Newsletter 18, February 2015 by the EIP-AGRI Service Point
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Inspirational ideas

Turning waste into a resource

Green Research, a small business based in Normandy, France, has been working on a pilot project to recycle horse manure. By transforming this green waste into energy, they have not only found a solution for farmers, but for the whole community. Read more and watch a video here.

Maintaining a resilient and dynamic agricultural sector in The Netherlands

In the Peat Colonies, an area in the North of the Netherlands, 65 innovative projects have been started up involving farmers, industry and more, with the aim of maintaining a resilient and dynamic agricultural sector. The diversity of the topics form a rich source of inspiration for further innovation or collaboration or for future Operational Groups. Read more.


Diverse forests - good for nature, the economy and tourism

Forests can offer more income-generating opportunities for rural areas while also increasing benefits to nature and society. The new EIP-AGRI brochure “Creating diverse forests with multiple benefits - What can forests offer you?” provides an overview of three main challenges and solutions together with examples on how to increase forest multifunctionality. Read and download the brochure here.

Inspiration from regional protein crop initiatives

Are you eager to know what is already going on in terms of improving the competitiveness of protein crops like faba bean, peas, alfalfa, lentils and soya in Europe? The new EIP-AGRI brochure on protein crops gives you the information you are looking for. Read and download the brochure here.

On 25 and 26 November 2014, 56 breeders, applied researchers, advisors, representatives of feed and food industry and NGOs met in Budapest to discuss the results of the Focus Group “How to get competitive Protein Crops”. Read the report from this event here.


Biosecurity at farm level: challenges for innovation

Many solutions for improved biosecurity at farm level are available but the level of implementation remains low. This is one of the conclusions of the EIP-AGRI workshop on 22 and 23 January in Brussels. 80 mainly practice-oriented participants discussed biosecurity measures in cattle, pig and poultry farms. Obstacles and drivers were discussed as well as topics that could benefit from knowledge exchange, demonstration, research and experimentation. Presentations held in the workshop are available here on the EIP-AGRI website. The workshop report will follow.

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 the future of agriculture, sustainable phosphorus and farming and advisory services. See the calendar here.​ 
Should you have information about interesting events in the coming months, please let us know:


Research project on meadows awarded by the French Government

The Multisward project, aimed at finding new ways to manage European meadows to improve their role on both farm and landscape level, has been awarded a research prize by the French Government. Read on.


Preview of the new EIP-AGRI Focus Group topics

Two new EIP-AGRI Focus Groups will be launched early this year. The calls for experts will be announced in our newsletter and on our website as soon as they are released. Click here for a sneak preview of the topics.


Knowledge systems for farmers in the EU

The project called Prospects for Farmers’ Support: Advisory Services in European AKIS (PRO-AKIS) has recently compiled an inventory of European Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems (AKIS) and in particular advisory services. It has produced a useful set of reports and posters per EU country, as well as a searchable database and online map showing the many different systems that EU farmers are involved in. Find out more.

Are you looking for information on EIP-AGRI to send out to your network?

The success of the EIP-AGRI depends on EIP-AGRI multipliers: people who share information on EIP-AGRI with their own network. We have prepared a toolkit which you can use, which includes brochures, infographics, logos, presentations and more.

Next information day on Horizon 2020 calls for 2016

A date for your diary: the information day on the Horizon 2020 calls for 2016 will take place on the 25 November 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.

A new biodegradable product for environmentally friendly crops

Mulching is a process that typically involves covering the soil with a plastic, non-biodegradable film, which can be harmful to the environment and the crop. EU-funded project AGROBIOFILM has developed a biodegradable film that is environmentally friendly, regulates soil temperature, controls weed growth and prevents water loss. Read more here.
Find more success stories on the Horizon 2020 website.

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