10th European Organic Congress

IFOAM EU is celebrating its 10th European Organic Congress on the 4-6 April 2016, in the Netherlands. Continue reading 10th European Organic Congress

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Apply for the Data revolution seminar organized by the agricultural European Innovation Partnership (eip-agri)

Data revolution in the agri-food sector: Development of ICT and sensor based technologies, procedures and software have enormously increased the amount of data collected, and available, in agricultural sectors and through the whole supply chain (from farm to fork). The appearance and adoption of biosensors, nanotechnology, low-cost electronics, the Internet of Things or remote sensing devices, among others, will boost even further the data domain. This scenario offers significant potential for new data driven business models. Continue reading Apply for the Data revolution seminar organized by the agricultural European Innovation Partnership (eip-agri)

Press trip to Paris – Toulouse: France, the leader in maize seed production. The role of FNPSMS federation

In the beginning is … the seed. On this claim is based the role of the French National Federation of Seed Maize and Seed Sorghum Production (FNPSMS), which in recent decades has focused -through research- to the optimization of its hybrids. The main aim of FNPSMS is to strengthen its member companies to increase their sales and to serve the European farmers who are always seeking for seed that guarantee the best possible production (qualitatively and quantitatively). These efforts have succeeded as France today is the Europe’s leading seed producer country in the world and holds the 1st place for maize seed exports. Agrotypos participated in a journalistic mission in France (Paris and Toulouse, September 28-30) in the frame of FNPSMS’s informative presentation about the breeding, production and marketing of maize hybrid seed. According to what was mentioned, the seed production is essentially the first link in the agricultural chain and the starting point in the food chain, moreover the seed is the basis and has to satisfy the requirements of farmers and consumers (since the final products targeting them). The objective of the efforts made by FNPSMS is the produced maize hybrid seeds to have increased productivity, reduced inputs (of pesticides and chemical fertilizers) and be more environmentally friendly. Continue reading Press trip to Paris – Toulouse: France, the leader in maize seed production. The role of FNPSMS federation

Falling commodity sales forces Monsanto to axe 2,600 jobs

Written by Chris McCullough
US agriculture and biotech giant Monsanto has announced plans to axe 2,600 jobs, or 11.4 per cent of its workforce, due to falling commodity sales. The company, that manufactures genetically modified (GM) seeds, recorded a US$495m loss for the fourth quarter, compared with a reported net loss of $156 million in the same period last year. The job losses will be part of a complete restructuring plan over the next 18-24 months, according to the company, and will save $275-$300m by 2017. Monsanto said the changes are designed to transform and innovate the way the company operates resulting in a more agile and focused organisation prepared to continue to lead the agriculture industry. There are also plans afoot for Monsanto to exit the sugar cane industry in a bid to further streamline the business. Continue reading Falling commodity sales forces Monsanto to axe 2,600 jobs

An example for imitation: Austrian dairy farmers use a traditional, free of silage, farming method which leads to products of high quality and nutritional value, such as hay milk

Recently (since 2004) hundreds of Austrian dairy producers turn to a traditional way of producing milk. They attempt to feed their animals (mainly cows) by the method of Hay Farming (milk production based on hay) which is free of silage use. The success of their effort resulted in the quality seal “Traditional Speciality Guaranteed” (TSG) by the European Union (EU). Moreover, there is an ever-increasing demand of high nutritional value and quality dairy products, such as Hay milk products, which leads to price bonus for their producers. This could be an example for imitation for other stockbreeders, especially of mountain areas where the animals could be fed from an extremely wide range of grasses and herbs. Continue reading An example for imitation: Austrian dairy farmers use a traditional, free of silage, farming method which leads to products of high quality and nutritional value, such as hay milk

Lindner, the Austrian innovative niche tractor brand

About Lindner

Lindner produces tractors and transporters of the brands Geotrac, Lintrac and Unitrac at its Kundl location (Austria). The family company with an export rate of 50 percent employs a workforce of 220. With a market share of 14.1 percent, Lindner reaches second place on the Austrian market for standard tractors in the first seven months of 2015.
Agrotypos visited the Lindner Innovation Center in Austria and met David Lindner. Continue reading Lindner, the Austrian innovative niche tractor brand

European Federation of Agricultural Exhibition and Show Organisers (EURASCO) becomes latest associate member of the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ)

The European Network of Agricultural Journalists is pleased to announce that the European Federation of Agricultural Exhibition and Show Organisers (EURASCO) has become the latest associate member of the ENAJ. EURASCO is a not for profit organisation with the aim of promoting European agricultural exhibitions, shows and fairs through the exchange of information, ideas and experience, reciprocal advice, liaison and mutual assistance. Continue reading European Federation of Agricultural Exhibition and Show Organisers (EURASCO) becomes latest associate member of the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ)