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Press Releases

Here you will find links to the Press Releases and Media Operational Notices issued by the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Press Releases

20/11/2014
Committee Hears From Rural Community On Anti-Poverty And Social Inclusion

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development held a special event to gather views and ideas from rural dwellers and representatives on its current review of the Anti-Poverty and Social Inclusion Programme.

Reference: AGR 02/14/15
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08/10/2014
Committee Launches Review into Anti-poverty and Social Inclusion

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has launched its Review into the Department’s Anti-poverty and Social Inclusion Programme.

Reference: AGR 01/14/15
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09/07/2014
Committee Publishes Report on Reservoirs Bill

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has today published its report on the Reservoirs Bill. The Committee report underlines a number of key concerns including the need for an audit on the current condition of reservoirs which will fall under the new legislation and the financial implications the requirements could pose for reservoir owners.

Reference: AGR 13/13/14
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03/07/2014
Welcome from Committee as TVR Project Gets Off the Ground

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has welcomed the start of the long awaited Test and Vaccinate or Remove (TVR) project. Departmental Officials recently updated Members on the project's initial implementation in the Banbridge area.

Reference: AGR 12/13/14
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28/05/2014
More Must Be Done to Tackle Agricultural Crime, Says Committee

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has today acknowledged the work of the PSNI in tackling agricultural crime and has called for the level of focus on this issue to be sustained. Today’s call follows a briefing to the Committee from the PSNI on farming and rural crime, which included an update on rural crime statistics and the work of the PSNI’s Rural Crime Unit.

Reference: AGR 11/13/14
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09/04/2014
Department Must do More to Eradicate Bovine TB Says Committee

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has told the Department that it must do more to implement and develop agreed measures to tackle and eradicate Bovine TB.

Reference: AGR 10/13/14
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20/03/2014
Agriculture Committee Meets Farmers of the Future

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development visited CAFRE’s Greenmount Campus where they met with students and staff.

Reference: AGR 09/13/14
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05/03/2014
Committee Urges Farmers to Apply for Single Farm Payments Online

The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has today called on local farmers to consider submitting their applications for Single Farm Payments (SFP) online. This year for the first time, the new online service will be available from early March 2014, approximately three weeks before the traditional paper applications are sent to farmers.

Reference: AGR 08/13/14
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26/02/2014
Committee to Seek Views of Private Reservoir Owners

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has announced that it will hold a special event for private reservoir owners.

Reference: AGR 07/13/14
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23/01/2014
New Inspection Process Delays Farm Payments Says Committee
Reference: AGR 05/13/14
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12/12/2013
Agriculture Committee Deliberates Key Issues with Westminster Committee

The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development today met with the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee in London to discuss a range of significant agricultural issues common to both Committees, including reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP), plant health, food security and bovine TB.

Reference: AGR 04/13/14
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07/11/2013
Upwards Trend in Farm Related Accidents Must Be Addressed, says Committee

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has highlighted the importance of farm safety with a visit to a local farm today. Cleland Farm, a sheep farm in Saintfield, hosted the Committee and demonstrated best practices in farm safety.

Reference: AGR 03/13/14
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26/06/2013
More Needs to be Done to Eradicate Bovine TB, Says Committee

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development received an update earlier this week from DARD on its Test, Vaccinate and Release (TVR) model of dealing with bovine TB in badgers and on the badger sett survey.

Reference: AGR 08/12/13
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13/06/2013
Committee Emphasises Importance of Reservoir Safety Ahead of New Legislation

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development today visited Kiltonga Reservoir in Newtownards to highlight the importance of reservoir safety. The visit was ahead of the Committee’s consideration of important new legislation from DARD which will focus on ensuring that reservoirs are managed and operated to minimise the risk of flooding.

Reference: AGR 07/12/13
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24/04/2013
Committee Encourages Use of ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ Section for Farmers Hit by Severe Weather

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has welcomed the Minister’s announcement on stocking density (the number of stock per hectare) under the Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowances (LFACA) Scheme.

Reference: AGR 06/12/13
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12/04/2013
Committee Investigates Tree Disease with Key Visits

The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development recently saw first-hand the issues surrounding tree disease with a visit to Belfast Harbour and Woodburn Forest.

