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DIHs: the one-stop-shop for digitalising agriculture

On 1-2 June 2017, the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) organized a seminar on the place of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in agriculture. 150 delegates from 24 EU member states met in Kilkenny (Ireland) to share experiences, discuss needs and underline priority actions for developing new regional platforms for innovation in agriculture. 

Interview with Edwin Hecker

We asked Mr. Edwin Hecker, Managing Partner at Schuttelaar & Partners (S&P) and IoF2020 Ecosystem Development leader, to provide us with a glimpse of how the IoF2020 ecosystem will be developed over the next four years of the project.

Interview with Grigoris Chatzikostas

We asked Mr. Grigoris Chatzikostas, Innovation and Business Development Manager at BioSense Institute, and IoF2020 trial management leader, to share with us how the IoF2020 methodology will be implemented in practice.

Precision Farming and the Reform of the CAP

On 21 June 2017, prominent stakeholders from the agri-food sector and the European institutions discussed the role of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as a funding vehicle for supporting both research on and the uptake of precision farming technologies in the EU. Organised by Euractiv, the event offered participants the opportunity to express their views on the forthcoming reform of the CAP and the broader discussions on the Multiannual financial framework (MFF).

Interview with Tom Tynan

We asked Tom Tynan, Member of the cabinet of EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan, to share his views on the future of precision agriculture in Europe and the expectations from the Internet of Food and Farm (IoF)2020 project.

Interview with Jack van der Vorst

We asked Jack van der Vorst from the Board of Directors of Wageningen University and Research (WUR) to share his views on the impacts of IoF2020, and especially how he sees the project’s role in sharing lessons-learned and developing new, cross-cutting business models for precision agriculture.

Workshop on Precision Farming Organized by Veneto Agricoltura

On 9 May 2017, Veneto Agricoltura (the Regional Agency for Agriculture Innovation of Veneto) organized a workshop on precision farming at the experimental farm of Vallevecchia, Italy.

IoT: What's in it for Organics?

Organic food and farming are one of the fastest growing sectors in Europe with innovation as their driving force. Internet of Things is an area that promises to provide solutions and support organic in its mission to help transition to the sustainable food and farming systems.

Interview with Jarissa Maselyne

We asked Jarissa Maselyne, ecosystem trial chair of the IoF2020 meat trial and researcher at the Flanders Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO), to share with us the meat trials plans aimed at enhancing transparency and traceability in European meat production.

AGRIFISH Council Pledges Support for Domestic Soya Production

On June 12th, agriculture ministers of the EU Member States met in Luxembourg for the monthly meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries (AGRIFISH) Council. The ministers debated the place of soya production in European farming as a substitute for imports of protein animal feed. On this occasion, national delegations expressed support for the upcoming “European Soya Declaration”, which is to be signed during the next AGRIFISH meeting of July 7th.

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