The Flemish consortium of the Interreg-NWE project 'FABulous Farmers' invites Minister Brouns together with farmers for a site visit in Laakdal. Many farmers apply Functional Agrobiodiversity (FAB) measures. By doing so, they increase the biodiversity in and around their fields and also enjoy the benefits themselves in their operations. FAB thus makes it possible to combine productivity and sustainable agriculture. During this explanation and demonstration, we show what drives farmers and the added value for society. With the 10 policy recommendations, the consortium wants to encourage the minister to pay more attention to FAB in policy. Encouraging FAB measures lowers the threshold to invest in FAB. Minister of Agriculture, Jo Brouns explains the vision of the government. During the site visit, project results as they are now will be explained. Read More
Masterclass - how to start with reduced tillage?
For this masterclass we will start with an introduction on the topic; Why should you start with reduced tillage? What are the costs and benefits? Both financial and in terms of eco-system services? How to start with reduced tillage? what types of reduced tillage and related machinery exist? As main experts we have invited Frédéric Thomas (FR), farmer and expert on conversation agriculture and John Lee (UK), farmer with experience in strip till. Read More
During this masterclass we aim for an in-depth discussion about the most successful strategies to effectively use organic matter within the tolerable legal limits. Dr. Ir. Gera van Os (AERES Hogeschool, NL), expert on sustainable soil management in the Netherland will introduce the topic. Dr. Ir. Koen Willekens ILVO, BE) expert on Soil management in Belgium will discuss the challenges of on- farm composting. Finally we have invited farmer Clive Baley (UK) to share his practical experience with organic matter input on his farm. Read More
Based on the project findings, key policy recommendations have been stipulated for the implementation of FAB measures at the EU policy level, including through the new Common Agricultural Policy’s (CAP) green architecture. These recommendations are bundled in a policy paper that will be presented and discussed during this event. Read More
22/4/2021 14:00 CET
During this masterclass we will focus on the use of mixed crops for forage production. Experts from the UK, Belgium and Luxembourg will share their expertise on the establishment and harvest of herbal leys and fodder legumes. Read More
25/3/2021 14:00 CET
During this masterclass we will share experiences on the benefits and the implementation of Agroforestry. We will take a closer look at examples form Normandy, Wales and the Netherlands. Read More
During this masterclass we will explore how to succesfully implement crop rotations in your farm management. We will discuss the benefits and challenges of crop rotations, and discuss a succesful method to design crop rotations in France. Read More
During this masterclass we will explore how to profit form field margins. We will discuss about the functions of field margin strips, the implementation and management of Field margin strips in North West Europe. Read More
During this webinar, we will look at the propagation of mainly native trees from seed and welcome those (individual or community project) who would like to start growing trees from seed but have little or no experience of doing it. The focus will be on small-scale but all of the principles can be scaled up. Read More
By sawing flower strips in the correct places and with the correct species, these field margins haven't only got an esteatic value, but they are also usefull for agriculture! Next to pollinaters, benefical insects are attracted that combat harmful insects in the crops on the field aside. This has a positive effect on both yield and use of plant protection products.
Are you interested in FAB and field margins as a support of your agricultural system? Then join this webinar! Read More