Newsletter 22, June 2015 by the EIP-AGRI Service Point
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Inspirational ideas

Setting up short wood supply chains using hedgerows

Hedgerows in Normandy (France) were disappearing. Local inhabitants wanted to preserve this typical landscape feature. So they decided to generate an economic value for the hedgerows and set up a short wood supply chain. Involving all local groups in this was essential. Read more here.   

European Bee Award for the protection of pollinators

Have you developed practices and innovative ideas in agriculture which can contribute to preserving the health of pollinators in Europe? The European Bee Award will give away two prizes, 5000 € and 2500 €, to innovative systems which protect honey bees, bumblebees, flies, butterflies and other pollinators in the farmed environment. The deadline for sending in your application is 30 June 2015. More information here.

Don’t forget to send in your applications for the European Satellite Navigation Competition

The deadline for the European Satellite Navigation Competition is 30 June 2015. It is offering 1 million € worth of prizes for new satellite navigation applications for agriculture. Entrepreneurs, SMEs, start-ups and researchers, if you have developed innovative applications using satellite navigation with the potential to improve production, efficiency, profitability and to reduce environmental impact, then send in your applications here.

National Rural Networks meeting, a focus on fostering innovation

The second National Rural Networks (NRNs) meeting took place on 12-13 May 2015, in Jurmala, Latvia. Representatives of National Support Units exchanged the state-of-play of their action plans, discussed challenges and specific tasks. A particular focus was given to innovation. Participants discussed the different stages and varied types of arrangements for the implementation of EIP-AGRI at national/regional level, as in the cases of Portugal, Poland and Germany. Find out more here.

The EIP-AGRI Workshop 'Building new biomass supply chains for the bio-based economy'

During the EIP-AGRI workshop on the bio-based economy on 27 and 28 May 2015, the participants visited the experimentation sites of the cardoon project in Sardinia as a case study. A number of other examples of sustainable bio-based supply chains were presented and the workshop participants worked in groups addressing drivers, obstacles, solutions and tools. Download the presentations here, a full report will be published later.

Farmers, advisers and researchers contribute to the Organic farming research agenda in Milan

The European Commission organised the conference ‘Organic production, Research and Innovation: setting priorities for the future’ in Milan, 28-29 May 2015. Over 170 participants from all over Europe (farmers and farm advisers, and researchers) shared ideas and knowledge, and discussed needs for research and innovation in the organic farming sector. The European Commission will use the results to further develop its research and innovation policies, especially the 2018 - 2019 programme for Horizon 2020, but also the EIP-AGRI. For the programme, presentations, and further information, please see here.

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 sustainable dairy and the EXPO 2015. 

You can check the EU calendar here.

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

Register to the EIP-AGRI website and join the EIP-AGRI Network

Farmers, foresters, advisers, researchers, agribusinesses, NGOs, register to the EIP-AGRI website and become a member of the EIP-AGRI network. As a registered member you will be able to get the most out of the website: sharing and searching for innovative ideas, practices and research projects. This networking tool means you can search, exchange and gather information with co-workers from across Europe. It may even be the start of a new partnership, project, or business. Find out more about the advantages for registered members here.

Making the EU's olives greener...for the environment

Olives are not only a ‘superfood’ – they also create thousands of jobs in the Mediterranean region. But producing table olives or olive oil requires huge amounts of water and this can be scarce in hot, dry southern Europe. An EU-funded project has developed a system to re-use the water used to wash olives – good news for both the environment and olive producers limited by low water levels. Find out more.

Find more success stories on the Horizon 2020 website.   

Managing organic carbon content, reducing climate change effects

Organic carbon content is not only crucial for soil microorganisms populations and so for soil fertility; it plays an important role as a carbon sink to reduce climate change effects. The EU-funded project SmartSOIL has been studying the effects of agricultural practices on soil carbon content with the aim to provide farmers with the best strategies to keep the fertility and carbon content of their land high. Read more here:  

A participatory approach to innovation projects

The new EIP-AGRI brochure on ‘Participatory approaches for agricultural innovation' highlights and gives practical examples of a number of methods which can help you set up new groups, identify partners and work with people from other professions or sectors to develop new projects. It could be useful for setting up Operational Groups, Horizon 2020 projects or other initiatives. Read and download the brochure here.

A new call for experts to be released

Another three new EIP-AGRI Focus Groups will start this autumn. They will address the following themes:
  • FG16 Agroforestry and mixed farming systems
  • FG17 Emissions from livestock
  • FG18 Benchmarking farm performance (in terms of sustainability and economics)
Look out for the call for experts in early July which will be announced in our newsletter and on our website.

Would you like to suggest topics to be covered by future EIP-AGRI Focus Groups?

Then please complete the online form. For more information on EIP-AGRI Focus Groups, the way they work, and what they are expected to do, please see the Focus Group brochure and the Focus Group Charter.

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