Newsletter 16, December 2014 by the EIP-AGRI Service Point
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EU countries exchange on how to launch Operational Group calls

On 18-19 November, almost all EU national/regional Managing Authorities participated in the interactive EIP-AGRI seminar ‘Launching Operational Groups and EIP Networking in Rural Development Programmes’ organised by DG AGRI. Mr Aldo Longo, Director of ‘General Aspects of Rural Development and Research’ at DG Agriculture and Rural Development concluded: “It is of utmost importance to create the right support environment for Operational Groups, both in the animation phase, and for the group setting-up itself”. Read more about the event here.

Can we make protein crops profitable in the EU?

Europe has significant potential for growing competitive protein crops. Chris De Visser, coordinating expert of the EIP-AGRI Focus Group on Protein Crops highlighted the need for cooperation: “the Focus Group concluded that farmers, feed, food and breeding industry, NGOs and researchers need to work together on this.” DG AGRI invited key players to explore the possibilities at the EIP-AGRI workshop in Budapest on 26 and 27 November. Read about what they worked on

Watch the videos from the Horizon 2020 Infoday on societal challenge 2

On 21 November, the European Commission organised an Info Day on the Horizon 2020 calls for 2015 for Societal Challenge 2 which addresses food, agriculture and forestry. 500 people from 44 different countries attended the event. Find out where to watch the videos and download the presentations 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 IPM innovation and agricultural advising practices. See the calendar here.​ 
Should you have information about interesting events in the coming months, please let us know:


EU Commissioner highlights importance of innovation for agriculture and rural development

On 17 November in his first major speech, the new EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan stressed innovation as the key to sustainable rural development: “Through innovation, we can maintain the competitiveness of the agri-food sector and create more and better jobs in rural areas, all the while safe-guarding the planet for future generations.” He presented some of the tools to achieving this: EIP-AGRI, Operational Groups and Horizon 2020. Read the full speech here.

Inspirational ideas

Changing the menu in the cow barn

In response to calls from farmers for cheaper and more eco-friendly feed for dairy cattle, a team of Danish researchers, advisors and specialists have discovered that the by-products of producing bioethanol are an excellent protein feed especially for dairy cattle, comparable to feeds such as soya and rape. Read on.

Local food networks inspiring people to take up organic farming

Promoting local food production and fostering the creation of jobs while strengthening local economies, offering opportunities to recycle water and organic waste and helping to preserve natural values: too good to be true? Read how 30 Spanish Municipalities are doing just this.

How research is keeping food fresh

An EU-funded research project has developed new processing technologies to keep food fresh for longer, potentially saving billions of tonnes of food being thrown away each year. Read more here.
Find more success stories on the Horizon 2020 website.

Reducing antibiotic use in pig farming – inspiration and recommendations

Christelle Fablet, coordinating expert of the EIP-AGRI Focus Group on animal husbandry: “Together with 20 experts (researchers, advisers, farmers) we have been working on strategies to reduce antibiotics use in pig herds. After a year, our work is done and we are ready to present our recommendations in a final report.” Read the Focus Group’s final report here.

Farmers, foresters and agroindustry: How could research help improve your daily work?

The EIP-AGRI Service Point is collecting ‘Needs for research from practice’ on the EIP-AGRI website. Research may provide solutions to the challenges you come across in your daily work. By advertising your questions for research online they are made visible to the EIP-AGRI network. This will allow researchers in Europe who may already have the solution to share with you or help you to get in touch with you. Find out how you can let us know your needs for research here.

Farming, research, advising...What kind of activity are you involved in?

We’d like to know who is getting involved in EIP-AGRI. Please help us out by voting in the poll on our website homepage.

FACCE SURPLUS: € 14 million for sustainable and resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems

The FACCE SURPLUS (Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems) call for proposals can offer funding to collaborative, transnational research projects in the areas of diverse, but integrated, food and non-food biomass production and transformation systems, including biorefining. The call is expected to open on 07.01.2015 and close 04.03.2015. Have a look at the details here.

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