News highlighting FiBL’s research, training and advisory services

FiBL Newsletter March 2015

Contents

1 News

1.1 The new FiBL activity report 2014 has arrived
1.2 European research project on soil fertility launched
1.3 ICOAS 2015 in October 2015 in Bratislava - Register now
1.4 Syprobio project presented at Expo Milano 2015
1.5 What is your view on sustainability in the organic sector? Survey on thematic priorities
1.6 Switzerland and Ministry of Agriculture support development of organic agriculture in Albania
1.7 Technical guide on mother-bonded and fostered calf rearing in dairy farming
1.8 New fact sheet assessing the suitability of sewage sludge precipitation products for use in organic farming
1.9 European organic market continued to grow in 2013
1.10 Growth continues: Global organic market at 72 billion US Dollars with 43 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide
1.11 FiBL researcher wins SFIAR award
1.12 IFOAM and bioC announce partnership agreement to launch global organic certification


2 Events

2.1 European Geoscience Union General Assembly, Scientific Session
2.2 International Turkish Quality Symposium for Organic Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
2.3 FiBL session "Sustaining our soils: the role of society and transdisciplinary research" at the Global Soil Week
2.4 International Summer School "Soil-Borne Greenhouse Gases: From Field Data to Publication"
2.5 ICOAS 2015 in October 2015 in Bratislava


3 FiBL on Facebook, Twitter & Co.

1 News

1.1 The new FiBL activity report 2014 has arrived

The 2014 activity report documents on 40 pages the advances made in FiBL's research and consultancy work and provides an overview of all activity areas of FiBL Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Lively texts generously illustrated with photographs give an insight into FiBL's projects, both completed and ongoing.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/the-new-fibl-activity-report-2014-has-arrived.html

1.2 European research project on soil fertility launched

Under the leadership of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) the European research project "Fertility building in organic cropping systems" (FertilCrop) has commenced. Twenty institutions in 13 European countries will work together on this three-year project on sustainable cropping methods.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-release/article/european-research-project-on-soil-fertility-launched.html

1.3 ICOAS 2015 in October 2015 in Bratislava - Register now

FiBL and the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) are part of the organizing committee of the 5th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences (ICOAS). This year’s theme is "Bringing Innovations to Organic Farming". The conference will take place from October 14 to 17, 2015 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The registration deadline for the ICOAS 2015 conference is March 31, 2015.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/icoas-2015-in-october-2015-in-bratislava.html

1.4 Syprobio project presented at Expo Milano 2015

The focus of Expo Milano 2015 is "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." A number of innovative projects have been selected to show best practices of sustainable food production. The FiBL project Syprobio is one of them.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/syprobio-project-presented-at-expo-milano-2015.html

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/syprobio-project-tested-innovations-already-being-disseminated-in-west-africa.html

1.5 What is your view on sustainability in the organic sector? Survey on thematic priorities

In the framework of the project "Further Development of Methodologies for Sustainability Assessment and Monitoring in Organic/Ecological Agriculture", which is funded by the Swedish Ekhaga Foundation, the UK-based Organic Research Centre (ORC) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) are looking at the thematic priorities for the organic sector. Where is organic agriculture performing well or weak? On which topics do we need further development?

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/what-is-your-view-on-sustainability-in-the-organic-sector-survey-on-thematic-priorities.html

1.6 Switzerland and Ministry of Agriculture support development of organic agriculture in Albania

The Swiss Government and FiBL support Albania in boosting its development of organic agriculture which positively impacts the sustainable growth of rural economy. Organic farming generates important income for farmers, promotes and produces healthy food and contributes to environmental protection.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-release/article/switzerland-and-ministry-of-agriculture-support-development-of-organic-agriculture-in-albania.html

1.7 Technical guide on mother-bonded and fostered calf rearing in dairy farming

FiBL and FOUR PAWS International produced a technical guide on innovative and animal-friendly systems of calf rearing. Based on the experiences of some farmers with mother-bonded or fostered calf rearing, the guide describes different management systems and provides numerous suggestions for the implementation of mother-bonded and fostered calf rearing and for on-farm equipment requirements.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/technical-guide-on-mother-bonded-and-fostered-calf-rearing-in-dairy-farming.html

