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Advisory Coordination

Linking research and practice

Integrated problem-solving requires entrepreneurial thinking and extensive knowledge of farming families. Close dialogue between research and practice is therefore vital. FiBL in Frick provides training and extension for farmers.

Our extension services for Swiss organic farmers

Organic crop production

Which variety of wheat, salad or pear should I grow? How can I optimise the crop rotation? What can I do to prevent Colorado beetle and late blight? Our advisors are happy to help with queries about any aspect of organic crop farming.

Your contact persons in Frick: Hansueli Dierauer (arable farming), Samuel Hauenstein (vegetable growing), Andi Häseli (fruits, berries), Dominique Lévite (viticulture), Kathrin Huber (ornamental plants)

Your contact persons in Lausanne: Raphaël Charles (arable farming, general advice for organic farming), Dominique Lévite (viticulture)

Organic seed

You can learn here for which crops organic propagating material is mandatory, and how you can obtain an approval for the use of conventional seed and planting material if necessary.

For further information (in German) see www.biosaatgut.bioaktuell.ch

Your contact person: Matthias Klaiss

Animal husbandry and feeding

Animal husbandry often presents a major challenge in organic production systems: keeping animals in a species-appropriate manner, ensuring that most of their feed comes from the same holding, and treating diseases preventatively as far as possible. There is no need to despair, however: our team of advisors is highly knowledgeable on the subject of animal husbandry and feeding.

Your contact persons in Frick: Christophe Notz (ruminants), Barbara Früh (non-ruminants)  

Your contact person in Lausanne: Nathaniel Schmid (animal production)

Organic farming regulatory framework

Every year FiBL publishes the regulatory framework for organic farming. All ordinances, standards, directives and lists pertaining to organic production are brought together here in one volume.

For further information (in German) see www.bioregelwerk.bioaktuell.ch

Your contact person: Res Schmutz

Feeds and auxiliary inputs

There are various regulations governing feeds and auxiliary inputs used in Swiss organic production. Information on the relevant directives and formalities is available from the FiBL website.

For further information (in German) see www.betriebsmittelliste.ch or www.futtermittel.fibl.org

Your contact persons: Bernhard Speiser (auxiliary inputs) and Barbara Früh (feeds)

Biodiversity

In the area of biodiversity, we support you by providing competent advice on how to establish and optimize ecosystem elements on your holding.

Your contact person: Véronique Chevillat

Conversion

Successful conversion to organic production methods requires painstaking analysis and expert advice. Talk to us – we will be delighted to support you.

Your contact person: Robert Obrist

Business planning

Would you like expert support for your business planning (operations analysis, building design, transfer of an agricultural holding, legal issues, etc.)? We can help you find an innovative solution tailored to your particular circumstances.

Your contact person: Stefan Schürmann