Teagasc – The Agriculture and Food Development Authority

Teagasc – The Agriculture and Food Development Authority – is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities.

With 1,200 staff providing research, advisory and education services across 55 locations throughout Ireland, there are a wide variety of employment opportunities available in Teagasc at all levels.

The Teagasc mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and wider bio-economy that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability. This is achieved through the close coupling of research and knowledge transfer in four programme areas:

  • Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation
  • Crops, Environment and Land Use
  • Food
  • Rural Economy and Development

Each of these programmes is composed of research, development and knowledge-transfer/industry-development departments. Our annual research portfolio comprises some 300 research projects, carried out by 500 scientific and technical staff in our seven dedicated research centres throughout Ireland, while knowledge transfer professionals are located throughout the country.

In addition to our research, Teagasc colleges are strategically located and deliver a wide range of Level 5 and Level 6 courses in agriculture, horticulture, equine and forestry. The 4 colleges, Ballyhaise College, Clonakilty Agricultural College, Kildalton College and College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens also collaborate with a number of third level institutions in the delivery of Higher Level courses in agriculture and horticulture.

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Key facts

  • 1,200 staff
  • 7 Research Centres
  • 4 Colleges
  • 3,000 Students
  • 50 local advisory Offices