1.8 New fact sheet assessing the suitability of sewage sludge precipitation products for use in organic farming

Partners of the CORE Organic II funded IMPROVE-P project compiled information on different treatment methods for sewage sludge and assessed the potentials and risks of the use of the products in organic farming. The fact sheet provides a comprehensive overview of the current information on this relevant topic.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/new-fact-sheet-assessing-the-suitability-of-sewage-sludge-precipitation-products-for-use-in-organic.html

1.9 European organic market continued to grow in 2013

In 2013, the European organic market grew by approximately six percent to a value of more than 24 billion euros. Consumers in the European Union spent 22.2 billion euros on organic food. This is shown by the latest data provided by the OrganicDataNetwork, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), and the Agricultural Market Information Company (AMI). Some countries, such as Switzerland, Sweden, and Norway, showed double-digit growth rates.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-release/article/european-organic-market-continued-to-grow-in-2013.html

1.10 Growth continues: Global organic market at 72 billion US Dollars with 43 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide

The latest global data on organic farming were presented by FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International at the BIOFACH fair 2015 in Nuremberg. The positive trend of the past continues: Consumer demand increases, more farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 170 countries report organic farming activities (up from 164) as shown in the 2015 edition of the FiBL-IFOAM study "The World of Organic Agriculture".

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-release/article/growth-continues-global-organic-market-at-72-billion-us-dollars-with-43-million-hectares-of-organic.html

1.11 FiBL researcher wins SFIAR award

FiBL team member Dr. Gurbir S. Bhullar has received the 2014 research award from the Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR). The former ETH Zurich researcher has explored an interesting possibility for farmers to cultivate climate-neutral rice while also creating added value.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-researcher-wins-sfiar-award.html

1.12 IFOAM and bioC announce partnership agreement to launch global organic certification

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and bioC are entering a partnership to launch a global certification directory. The directory will provide real-time certification data on the validity and authenticity of organic certificates used by producers.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/ifoam-and-bioc-announce-partnership-agreement-to-launch-global-organic-certification-directory.html

Further news

For further news see

> www.fibl.org/en/homepage.html

2 Events

2.1 European Geoscience Union General Assembly, Scientific Session

12.04.2015 - 17.04.2015

Vienna, Austria

> www.organic-research.net/home/events/event.html

2.2 International Turkish Quality Symposium for Organic Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

2.3 FiBL session "Sustaining our soils: the role of society and transdisciplinary research" at the Global Soil Week

21.04.2015

Scandic Hotel Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/events/event/article/global-soil-week-2015-pillar-ii.html

2.4 International Summer School "Soil-Borne Greenhouse Gases: From Field Data to Publication"

2.5 ICOAS 2015 in October 2015 in Bratislava

FiBL events in further languages

FiBL events in further languages can be viewed at

> www.fibl.org/en/fibl/service-en/events/events-overview.html

3. FiBL on Facebook, Twitter & Co.

You have a number of possibilities to keep yourself updated about FiBL. Here are the relevant links:

FiBL news: www.fibl.org/en/homepage.html

FiBL news via RSS: www.fibl.org/en/service-en/rss-en.html

FiBL on Twitter: www.twitter.com/fiblorg

FiBL on Facebook: www.facebook.com/FiBLnews

FiBL on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/FiBLFilm/videos

New FiBL publications in the OrganicEprints archive: www.fibl.org/en/fibl/themes/publications.html and FiBL homepage: www.fibl.org/en/homepage.html, below the news.

 

Yours sincerely,
Helga Willer and Leonore Wenzel
---------------------------------------------------------------
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
Ackerstrasse 113 / Postfach 219
CH-5070 Frick
Phone +41 62 865-7272
Fax +41 62 865-7273
E-mail newsletter@fibl.org
Internet www.fibl.org


If you have not registered for this newsletter at our website www.fibl.org or you no longer wish to receive this newsletter, you can unsubscribe here: www.fibl.org/en/service-en/newsletter-en.html