ATF events in 2020
In 2020, 2 events will be organised on the topic : "What livestock has to offer to biodiversity and healthy soils".
 
 
 
 

        

Programme of the 10th ATF seminar
The ATF seminar would like to engage discussion with farmers, industries, scientists, policy makers and with the society. It is a follow up of the EAAP & ATF Special Session held during the EAAP Annual Meeting.
 
Aim
The seminar aims to contribute to:
  • Engage a dialogue with various stakeholders;
  • Address how research and innovation can support the livestock sector;
  • Provide input to European research and innovation agendas and to public policies to secure Europe’s role as a leading global provider of safe and healthy animal-derived products;
  • Support knowledge development and innovation;
  • Foster ownership by farmers and industries.
 
Provisional programme
The seminar will take place on April 21st, 2021 as an online event.
Registration will open in March.
9:30
 
Welcome & introduction
By Frank O'Mara, ATF President - @FrankOMara8
9:35
 
SETTING THE SCENE: EU Policy maker
By Humberto Delgado Rosa, European Commission - DG ENVI - @EU_ENV
9:50
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TOWARDS AN AGRICULTURE SUPPORTIVE OF BIODIVERSITY: Loss of organic matter is a major threat: herbivores are key to keep organic matter in soils
By Vincent Manneville, Idele - @InstitutElevage 
Organic matter is key for soils physical, chemical and biological functions. Micro-organisms of soils are major players in organic matter dynamics. A study of the effects of agricultural practices in mixed farming systems under various ecosystems has shown that some agricultural practices can significantly increase soil organic matter content and microbial function of soils. Furthermore, it can foster significantly the capacity of soils to provide mineral nutrients useful to plants, to limit synthetic inputs in fodder systems.
10:05
 
 
 
 
 
 
Healthy soils and healthy food products
By Donal Sheehan, The Bride Project - @bride_project 
Example of a ruminant farmer’s practices towards fostering ordinary biodiversity and soil health by using a diversity of forage species and grassland types, by introducing short term grassland in crop rotation, and by diversification of land use and thus maintaining open habitats and landscape. Introduction of legumes that contribute to nitrogen (fertilizer) and protein (feed) for livestock and contributes to animal health thanks to some of their secondary metabolic compounds.
10:20
 
 
 
 
Good practices of industry driving production
By Miguel Ángel Higuera, ANPROGAPOR - @anprogapor1 
Example of a company involving farmers and developing local and/or labelled products accounting for biodiversity, healthy soils and healthy food products schemes with added value for farmers and appreciated by the consumer.
10:35
 
 
 
Governance and cooperation
To be announced
Different visions in the EU: land sharing in mixed systems (French) vs land sparing (Northern systems), Natura 2000 zones, agreement between farmers, nature conservation NGOs, government in Denmark
10:50
Questions & answers
11:10
Coffee break
11:30
 
 
 
 
HOW TO MOVE FORWARD TO IMPROVE THE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION OF LIVESTOCK AND REMEDIATE BIODIVERSITY AND SOILS HEALTH?
PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderated by Jean-Louis Peyraud, INRAE & former ATF President - @PeyraudJean
with the audience and the speakers
12:30
 
Closing
By Frank O'Mara, ATF President - @FrankOMara8
 

        

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