Newsletter on Agriculture & Innovation | edition 32 | April 2016
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Cooperating for genetic resources

Animal and plant genetic resources play a valuable role in ensuring high quality food production and in making animal breeds, forests and crops more diverse and resilient. Cooperation is essential for conserving and promoting existing and new genetic varieties and breeds. The new EIP-AGRI brochure ‘Cooperating for genetic resources’ gives some examples.

Permanent grassland

“Any management action in permanent grasslands can potentially have a significant impact on the sustainability of the vegetation cover and animal production” - Koldo Osoro, coordinating expert of the EIP-AGRI Focus Group working on the profitability, carbon sequestration and biodiversity of permanent grasslands. Read the final report and the factsheet.

Apply to attend EIP-AGRI Workshop on ‘New value chains from multifunctional forests

Foresters, farmers, advisers, researchers, entrepreneurs, we are looking for participants to attend the EIP-AGRI workshop on new value chains from multifunctional forests organised by the EIP-AGRI Network. It will take place in the second week of November 2016 in Vienna, Austria. Apply to participate (call open until 13 May 2016).

Your pictures in the Agrinnovation magazine

Spring is in the air, and we’re collecting fresh ideas for this year’s edition of the Agrinnovation magazine, EIP-AGRI’s yearly publication on innovation in agriculture and forestry. Have you taken any pictures which would look nice in the magazine or even on the cover? Please send them in.

Opportunities and challenges for agriculture and forestry in the circular economy

Belgian horticulturalist Johan Vaemynck believes that moving his business towards the circular economy makes economic sense. Read, forward and publish the press article on how this tomato grower and his neighbour, a fish farmer, create profits through water re-use and energy exchange. Read more about the circular economy in the EIP-AGRI factsheet.

EIP-AGRI Focus Groups call now closed

Many thanks to the experts who applied to the call for experts for two new EIP-AGRI Focus Groups on Nutrient recycling and Sustainable mobilisation of forest biomass. We have received over 210 applications! The selection process is under way and the successful candidates will be informed by 25 April 2016.

Did you know that 3243 people have already registered to the EIP-AGRI website? Find out the advantages here

Adding a touch of spice to improve animal health

In Greece, a project has found that adding aromatic plants such as oregano, sage and rosemary to sheep feed has a number of benefits. The sheep are healthier and the anti-oxidant properties of the meat produced is improved, giving it a longer shelf life. Read on.

EU funding opportunities related to innovation

If you are planning to set up projects on innovation in agriculture, food and forestry, don’t forget the EIP-AGRI brochure on funding opportunities. It sets out the ‘how, what, where’ of a wide range of options from the EAFRD to H2020 to LIFE+. Download the brochure (in English, Hungarian or Greek).
Best agricultural practices
Farmers around the Baltic Sea are actively working to decrease leaching of nitrogen and phosphorus from their farms. Here are some best practices.

Mapped land-use data for farmers and forest managers

With climate change an increasing threat, pressure on nature is growing. GEOLAND2 has developed a satellite-based earth monitoring system for farmers and forest managers to monitor the condition of the natural environment and its changes over time. Find out more.

Feeding knowledge – international platform is a new international platform designed to continue working towards the challenges launched by EXPO Milano 2015 "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life". It focuses on research, innovation and exchange of knowledge on Food Security. Read more.
Mirjam Linninger - 17/03/2016  

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