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Newsletter on Agriculture & Innovation | edition 41 | January 2017
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Aquaculture + hydroponics = aquaponics

Aquaponics combines aquaculture (production of fish in tanks) and hydroponics (growing plants in a soilless medium). Coupling the two systems means that water, nutrients and CO2 are all used in a cycle. The project INAPRO is working on this new technique to improve conditions for the fish and the plants. Read more.

Herbivorous Project

A group of farmers, a university and an advisory centre in Latvia are working to increase knowledge exchange in the livestock sector between farmers and scientists. ‘Herbivorous project’ aims to promote cost-effective farming, improve quality and volume of output and competitiveness, without forgetting animal welfare, environmental protection and sustainability. Read on.
Thematic network AGRISPIN has been evaluating best practice cases for innovation across Europe. As well as visiting Herbivorous project above, they also went to Belgium...

Farm benchmarking data to improve productivity and sustainability

A new EIP-AGRI Focus Group report has just been published. Find out how sharing farm benchmarking data can help farmers to improve their farm productivity and sustainability, which data sharing models exist. Also, discover which topics for innovation in this field were identified by the 20 Focus Group experts from 14 EU member states, and diverse backgrounds. Read the report.

EIP-AGRI Factsheet on Ecological Focus Areas

Find out through this factsheet on Ecological Focus Areas how landscape features such as field margins, hedgerows and grassy or flower strips can contribute to the profitability of crop production. This document has been produced thanks to the work carried out by the EIP-AGRI Focus Group on this topic. Download the factsheet here.

ERANET calls for collaborative research projects

A number of ERANET calls for collaborative research projects have just been launched, including: CORE Organic (sustainable growth of the organic sector), ERA CoBioTech (biotechnologies), SUSFOOD2 (sustainable food production and consumption), FACCE SURPLUS (sustainable intensification of biomass production; see also useful partnering tool), and other agricultural, forestry and food issues. See PLATFORM’s newsletter and PLATFORM website for more details.
UPA Bruselas, 6 December 2016
@EIPAGRI_SP focus group on #agroforestry. Combining crops and forests? Why not?! @UPA_Bruselas with @Agroforesterie

@EIPAGRI_SP focus group on #agroforestry. Combinación de cultivos y bosques? Por qué no? @UPA_Bruselas avec @Agroforesterie

Smart Farming Thematic Network

Smart-AKIS is a Horizon 2020 thematic network which aims to increase the adoption of Smart Farming Technologies (applying ICT in agriculture) by the European farming community. It strives to bridge the gap between the field and research on the identification and delivery of new Smart Farming solutions to fit farmers’ needs. Read more.

Open call for smart farming solutions

Have you developed innovative products, projects or research results which apply Smart Farming Technologies (ICT technology for agricultural management information systems, precision agriculture and agricultural automation and robotics)? Smart AKIS thematic network has recently launched a call for contributions from researchers and companies. Fill in the form here.

ProBIO for a more competitive European Bioeconomy

ProBIO (Horizon 2020) provides professional support for bioeconomy projects. Through coaching and guidance for start-up creation and research results uptake, facilitating links with industrial and financial investors and fostering networking between European initiatives, it aims to contribute to a more competitive European Bioeconomy. Find out more.

Enterprise Europe network

Are you looking for ways to turn an innovative idea into business, and are you a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) or R&D organisation in the AgroFood sector? The Enterprise Europe Network can help you find international business partners for commercial, technological or R&D cooperation. Read how.

Did you know that an Innovation Report has been written for the EU’s in-house think-tank the European Political Strategy Centre. It discusses the EU’s role as an innovator and concludes “If we want to continue our innovation mission, we must give sustained and serious support to innovators.”

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