Reference: ARD 05/12/13
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19/03/2013
Committee Addresses EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has welcomed the opportunity to participate in a recent conference for the Parliamentary Agriculture and Fisheries Committees of EU Member States in Dublin.

Reference: AGR 04/12/13
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12/02/2013
Committee Launches New Investigation into Tree Disease

The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development today launched an Investigation into Tree Disease.

Reference: AGR 04/12/13
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05/02/2013
Beef produced in Northern Ireland is of the highest standard says Committee

The Committee is extremely proud of the Northern Ireland beef industry, as it has one of the highest standards in the world in relation to the traceability of meat.

Reference: AGR 03/12/13
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27/11/2012
Committee Report Calls for Immediate Action on Bovine TB

Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development Launches its Report into Bovine Tuberculosis (TB). The Committee has called for the Department of Agriculture to take immediate action to investigate the recent rapid increase in disease rates.

Reference: AGR 02/12/13
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08/10/2012
Concerned Committee Calls on Support for Farmers During Crisis

Deeply concerned with the devastating effect the farming crisis is having on Northern Ireland, the Assembly’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee has called on the Minister for Agriculture to acknowledge the crisis and identify initiatives to help alleviate pressures on farmers as soon as possible.

Reference: AGR 01/12/13
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26/06/2012
Committee Welcomes Briefing From New Chair of Agri-Food Strategy Board
Reference: AGR 16/11/12
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18/06/2012
Agriculture Committee Continue Review of Bovine TB with Visit to England
Reference: AGR 15/11/12
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15/05/2012
Committee Welcomes New Initiative to Stimulate Rural Tourism
Reference: AGR 14/11/12
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24/04/2012
Committee Review Into Bovine TB Gets Underway
Reference: AGR 13/11/12
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20/03/2012
Bovine TB Top of Agenda for Agriculture Committee
Reference: AGR 12/11/12
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06/03/2012
Committee Concerned with Impact of 'Green' CAP Proposals
Reference: AGR 11/11/12
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24/01/2012
Assembly Committee attends Oireachtas meeting on CAP Reform
Reference: AGR 10/11/12
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13/12/2011
Assembly Committee Agrees Terms of Submission to Westminster Committee
Reference: AGR 09/11/12
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15/11/2011
Assembly Committee and Oireachtas Committee Meet to Discuss Common Concerns
Reference: AGR 08/11/12
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25/10/2011
Assembly Committee puts your Views at the Heart of its Work and Expresses Concern on Recent Flooding
Reference: AGR 07/11/12
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11/10/2011
Committee Urges Minister to Act on Strategy for Agri-food Sector
Reference: AGR 06/11/12
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27/09/2011
Agriculture Committee Welcomes Ministerial Re-think on Compensation Scheme
Reference: AGR 05/11/12
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20/09/2011
Committee Addresses Rural And Farming Issues
Reference: AGR 03/11/12
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20/09/2011
MLAs Visit National Ploughing Championship
Reference: AGR 04/11/12
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14/09/2011
Regional Interests Must Not Be Forgotten Says Committee
Reference: AGR 02/11/12
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10/08/2011
Committee Seeks Views On Top Priorities in Agriculture
Reference: AGR 01/11/12
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01/03/2011
Agriculture Committee Brings Minister and Council Representatives Together
Reference: AGR 02/10/11
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27/01/2011
Agriculture Committee provides assurances on Tail Docking
Reference: AGR 01/10/11
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24/06/2010
New Agriculture Committee Chairperson Ready for the Challenge
Reference: ARD 14/09/10
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16/06/2010
Agriculture Committee United in the Call to Crackdown on Brucellosis
Reference: AGR 13/09/10
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21/04/2010
European Fisheries Commissioner to Visit Northern Ireland
Reference: AGR 12/09/10
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12/02/2010
Agriculture Committee Cast an Invite to New European Fisheries Commissioner
Reference: AGR 11/09/10
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04/02/2010
Agriculture Committee Examines Criminal Investigation Process
Reference: AGR 10/09/10
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22/01/2010
Agriculture Committee Gets to the Root of Forestry Bill
Reference: AGR 09/09/10
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02/12/2009
Committee Ready to Tackle Rural Issues in a Rural Setting
Reference: AGR 08/09/10
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06/10/2009
Committee Reflects on Successful Brussels Visit
Reference: AGR 07/09/10
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01/10/2009
