26/02/2005 Stalker was left chuckling after hearing of a first encounter for Amycel Ireland rep Kieran Smyth and Amycel Technical Advisor Carl Bozicek.
26/02/2005 Former JFM operative Ollie McKee is currently the new operational and logistical manager for NWP a.k.a. Natural World Products.
WORM COMPOST TURNED
26/02/2005 A Co. Tipperary company that utilizes worms in the making of compost may have to dismantle its facilities, following a ruling by An Bord Pleanála.
26/02/2005 There has been a spate of fires in mushroom premises over the past year or so, and especially in the Monaghan area. Marley Compost is the latest place to be visited by the firebug.
26/02/2005 Leafing through The Oprah Magazine this month, Stalker was heartened to see a major feature on mushrooms in the body wise health section. Under the heading The Next Big Thing? was a report on Maitake Mushrooms.
26/02/2005 Marketing man Plunkett Curry of Uni Mush fame was recently spotted at a 'confidence building' course in a local hotel.
26/02/2005 Angela Kennedy, co-founder of biotechnology company Megazyme International, has been named chairman of the board of An Bord Bia. She replaces Philip Lynch who held the post for the past ten years.
26/02/2005 Just as the USA and its coalition forces must consider exit strategies in relation to the Iraq situation, so must growers consider their own exit strategies when it comes to the mushroom industry contraction.
GOING IT ALONE
26/02/2005 One grower that isn't taking the loss of business lying down is George McWhirter.
BIO FUELS ON FARMS
26/02/2005 Recent research from Teagasc has left agricultural commentators envisaging a future in which Irish farm machinery will be powered by sugar beet. Teagasc is urging farmers to consider using organic ways of powering tractors and other machinery with waste materials from their farms.