The nationwide Öko-Feldtage (“Organic Field Days”) are a two-day meeting point for organically working farmers as well as all farmers interested in new methods for environmentally friendly agriculture. The event offers an ideal platform where current topics can be discussed with practitioners and representatives from politics and economy. The so-called innovation show demonstrates the current state of organic farming and where it is heading.
Farmers can get a full picture about innovations in agricultural technology, plant cultivation, animal husbandry and research. Companies, associations and organisations present seeds, crop varieties, agricultural technology, inputs, animal feed, stable constructions, consultancy services and much more. 11.000 visitors came to the Öko-Feldtage 2019 and experienced the grand range of services offered by organic farming. A third of the visiting farmers are working in the conventional sector.
An essential difference to “classic” field days: Livestock farming and animal husbandry play a central role, not only because livestock and the circular economy are important components of organic agriculture. The focus lays on the entire system of organic farming with innovative operation concepts, cultivation systems and modern animal husbandry in all its diversity.
The programme of the Öko-Feldtage presents the perfect mixture of practice and research and all the latest news on organic farming. Visitors can gain an impression of the latest agricultural technology in numerous machine demonstrations of hoes, harrows, rakes, GPS and camera-guided machines.
Many innovation examples show prototypes and new developments. The latest findings on challenges such as the climate crisis, eco-breeding and animal welfare are discussed in forums by scientists and practitioners. In 2019, companies, breeders, consultants and universities presented over 70 crops reaching from field beans to sugar beet and organic farming inputs on 1,200 demonstration plots. Delicious organic food from regional suppliers, music and dance complete the programme.
The Öko-Feldtage 2017 as well as 2019 took place at the Hessian State Domain Frankenhausen, the teaching and testing facility of the University of Kassel in Grebenstein. In 2021 the third Öko-Feldtage will take place in Villmar, where the Hessian State Domain Gladbacher Hof is located, the teaching and testing facility of the University of Giessen. For more information, please visit www.oeko-feldtage.de.