Newsletter 3, November 2013 by the EIP-AGRI Service Point
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Funding opportunities for innovation actions via Horizon 2020

On December 11, the first Horizon 2020 call will be published by the European Commission. The call will include several opportunities to support demand-driven innovation actions in agriculture through multi-national thematic networks and multi-actor research projects. It is expected that a draft work programme will be made available on the Horizon 2020 website by mid-November.  Read more

National Launch Events for Horizon 2020

Member States are already organising Horizon 2020 national launch events to inform researchers and innovators about the first call to be launched on December 11. These events will provide you with all of the information on the rules for participation and may provide a valuable networking opportunity to exchange ideas, learn from others or to find new partners. Check the Horizon 2020 Calendar to find out when you can attend an event in your country.

EIP-AGRI Workshop on the first Horizon 2020 call

On January 14 2014, representatives from agribusinesses, farmer organisations, advisors and researchers are invited to the EIP-AGRI workshop in Brussels, Belgium, which will deal with the call on Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bio-economy (ISIB) under the  2014-2015 work programme for Horizon 2020. Read more

Upcoming seminar to support Member States in programming EIP-AGRI, linking science and practice

On November 25-26, Managing Authorities are invited to continue the exchange of ideas and experiences at a seminar in Berlin, Germany. On the agenda will be the following questions: how to support the set-up of operational groups, how to encourage links between operational groups and science and how to address cross-border and interregional co-operation. More information about the discussions and outcomes of the seminar will be made available on the EIP website.
Image: British Challenger Hops - Farmer and Grower Magazine

British Hop innovation lab helps growers keep up with changing demand

Brewers nowadays ask hop farmers for aromatic varieties. These varieties are more sensitive to diseases and pests and therefore would automatically imply higher risks for the farmers. Wye Hops Ltd, a British Hop Association subsidiary, aims to meet the needs of growers, their key requirements being new hop flavour and disease resistance. Together with brewers, growers and researchers, they tackled the challenge through the creation of the first naturally aphid-resistant hop variety. Read more
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Twenty experts gathered to discuss reduction of antibiotics in the pig sector

On October 24-25, the Focus Group on reducing antibiotic use in the pig sector held its first meeting. The Focus Group, which has the task of coming up with solutions that are cost-effective for farmers, defined its future work and narrowed its scope to three main areas: alternative treatment including vaccination and breeding, animal health and welfare, and changing the behaviour of farmers and veterinarians. 

Read more about the Focus Group on animal husbandry, reducing antibiotic use in the pig sector

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