Teagasc is the Agriculture and Food Development Authority in Ireland. The organisation was established in 1988 and is mandated with three primary functions:
- To provide educational, training and advisory services in agriculture.
- To obtain and make available to the agricultural industry the scientific and practical information in relation to agriculture required by it.
- To undertake, promote, encourage, assist, co-ordinate, facilitate and review agricultural research and development (including research and development in relation to food processing and the food processing industry).
These functions give Teagasc responsibility for meeting the knowledge and technology needs of the entire food chain and the authority to integrate research, advice and education services to deliver the innovation support necessary to add significant value to Ireland’s agri-food sector.
Advisory services are delivered directly to 40,000 farmers and the wider agricultural community through 290 farm advisors working out of 52 local offices throughout Ireland. The advisors are supported by a specialist team who provide technical and research support.
Teagasc colleges are strategically located and deliver a wide range of QQI Level 5 and Level 6 courses in agriculture, horticulture, equine and forestry. The colleges also collaborate with a number of third level institutions in the delivery of Higher Level courses in agriculture and horticulture.
Teagasc is the leading organisation in the fields of agriculture and food research in Ireland, undertaking innovative research in:
- Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation
- Crops, Environment and Land Use
- Rural Economy and Development
Teagasc’s role in Newbie:
Teagasc’s role in Newbie is to carry out the work required under each of the work packages set out in the project. Teagasc is a co-leader of work package two with NHS in Germany.