Innovation for Agriculture

Innovation for Agriculture is a consortium of 15 English Agricultural Societies which serves as an extension service for England where a significant gap exists in the “research pipeline”. Innovation for Agriculture is farmer led and is significantly designed so that farmers benefit from its services. Innovation for Agriculture prioritises the following areas:

  • Precision Livestock Farming
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Soil and Water

Through the strong consortium of Agricultural Societies, Innovation for Agriculture delivers new science and innovation to farmers via its website, publications, conferences, seminars, workshops, on farm demonstrations and new media. This makes Innovation for Agriculture the ideal partner to manage agricultural knowledge dissemination both Nationally or as part of a Horizon 2020 project.

Flanders research institute for agriculture, fisheries and food 

The Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) performs multidisciplinary, innovative and independent research aimed at economically, ecologically and socially sustainable agriculture and fisheries. Through this research ILVO accumulates fundamental and applied knowledge which is vital for the improvement of products and production methods, for quality control and the safety of end products, and for the amelioration of policy instruments as a foundation for sector development and agricultural olicy for rural areas.

For more info about ILVO, we would like to direct you to the ILVO website.

The Estonian University of Life Sciences

The Estonian University of Life Sciences is the only university in  Estonia whose priorities in academic and research activities  provide the sustainable development of natural resources  necessary for the existence of Man as well as the preservation of  heritage and habitat. The Estonian University of Life Sciences is one of the six public universities in Estonia were teaching and research is carried out in five institutes.  According to QS World University Rankings by Subject (2015), the Estonian University of Life Sciences is one of top 100 universities in the world in the field of agriculture and forestry, ranked 51 to 100. The university also belongs to the top 1% most cited research facilities in the world.

Latvian Academy of Sciences 

Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) is Latvia’s national academy of sciences dedicated to the promotion of scientific and scholarly endeavour. The LAS is an autonomous legal entity, composed of members, who are elected in recognition of their distinction as scientists or scholars. LAS is a community of members in which all Latvian universities, many institutions of higher education and the biggest research institutes are represented. Thus, the LAS expertise can be made available across the borders between various scientific and educational institutions. LAS has a division of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, established in 2005.  Currently the division consists of 28 members from the sectors of agriculture and processing technologies; forestry sciences and wood technologies; economics; biology and biotechnology. Members of the LAS Division of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences have a considerable experience in implementation of scientific projects in both national and international level. LAS has pursued cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture of Latvia, the Cooperation Council of Farmers’ organisations, the Union of European Academies for Science Applied to Agriculture, Food and Nature, the Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists, the European Agricultural Research Initiative (EURAGRI), and other organisations.

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The University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest 

The University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest (USAMV) is the oldest (160 years), biggest and most appreciated agronomic university from Romania. The Mission of the university is that to develop a modern higher education, quality and performance in scientific research, training specialists with highly qualified and relevant skills, in key areas: “Agronomic and Forestry Sciences”, “Natural sciences”, “Engineering Sciences” and “Veterinary Medicine”. The students follow a process of theoretical and practical training, which allows the accumulation of cognitive and functional skills and transversal competences. The University has research centers and numerous laboratories specialized, which can provide the logistics for experiments both in laboratory and experimental fields or farms. USAMV Bucharest has made an impressive progress in involving teaching and research staff, both in development of research projects and coordination of its own projects or co partners in a wide diversity of national, international and bilateral research and development - innovation or training education programs.

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The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA)

The task of The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry is, with the support of science and practical experience and in the interest of society, to promote agriculture and forestry as well as associated activities.The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA) is a meeting place for the green sector. The Academy is a free and independent network organization working with issues relating to agriculture, horticulture, food, forestry and forest products, fishing, hunting and aquaculture, the environment and natural resources in general as well as agricultural and forest history. The Academy is an impartial organization, economically independent of the authorities, business and interest groups. Its free and independent position in society and its good name create unique opportunities for meetings and constructive discussions.

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Zuidelijke Land- en Tuinbouworganisatie

The Zuidelijke Land- en Tuinbouworganisatie (ZLTO) is an association for entrepreneurs in the green environment. In Noord-Brabant, Zeeland and Zuid-Gelderland, we represent over 18,000 members which we support in realising a sustainable position in the market and in society. We strive to be concerned and professional, both through advocacy and initiation of projects as well as through individual advice. Next to this we participate in strategic activities and innovations within the agri-food sector which create added value for the (future) market position of our members. We challenge our members continuously to stay alert and to adapt to changing needs from citizens and consumers. Main topics on the agenda are: regional innovation, enforcement of market position, professional and sustainable entrepreneurship, enforce knowledge infrastructure and innovation ( is participating in 4D4F because in the dairy sector, entrepreneurs face important developments and ZLTO helps them to react on strategic and tactical level, for instance by using the tool OptiCow.

