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BIOM, Organic farmers network for Research, Development and Innovation

Sukkel, ir Wijnand; van Leeuwen Haagsma, ing Wiepie and van der Wel, ing Cees (2006) BIOM, Organic farmers network for Research, Development and Innovation. Paper at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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Farmers networks are a valuable instrument for research, development and innovation in organic agriculture. The last 15 years networks of pilot farms have been used in the Netherlands to improve farm performance for integrated and organic farming. For organic agriculture the BIOM network was set up in 1998. Participating farmers improved their farm performance amongst others by a decrease of the hand labour for weed control and a reduction of the nutrient surpluses. The network also functioned as a facility for on-farm research on various topics. Additional effects of the close contacts between par-ticipants were a closer cooperation between farmers and an incentive for innovation


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Farming Systems
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 1: Research in sustainable systems
Deposited By: Sukkel, ir Wijnand
ID Code:7399
Deposited On:09 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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