Newsletter 24, August 2015 by the EIP-AGRI Service Point
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Inspirational ideas

A passion for permanent pasture

David Crespo, a farmer from Portugal, believes that permanent pasture is an “outstanding resource” which can significantly improve animal production. But the usual grasses grown require inputs and lack protein for the animals. He has developed a system of integrating legumes in the pasture which means he has not used fertiliser on his grasslands for 35 years. Read on.


Web platform generates higher income for producers

Direct purchase of agricultural products from farmers in order to improve freshness and quality is being increasingly demanded by the international fruit trade. So the Spanish internet portal was set up in order to deal with this demand. Read how they did it here.

Don’t forget to apply to the new EIP-AGRI Focus Groups

The call for applications for three new EIP-AGRI Focus Groups is open. Do you have practical experience on any of the following topics and would like to share this with 19 other experts, to identify promising and inspiring ideas for innovation? Please apply before 7 September 2015.
The topics to be covered by the three new Focus Groups are:
  • Mixed farming systems: livestock/cash crops
  • Benchmarking of farm productivity and sustainability performance
  • Reducing emissions from cattle farming
For more information on EIP-AGRI Focus Groups and their tasks, please see the Focus Group brochure. Before applying, please read the call text carefully.

Profitable protein crops

Fresh look – read about the EIP-AGRI Focus Group on how to make protein crops more profitable in the EU.
  • What does the feed sector need in terms of protein?
  • Why is EU farming not able to deliver?
  • Why is EU farming in protein crops not competitive?
  • How can this be remedied?
Click here for more information

Building new sustainable value chains based on agricultural and forestry biomass

The EIP-AGRI Workshop held in Sardinia on 27 and 28 May 2015 focused on building new low-carbon, resource-efficient and sustainable value chains based on agricultural and forestry biomass. This workshop identified concrete solutions and tools to be implemented by stakeholders at regional, national and European levels to improve the cooperation between primary sector and industry. Read the full report 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 rural-urban symbiosis and bioenergy systems.

You can check the EU calendar here.

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

Call for experts related to European Structural and Investment Funds

The European Commission is looking for experts to join a group that supports the work related to the development of cohesion policy, Rural Development policy, the Common Fisheries Policy and the integrated maritime policy in different areas of expertise. Find out more here.

New Spanish hub for innovation in agriculture and forestry

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment has recently launched IDi-A, a new web portal to provide information on supply and demand for innovation and research in the agricultural and forestry sectors. It provides a simple search of the most relevant calls for EU and national funding to encourage Research and development and innovation, targeted to farmers, foresters, industry and other stakeholders in the agri-food and forestry sectors.

AgriSPIN identifies best practice for innovation brokering and support systems

What makes an innovation process move forward? And what stops it? The EU-project “AgriSPIN – Space for Innovations in Agriculture” seeks to find answers to those questions and many more by identifying best practices for innovation brokering and support systems in European agriculture. AgriSPIN is a thematic network and is funded under the EU research framework Horizon 2020, bringing together innovation experts for helping innovation support services with practical advice for their daily work. Read more here.

New horizons in crop fertilisation

EU-funded researchers have developed an automated prototype to help farmers monitor and control the amount of water and fertiliser they need for their crops. It has already been successfully tested on 25 hectares of land (an area roughly the size of 35 football pitches), and the SMEs involved are making commercialisation plans – there is currently no such system on the market. Find out more.

Find more success stories on the Horizon 2020 website.

€200 million EU call for bioeconomy proposals

New €200 million EU call for bioeconomy proposals launched by Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU). See more here

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