Dear Sir / Madam,
The European Landowners’ Organisation invites you to apply for the European Bee Award. This new award, created together with CEMA (Agricultural Machinery Industry), aims to reward best practices for the protection of pollinators and biodiversity in the farmed environment.
Here are some examples that match with the award criteria:
New crop management practices that benefit both managed honeybee populations and also wild bees and other pollinators
Novel practices that reduce the impact of farming operations on honeybees and other pollinators
Innovation in integrated pest management that helps pollinators
New ways to manage non-cropped areas that increase the availability of flowers and other resources for pollinators
The deadline for application is the 31st October!
The winning project will receive a prize of 5000€ and the Award Ceremony will take place at the European Parliament in December.
Download the application form HERE
and send it back to us by email to: [email protected] or by post to:
Bee Award – ELO / rue de Treves 67 / B-1040 Brussels
For more information please visit our website at www.elo.org or contact the Award Coordinator at [email protected]
We are looking forward to receiving your application!
The ELO team
The European Confederation of Maize Production (CEPM), an association of European maize producers, is making its presence felt in Brussels by organising on 24th April a seminar on innovative agro-economic solutions offered by maize-growing in the framework of greening under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The seminar stimulated discussion among over 70 people, including EU Institution officials, attachés from Permanent Representations, representatives of sectoral associations and environmental NGOs (e.g. BirdLife), and journalists.
Winter cover of post-maize soil ensures the greatest possible agronomic and environmental benefits, provided it respects the required recommendations. In the absence of winter cover, there is an alternative: mulching, an agronomic technique practised since the 17th century in the valleys of great rivers such as the Garonne, the Danube and the Rhine.
Mulching involves grinding the residues of crops and incorporating them superficially into the soil. It is particularly suitable for maize crops as the stalks of maize are neither used nor exported.
Moreover, this sensible use of residues leads to excellent results in terms of return of organic material to the soil, carbon sequestration, protecting against erosion and equally reducing the risk of disease and parasites without recourse to chemical substances.
To continue being applied, mulching needs to be recognised by the Commission as an “equivalent practice” to winter cover in the framework of the CAP greening. For this purpose, Member States have to notify the Commission of their intention to grant equivalence to these practices.
Ultimately, the Commission can make the final decision.
By taking a proactive approach, the workshop clearly demonstrated the advantages of the innovative practices put forward by the maize sector for the CAP greening, keeping in mind that in the long run those solutions will have to become more widespread to anticipate future directions of the CAP in the 2020 horizon.
ELO: Innovative solutions for the new CAP greening