Newsletter on Agriculture & Innovation | edition 31 | March 2016
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Improving feed intake in cows, sheep and goats

“Cows are not slot machines to put feed in and get milk and, subsequently, money out. They are sensitive individuals who show us strong signals that we should respond to.” Christine Gosling, UK dairy farmer, has been testing a technique to pick up on health problems in the herd. Read the interview.

Online videos to bring consumers and farmers closer

My KuhTube is an online community where dairy farmers in Germany post clips showing the reality of day-to-day life on the farm. The idea is to show consumers how the milk they drink is actually produced. The videos have had 350,000 hits since 2013. Read on.
Se Kaus ah luus - My KuhTube Film 287
Amos Venema, dairy farmer from Germany, is one of the avid farmers/film makers posting clips on My KuhTube (see article above). Watch the video.

A new look for the newsletter!

Scroll through inspirational ideas, funding opportunities and news from the Service Point and the network. Check out the new video section, find out what’s being said on social media and don’t miss the links to the calendar and more at the end! If you have any comments, let us know:

Don’t forget to apply to the new EIP-AGRI Focus Groups

You still have time to send in your applications for two new EIP-AGRI Focus Groups:
FG 19: Nutrient recycling
FG 20: Sustainable mobilisation of forest biomass
Please apply before 21 March 2016 23:59 hrs CET (Brussels time).
Further information in the Focus Group brochure.

Subgroup on Innovation discusses Operational Groups

The Subgroup on Innovation for agricultural productivity and sustainability met on 18 February. They discussed how the EIP-AGRI network can support Operational Groups. They also gathered ideas for synergies between the EU rural networks, and how best to use EIP-AGRI Focus Group results. See the event’s webpage.

EIP-AGRI Focus Group on Ecological Focus Areas

The EIP-AGRI Focus Group on Ecological Focus Areas looked specifically at how landscape features such as field margins, hedgerows and grassy or flower strips can contribute to the profitability of arable crop production. They also considered other direct economic effects (production of wood, grass) and non-market benefits (aesthetics, social value). Read the final report.

Apply to attend EIP-AGRI Seminar on Data Revolution

Farmers, foresters, advisers, researchers, entrepreneurs, we are looking for participants to attend the EIP-AGRI seminar ‘Data revolution: emerging new business models in the agri-food sector’ organised by the European Commission. It will take place on 22-23 June 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Apply to participate here (call open from 15-22 March).
Wales Rural Network - 16/02/2016
Information on first stage of EIP Wales @FarmingConnect @ibers_aber @EIPAGRI_SP

Sharing EIP-AGRI Focus Group results, a Portuguese example

The Portuguese National Rural Network held a workshop to enhance and give continuity to the work of the EIP-AGRI Focus Groups in Portugal. All the Portuguese Focus Group experts were invited, as well as other relevant stakeholders. Read about which activities they decided to develop.

European Vegetable Research Institutes Network launched

EUVRIN, a new European Network for research and innovation in vegetables, held its kick-off meeting on 1 February. It is an informal, voluntary organisation of research institutes which specialise in research, development, and extension in the vegetable production sector. EUVRIN is open for new members. Further information here.

Did you know that Horizon 2020 Thematic Network AgriSpin is setting up a Multiplier Group to improve and give value to agricultural innovation systems in Europe? Interested in joining? More information here.

A new call ‘Sustainable forests for the society of the future’

The ERANET SUMFOREST has announced that it will publish a new call on 21 March 2016, with pre-registration of project proposals on the platform before 20 May strongly recommended. The call will focus on research that aims to support policy decisions regarding multifunctional forestry. Keep an eye out for information on the call page.

Joint Call on sustainable management of water resources

You have until 19 April 2016 to send in applications to the 2016 Joint Call on 'Sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors' funded under WaterWorks2015 (Water JPI and FACCE JPI). Consortia should include at least three partners requesting funding from three participating countries. Visit the Call webpage.

See also the EIP-AGRI Brochure on Research & Innovation across EU borders

The EIP-AGRI Service Point is based in Brussels. 
You can reach us from Monday to Friday from 9:00 – 17:00. By phone +32 2 543 73 48 or email

Further information can be found on the EIP-AGRI homepage

Please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to assist you!
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