First Öko-Feldtage at the Hessian State Domain Frankenhausen

On 21 and 22 June 2017, more than 8000 visi­tors atten­ded the first ever nati­on­wi­de Öko-Feld­ta­ge in Ger­ma­ny. More than 250 com­pa­nies, asso­cia­ti­ons and orga­ni­sa­ti­ons pre­sen­ted what they have to offer in the orga­nic agri­cul­tu­re are­na. Most exhi­bi­tors were from the sec­tors of agri­cul­tu­ral engi­nee­ring, inputs and seeds/vegetative pro­pa­ga­ti­on mate­ri­al. Ele­ven addi­tio­nal cate­go­ries ran­ging from con­sul­tancy to rese­arch and cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on all the way to ani­mal hus­bandry and mar­ke­ting were pre­sent. Cen­tral the­mes were: orga­nic bree­ding, nut­ri­ent manage­ment and con­ser­va­ti­on til­la­ge, as well as, agri­cul­tu­re and natu­re con­ser­va­ti­on. The­re was also a spe­cial on ani­mal hus­bandry and compost.

A unique combination of practice and research

The pro­gram of the Öko-Feld­ta­ge was as diver­se as orga­nic agri­cul­tu­re its­elf. During about 35 machi­ne demons­tra­ti­ons the visi­tors could see har­ro­weeders and GPS- and came­ra-con­trol­led working machi­nes in action. The inno­va­ti­on exhi­bi­ti­on show­ed new deve­lo­p­ments like machi­ne­ries for weed con­trol, robots for snail con­trol as well as an eco-friend­ly natu­ral gas trac­tor. Bes­i­des the machine­ry the­re were two extra are­as about orga­nic ani­mal hus­bandry and com­pos­ting. Topics like mil­king tech­ni­ques and hygie­ne, rai­sing dai­ry cows and their cal­ves tog­e­ther and pas­tu­re fence manage­ment were pre­sen­ted and dis­cus­sed. Fur­ther­mo­re com­pos­ting dung, blends of orga­nic was­te and clover­grass mix­tures is beco­m­ing more important, which is why tre­at­ment and app­li­ca­ti­on tech­no­lo­gies of com­post were presented.

Cur­rent topics like the cli­ma­te chan­ge have also been dis­cus­sed with sci­en­tists and prac­ti­tio­ners inclu­ding its con­se­quen­ces for orga­nic far­ming. Rese­ar­chers and con­sul­tants pre­sen­ted even more rese­arch results about regio­nal fod­der, boar fat­tening, legu­mes and nut­ri­ent manage­ment. Ano­t­her panel pre­sen­ted more about bio­di­ver­si­ty on orga­nic farms, orga­nic plant pro­tec­tion and inno­va­ti­ve tech­ni­ques on the field.

Evaluation of the Öko-Feldtage 2017

We had excel­lent respon­ses to our Öko-Feld­ta­ge 2017. A group of rese­arch assi­stants from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kas­sel con­duc­ted a sur­vey about the visi­tors’ and exhi­bi­tors’ feed­back. They asked 501 visi­tors and 111 exhi­bi­tors. 93% of the visi­tors were satis­fied and very satis­fied with their visit. About 92% of the visi­tors said they lear­ned about new topics which will help them in their future. 81% of the exhi­bi­tors were satis­fied and very satis­fied with their par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on. The sur­vey also show­ed that the Öko-Feld­ta­ge had visi­tors from all sec­tors; far­mers, stu­dents and repre­sen­ta­ti­ves from asso­cia­ti­ons joi­ned the event. From out of all far­mers, about a fourth were con­ven­tio­nal, 4,5% were orga­nic and con­ven­tio­nal and 11,2% were in the chan­geo­ver to orga­nic far­ming, which shows the inte­rest and poten­ti­al in lear­ning from one another.

Contact person

Carsten Veller

Carsten Veller

pro­ject management

E‑Mail: carsten.veller(at)fibl.org
Tel.:+49 69 7137699–86

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