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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.