Newsletter 29, January 2016 by the EIP-AGRI Service Point
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Inspirational ideas

An app to find out where our food comes from

Consumers, have you ever thought “If only I knew a bit more about the origin of this food”? Farmers, have you wished you could inform final consumers about where and how your produce was produced? A group of food processors, a farmers’ cooperative and a web developer in Slovenia have developed OriginTrail, a free smartphone app where you can trace local food from farm to fork. This innovative app was recently shortlisted for the TP Organics (European Technology Platform (ETP) for organic food and farming research) call for innovations for their event Organic Innovation Days. Read more.

Increasing farm profitability while cutting carbon emissions, a toolkit developed by farmers for farmers

Adam Twine is a farmer in the UK who is concerned about climate change: “We, as farmers, have a role to play in tackling climate change.” In 2009, along with several other farmers he set up the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit. It is a system to allow farmers to “exchange and develop information that could help us adapt or change the way we farm to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining, or even improving farm profitability.” Find out more. Adam shared his story at the recent EIP-AGRI seminar (see below).

Farm demonstrations, discovering drones

People are talking more and more about the advantages of drones. But it is a very new technology and is still only used by a small percentage of farmers. The Chamber of Agriculture in Deux-Sèvres (France) organises farm demonstrations to show farmers in the area how drones and other technologies can be used as farm management tools. Mr Sigogneau, one of the visiting farmers said “These demonstrations help me keep in touch with what’s new and available to help me manage my farm.” Read on.

Promoting creativity and learning through agricultural knowledge systems and interactive innovation

“The future agriculture will be an agriculture of knowledge. Not only research, but also advisory services, demonstration farms, farmers' organisations and networks are at the heart of these changes. But we need to make sure we get it right.” This was European Commissioner Phil Hogan’s conclusion at the EIP-AGRI seminar on ‘Promoting creativity and learning through agricultural knowledge systems and interactive innovation’ held in Dublin, Ireland, on 3-4 December 2015. More information about the seminar, including all presentations and supporting documents can be found here.

Call for abstracts for the World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems 2016

You have until Friday 15 January to submit abstracts to contribute to the World Congress Silvo-Pastoral Systems 2016. The event will be held in Évora, Portugal from 27 to 30 September 2016. It will bring together researchers, farmers and foresters and policy makers. The aim is to bridge science and practice, to gather and compare knowledge from silvo-pastoral systems around the world, which share drought as a limiting factor. The selected abstracts (posters and presentations) will be presented at the event. Find out more.

What else is happening in the world of agricultural innovation?

Over the next few months, a number of interesting events will be organised all over Europe on a variety of agricultural topics including urban agriculture and issues about the environment.

You can check the EU calendar here.

Should you have information about interesting events in the coming months, please let us know:

Farming Connect – supporting transformational change for the agricultural industry

Embracing innovation is key for farm and forestry businesses that want to grow and prosper. As part of its Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, the Welsh Government recently launched an ambitious programme for knowledge transfer and innovation support for farmers, foresters and food manufacturing businesses in Wales. Find out more.

Be part of the new EU Bioeconomy stakeholder Panel

You have until 5 February 2016 to submit your applications to be part of the new European Union Bioeconomy stakeholder Panel. The panel will be made up of 25-30 representatives from civil society organisations, NGOs, industry, media, local and regional authorities, foundations, associations. The panel will work on bioeconomy policy challenges, including on synergies with related policy areas like food and nutrition security. It will furthermore contribute to the review of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy. The Panel is expected to meet in plenary session around four times a year, with the possibility of ad-hoc sub-group meetings being held in between. Apply here. For any questions:

Would you like to translate EIP-AGRI publications?

The EIP-AGRI website now offers you Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish versions of many different EIP-AGRI publications. For example, every month Soltub (Hungarian consulting company for agriculture and food industry) translates the EIP-AGRI newsletter in Hungarian. Some experts from the EIP-AGRI Focus Group ‘IPM practices for soil-borne diseases suppression in vegetables’ have translated the Focus Group’s factsheet and infographic into Spanish and Dutch. Thank you to the people and organisations in the EIP-AGRI network who have taken up this opportunity. Interested? Please contact Ina Van Hoye:

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