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About Brendan Byrne

– Agribusiness Consultant providing market research and strategic insights to help future-proof and minimise risk within the Agri-Food sector. – Independent Writer, Contributor and Podcaster covering – Farm, Food, Ag-tech Innovation, Sustainability and Human Health. – Understanding and expertise in the Ag-tech start-up sector. – Insight of transformative technologies including Blockchain, IoT and FinTech within agriculture and food. – Proud to be part of the Farm & Rural Ag Network. Visit for more great podcasts and vlogs. And as contributor to the EatFarmNow digital platform. Visit for more great videos, podcasts and blogs.

The Big Issues

Food and health: Perspectives from a vet who turned doctor

In this podcast episode, I speak with Dr. Patrick Wall, Professor of Public Health at University College Dublin. Professor Wall…

Food Files

Selling Ireland’s best strawberries

We know it’s winter, but….in this podcast episode, Brendan speaks with veteran strawberry grower, Cyril Wheelock from Wheelock Fruit Farm,…

Farm Diaries

From milking cows to global agribusiness – a dairy farmer’s story

In this podcast episode, I speak with Noel Kelly from Athenry, Co. Galway who has successfully combined his twin passions…

The Big Issues

Exploring innovation with a food and farm futurologist

In this episode, I speak with Aidan Connolly, CEO of Cainthus, president of AgriTech Capital (investing and advising), author and…

Practical Farming

David Atherton: Improving the health of our soil

In this episode, David Atherton, a UK-based dairy nutritionist and soils expert, tells us about an intriguing soil-improvement programme he…

The Big Issues

Precision farming: Fulfilling sustainability goals

Gary Wickham reveals some recent successes for this innovative precision-farming solution. His company, MagGrow, utilises patented technology to address the…

The Big Issues

Inside the USA’s ‘most valuable’ agri-food tech accelerator programme

Mareese Keane is platform director with THRIVE, an AgriFood-Tech Accelerator, located at Salinas, California. In this episode, Mareese provides some…

Food Files

Cashel Blue cheese and its journey from Tipperary, Ireland

Cashel Blue is a 100% family farmhouse, blue cheese production, located near the historic town of Cashel in Co. Tipperary….

Food Files

Exploring the ‘Food Island’ of Ireland

A growing number of farmers and professionals from overseas want to see Ireland’s innovative food and farming sectors. Farm Tours…

Food Files

The power of provenance and pasture-range eggs

Kylie and Billy Magner produce pasture-raised eggs and pasture-raised chickens near the village of Moyglass in Co. Tipperary. Kylie tells…

The Big Issues

Irish Piedmontese beef: Carving a circular economy

In 2005, artisan farmer and food producer, John Commins began farming Piedmontese cattle, a breed native to Italy, on his…

Food Files

From rookie farmer to award-winning vintage cider-maker.

In this latest episode, James O’Donoghue outlines the journey behind becoming an award-winning cider-maker. Thumbnail Photo by Liana Mikah on Unsplash

Practical Farming

Ag inventor reveals how it pays to think differently by design

Acres Machinery is an award-winning agri-machinery design and engineering company, based in Co. Roscommon in Ireland. Here, CEO David Doran…

Food Files

Creating the most profound single malt whisky ever

Waterford Distillery in south east Ireland has a mission – to create the most profound single malt whisky that has…

The Big Issues

The tech company saving honey bees from stress

Ireland has long valued the hive and the honey bee, as evidenced in the Bechbretha or ‘Bee Judgement’ texts, recorded…

Food Files

Feeding the most expensive beef in the world – with olives

What would you do with 8m tonnes of olive waste generated per year? Gavin Dunne of @TheOliveCorp discusses the facets…