IFA Farm Forestry National Conference 2023 – A Path Forward for Farm Forestry

IFA is held a National Farm Forestry Conference on Thursday 8th June in the Tullamore Court.

Below are the presentations from the day and the conference programme.


Forestry Programme 2023-2027

Seppi Hona, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Future of Farm Forestry

Marina Conway, CEO Western Forestry Co-operative

Addressing Ash Dieback to Move Forward – A Farmer’s Perspective

Simon White, Vice Chair, IFA Farm Forestry Committee

The Potential for Agroforestry on Farms

Jim McAdam, Irish Agroforestry Forum

Introduction to Forest Carbon Sequestration and the Forest Carbon Tool

Tom Houlihan, Teagasc Forestry Specialist

Carbon stocks and Stores, Forestry and Land Use Emissions & EU Forestry and Carbon

Fergus Moore, Head of Division, Forest Sector Development Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

The Woodland Carbon Code

Dr. Pat Snowdon, MICFor, Scottish Forestry

Conference Programme

Registration 9.30 to 10.00
Opening AddressTim Cullinan, IFA President10.00 to 12.30  
Session 1 –  Creating a viable farm forestry sector 
Ireland’s new Forestry Strategy and Programme Seppi Hona, Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine
The future of farm forestry  Marina Conway, Western Forestry Co-op        
Addressing ash dieback to move forward – a farmers prespective Simon White, Vice Chair IFA Farm Forestry Committee
The potential for agro-forestry on farms Dr Jim McAdam, Irish Agroforestry Forum 
Panel Q & A SessionBarry Delaney, Director of Forestry, DAFM and Brian Murphy, Balcas will join the panel discussion.  
LUNCH  12.30 to 1.30
Session 2: Understanding Forest Carbon  1.30 to 4.00 
Introduction to forest carbon storage and Forest Carbon Tool to estimate carbon storedTom Houlihan, Teagasc
Overview of Irelands Forests, carbon stocks and stores and developments in EU policy on carbon removalsFergus Moore, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
How the UK Woodland Carbon Code verifies carbon unitsPat Snowdon, UK Woodland Carbon Code 
Panel Q & A Session 
Ministerial and Keynote AddressPippa Hackett, Minister of State for Biodiversity and Land Use
Closing RemarksJason Fleming, IFA Farm Forestry Chair