Newsletter on Agriculture & Innovation | edition 44 | April 2017
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Cork for 3D printing

Cork oak forests have to be managed for about 60 years before they produce high-quality cork. A lot of low quality cork is produced during this time, and there is little demand for it as a product. In Catalonia, a lack of economic incentive means forests are left unmanaged and this has led to large forest fires. The Catalan Cork Institute has found a use for low quality cork (including the burnt cork): 3D printing. Find out how.

Ideas for IPM

Integrated pest management involves monitoring of pests and pest predators. This can be quite labour intensive and difficult, and several new tools have been developed for farmers to make this easier and more economically attractive. Find out some examples here.

Spreading the EIP-AGRI word across Europe

Many country administrations and National Rural Networks have seized the opportunity to translate EIP-AGRI publications, so far into 17 different languages. Beatriz Cuellar from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture: “By providing these documents in Spanish, we can spread accurate information […] to everyone who may benefit from the EIP-AGRI.” Find out how to find publications in different languages, and how you can offer translation.

Controlling pests and diseases in Brassica crops

Brassica vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower as well as Brassica oilseeds are economically important crops for European farmers. Pests and diseases are increasingly affecting these crops. The brochure on Integrated Pest Management suggests promising ways to tackle these issues, and ideas on how collaboration can add value. Read the brochure.

New Focus Groups - thanks to those who applied

The call for experts closed on 23 March. Many thanks to all applicants and to those who helped spread the call. We received over 110 applications for ‘New forest practices and tools for adaptation and mitigation of climate change’ and almost 70 for ‘Grazing for Carbon’. The selected experts will be informed by the end of April.

EIP-AGRI Workshop Data Sharing

Which arrangements are needed to enable an effective, fair and valuable access to – and reuse of –agricultural data? Key players in the data sector of European agriculture met to disentangle this question at the EIP-AGRI workshop ‘Data Sharing: ensuring a fair sharing of digitisation benefits in agriculture’ in Bratislava, Slovak Republic on 4 and 5 April 2017. Find more on the event webpage.
HAEZEBROUCK TP, 4 April 2017
What to do or don't to to make Data Sharing happen? Trust is the key

Save the date - Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Infoweek

The Horizon 2020 Infoweek for Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’ will take place in Brussels from 14 to 17 November 2017. The week will combine the Info Day, a brokerage event and several thematic events. More details here.

LEAP-Agri Call 2017 - African European collaborative research

LEAP-Agri is an African Union – European Union partnership between 30 partners from 19 European and African countries. The LEAP-Agri Call 2017 on 'African European collaborative research on Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture and on Food and Nutrition Security' is now open. Apply before 15 June. More information.

BBI JU 2017 Info day & Brokerage event

The fourth Info day of the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) will take place in Brussels on 28 April 2017, following the official launch of the 2017 call for proposals. BBI JU aims to contribute to building a strong European bio-based industrial sector to help the EU reduce its dependency on fossil fuels, meet climate change targets, and more environmentally friendly growth. Sign up to the info day here.
Forests are not just a source of timber, other gifts of nature play an important role in the bio-economy of forest regions.

Enoforum - viticulture and enology conference

The 10th Enoforum will take place in Vincenza, Italy on 16-18 May. Enoforum brings together all actors of the wine chain – growers and producers, agronomists, enologists, researchers, technology and service suppliers – to discuss their experiences. There will be a focus on new knowledge, technologies and innovation in the sector in Europe and worldwide. More information.

Grapevine virus knowledge and management

PAThOGEN is a training programme to improve knowledge and management of viral diseases in grapevines. It applies an innovative methodology for training by combining e-learning methods with field training. A large photo gallery representing the most relevant examples of viral diseases is also being developed. Take the online quiz to test your knowledge and choose your course level!

Purified water from the food industry for agriculture

Using purified water from the food industry for agriculture - this is the objective of the Flemish-Dutch Interreg cross-border project F2AGRI (meaning ‘Effluent to agriculture’). In the Flemish part of the project, waste water produced by a vegetable processing plant will be treated so it can be used for irrigation. It will be distributed to 46 farmers in the neighbourhood. Read on.

Did you know you can follow in real time the figures from UK farming through this clever infographic?


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