ensures that it can focus its activities on issues of importance both to
individual clients and to the community at large.
While many advisory services are tailored to the
needs of individual clients Teagasc produces regular newsletters for all important
Teagasc is the leading organisation in the fields
of agriculture and food research in Ireland.
Our annual research portfolio comprises some 300
research projects, carried out by 200 scientists in nine research
The key objectives of the programme are to:
- Provide a strong scientific basis for competitive
and sustainable primary production.
- Underpin product innovation and ensure safety and
nutritional attributes of food.
- Support the development and assessment of national
and international policies in relation to the agri-food industry and rural communities.
For details of our Research Programme 2001 click
We collaborate extensively with our colleagues in
Irish universities. Our post-graduate fellowship programme, which supports more
than 100 M.Sc. and Ph.D students annually in our research centres, enhances this
We participate extensively in EU Framework
Programmes and we have developed bilateral agreements with research organisations in
Europe, the USA and New Zealand.
End of Project Reports
Since 1998, end of project reports are published
by Teagasc in respect of all completed major research projects. These reports are designed
to ensure a more effective transfer of new research information to the Teagasc advisory
and training services and to key end users in the agriculture, food and rural development
sectors. For a full listing of current end of project reports, click here.
Teagasc scientists publish the results of their
research in international scientific journals and in Teagasc's own peer-reviewed journal, Irish
Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, which is published twice yearly.
For full information on the Irish Journal of
Agricultural and Food Research, including editorial board, instructions to authors,
latest contents and how to subscribe, click here.