Newsletter 23, July 2015 by the EIP-AGRI Service Point
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New call for EIP-AGRI Focus Group Experts now open!

The call for applications for three new EIP-AGRI Focus Groups is now open. Do you have practical experience on any of the following topics and would like to share this with 19 other experts, to identify promising and inspiring ideas for innovation? Please apply before 7 September 2015.
The topics to be covered by the three new Focus Groups are:
  • Mixed farming systems: livestock/cash crops
  • Benchmarking of farm productivity and sustainability performance
  • Reducing emissions from cattle farming
For more information on EIP-AGRI Focus Groups and their tasks, please see the Focus Group brochure. Before applying, please read the call text carefully.

Inspirational ideas

“We don’t just sell products, we sell the experience!”

“If Craigie’s is about anything, it’s about the pleasure of enjoying good food. So, we’re passionate about the taste of produce that’s really fresh because it is seasonal and local to our farm shop located to the west of Edinburgh.” John Sinclair and his wife Kirsteen are owners of Craigie’s, a farm, farm shop and deli, a few kilometres outside the capital of Scotland. But it is not just food they sell, it is about selling ‘the experience’. Read more here.

Thriving, not just surviving, support for new entrants into farming

Agnès Papone is one of the experts in the EIP-AGRI Focus Group ‘New entrants into farming’ and a recent convert to the farming profession. She believes in the importance of drawing lessons and establishing tools from experience and sharing them amongst other new entrants into farming “to help them thrive rather than just survive”. Read Agnès’ story here.

Manure processing: online discussion forum connects demand and supply

The Flemish coordination centre for Manure Processing (VCM) has just launched a new digital discussion platform for all topics related to manure processing. Liesbeth Verheyen, VCM president says: “The forum is a tool where discussions can be held, ideas can develop and can be exchanged or partners can be searched. You can also launch your own innovative idea or concept.” Read more about this initiative here.

A network to fight grapevine diseases

WINETWORK, a Horizon 2020 thematic network will focus on the control of and the fight against two key diseases which represent a particular threat for the sector (Grapevine Trunk Diseases and Flavescence Dorée). This project will capture and share the innovative and sustainable approaches to fight these diseases which winegrowers are already testing. WINETWORK kicked off in April 2015 and involves regions from 7 countries representing more than 90% of the EU wine production (France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Hungary and Croatia). Read more here.

Save the date Info week on H2020 Societal Challenge 2

The Info week on Societal Challenge 2 work programme 2016-2017 will take place on 24-27 November in Brussels. Besides a workshop on the multi-actor approach and thematic networks on 24 November and the Infoday on 25 November there will also be a brokerage event on 26 November. All events taking place between 24-26 November are open to anyone who is interested! More info.

A new way to make tasty bread that’s good for you

Wholegrains are a rich source of dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. But consumer preference in most European countries is for white bread. In response, the EU-funded project HealthBread has developed cost-effective means of producing a range of breads with the nutritional value comparable with or even superior to wholegrain, but with a taste close to that of white bread. Read more.

Find more success stories on the Horizon 2020 website.

Reducing the risk of introducing and spreading animal diseases

Biosecurity is the combination of all measures that are taken to reduce the risk of introducing and spreading of diseases in a herd, at regional level and national level. Improved biosecurity is a crucial element to ensuring sustainability and competitiveness in the long term. On 22-23 January 2015 an EIP-AGRI workshop was held in Brussels which aimed to contribute to innovation in on-farm biosecurity within production systems related to cattle, pigs and poultry. Read more here

PRO-AKIS final conference

The PRO-AKIS 'Prospects for farmers' support: advisory services in the European AKIS' project (FP7 funded) aimed to contribute to the performance of all European agricultural advisory services and to provide relevant and reliable knowledge for farmers and other rural actors. The final PRO-AKIS conference took place in Brussels on 19-20 May. It revealed the successes, strengths and weaknesses of the specific knowledge systems through a comparative analysis and assessments of a number of case studies. Information, presentations and outcomes of the final conference can be downloaded here.

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 plant protection, precision agriculture and Open Farm Days. 

You can check the EU calendar here.

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

30 million Euros in ERA-NET call: Managing biodiversity dynamics

You still have a few days to prepare your applications for the BiodivERsA ERA-NET joint call which is co-funded by the European Commission. Pre-applications must be sent in before 20 July 2015. The call is about improving the functioning of ecosystems and ecosystem services, it will fund international consortia addressing the following themes: 1. Understanding and managing the biodiversity dynamics of soils and sediments, 2. Understanding and managing biodiversity dynamics in land. Website, Guidelines for applicants.

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