Newsletter on Agriculture & Innovation | edition 36 | August 2016
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Nutrient spill-overs for valuable fertiliser

What happened when farmers from the Wipptal valley in Italy found their dairy cattle were producing an excess of slurries which could not be used on the farm, and at the same time there were vineyards in the region wanting to replace artificial fertilisers with natural fertilisers? The farmers created a biogas company! Find out more.

Decision support tool for dairy farm management

Following long-term cooperation between dairy farms and researchers in Slovakia, a new user-friendly decision support tool for dairy farm management has been developed. The application is a handy way for the farmer to improve decision-making regarding the dynamics of the dairy herd structure and market volatility. Read on.

Report on fertiliser efficiency in horticulture

The EIP-AGRI Focus Group on fertiliser efficiency in horticulture has published its final report. One of the experts Carolina Martínez Gaitán pointed out “Fertiliser efficiency can be improved by collecting and sharing available data on nitrogen and phosphate uptake and on crop water requirements between regions, research groups and extension services.” Read the report and factsheet.

Did you know that the updated Horizon 2020 Work Programme has now been published online? Look out for the new EIP-AGRI brochure on calls for 2017, coming soon!

Competitive and environmentally friendly farming

New publication “30 projects for competitive and environmentally friendly farming” outlines the needs for research/practice projects in a number of different agricultural areas including agro-ecology, bioeconomy and digital agriculture. It was developed in France as the basis of a national plan ‘Agriculture – Innovation 2025’. Download the document in English or French.

PROVIDE- smart provision of public goods

Agriculture and forestry contribute to the production of a wide range of public goods including biodiversity, water quality, flood and fire protection, animal welfare and rural vitality. The H2020 project PROVIDE aims to develop tools to support the ‘smart’ provision of public goods by EU agriculture and forestry ecosystems. Read on.

Agricultural areas with outstanding natural and cultural values

“Many countries in Europe have lost up to 90% of their semi-natural grasslands over the past 100 years. Farmers and researchers are now finding innovative solutions to keep these biodiversity-rich landscapes alive” - François Lerin coordinator of HNV-Link, a new Horizon 2020 thematic network boosting innovation in agricultural areas renowned for their outstanding natural and cultural values. Read more.

Booklet on IPM practices in French and English

The Pesticide Action Network Europe has published a booklet presenting practical examples of Integrated Pest Management in different crops all over Europe. It is now also available in French. The booklet was developed to accompany a poster exhibition on the same topic; should you wish to host this exhibition please contact Henriette Christensen at

Precision livestock farming conference

The EU-funded project ‘EU-PLF: Bright Farm by Precision Livestock Farming’ is holding its closing conference on 29 September 2016 in Brussels. The project focused on transforming research results for precision livestock farming into practical methods to benefit the animal, farmer, environment and consumer. The event offers farmers a special fare and covering of travel fees. More information.
Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) develops management tools aimed at continuous automatic monitoring of animal welfare, health, environmental impact and production in real-time.

Horizon 2020 brokerage event – all the info

During the Info Week on Horizon 2020‘s Societal Challenge 2, BioHorizon held a brokerage event for potential applicants. If you are interested in finding out who was there and what was presented, you can browse the profiles of all participants here and have a look through the flash presentations of projects ideas here.
BIOPLAT 19/07/2016
Gran jornada sobre formación Grupos Operativos
#EIPAgri Gracias @magramagob @redrunacional @Isabelbombal1

Great day on the setting up of Operational Groups #EIPAgri Thanks to @magramagob @redrunacional @Isabelbombal1

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