Newsletter 20, April 2015 by the EIP-AGRI Service Point
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Inspirational ideas

Precision farming, the right technology and sharing knowledge are key

Jacob van den Borne is a precision farmer from The Netherlands. He is a member of the EIP-AGRI Focus Group on Precision Farming and feels strongly about the importance of sharing knowledge for agricultural innovation. Read an interview with him here and watch an animated video on his work

Dealing with pests from the air

French SME Skeyelabs is currently developing a multifunctional aerial drone for use in agriculture and wine production. They are carrying out tests with farming cooperatives for a particularly innovative and environmentally friendly function for their drone: protecting corn plants from a difficult pest. Read more here.

Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs)

Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) funded by the EU carry out a whole range of activities, covering the entire innovation chain – including training and education programmes, reinforcing the journey from research to the market, innovation projects and business incubators. KICs should react in an effective and flexible way to new challenges and changing environments. The next two new KICs will address the thematic fields of:
  • Food4Future - Sustainable Supply Chain from Resources to Consumers
  • Added-value Manufacturing
Click here for more information.

Rural Networks' Assembly subgroup on innovation

As announced in our previous newsletter, the EU Rural Networks' Assembly subgroup on innovation met for the first time on 10 March 2015. The meeting report and presentations are now available.

EIP-AGRI Focus Groups call now closed

The call for the new EIP-AGRI Focus groups on 'Water in agriculture' and 'New entrants into farming' has just closed. Over 300 people from 23 Member States applied, more information here.

Have your say on the achievements of FP7

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the achievements of the EU's 7th Framework Programme for research and innovation (FP7). This evaluation will not only help to assess the wider impact of FP7, but it will contribute to improve the implementation of Horizon 2020 and the design of future framework programmes. Have your say.

OK-Net Arable: exchanging knowledge to improve organic arable cropping

The OK-Net Arable thematic network funded through Horizon 2020 aims to improve the exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists to increase productivity and quality in organic arable cropping all over Europe. The project started in March 2015 and will last for 3 years. Find out more here.

Fighting animal influenza in Europe

35 experts gathered in Parma on 8-9 January for a research workshop on tackling Animal Influenza. Information and outcomes, including a 2-page summary and a full event report are now on-line. Find out more here.

A seedbed for forest-based

A community of innovators has gathered to boost and improve the use of wood and its derivatives. The forest-based industries are ideally positioned to help build a sustainable future and a knowledge-based economy. A large-scale programme partly funded by the EU is backing this effort. Read more here.
Find more success stories on the Horizon 2020 website.

Boosting agribusiness through the internet

Chil is a new Spanish agricultural social network. It is open to anyone related to agriculture, agribusinesses or the food industry. It is a knowledge-sharing platform with fora, wikis, news, blogs, e-learning resources and more. It even offers free space to host websites allowing companies and farmers to sell their products online. Find out more.

Save the date: Building a long-term vision for agriculture

The European Commission will kick-start a discussion on a long-term vision for agricultural research and innovation at a workshop organised on 19 June 2015 during the EXPO event. The workshop will be web-streamed, so save the date! More information will come by the end of April. More on the EU at EXPO website.

Call for hosting the EIP Water Conference in February 2016

The EIP Water has recently started planning its third annual Conference and is now looking for a host city and Conference partners. The EIP Water is a platform for the collaboration of all actors in the field of water and innovation in Europe. The one-day Conference is envisaged to take place in February 2016 and will have additional side events and site visits. To apply to host the event, visit their website for more information.

What else is happening in the world of agricultural innovation?

Over the next few months, a number of interesting events will be organised all over Europe on a variety of agricultural topics including forestry and biomass.

You can check the EU calendar here.

Should you have information about interesting events in the coming months, please let us know:

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