Teagasc Rural Development Conference 2011


Teagasc and the National Rural Network in collaboration with local development companies delivering the LEADER programme are hosting a one day conference entitled Towards 2020 – Building a Vibrant Rural Economy.

In the context of emerging policies, speakers at this conference will explore the development of a vibrant rural economy through considerating the issues around agricultural development, economic development and the LEADER approach.

Speakers at this event will include:-

  • Dr. Maria Hinfelaar, President of Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc
  • Dr. Cathal O’Donoghue, Head of Rural Economy and Development Programme
  • Dr. Edgar Morgenroth, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Topics will include:

  • The contribution of agriculture to the broader rural economy
  • Trail development and its contribution to a vibrant local economy
  • The economic impact of Econ Musees
  • How to exploit the competitive advantages of the Irish beef and dairy sectors
  • Regulators and how they can help make rural enterprise happen
  • Opportunities for the rural economy in meeting environmental requirements

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