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Newsletter on Agriculture & Innovation | edition 33 | May 2016
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Support for new agricultural entrepreneurs in Bulgaria

Rositsa Djambazova works for a business incubator which provides support to new entrants into farming in Bulgaria: “We put a lot of effort into bringing together people with complementary needs, solutions or resources, which is one of the main successful aspects of the incubator.” Read the full interview here.
Agri-innovation Den 2015 highlights
Agri-Innovation Den
UK event which sets out to find the best and brightest farm innovators!
 

Awarding Galileo enabled applications

Calling all entrepreneurs, SMEs, start-ups and researchers, the European Satellite Navigation Competition is looking for ground-breaking business ideas, services, or products addressing the use of satellite navigation - including in agriculture and forestry. The competition (deadline 30 June) will award prizes worth a total of €1 million. Find out more.

A competition for innovative manure processing techniques

Have you developed an innovative technique which contributes to a more sustainable and cost-efficient approach to the processing of manure? The Ivan Tolpe Award will give €2000 to the best ideas dealing with a demand-driven problem (process optimisation, energy efficiency, optimal valorisation of the nutrients present in manure, etc.). Apply now.

Launching new Focus Groups

The experts have now been selected for the new EIP-AGRI Focus Groups: FG 19 - Nutrient recycling and FG 20 - Sustainable mobilisation of forest biomass. Follow their progress on the EIP-AGRI website. Click here to find out the topics for 3 new EIP-AGRI Focus Groups – calls will be published in June.

Thematic networks under Horizon 2020

The EIP-AGRI has published a brochure on thematic networks which are funded through Horizon 2020. Working on a specific topic, these thematic networks transform existing knowledge and practices into useful, practical material. Find out how they are set up, how they work, what they produce and which networks already exist.
 

Focus Group results: New entrants into farming

"New entrants in agriculture [reflect] the richness of agriculture in Europe as well as the diverse ways to shape entrepreneurship in primary production” says Tessa Avermaette, expert in the EIP-AGRI Focus Group on New entrants into farming. Read the final report and factsheets which explore the benefits new entrants provide to rural areas.

How farmers are dealing with biosecurity

Biosecurity measures are based on avoiding direct and indirect contact between groups of animals and reducing the general infection pressure. Jeroen Dewulf (Ghent University), expert on biosecurity, explains: “Biosecurity leads to better health, production performance, less medication and better prices for the products.” Read the biosecurity factsheet and press article.

Operational Groups: first experiences

Over 70 Operational Groups are now established and are running projects that aim to make the best use of different types of knowledge to tackle the real needs of farmers and foresters. On 20-21 April 2016, DG AGRI organised a workshop in Italy to explore the practical experiences of these first Operational Groups. Find out more.

Did you know that the EIP-AGRI website has a calendar showing events related to the EIP-AGRI Network? Send in your suggestions!

Bridging bioeconomy research to business

CommBeBiz is a new Horizon 2020 project which aims to bridge the gap between bioeconomy research and business and social innovation. A specific web-platform facilitates the sharing of knowledge and networking between all stakeholders with an interest in research, commercialisation and knowledge transfer across the bioeconomy in Europe. Find out more.

Horizon 2020 project looking for experts in IPM

Horizon 2020 project EMPHASIS - Effective Management of Pests and Harmful Alien Species: Integrated Solutions - is looking for IPM (Integrated Pest Management) experts to complete their survey on the biggest plant health threats in European agriculture and forestry and the methods currently used to deal with them.
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@EIPAGRI_SP good progress today with Focus Group Benchmarking in Bologna. Visions for 2025 in the making
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