Wim Govaerts & Co

Wim Govaerts & Co is a Belgian consultancy firm offering advice to milk producing farms (cows, goats, sheep). The advisory services follow a holistic approach mainly tackling animal nutrition coupled with animal health, forage production, soil fertility, farm set-up and  economic performance. Clients are both organic and conventional farms that focus on forage-rich diets.Thanks to the elaborate contacts in the dairy farmer community we have a long record of involvement in research and extension projects in the dairy sector. Both through individual consultancy and group training activities, we form a direct link between research and field practise, bringing scientific findings to the farmers and channelling farmers experiences to the scientists. Consultants : Wim Govaerts and Luk Sobry. For more information, visit

Knowledge Information Market

Knowledge Information Market (KIM) is a reference entity in innovation, knowledge transfer and implementation of scientific technological structures, improving the competitiveness and the technological progress of companies through specialized services, positioning and consolidating a knowledge transfer model at global level. It has developed a portfolio of services focused on satisfying the needs of all actors in the innovation system of the regions in which it operates. KIM has also developed its own high quality training program, which contains ad-hoc methodologies and provides a practical plan of implementation in areas such as entrepreneurships, technology transfer, open innovation, IPR management, business modeling or project management. Finally, KIM has an extensive experience leading different activities in European projects, mainly Dissemination and Exploitation activities as well as project partner and as external expert. For more info about KIM, we would like to direct you to the KIM website.

Paragon Europe

Paragon Europe is an innovative, international EU affairs, advisory and compliance company with head offices in Malta and Brussels. Paragon Europe was founded in 2004 with the objective of targeting EU funding opportunities for both the local and the foreign market. Since its inception Paragon Europe, has advocated the importance of integrating innovation techniques as the basis for solid business strategies as well as the underlying rationale of EU co-funded projects. Currently Paragon Europe’s clientele encompasses established firms, public entities and constituted bodies. Paragon Europe has a multi-disciplinary team of experts and academics that are capable of providing a substantial input in project activities. As a result of its vast experience in various EU co-funded projects, Paragon Europe has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the administrative and legal procedures at EU and at national level. Over the years, Paragon Europe has been responsible for the submission of applications for various EU co-funded projects including Lifelong Learning, Youth in Action, Life+, E+, Interreg III, Euro- Med and The Sixth and Seventh Framework Projects (FP6) and (FP7) and H2020.

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (VHL) is the largest 'Green' University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. With a staff of more than 400 people VHL provides education to more than 4,000 students in 14 Bachelor, 3 Master and 6 Associate Degree programs. At VHL University of Applied Sciences, practice-based research is carried out by (associate) professors, researchers, lecturers and students and is always focused on improving professional practice. Thanks to good links with companies and institutions in our region and beyond, we are able to support them with innovative solutions to practical issues and provide a sufficient supply of highly-trained professionals.The professorships also contribute to innovation in the curriculum. Knowledge valorisation takes place through the interaction between theory and practice, resulting in innovation and knowledge development. VHL has an applied research focus on the possibilities of ICT and sensor information to support farmers in their daily management. Developing, testing, implementation and economic consequences of knowledge intensive systems is studied in various application areas and farming systems and links to Wageningen UR through joint staff appointments in the area of precision livestock farming.

Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology

IRTA is a research institute that aims to stimulate research and technological development within the agrifood area, to facilitate the transfer of scientific advances and to promote its own technological advances by looking for the maximum co-ordination and collaboration with the public and private sector. IRTA´s activities are concerned with scientific research and technology transfer in the areas of agriculture, aquacultre and the agrifood industry. The subprogramme 'Animal welfare'' studies the behaviour and welfare of cattle, pigs and sheep on farm, while in transport and during their slaughter, as well as alternatives to painful processes. The transversality of a subject, such as animal welfare, allows it to be included in different research lines, such as meat and carcass quality, nutrition, genetics, rabbits, ruminants, poultry and aquaculture. We also have recently adopted a line of research in sustainability in livestock production within the subprogram.


Liba is a consultancy firm that provides technical and economic advice to dairy farmers in Belgium and the Netherlands. Our goal is to maximize the profit on a dairy farm without exhausting any of the production factors. Business accounting, financial plans, operational advice and dashboards of the daily records provided by us help dairy farmers reach their goals, from a day-to-day basis throughout their whole career. For more information, please visit the website:

DeLaval International AB

DeLaval is a worldwide leader in milking equipment and solutions for dairy farmers, which make sustainable food production possible, warranting milk quality and animal health. Our solutions are used by millions of dairy farmers around the globe every day. DeLaval was founded more than 130 years ago in Sweden, when the visionary Gustaf de Laval patented the cream separator. Today, DeLaval has 4,500 employees and operates in more than 100 markets. DeLaval, alongside Tetra Pak and Sidel, is part of the Tetra Laval Group. See more at

KU Leuven

M3-BIORES belongs to the KU Leuven and is one of the biggest scientific groups worldwide working in the field of integration of biological responses in the monitoring and control of living organisms (humans, animals, plants). The main focus of research is to integrate the dynamic responses of living organisms in the monitoring and control of biological processes. Our objective is to measure continuously in an on-line way the responses of living organisms to their varying individual micro-environment. Next we want to predict the dynamic time-varying responses of living organisms in order to monitor and control their well being, their health and performances. At the same time the micro-environment around the living organisms is controlled. We do this for humans (athletes, drivers in a car, workers in a factory, etc.), animals (pigs, chicken, cows, horses, etc.) and plants.