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Agriculture: Arable Farming & Forestry

The Dutch Agricultural University Wageningen has earned worldwide recognition as a foremost leader in the agricultural sciences. In collaboration with Wageningen University, seed providers, agrichemical manufacturers, plant breeding companies, and practiced growers, to cite but a few, work in concert to produce a wide array of crops. The famously flat landscape of the Netherlands with its fertile soils and stone-free fields, cultivated for generations by well-educated Dutch farmers, yields year-in, year-out, a vast array of cereals, potatoes, sugar beets, fodder maize and grasses, rarely matched in either output or quality anywhere in the world.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

PRODUCTION PROCESSES
(from cultivation to harvesting)
• Maize
• Cereals
• Potatoes
• Oignons
• Sugarbeet
• Fodder plants
• Other crops

MANAGEMENT-&-ECONOMICS
buildings-&-machinery, harvest technologies and storage. Again here it is important to be as speficic as possible in your request for an expert. Let us know what can of buildings or machinery you are referring to and what the specific issues you’re dealing with are. The same goes for harvest technologies and storage. State, for example whether you are an enterprise or a cooperation and what the quantities are that you are dealing with.

ECOLOGICAL FARMING
soil management-&-improvement, disease-&-pest control. Ecological farming is a pioneering, practical development which aims to create globally sustainable land management systems, and encourages review of the importance of maintaining biodiversity in food production and farming end products. Organic farming relies heavily on the natural breakdown of organic matter, using techniques like green manure and composting, to replace nutrients taken from the soil by previous crops. This biological process, driven by  icroorganisms such as mycorrhiza, allows the natural production of nutrients in the soil throughout the growing season, and has been referred to as feeding the soil to feed the plant. Organic farming uses a variety of methods to improve soil fertility, including crop rotation, cover cropping, reduced tillage, and application of compost. By reducing tillage, soil is not inverted and exposed to air; less carbon is lost to the atmosphere resulting in more soil organic carbon. This has an added benefit of carbon sequestration which can reduce green house gases and aid in reversing climate change.

MARKET ACCESS: TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS
Foods require a specific supply chain to keep the product fresh until ready for consumption. Ask our experts to share their knowledge on storage, transport and logistic strategies.

FORESTRY
Proper forest management is the key to biodiversity, a sustainable timber supply and, in many rural areas, to the livelihood of local communities. Sustainability is essential regarding forest management and is closely tied with essential living conditions such as climate, water supplies or the prevention of erosion. In areas with relief trees protect the soil against erosion.