Newsletter 25, September 2015 by the EIP-AGRI Service Point
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Inspirational ideas

Feeding pigs and poultry: tips for a 100% organic diet

Research shows that mussel meal could  be used to replace fishmeal in feed for fattening pigs and organically produced spirulina algae can fully replace protein from traditional organic sources, such as soya, in broiler diets. Through the ICOPP project, researchers from 10 European countries have carried out tests to develop a range of recommendations on how to provide a balanced, 100% organic diet for healthy and productive animals. Read on.


Innovative technology for animal feed rich in protein

An emerging start-up company from the west of France has developed a technique to separate the protein from the fibre in forage legumes to use in monogastric feed as an alternative to soya. The process has just won first prize in Agrinove’s competition for innovations in agriculture. Read the full story.

Thank you all for applying to the new EIP-AGRI Focus Groups

Over 230 experts applied to the European Commission’s call for experts for three new EIP-AGRI Focus Groups: Mixed farming systems: livestock/cash crops, Benchmarking of farm productivity and sustainability performance, and Reducing emissions from cattle farming. The call closed on 7 September at 23:59. The selection process is now under way. More information on EIP-AGRI Focus Groups.

The EIP-AGRI network is branching out: Read all about it in the new Agrinnovation magazine!

The 2015 edition of ‘Agrinnovation’, DG AGRI’s annual magazine on the EIP-AGRI network, is now out. In this second edition you can read inspirational stories about innovation, find practical ideas from countries that are setting up operational groups under their rural development policy, read interviews from members of the EIP-AGRI network on what activities they are running, and much more.

Download a digital copy here and order a printed copy here.


Finding your way through networking and cooperation initiatives in agriculture and forestry R&I

The new EIP-AGRI brochure 'Research and Innovation across EU borders' helps you find your way through research networking initiatives in agriculture and forestry. It gives a thematic overview of European Research Area Networks (ERA-NETs), Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs), Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and European Technology Platforms (ETPs) that are relevant to productive and sustainable agriculture and forestry in the EU. Download the new EIP-AGRI brochure here.

A number of EIP-AGRI brochures translated

You can now download the EIP-AGRI brochures on the EIP-AGRI Network and on Operational Groups in French. Many thanks to the Aquitaine Region and to the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry for the translation. Browse our brochures for other documents in Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, Finnish and German.
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Horizon 2020 calls: latest news

A provisional version of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 for Societal challenge 2, which addresses among other things agriculture and forestry, should be published in the coming days, following a unanimous vote by the Member States. The official final version should be approved by the European Commission on 13 October 2015. Watch out for the news on EIP-AGRI website. A specific InfoWeek on Societal Challenge 2 calls 2016 will be organised from 24 to 27 November 2015 in Brussels. You can already consult the programme of the workshop "Interactive innovation in motion: multi-actor projects and thematic networks under Horizon 2020" organised in particular for EIP-AGRI members. More information here.

New sensor system sniffs out mycotoxins in wheat

Mycotoxins produced by fungi contaminate about 25 % of food crops worldwide, according to the latest estimates. Detecting contamination quickly and reliably is essential for food safety, as mycotoxins can make food unsafe to eat. The MYCOHUNT project developed a system that can sniff out mycotoxins almost immediately. Find out more.

Find more success stories on the Horizon 2020 website.

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

Farmers, foresters, advisers, researchers, agribusinesses, NGOs… as a registered member you will be able to get the most out of the website. 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.

R&D calls presented on one convenient platform

The new support action ERA-LEARN 2020 provides a convenient web-based information platform allowing researchers and others that are interested in taking part in transnational research and development programmes (in a wide range of fields) to find an overview of active networks and active joint calls, providing the deadlines as well as detailed information on pre-proposals and full proposals. Interested? Click here.

Wanted: Smart urban farming solutions

Businesses, web-entrepreneurs, startups- FRACTALS has launched a call for innovative ideas for ICT solutions addressing the challenges in urban farming using FIWARE technologies (an open, public and royalty-free architecture and a set of open specifications for digital applications). There’s 49 000 € available to winning projects and the call closes 27 September. Find out all the details for applying here

Fourth SCAR Foresight Stakeholder Conference

The European Commission in close cooperation with the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) is organising a conference entitled "Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in the Bioeconomy - A Challenge for Europe” on 8 October in Brussels. One of the aims is to discuss with stakeholders the outcomes of the 4th SCAR foresight exercise which started in Spring 2014. More information 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 farm modernisation, precision agriculture and agriculture in an urbanising society.

You can check the EU calendar here.

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

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