The European Commission is launching a call for experts such as farmers, advisers, scientists and other relevant actors for four new EIP-AGRI Focus Groups. The Focus Groups will begin their work in November-December 2014 and are expected to present their results and recommendations within 12-18 months. Candidates for each of the Focus Groups below are invited to apply in accordance to the rules set out in this notice for the purpose specified.
The purpose of a Focus Group is to explore practical innovative solutions to problems or opportunities and to draw on and share experience gained from relevant innovative projects.
Organic Agricultural Centre of Canada has announced the official launch of Canada's Organic Science Cluster II. The first program ran from 2009-2013 and the new is running from 2013-2018.
With support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Growing Forward 2 (GF2) program and over 65 industry partners, the Organic Science Cluster II spans the country and will continue to strengthen the science behind organic agriculture in Canada.
A new peer-reviewed scientific study published in the British Journal of Nutrition concludes that organic crops are of a much higher nutritional quality than their non-organic counterparts. Organic crops contain significantly higher concentrations of nutritionally
desirable antioxidants and lower levels of undesirable cadmium (a toxic heavy metal) and pesticide residues.
Do you want to share an interesting story?
The magazine Farming Matters calls for articles for the December 2014 issue. The magazine is published by the AgriCultures Network.
Each issue offers an opportunity to publish interesting field-based cases from all corners of the world. Articles for the December 2014 issue of Farming Matters should be sent to the editors before 1 September 2014.
The third West African Organic Conference will take place in Cotonou, Benin, in the end of August. The conference theme is Institutionalizing Ecological and Organic Agriculture in West Africa. Read more
A new research project with joint participation from Aarhus University and Kongskilde Industries aims to improve the effectiveness of mechanical crop field weeding. The project hinges on the development of new cutting solutions to improve the effectiveness against weeds when cultivating narrowly separated rows. Read more
New research: Gains to species diversity in
organically farmed fields are not propagated at the farm level
A team including researchers from Aberystwyth University's Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) have found that diversity of habitats is more
important than organic status for farm wildlife. Read the report.
New Communications Manager at the ICROFS Secretariat
Nina Hermansen is the temperary Communications Manager at ICROFS. She is covering for Camilla Mathiesen who is on maternity leave until September 2015.
Nina Hermansen comes from a position as Communication Partner at the Department of Political Science and Government, Aarhus University. She has a Master's Degree in Journalism.
Core Organic II is hosting an international seminar
on European Organic Research
Conclusions, Implementation and Future
Collaborations. During the seminar, project leaders
from EU countries will present and discuss the achievements from the 14 research projects supported
by CORE Organic II.