Newsletter on Agriculture & Innovation | edition 42 | February 2017
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From great soil comes great food – a farmers’ story

Andy Cato is a farmer who combines agroforestry, beef cattle and crops on his farm in the Southwest of France. He shared his story on his experiments to improve both his soil and his farm’s productivity, finding ways to limit soil tillage and herbicide use in his crops for instance. Read Andy’s story.

Increasing farm profitability and improving environmental performance by making the most of available resources

Low farm profitability levels pose a challenge for EU farmers. In John Gilliland’s vision for the future typical Northern Irish family farm, this issue is tackled by making the most of the resources available. A coherent approach to land management which combines multi-functional tools such as willow blocks, hedges and legumes with good nutrient management and smart use of information technologies will cut expenses, improve environmental performance and increase profitability. Read on.

Grazing and forests dealing with climate change: call for two new Focus Groups

Are you a livestock farmer or forest manager? Please see the call for two new EIP-AGRI Focus Groups which will be published here next week. The topics to be covered are:
  • New grazing methods
  • New forest practices and tools for adaptation and mitigation of climate change

EIP-AGRI Seminar ‘Digital Innovation Hubs: mainstreaming digital agriculture’

Currently, technological innovation is developing faster than ever and agriculture needs to take full advantage of this "digital revolution". Research & technology organisations, farmers, entrepreneurs, ICT developers and anyone with relevant ideas or experience are invited to apply to the EIP-AGRI seminar ‘Digital Innovation Hubs: mainstreaming digital agriculture’ which will take place 1-2 June 2017 in Kilkenny, Ireland. Apply before 8 March 2017.

Cities and food

Connecting city-based consumers and local food producers can be mutually beneficial. The factsheet 'Cities and food' presents innovative ideas on how to do this, based on practical experience exchanged by the Cities and food workshop participants. Download the factsheet and see the workshop results.

Smart solutions for on-farm water management

Water is an essential resource for crop and livestock production. Climate change is forcing farmers to rethink how to produce their crops, breed their animals and manage their farms. The new EIP-AGRI brochure on Water management offers ideas for innovative strategies in this field that can be applied on the farm. You can download the brochure here.
Philipp-A. Schmidt, 7 February 2017
Excited to take part in broad stakeholder discussion about tools for on farm sustainably & why adoption is lagging #EIPagri #DigitalFarming

Evaluation study on EIP-AGRI published

An independent evaluation of the implementation of EIP-AGRI has been published by the European Commission. The study found that farmers are more likely to become involved in the innovation process under the EIP-AGRI as compared with other funding streams for innovation in the agricultural sector. Read more.

Help shape EU smart specialisation strategies

Are you involved in an innovative (agri)business, business support organisation, a public authority, or research and innovation organisation? Contribute to the EU public consultation on EU smart specialisation strategies to make these strategies effective in generating jobs and growth, while tackling major challenges that society is facing. Read how.

Monalisa – helping apple farmers in Tyrol improve production

South Tyrolean research organisations and companies from the apple sector are working together to develop new environmental monitoring techniques as well as production processes with innovative technologies through the MONALISA project. The project aims to increase productivity, quality and sustainability of apple production in the region. Read more.

EU policy on the data economy reflecting agricultural sector needs

The European Commission is working on building a European Data Economy. This is to ensure the free flow of data and to address emerging legal issues (e.g. access, liability, portability). If you would like to help shape the future policy agenda, to ensure that it will reflect the needs of the agricultural sector, please complete the online public consultation.

Did you know that an investment banker switched jobs to develop a low cost tractor-solution to give Nigerian farmers access to smart tractors?

Call on farm management systems for precision farming

The ICT-AGRI ERANET 2017 call on farm management systems for precision farming is now open. The deadline for submitting applied research proposals is 21 April 2017. The topics of the call are
  1. Agricultural research on use of sensor data for decision support
  2. Development of applications for Precision Farming
  3. Cases of integration of third-party applications with Farm Management Systems
Some practical recommendations for reduced tillage systems under organic farming conditions.

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