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FiBL Newsletter February 2013

Contents

1. In Focus

FiBL at BioFach 2013

2. News

2.1 Video: Mechanical weed control in vegetable production
2.2 Video on reduced tillage: Farmers' motivations and problems
2.3 New project on organic sector development in Ukraine - FiBL is implementing organic sector development activities
2.4 Cherry fruit fly management: Promising alternatives reviewed
2.5 Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMÜ) honours Swiss agricultural scientist Urs Niggli
2.6 Open day at FiBL in August

1. In focus: FiBL at BioFach 2013, February 13 to 16, 2013 in Nuremberg, Germany

Come and visit us at Stand 150 in Hall 1. During the BioFach Congress, FiBL experts and partners will present the latest research results and trends in the organic sector.

Information on FiBL’s activities at BioFach are available at
> www.biofach.fibl.org/en/biofach-2013-en.html

The FiBL programme at a glance:

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Organic Market Data Networks, 11-12.30 pm
  • The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics and Emerging Trends 2013, 2-2.45 pm
  • Ökologische Landwirtschaft in der Ukraine – Möglichkeiten und Entwicklungsperspektiven. 2-3.30 pm
  • Turkey is moving forward: Traceability concepts for organic products, 3-3.45 pm
  • Multifunctionality in organic farming: the added value of social farming, 3-4:45 pm
  • The European Market for Organic Food, 4-5.30 pm
  • Organic Sector Development in Central and Eastern Europe, 4-5.30 pm

Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • How sustainable are fairtrade and organic?, 11-11.45 am
  • Global Organic Market Overview, 1-2 pm
  • Nachhaltigkeit im Unternehmen basierend auf den SAFA-Guidelines analysieren und bewerten, 2-3.30 pm
  • Climate change - organic strategies to meet a global challenge, 2-3:30 pm
  • Kennzeichnung von Lebensmitteln mit dem Regionalfenster. 4-5:30 pm

Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Science day, 9 am - 5 pm
  • The revised EU import scheme: ensuring organic integrity?!, 10-10.45 am
  • Bio-Sojaanbau - Beitrag zur regionalen und globalen Wertschöpfung, 10-10.45 am
  • An online database of who's certified for what. Really!, 12-12.45 pm
  • Organic Agriculture & Food Security, 1-2:30 pm
  • The Organic Movement maps the road to sustainability, 2-3:30 pm
  • Internationaler Handel mit Bioprodukten – Wie passt dies zu den Prinzipien der Biobranche?, 3-3:45 pm

Further information is available at
> www.biofach.fibl.org/en/biofach-2013-en.html

2. News

2.1 Video: Mechanical weed control in vegetable production

This video presents several machines for mechanical weed control in commercial vegetable production such as star cultivator, ridge cultivator, flex tine harrow, torsion weeder, finger weeder, computer-controlled cultivator, camera-controlled goosefoot cultivator, brush hoe, duo-parallelogramm, bed-disc weeder, multi-row rototiller, and subsurface cultivator.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/neues-video-mechanische-unkrautregulierung-im-gemuesebau-1.html

2.2 Video on reduced tillage: Farmers' motivations and problems

The TILMAN-ORG consortium presented first results of a survey on organic farmers' motivations and problems related to minimum tillage at the 7th Organic Producers Conference, which took place on January 22 and 23, 2013 in Birmingham, UK. A video documents statements of conference participants and TILMAN-ORG researchers.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/video-on-reduced-tillage-farmers-motivations-and-problems.html

2.3 New project on organic sector development in Ukraine - FiBL is implementing organic sector development activities

The project is a part of GIZ’s on‐going Economic and Employment Promotion Program (http://eep.org.ua ). GIZ is federal enterprise, supporting the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/new-project-on-organic-sector-development-in-ukraine.html

2.4 Cherry fruit fly management: Promising alternatives reviewed

Researchers from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Swiss University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) recently published a review of integrated management of the cherry fruit fly in the open-access on-line journal "Insects". The cherry fruit fly is the most important pest of sweet cherries in Europe. Fruit damaged by this insect is not marketable, and farmers must apply preventive treatments to grow a crop they can sell. Because old insecticides are being phased out in the entire EU, new management techniques and tools are needed.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/cherry-fruit-fly-management-promising-alternatives-reviewed.html

2.5 Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMÜ) honours Swiss agricultural scientist Urs Niggli

The University of Life Sciences (EMÜ) in Tartu, Estonia, is a leading university in the Baltic region. It trains academics and engineers in agriculture and silviculture, environmental sciences, veterinary medicine, animal breeding and all related branches of technology development. On 9 November 2012, EMÜ conferred on Swiss agricultural scientist Urs Niggli the degree of honorary doctor.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive12/media-release12/article/estonian-university-of-life-sciences-emue-honours-swiss-agricultural-scientist-urs-niggli.html

2.6 Open day at FiBL in August

On August 25, 2013 and open day will take place at FiBL in Frick. More information will be available soon at this website.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/tag-der-offenen-tuer-am-fibl-im-august-1.html

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Yours sincerely,
Helga Willer
(Editor FiBL-Newsletter)
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