Committee Gains Assurance from Fisheries Commissioner
Reference: AGR 05/09/10
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30/09/2009
Committee Meets with UFU Ahead of Key Meetings
Reference: AGR 04/09/10
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29/09/2009
DARD Chair Meets Minister on Planning Policy
Reference: AGR 03/09/10
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22/09/2009
European Parliament Is Key To Success Of Northern Ireland's Agriculture
Reference: AGR 02/09/10
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15/09/2009
DARD Agrees to Committee Proposal on Reducing Compensation
Reference: AGR 01/09/10
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28/07/2009
Banks need to listen to the needs of farms says Assembly committee
Reference: AGR 09/08/09
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28/05/2009
Rural concerns take centre stage at Ballymena show
Reference: AGR 08/08/09
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05/05/2009
Agriculture Committee gets to the core of the Bramley
Reference: AGR 07/08/09
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31/03/2009
Agriculture Committee Goes Dutch
Reference: AGR 06/08/09
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19/03/2009
Committee Sends DARD Back to School
Reference: AGR 05/08/09
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11/02/2009
Imports from bluetongue areas put NI farming at risk
Reference: AGR 04/08/09
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10/12/2008
Committee welcomes all clear for local pork
Reference: AGR 03/08/09
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11/11/2008
Committee calls for Compulsory Ban on Imports from Blue Tongue Restricted Areas
Reference: AGR 02/08/09
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11/11/2008
Flood-Affected Farmers hit by Potato Blight
Reference: AGR 01/08/09
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08/07/2008
Committee Will Put Wind Up Department
Reference: AGR 20/07/08
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12/06/2008
Charges for animal testing are an unacceptable burden says Committee
Reference: ARG 18/07/08
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03/06/2008
Advance Part-Payment to Farmers to be Implemented
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22/05/2008
Renewable Energy is worth pursuing says Agriculture Committee
Reference: AGR 16/07/08
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10/03/2008
Stakeholders meet Committee
Reference: AGR 15/07/08
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15/02/2008
Committee Respond To Minister’s Statement On Bluetongue
Reference: AGR 13/07
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15/02/2008
Committee Delegation Visits Isle Of Man
Reference: AGR 14/07
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06/02/2008
Committee Takes Up Red Meat Cause
Reference: AGR 12/07
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07/12/2007
Committee Meeting With EU Commissioner For Fish
Reference: AGR 10/07
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14/09/2007
Emergency meeting on Foot-and-Mouth Disease
Reference: AGR 09/07
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21/08/2007
Committee convenes special meeting
Reference: AGR 08/07
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06/08/2007
Committee discusses Foot and Mouth outbreak with Minister
Reference: AGR 07/07
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13/06/2007
Committee challenges Minister over sale of "Family Silver"
Reference: AGR 06/07
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08/06/2007
Committee ready to challenge
Reference: AGR 05/07
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01/06/2007
Committee looks forward to visit from Minister
Reference: AGR 04/07
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29/05/2007
Committee listens to farmers and fishermen
Reference: AGR 03/07
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22/05/2007
Committee pushes for Bureaucracy to be reduced
Reference: AGR 02/07
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11/05/2007
Committee looks forward to challenges ahead
Reference: AGR 01/07
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Media Operational Notices

24/11/2014
Agriculture Committee to Hear From Department On The Budget 2015/16
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18/11/2014
Committee To Hold Community Event On Rural Poverty And Social Inclusion Review

The Committee for Agriculture will hold a special community event on Thursday 20 November at the Greenmount Campus, Antrim.

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13/10/2014
Agriculture Committee to Receive Briefing on the Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020

At its next meeting on Tuesday 14 October, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive a briefing from the Department on the Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020.

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06/10/2014
Agriculture Committee to Launch Review into Anti-Poverty and Social Inclusion

At its next meeting on Tuesday 7 October, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will launch a review into Anti-Poverty and Social Inclusion.

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29/09/2014
Committee to be Briefed on Single Farm Payment 2014 and Preparations for New Scheme

At its next meeting on Tuesday 30 September, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive briefings from departmental officials and the Northern Ireland Agricultural Consultants Association (NIACA) on the Single Farm Payment Scheme 2014 and preparations for the new payment scheme to commence in 2015.

