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Introducing a New Certificate in Agribusiness and Food Law

This new course offered by the Diploma Centre begins on 20 October 2018. The course will appeal to seasoned professionals who are looking for a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the practical issues that arise when advising clients from the agribusiness and food sector.

The agri-food sector is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, employing 8.4% of the working population. The value and volume of the agri-food sector exports has shown year on year increase, and as at 2016 accounted for €12.20 billion. Providing legal services to this fast moving and dynamic sector requires not only a comprehensive understanding of the law but also of the business environment that applies. 

This certificate will provide you with the legal knowledge required to advise agri-food clients together with a practical understanding of the business environments in which such clients operate. You will be provided with an insight into the legislative and regulatory structures that apply to the sector, together with an analysis of recent case law. The syllabus is designed to give comprehensive coverage of the ‘farm-to-fork’ related legal issues that apply in this vibrant part of our economy. The rules and regulations that apply to more specialised and growing areas of farming, such as the organic food & farming will be dealt with in later modules. The programme is based on the following modular scheme and covers key themes as listed below:


Module 1: The overall framework

  • Evolution of farming and food law/regulation
  • Government agencies and bodies
  • EU & international policy
  • The Common Agricultural Policy
  • Food Harvest 2020 & Food Wise 2025
  • Agri Tax Review

Module 2: The regulatory framework

  • Dry stock (beef, sheep and goats)
  • Tillage (crops and horticulture)
  • Poultry & fish
  • Rural development
  • Environmental regulation

Module 3: Food regulation

  • Traceability
  • Factory (animal processing)
  • Packaging (retail)
  • Food Safety Authority of Ireland
  • Food labelling
  • Meat labelling
  • Food technology

Module 4: Organic food & farming

  • Relevant Regulations & SIs
  • Rules on organic production and labelling of organic products
  • Rules on organic aquaculture animal and seaweed production
  • Importing of products from outside the EU
  • Farmers’ markets & direct farm sales

Module 5: Enforcement & audit

  • Department of agriculture notices/ prosecutions
  • Appeals to the Agriculture Appeals Office
  • Prosecutions by the Inland Fisheries
  • Environmental Protection Agency prosecutions
  • At farm level & of processors
  • Retailors & exporters

Module 6: Farming & the law (Part 1)

  • Commercial contract issues
  • Solar & windfarms
  • Collaborative farming models
  • Boundary disputes
  • Livestock disputes
  • Rights of way and trespass

Module 7: Farming & the law (Part 2)

  • Health & safety
  • Legal separation / divorce
  • Succession planning and will drafting
  • Agri tax
  • Employment law


For further information visit  or contact Rory O’ Boyle by email: or telephone: 01 8815774




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