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IFNH online webinar event – Exploiting farm-level big data to increase economic and environmental efficiency in crop management

We are delighted to invite you to our online webinar event “Exploiting farm-level big data to increase economic and environmental efficiency in crop management” showcasing the results from the EIT Food project LINKDAPA. The LINKDAPA project has been running for three years and has developed algorithms to integrate historical and current data from individual fields with the aim of enhancing within-field level management by farmers. A core part of the projects work has been the co-creation with farmers and identifying opportunities to increase adoption of more precise and sustainable farming systems. The online webinar event will take place on Wednesday 14th December at 10.00 – 11.00 GMT as follows:
  • 10:00-10:30. Presentation: Exploiting farm-level big data to increase economic and environmental efficiency in crop management” by Dr Lindsay Todman, University of Reading
  • 10:30-11:00. Q & A with the research team.
If you would like to join us please Click here to join the meeting Please feel free to share the invitation within your professional networks. Abstract: The LINKDAPA project aims to promote sustainable agriculture by working with farmers to co-create crop management zones for precision agriculture solutions. Farmers increasingly generate a large amount of data and collect information about their fields and crops. This has the potential to be used to support crop management decisions, making farming more economically and environmentally efficient. Precision agriculture solutions gather, process and analyse this data and information, however so far there has been low uptake of this methodology by the farming community. This project is working with farmers and their advisers, using multi-source data to co-create crop management zones to provide precision agriculture solutions. The zones will be based on integrating historical and current data taken from individual fields. Algorithms developed as part of the project are being used to map wheat crops. These maps provide information about the potential yield and grain quality variation in fields, as well as probabilities that yield and quality will exceed farmer specified thresholds.    

From farm to fork, food sector training gets a revamp

A first-of-its-kind pan-European assessment process for all professional education and training programmes within the agrifood system is launched today (Tuesday 18 October) in Brussels, at the annual event for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food initiative. The University of Reading, the Fraunhofer Institute, and industrial partners including PepsiCo, created the EIT Food Learning Services as part of the Europe-wide EIT Food initiative. As well as the accreditation process for training programmes, EIT Food Learning Services will provide independent certification for learners through EIT Food Assessment. The EIT Food Quality Mark of Excellence establishes that a provider’s portfolio of professional development courses has passed a rigorous quality assessment. This is underpinned by a new competency framework, developed with employers, to identify skills gaps and career development opportunities.
In consultation with over 1,000 businesses and employers across Europe, EIT Food found that current education and training provision does not meet the needs of the industry and that urgent change is needed to professionalise education across the food system. The competency framework lays out clear vocational and professional pathways for learning that employers can use to identify skills gaps in their workforce and select high-quality learning materials to aid career development. Barbara Mason, EIT Food Professional Education Framework Lead, said: “Climate change and a growing population raise major concerns about our future food security. We need a workforce that understands these challenges and can come up with innovative solutions. For that, we need to ensure that everyone gets the training and development they need to succeed and that they can demonstrate that training and development with a certificate of advancement they can trust.” Maarten van der Kamp, Director of Education at EIT Food, said: “Over 40 million people are currently employed within our global food system, from production and manufacturing through to retail and hospitality. However, speaking to over one thousand employers across Europe revealed that most do not feel adequately prepared to deal with the challenges facing our food system. “We hope to see our Learning Services set a standard of excellence for professional development in the agrifood industry and support employers to upskill their workforces to deal with the challenges that lie ahead.” EIT Food offers over 50 courses in its catalogue, including 25 OOCs (open online courses). The Learning Services will also offer consultancy services and a mentoring programme for educators in the agrifood sector. This EIT Food activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, under Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Views expressed do not reflect the views of the European Union.

IFNH webinar Friday 16th December-Essential minerals in milk: their variation and nutritional implications

We are delighted to invite you to our hybrid event “Essential minerals in milk: their variation and nutritional implications” showcasing the results from the EIT Food project NUTRIMILK, an investigation of the variation in macrominerals and trace elements in retail milk throughout the year and the nutritional implications for consumers. The hybrid event will take place on Friday 16th December at 12.00 – 14.00, in-person at the Frank Parkinson room, Agriculture Building, University of Reading, as well as live online via MS Teams, and includes two parts:
  • 12:00-13:00 (hybrid). Presentation: Macrominerals and trace elements in cows’ retail milk: seasonal variation and implications for consumer nutrition, by Dr Sokratis Stergiadis, Associate Professor at the University of Reading
  • 13:00-14:00 (in-person only). Networking and lunch: Tea/coffee and lunch will be provided for those who will be able to attend in-person at the Frank Parkinson room.
The attendance is free but registration for both, in-person and online is required. Deadline for registration is Monday 12th December 17:00 GMT. To register your attendance, please click here for our webinar eventbrite page. Please feel free to share the invitation within your professional networks. Abstract: Milk is an important dietary source of essential macrominerals and trace elements (Ca, I, P, Zn, K, Se, Mg, Na), but there is substantial seasonal variation in their concentrations because of different feeding management between seasons. This large variation may increase the risk of nutrient imbalances throughout the year, particularly in demographics with higher requirements (toddlers, children, pregnant/nursing women). Farm-to-fork interventions can improve consistency in mineral composition but the seasonal and production systems’ variation of the retail milk mineral profile is unknown, thus making it difficult for the food and livestock industry to identify the potential risks to nutrient supply. This project study will investigate the seasonal variation in macromineral and trace element concentrations of milk from conventional and organic dairy systems, and assess the impact on mineral intakes of the different demographics across the year. Results can be used to inform food-chain interventions for optimum milk mineral contents.

   

  This activity has received funding from EIT Food, the innovation community on Food of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.