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Keep up-to-date with 4 European agriculture events in 2017

The agricultural sector is thriving in Europe. From Paris and Brussels to the corridors at Edinburgh University. Right now, concepts such as #PrecisionAgriculture and #SmartFarming are becoming more common among farmers and consumers alike. Agriculture needs to innovate, while focusing on sustainable practices, if it is to meet the demands of a growing population. The following is our choice of four European agriculture events to attend in 2017. Remember if you can’t make it in person, you can still follow the updates online.

25 February to 5 March 2017: Paris – Salon International de l’Agriculture (International Agricultural Show)

International Agriculture event

This French agricultural event is taking place at the Paris expo Porte de Versailles.

From the organisers: “The agricultural sector is changing...

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Join the World Economic Forum live online to discuss the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The World Economic Forum in Davos is organising a debate on the UN's SDGs with the hashtag: #SDGLive

You can follow the World Economic Forum’s Twitter debate on the UN’s SDGs with the hashtag #SDGLive

This week started with the familiar annual call to the ski slopes of Davos in the Swiss Alps for the World Economic Forum 2017. The gathering brings together world leaders to share ideas and discuss industrial, regional and global agendas. It’s notable that China’s President Xi Jinping is attending this year’s event.

As part of the World Economic Forum, a live Twitter feed has been organised around a panel debate on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. These 17 SDGs were adopted on 25 September 2015, when countries agreed on a defined set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all — to be achieved over the next 15 years.

At Davos ...

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Climate Corporation Acquires VitalFields to Grow European Digital Agriculture

VitalFields Climate-CorpSAN FRANCISCO & TALLINN, Estonia — Today, The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, announced the acquisition of VitalFields, a European farm management software company based in Tallinn, Estonia. The VitalFields team will join The Climate Corporation, strengthening the company’s efforts to deliver industry-leading digital technologies to farmers around the world.

Founded in 2011 and available in seven European countries, VitalFields offers an easy-to-use tool for farmers to plan, manage and analyze their field activities, including simplified tracking and reporting of all crop inputs to help ensure compliance with European Union environmental standards.

“At Climate, our vision is to deliver one centralised digital agriculture platform to provide farmers with the tools ...

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Will the EU’s precautionary principle disrupt precision farming?

Phil Hogan, EC Commissioner for Agriculture, talks about how the EU Space Strategy policy can help agriculture in the EU.

Phil Hogan, EC Commissioner for Agriculture, talks about how the EU Space Strategy policy can help agriculture in the EU.

On 26 October 2016 the European Commission announced, with much fanfare, its new space policy. It hopes it will keep the European space industry competitive for decades. The goal is to encourage private companies to use the data generated from EU-funded satellites in low-Earth orbit. This EU Space Strategy will impact every aspect of Europeans’ lives, from creating new jobs for start-ups and improving response times to natural disasters to coordinating self-driving cars. Thirty satellites are expected to be launched in the next 10 to 20 years.

Phil Hogan, the European Commissioner for Agriculture, was quoted as saying that this space technology will also be essential ...

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Monsanto Ranked One Of The Best Places To Work in Top 25 Global List

Great Place To Work LogoFor a fifth consecutive year Great Place To Work® names Monsanto as one of the world’s best multinational companies to work for. 

(Oct. 26, 2016) – Today the organisation Great Place to Work® has ranked Monsanto Company on its 2016 list of the Top 25 ‘World’s Best Multinational Workplaces.’ This is based on feedback from employees around the world. Monsanto is the only agriculture company to appear on this year’s list, ranked at No. 23.

“We are honored that our commitment of hiring a diverse workforce and promoting an inclusive culture globally has and continues to be recognized,” said Steve Mizell, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Monsanto...

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AN OPEN LETTER ABOUT THE MONSANTO TRIBUNAL

Image of a farmer on a farm. Monsanto's response to the Monsanto Tribunal.

For The Record: The mock tribunal distracts from real dialogue on the world’s food and agriculture needs and the full realization of human rights.

To people interested in food, the environment and biodiversity, human rights, and Monsanto,

In growing our food, farmers face some tough challenges as the world’s population continues to grow. We work daily to provide farmers with a broad range of solutions so they can have better harvests while making land, water and other natural resources go further, and make a more balanced plate of food more accessible for everyone.

To address these ever increasing challenges collaboratively and advance our commitment to human rights, we welcome a genuine constructive conversation with diverse ideas and perspectives about food and farming...

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Independent experts find glyphosate unlikely to pose human carcinogenic risk

A one litre bottle of Roundup weedkiller.

A one litre bottle of Roundup® weedkiller.

At Monsanto, we’re fully confident in the safety profile of our products. Our confidence is based on rigorous internal safety assessments in addition to safety assessments by regulatory authorities, independent researchers and other experts around the world. On 28 September a new peer-reviewed study reviewing the total scientific evidence of the herbicide glyphosate concluded that it is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans.

In July 2015, Monsanto retained a scientific consultant to convene an expert panel to review the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) monograph on glyphosate once it published...

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Bayer and Monsanto to Create a Global Leader in Agriculture

(Republished from the Monsanto corporate website: http://news.monsanto.com/Bayer-Monsanto-acquisition)

  • Realizes a shared vision of integrated agricultural offerings, delivering enhanced solutions for growers and creates a leading innovation engine for the next generation of farming
  • USD 128 per share in all-cash transaction, represents 44 percent premium to Monsanto shareholders and an aggregate value of USD 66 billion
  • Significant value creation with expected annual synergies of approximately USD 1.5 billion after year three; plus additional synergies from integrated solutions in future years
  • Bayer shareholders expected to benefit from accretion to core EPS in the first full year after closing and double-digit percentage accretion in the third full year
  • Committed to retaining strong pres...
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Swiss Parliament Rejects Glyphosate Ban

Invasive hogweed

At least decisions are still made on the basis of sound science in some places.

While some European Union governments, led by France and Italy, have proposed new restrictions on the sale and use of glyphosate by farmers, municipalities and others who need to control weeds, the Swiss Parliament has just outright rejected a petition to ban glyphosate.

In a decision recently published on its website, the Swiss Parliament’s Committee on Science, Education and Culture rejected the petition, arguing that “According to current evidence there are no scientific reasons to justify a ban on the use of glyphosate in general, or in agriculture in particular.”

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the world’s most widely used herbicides, including Monsanto’s Roundup® brand weed killer.

For ...

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What does ‘carbon neutral’ farming mean?

A step-by-step guide to carbon neutral practices in farming.

A step-by-step guide to carbon neutral practices in farming.

You may have heard the term ‘carbon neutral’ in relation to farming practices that are better for the environment; but what does that mean exactly?

In a nutshell, it is a system that abandons traditional tilling (plowing) on farms and promotes the use of cover crops that help the soil absorb more water and store more carbon dioxide. This combination minimises the loss of fertile soil from wind and water erosion. Moreover, crops have the potential to store at least as much carbon as soil carbon instead of releasing it as greenhouse gas emissions.

Today, after the energy sector, agriculture is the world’s second-highest emitter of carbon dioxide...

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