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Organic Pilot Farms in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany)

Stumm, Christoph and Köpke, Prof. Dr. Ulrich (2008) Organic Pilot Farms in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany). Paper at: Cultivating the Future Based on Science: 2nd Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research ISOFAR, Modena, Italy, June 18-20, 2008.

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Since 1993, research, advisory service and practice work together in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) on solutions for selected issues of plant cultivation and animal husbandry with practical relevance for organic farmers. The project that is funded by NRW and the European Union entails demonstration and optimisation of selected organically operating farms and their methods of production as well as professional advice. The project is coordinated by the Institute of Organic Agriculture and executed in cooperation with the Chamber of Agriculture and contributes effectively to the expansion of Organic Agriculture (OA) in NRW.
In this successful participatory and interdisciplinary cooperation between practice, extension service and research, 30 farms that are distributed all over NRW and integrate a wide range of different types of production in their typical local region are involved in developing the research questions, executing experiments and discussing results. Solutions are assessed and optimised on farm level and demonstrated in the practice of major farms in order to secure the knowledge transfer in extended agricultural practice. The feasibility of the methods is immediately assessed by practitioners and transmitted to colleagues.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:on-farm research, participation, inter- and transdisciplinarity
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Crop husbandry
Animal husbandry
Research affiliation: Germany > University of Bonn > Institute of Organic Agriculture > Pilot Farms
International Conferences > 2008: IFOAM OWC: Research Track / ISOFAR > 9.2 On-farm research and knowledge transfer
Germany > University of Bonn > Institute of Organic Agriculture
Related Links:http://www.leitbetriebe.oekolandbau.nrw.de
Deposited By: Stumm, Dipl.-Ing. agr. Christoph
ID Code:12594
Deposited On:06 Oct 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:36
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:This paper is published in the conference proceedings:
Neuhoff, Daniel; Halberg, Niels; Alfldi, Thomas; Lockeretz, William; Thommen, Andreas; Rasmussen, Ilse A.; Hermansen, John; Vaarst, Mette; Lck, Lorna; Carporali, Fabio; Jensen, Henning Hgh; Migliorini, Paola and Willer, Helga, Eds. (2008) .Cultivating the Future Based on Science. Proceedings of the Second Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), held at the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress in Cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the Consorzio ModenaBio, 18 . 20 June 2008 in Modena, Italy.. International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), c/o IOL, DE-Bonn, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick. http://orgprints.org/13672 and http://orgprints.org/13674

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