Newsletter on Agriculture & Innovation | edition 43 | March 2017
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Cloud technology to safeguard integrity of organic sector

Check Organic is a cloud-based solution which has been designed to enhance the visibility and traceability of organic products. It brings together certification information and supply chain data. Users can visualise their supply chains, track products and be notified when problems may arise. This solution was a winner at the TP Organics ‘Organic Innovation Days’. Read more.

Staying in tune with farm performance

Teagasc (Ireland) has developed an online benchmarking tool to help farmers identify the areas which need improvement on their farm. Dairy, cattle, sheep, tillage and pig enterprises can use the 'eProfit Monitor' to analyse data from their farm and compare this to results from other farms. Find out how.

Apply to the new Focus Groups before 23 March

You still have just over a week to apply to the EIP-AGRI Focus Groups on ‘New forest practices and tools for adaptation and mitigation of climate change’ and ‘Grazing for Carbon’. For more details on the topics and to find the link to the application form click here for the call text.

EIP-AGRI Focus Group results – improving their use

An independent expert has reviewed how the results of EIP-AGRI Focus Groups have been used so far, as requested by the European Commission. The report shows that there is a clear interest in Focus Group results and that their task of providing inspiration for Operational Groups could be further improved. Read the report.

Do you have ideas for Focus Group themes?

Discussions will soon be launched to decide on Focus Group themes for 2018 and we would very much appreciate the input of the EIP-AGRI network. If you have an idea for an issue where a Focus Group could be the right tool to spark innovation, please tell us about it before the end of April. Submit your idea via the online form.

Report from EIP-AGRI workshop ‘New Value Chains from Multifunctional Forests’

This workshop took place in Vienna in November 2016. Participants from the European forestry sector pooled their ideas on innovative value chains from multifunctional forests. Examples range from 3D printing using cork, to trekking trails and mushrooms with health benefits. Read the workshop report to find out about these and other inspiring examples.

EIP-AGRI workshop on tools for environmental farm performance – information online

How can environmental sustainability tools for farmers be promoted? Farmers met with developers and other users of sustainability tools to address this question at the EIP-AGRI workshop ‘Tools for environmental farm performance’ in Zagreb, Croatia on 7 and 8 February 2017. All the workshop presentations and background documents are now available on the event webpage.

EIP-AGRI Factsheet on Benchmarking

Benchmarking can help farmers to improve their farm’s productivity and sustainability. It allows farmers to compare their farm’s performance with peers, learn from others and identify actions to improve it. The EIP-AGRI Focus Group on benchmarking identified ideas for Operational Groups and other innovative projects to make benchmarking more useful for farmers. Read the fact sheet and the report.

Did you know that the ‘MY EIP-AGRI’ section on the EIP-AGRI website includes an on-line resource to support everyone actively engaged in promoting, setting-up, running and disseminating the outcomes of the EIP-AGRI Operational Groups. It also includes links to Operational Groups that have started. Please send us your suggestions to improve it!

Your ideas on modernising and simplifying the CAP

If you haven’t yet completed the questionnaire on how to improve the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), then you still have until 2 May 2017 to do so. The European Commission’s DG AGRI has launched this public consultation to collect your views on the CAP, to see where difficulties lie and anticipate needs for modernisation and simplification.

Facilitating cross-compliance monitoring procedure

Horizon 2020 project RECAP (Reinforcing CAP) proposes a methodology for improving the efficiency and transparency of the CAP’s cross-compliance monitoring procedure. A cloud-based platform will make use of data provided by satellite remote sensing, and data provided by farmers through mobile devices (geo-referenced and time-stamped photos). Find out more.

Data Driven Dairy Decisions for Farmers (4D4F) thematic network

The 4D4F thematic network looks into dairy animal and environmental sensors and how collecting real-time information can help contribute to decision-making in dairy farming. The network brings together dairy farmers, dairy technology suppliers, data companies, dairy advisors, veterinarians and researchers from across Europe. Find out more.
4D4F Project - Video
Find out more about 4D4F thematic network in this video
Juan Picos, 2 February 2017

Inspiring networking in Ljubljana with FG20 sustainable mobilisation of forest


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