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Bernie Commins

Senior News Journalist

Bernie Commins has an honours degree in journalism from Dublin Institute of Technology. She previously worked in the world of agri media as editor of several industry publications and as a journalist she has covered a variety of topics from farm safety to rural-life matters. She also has a background in regional newspaper reporting. From south Tipperary originally, she spent her formative years on her uncle’s dairy farm.

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Bayer joins pledge to end world hunger

Bayer joins pledge to end world hunger

Bayer has joined like-minded companies in the private sector, in signing the Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge with a $160...

‘It’s the same nugget, just better’ – company harnesses nutritional benefits of bones

‘It’s the same nugget, just better’ – company harnesses nutritional benefits of bones

A Finnish food-tech start-up has discovered a way to get up to 30% more from a single chicken by harnessing...

Despite ‘exceedingly good’ year price rises expected – Premier Foods

Despite ‘exceedingly good’ year price rises expected – Premier Foods

Despite reporting a trading profit in excess of its forecast, Premier Foods, the company that produces Mr. Kipling confectionary and...

British vets warn delaying import checks could lead to ASF threat

British vets warn delaying import checks could lead to ASF threat

British vets have warned that delaying import checks on animals and animal products entering the UK could have serious implications...

Research highlights link between ruminant health and methane emissions

Research highlights link between ruminant health and methane emissions

A new report has highlighted the role that reducing key endemic diseases in ruminants can play in reducing methane emissions...

10,000 cows involved in pilot methane-reduction programme

10,000 cows involved in pilot methane-reduction programme

European dairy co-operative, Arla Foods and global science-based company, Royal DSM are set to start a large-scale, on-farm pilot with...

FAO renews appeal for urgent funding to support Ukrainian farmers

FAO renews appeal for urgent funding to support Ukrainian farmers

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has issued an appeal to bolster agriculture and provide urgent...

Brexit still a big concern for UK farmers and agri-industry

Brexit still a big concern for UK farmers and agri-industry

A UK-conducted study has found that Brexit remains a big concern for farmers and the agri-industry. The agri-business survey, carried...

Lameness-detection capability secures innovation award for NI company

Lameness-detection capability secures innovation award for NI company

Cattle Eye, a livestock-monitoring platform that can help detect lameness in cows, was crowned the winner of the Royal Dairy...

Rural dwellers more likely to report high happiness levels  – DAERA report

Rural dwellers more likely to report high happiness levels – DAERA report

If you live in rural Northern Ireland (NI), you are more likely to be happy, be satisfied with life, and...

DAERA hosts industry taskforce to tackle rising agri-costs

DAERA hosts industry taskforce to tackle rising agri-costs

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has established a dedicated taskforce with industry representatives in response to...

Red diesel to be hot topic at new LAMMA ‘speaker zone’

Red diesel to be hot topic at new LAMMA ‘speaker zone’

Two speaker zones have been added to LAMMA 2022, where visitors will be able to drop in for updates on...

New JBS fertiliser facility has capacity to create 150,000t annually

New JBS fertiliser facility has capacity to create 150,000t annually

JBS has commenced production of a range of fertilisers at a £20 million production facility - Campo Forte Fertilizantes -...

McDonald’s called on to ensure US suppliers move to crate-free pork production

McDonald’s called on to ensure US suppliers move to crate-free pork production

A shareholder in McDonald's in the US has called on the company to ensure that all its US suppliers move...

Poultry companies fined after employee sustained life-changing crush injuries

Poultry companies fined after employee sustained life-changing crush injuries

Two Northern Ireland (NI) poultry companies have been prosecuted for health and safety failings that resulted in an employee receiving...

Confusion and uncertainty prevail as checks continue despite Poots’ order

Confusion and uncertainty prevail as checks continue despite Poots’ order

Despite ordering his officials to stop agri-food checks on goods coming into Northern Ireland (NI) from Great Britain, Stormont's agriculture...

Arla’s ambitious solar park plan expected to cover 33% energy consumption

Arla’s ambitious solar park plan expected to cover 33% energy consumption

A collaboration between Arla Foods in Denmark and a renewable energy company that will involve the creation of four solar...

Research project aims to improve poultry welfare without antibiotic reliance

Research project aims to improve poultry welfare without antibiotic reliance

A biotechnology firm has been awarded a research grant worth more than £500,000 - as part of an industrial consortium...