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Newsletter 2, October 2013 by the EIP-AGRI Service Point
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EIP seminar: Programming innovation in Rural Development

On June 26-27, regional and national Managing Authorities from the EU Member States met in Madrid. The aim was to develop their understanding of the guidelines and legal provisions for the EIP, to take stock of ‘who is where’ in EIP programming, to learn about some models of implementation which could serve as examples for programming and, of course, to exchange ideas with other participants.

Click  to read the full report here. 
On November 25-26, Managing Authorities are invited to continue the exchange of ideas and experiences at a follow-up seminar in Berlin, Germany. On the agenda will be the questions of 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 outcome of the seminar will be made available on the EIP website. 

Bottom-up solutions: cheaper ammonia reductions

When facing daily challenges, farmers often come up with brilliant solutions which may even be an unexpected side effect of a non-related experiment. This was certainly the case for Flemish farmer Fons Gios. He wanted to lower the ammonia emissions in his stable to comply with Flemish legislation, but found all conventional techniques rather costly (ventilation, air scrubber, etc).  Find out what happened here.
Are you or do you know an innovative or visionary practitioner?
Share your own innovative project! Please contact the Service Point and tell us all about it.

222 experts want to participate in our next Focus Groups

We are currently setting up three new Focus Groups, to tackle challenges regarding genetic resources, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on Brassica spp and Soil organic matter (Mediterranean region).

On October 7, the call for applications was closed. 222 experts - farmers, stakeholders, scientists and advisers – expressed their interest. The selection procedure for these applications will put a strong emphasis on their proven expertise to support the work in the Focus Group, however, geographical balance and an adequate proportion regarding the fields of expertise and professional activity of the Focus Groups will also be taken into account. The composition of the three Focus Groups will be published on November 15.
Find out more on the new Focus Groups.

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Towards a competitive protein crops production in Europe

On September 12-13, the Protein Crops Focus Group held its first meeting to explore the present status of European protein crop production, which alternatives would be available to meet the current and future demand and which innovations/changes would have the largest impact. All members are now gathering information on eight themes ranging from breeding chain and genomics to extension and lack of familiarity for farmers. The next meeting is scheduled for January.

Do you want to know more? Read all questions/challenges here!

Closing the yield gap in organic arable farming

On September 23-24, the first meeting of the Organic Farming Focus Group took place. 18 experts gathered to explore the question of how to optimise yields in organic arable farming. In an interactive exercise, the participants identified five main areas of causes of yield gaps which will form the basis of the Focus Group’s work: inadequate nutrients supply, poor soil fertility, insufficient weed management, pest and disease pressure and variety choice.

Read more about the Focus Group Organic Farming here.

Reducing antibiotics in pig sector

The Focus Group on reducing the use of antibiotics in the pig sector will hold its first meeting on October 24-25. A discussion paper has been developed to kick off the work of the group of 20 experts which will focus on integrated strategies and list of good practices, alternative treatments (e.g. adapted housing systems, feeding, use of herbs), analysis of the economic implications, veterinary aspects, impact of genetics and the scope for cross fertilisation to dairy/poultry practices.

Find out more on the tasks and members of this Focus Group

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