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2020.09.18 | Agriculture and food

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Kernza plot in the field.

2020.09.16 | Agriculture and food

Deep-rooted perennial crops. Are they capable of taking up water from deep soil layers? Could they be interesting for agriculture?

Growing deep-rooted perennial crop attracts the attention of researchers and farmers to address modern agricultural challenges such as improving drought resistance. Alfalfa and intermediate wheatgrass are capable of taking up water to a depth of 2.0 m in the soil. However, understanding the farming context in which such crops would be beneficial…

Wood ants attack the plantations vermin and can in that way biologically protect the plant production. Photo: Jens Petersen

2020.08.21 | Agriculture and food

Ants will ensure sustainable organic fruit production

The Danish production of organic berries and fruits must not apply chemical crop spray – for that reason the sector lacks effective means to fight pests and plant diseases. If a biological alternative to the chemical substances is to find, the ecologists may stabilize and increase their yields. A new research project will investigate whether wood…

2020.08.19 | Agriculture and food

Special issue on agroforestry for pig production

The journal, "Animals", recently launched a Special Issue on Agroforestry for pig production. This emphasises the broad international interest in integrated systems and is a great opportunity to compile research needed to develop the concept further.

Microscopy of an Ichthyobodo – also named ”Costia”

2020.08.20 | Agriculture and food

A promising sustainable agent against a tough parasite in rainbow trout

The skin-parasite Ichthyobodo (Costia) is one of the most challenging parasites to control in farming of organic rainbow trout. However, a new sustainable agent against this parasite may contribute to secure welfare and health in organic trout.

2020.06.09 | Agriculture and food

Share your views about "Organic Farm Knowledge", the online exchange platform for organic farming & science

Organic Farm Knowledge hosts a wide range of practical knowledge and tools for organic farmers and advisers that help improve farming practices. It also aims to serve as a virtual meeting place for cross-border learning, promoting the exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers, and scientists to increase productivity and quality in organic…

Foto: Camilla Brodam

2020.06.02 | Debate

OK-Net EcoFeed Webinar on new sources for locally produced organic feed for monogastrics gathered great interest

Last week, the project OK-Net Eco-Feed hosted a webinar organised by ICROFS and IFOAM for the Innovation groups (groups of farmers, advisors and feed industry) engaged in the project. OK-Net EcoFeed focuses on achieving the goal of 100% use of organic and regional feed for monogastrics, in particular pigs, broilers and laying hens. The meeting…

2020.05.27 | Agriculture and food

We need to look for alternative products with both sustainable and economic benefits

At Ausumgaard in Denmark they believe in sustainability. Kristian Lundgaard-Karlshøj, who has inherited the historical manor from his parents, is thinking a lot about the next generation. He wants Ausumgaard to be an attractive farm in the future, and this includes to a great extent sustainability and animal welfare. At the same time new…

2020.07.08 | Agriculture and food

The choice of food matters to the climate and the environment

It should be easier for professional kitchens to include climate-friendly and sustainable dishes on the menu. A new project aims to map organic foods’ impact on the environment and thus make it easier for large kitchens to create responsible food purchases

2020.05.04 | Agriculture and food

Research and common learning about cow-calf contact systems in dairy herds

Cow-calf contact in dairy herds is subject to research from many angles, and the so-called Stable Schools is one of them. Here, farmers who want to develop cow-calf contact systems on their farms, can learn together and develop ways to keep calves together with cows. Being part of a research project, this approach can contribute to formulating…

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