Mainstreaming Precision Farming: policy cohesion and partnership


22 May 2017 to 23 May 2017


Agriculture & Food

Event Location


Event Description

Yara, the world’s largest producer and marketer of mineral fertilizers, is proud to  open the gates of its global  Research  Centre  (Dülmen,  Germany)  on  May  23rd 2017  to  physically  demonstrate  how far technology and science have developed in the field of Precision Farming.
Precision Farming  -  a leading catalyst to more accurate and sustainable farm management practices -emerged as a solution with great potential to the challenges of the EU Agriculture. It can help addressing the  need  for  increased  productivity  and  sustainability,  climate  change  mitigation  and adaption, environment impact reduction and quality improvement. 
However,  common strategic direction,  policy  cohesion and  engagement  will be  essential  to  reach the highest common denominator in goal achievement. Given the large diversity of the EU Agriculture, all stakeholders  need  to  bring  their  chips  to  the  table  in  order  to  generate  ideas and  a platform  for cooperation and mutual stimulation beyond policy, organizational or national boundaries. 
How are directorates, governments, companies, farmers and society interdependent to make Precision Farming contribute to its fullest potential?
The core of this event will consist of a tour of Yara facilities with live demonstrations of Precision Farming tools supported  by a discussion with participants from different EU institutions and Member States  as well as agro-journalists.
Monday 22nd, 2017 at 8:30pm : Diner at Hotel Mövenpick in Münster 

Tuesday 23rd, 2017: Workshop and Research Centre tour in Dülmen 

9:00 - 10:00 - Presentations

  • Anke Kwast, Head of R&D Crop Nutrition Centre at Yara
  • Tom Tynan, Member of the Cabinet of Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Max Schulmann, Chair of the cereals and oilseeds working group at COPA-COGECA 
  • Richard Burkinshaw, Advisor to the Cool Farm Alliance 

10:00 - 10:30 - Coffee break

10:30 - 12:30 - Tour of Yara facilities and live demonstration of Precision Farming tools 

12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch break

13:30 - 14:30 - Roundtable - All attendees to participate in group discussion

14:30 - 15:00 - Coffee break

15:00 - 16:00 - Panel discussion - “How to mainstream Precision Farming to transform European agriculture through the CAP?”

  • Paolo de Castro, MEP, Deputy Chair of AGRI-Committee (tbc)
  • Ulrich Adam, Secretary General of CEMA - European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association 
  • Thierry de L’Escaille, Secretary General of ELO - European Landowners’ Organization
  • Tiffanie Stéphani, Director Agriculture & Environment Committee at Fertilizers Europe

16:00-16:30 Closing remarks - Pierre Herben, Executive Vice President Corporate Innovation at Yara

Land transportation from/to Brussels or Düsseldorf airport can be arranged by Yara.
Yara is pleased to invite you to a dinner on Monday May 22nd, 2017 followed by a workshop on Tuesday May 23rd, 2017. Click here to download the programme.
For more information on Yara, please consult or
Sabine Jacquet
+32 (0) 2 773 56 54