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30/06/2014
Agriculture Minister to brief Committee on CAP Reform

At its next meeting on Tuesday 1 July, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive a briefing from Minister Michelle O’Neill.

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23/06/2014
Committee to Receive Update on the Test and Vaccinate or Remove Project (TVR)

At its next meeting on Tuesday 24 June, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive a departmental briefing on the implementation of the Test and Vaccinate or Remove Project.

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27/05/2014
Committee to be briefed on Suspected Illegal Slaughtering of Cattle and on the Upsurge in Agricultural Crime

At its next meeting on Tuesday 27 May, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive briefings from departmental officials on the recent incidences of suspected illegal slaughtering of cattle and illegal movement of milk. The PSNI will also brief Members on the Agri and rural crime.

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07/04/2014
Committee to Receive Update on TB Eradication

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive an update briefing from departmental officials on action to eradicate TB.

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19/03/2014
Agriculture Committee to Visit Greenmount

The Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will visit CAFRE’s Greenmount Campus, Antrim on Thursday 20 March.

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10/03/2014
Committee to be briefed on Suspected Illegal Slaughtering of Cattle

At its next meeting on Tuesday 11 March, the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive briefings from departmental officials and the Food Standards Agency NI on the suspected illegal slaughtering of cattle

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24/02/2014
Agriculture Committee to be briefed by Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive a briefing from the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association regarding recent market issues at its next meeting on Tuesday 25 February 2014.

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17/02/2014
Agriculture Minister to Brief Committee

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will be briefed by the Minister at its meeting on Tuesday 18 February 2014.

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03/02/2014
Committee to Receive Update on Rural Development Plan

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive a departmental update on the Rural Development Plan 2014 – 2020 at its next meeting on Tuesday 4 February 2014.

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01/10/2013
Assembly Committees Make Joint Visit to UK City of Culture

Five Northern Ireland Assembly Committees are to visit the City of Culture on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 October 2013. The Committees will hold a series of meetings, visits and events across the City

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16/09/2013
Minister to Update Committee on Key Agricultural Issues

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will receive an update from the Minister on key issues for DARD.

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05/09/2013
Agriculture Committee Motion on Tree disease

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development has tabled a motion for debate in the Assembly Chamber on Monday, 9 September 2013.

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01/07/2013
Committee to Hear Implications of CAP Reform for NI

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will be receiving a briefing from DARD officials on the implications of European CAP reform for Northern Ireland.

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12/06/2013
Committee to Meet at Mount Stewart and Visit Kiltonga Reservoir

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will be holding a meeting at Mount Stewart and will visit the Kiltonga Reservoir in Newtownards after the meeting.

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21/05/2013
Fodder Transport Scheme to be Discussed at Agriculture Committee

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will be receiving a briefing from DARD officials on the details of DARD's recently announced Fodder Transport Scheme.

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15/05/2013
Agriculture Minister to Address Committee on Hardship Scheme

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will hold a special meeting to receive a briefing from the Minister on the details of the DARD Hardship Scheme.

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13/05/2013
Assembly Committees to Participate at This Year’s Balmoral Show

Northern Ireland Assembly Committees will again attend this year’s Balmoral Show with the Committees for Agriculture and Rural Development, Regional Development and Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister all represented at the Show.

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15/04/2013
Agriculture Committee to Consider DARD Hardship Scheme
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27/03/2013
Committee Calls Emergency Briefing on DARD's Response to Severe Weather
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11/03/2013
FSA to Update Agriculture Committee on Beef Contamination
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18/02/2013
Committee to Host Stakeholders at Event on Tree Disease

The Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development will be holding an event regarding its review into tree disease.

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12/02/2013
Committee to Launch New Tree Disease Review
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11/02/2013
FSA to Brief Committees on Horsemeat
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05/02/2013
Committee Calls Emergency Briefing on Horsemeat
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28/01/2013
Agriculture Minister to Address Committee
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22/11/2012
Agriculture Committee Launches Report on Bovine TB
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17/09/2012
Committee Meet Concerned Organisations To Discuss Legislation On Dog Breeding
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