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FiBL Newsletter October 2018

ICOAS – Register now!

The 6th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences (ICOAS) will be held on 7 – 9 November 2018 at the Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria. ICOAS is jointly organized by FiBL and Esterhazy Betriebe in cooperation with national and international organisations involved in organic agriculture. ICOAS is an important hub for presenting significant research results on organic agriculture in Europe and beyond. Key topics include organic production and the development of local markets.

ICOAS consists of two main parts – the two-day Scientific Conference, followed by the Organic Policy Summit. The Organic Policy Summit will be held together with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism and the Austrian Rural Network. Field trips to selected local producers and projects, giving insight into best practice examples, will complement the conference.

Please find the programme and registration under the following link:

> icoas2018.org

Contents

1 Research

1.1 ProYoungStock – new research project on sustainable calf rearing
1.2 Horizon 2020 project "RELACS": New website is online
1.3 European Conference on Crop Diversification

2 Other News

2.1 Open Day – New insights for young and old alike
2.2 New report finds voluntary sustainability standards on the rise
2.3 New on OrganicExport.info: Requirements for organic imports for China, Japan and Brazil
2.4 New Ukrainian Organic Law
2.5 FiBL researcher Christian Andres honoured with European Science Award

3 Publications and videos

3.1 Film: Alternating grazing to control parasites in young cattle
3.2 Perennial flower strips - an effective measure against pests in fruit production

4 Events

1 Research

1.1 ProYoungStock – new research project on sustainable calf rearing

In spring 2018, eight European organisations started a three-year research project on sustainable organic calf rearing, which is coordinated by FiBL.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/proyoungstock-neues-forschungsprojekt-zur-nachhaltigen-rinderaufzucht.html

1.2 Horizon 2020 project "RELACS": New website is online

The project "Replacement of Contentious Inputs in Organic Farming Systems" (RELACS) aims to further develop alternatives to these inputs. The new website www.relacs-project.eu presents the project, provides comprehensive information on the topic and will make the results of the project available.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/horizon-2020-projekt-relacs-neue-webseite-online.html

1.3 European Conference on Crop Diversification

From 18th - 21st September 2019 the European Conference on Crop Diversification 2019 will take place in Budapest, Hungary. The conference will explore how the full potential of cropping system diversification for improved productivity, delivery of ecosystem services and resource-efficient and sustainable value chains can be achieved. The conference is convened by the DiverIMPACTS project, of which FiBL is a partner.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/europaeische-konferenz-zu-anbaudiversifizierung-2019.html

2 Other News

2.1 Open Day – New insights for young and old alike

Big turnout at Frick: There is much interest in the scientific and practical work conducted by FiBL Switzerland. This year’s Open Day held many attractions for young and old alike, from information to culinary delights to enchanting stories for the youngest visitors.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive18/media-release18/article/gross-und-klein-erleben-bioforschung.html

2.2 New report finds voluntary sustainability standards on the rise

Voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) are experiencing significant growth across the world in response to consumer, buyer and producer demands, according to "The State of Sustainable Markets 2018: Statistics and Emerging Trends" report. It further points to a need to move towards a consensus on sustainability.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive18/media-release18/article/new-report-finds-voluntary-sustainability-standards-on-the-rise.html

2.3 New on OrganicExport.info: Requirements for organic imports for China, Japan and Brazil

The website www.organicexport.info informs about the import regulations of important and emerging organic markets. Meanwhile also for China, Japan and Brazil the requirements for organic imports as well as links to relevant websites have been added. OrganicExport.Info informs on legal requirements and certification schemes relevant for exporting organic products into different target countries.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/neu-auf-organicexportinfo-importregelungen-fuer-china-japan-und-brasilien.html

2.4 New Ukrainian Organic Law

The Swiss-Ukrainian project "Organic Market Development in Ukraine", funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO, Switzerland) and implemented by FiBL aimed to foster the development of the organic market in Ukraine by increasing competitiveness among small and medium-sized enterprises and creating a conducive business environment. One of the focuses was to provide technical expertise on the organic legal framework for the Ukrainian government and organic market stakeholders.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/the-new-ukrainian-organic-law-will-provide-a-conducive-business-environment-for-the-development-of-t.html

2.5 FiBL researcher Christian Andres honoured with European Science Award

Every two years, the Foundation fiat panis honours young academics whose research focuses on solutions to mitigate hunger in food deficit countries with the Josef G. Knoll European Science Award. On 17 September 2018, the Foundation presented the award to the three winners. One of them is Christian Andres, researcher at FiBL Switzerland. He received the prize for his dissertation on system research to reduce a cocoa virus disease in Ghana.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-researcher-christian-andres-was-awarded-european-science-award.html

3 Publications and videos

3.1 Film: Alternating grazing to control parasites in young cattle

Within the CORE Organic project MIX-ENABLE, FiBL member Steffen Werne and his team are testing more sustainable ways of controlling gastrointestinal nematodes in ruminants.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/video-mischweide-mit-schafen-zur-kontrolle-von-parasiten-bei-jungrindern.html

3.2 Perennial flower strips - an effective measure against pests in fruit production

Pests can lead to yield losses and quality losses in organic fruit production. The pesticides available are not always sufficient to control the pests. Therefore, additional measures are necessary to achieve the high production targets. The results of the EcoOrchard project were edited for practical use in a 16-page leaflet. The technical guide explains how the flower strips work, introduces suitable plants and describes the procedure for planting and managing the flower strips.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/mehrjaehrige-bluehstreifen-eine-effektive-massnahme-gegen-schaedlinge-im-obstbau.html

4 Events

Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting ABIM 2018

22.10.2018 - 24.10.2018

Basel, Switzerland

> www.abim.ch/home.html

ICOAS 2018

07.11.2018 - 09.11.2018

Eisenstadt, Austria

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/events/event/article/icoas-tagung-2018.html

European Conference on Crop Diversification

18.09.2019 - 21.09.2019

Budapest, Hungary

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/europaeische-konferenz-zu-anbaudiversifizierung-2019.html

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