58. IALB/ 8. EUFRAS Conference "Agriculture in the tension between economics and ecology – Advisory services and education as mediation" was held from 2nd to 6th of June 2019 in Salzburg, Austria.

To get a better view on the use of Precision Agriculture Technologies in European agriculture, a partnership is launching a survey for European farmers. The survey wants to learn more about European farmers' awareness and experiences on Precision Agriculture Technologies.

From 18th till 23rd of November, 2018 Agricultural Advisory Centre in Brwinow, Branch in Radom organized a study visit for directors of advisory Centres in Poland, a group 25 people to the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority TEAGASC.

The Fertigation Bible has been prepared to provide useful practical information to the horticultural sector of the diverse technologies available for all aspects of fertigation within the EU. The various stage of the “fertigation process” are shown in the schematic representation below. The Fertigation Bible contains descriptions of the technologies related to these stages. 

This years` EUFRAS annual members' meeting took place from 12th till 13th of February, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. The host of the meeting was EUFRAS member organization CONSULAI.

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EUFRAS network is engaged in two of Horizon2020 projects - Ok-Net Arable and Fertinnowa. 


EUFRAS is taking a coordinating role in rural advisor qualification and certification in Europe by joining the IALB competence development standard CECRA (Certificate for European Consultants in Rural Areas). On the 15th of June within the 54th IALB Conference and 3rd EUFRAS Meeting in Solothurn, Switzerland EUFRAS Chairman of the Board Tom Kelly and IALB President Edda Albers signed the Cooperation and Usage Agreement on CECRA between IALB and EUFRAS, that constitutes the basis of the involvement of EUFRAS in CECRA. 

A good number of EUFRAS member organizations already pronounced interest to become CECRA partner (Regional Certification Body) and/or CECRA Module Provider, being partner in the pending Erasmus+ application “Upscaling CECRA” or having actively participated in the CECRA-Workshop in April 2015 in Landshut. It is also planned to deliver fast track training the trainer event for very experienced trainers within EUFRAS membership who are keen to start the training process.

The Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre, LRATC offered to host the EUFRAS CECRA Office.

EUFRAS CECRA office
Rīgas iela 34, Ozolnieki, Ozolnieku pagasts, Ozolnieku novads, LV-3018, Latvija
Tel.: +371 63050220
Fax: +371 63022264
E-Mail: liga.cimermane@llkc.lv

Details on CECRA are described at www.cecra.net