S. Le Foll ratifying the Auvergne field crop LIT, © Inra / C. Lemaitre
A living, open-air laboratory that will help develop farming and is based on the principles of agroecology, this ambitious project includes 7 partners from the worlds of research, farming and agricultural technology schools and was ratified on March 1, 2017 before the Minister for Agriculture, S. Le Foll.
The Limagrain Cooperative, project leader, the Céréales Vallée competitive cluster, project facilitator, Inra, Irstea, the Regional Chamber of Agriculture for Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, ARVALIS - Institut du Vegetal and VetAgro Sup signed the consortium contract that will define their involvement in the construction and implementation of the Field Crop Laboratory for Territorial Innovation (LIT) in Auvergne, on March 1 before Stéphane Le Foll.
Organized in the Limagne-Val Allier region covering 200,000 hectares and for working groups, the aim of this laboratory for territorial innovation is to encourage the creation, evaluation and distribution of innovative solutions for and with farmers, while bringing together various stakeholders from the areas involved.
This pilot project was created as part of the “Agriculture-Innovation 2025” plan launched in February 2016. Following the project’s launch in May 2016, farmers, research, training and development workers, various companies ranging from large groups to start-ups, government representatives, local authorities and public organizations have pulled together to bring this “living labs” project to life.
Now organized into focus groups, they are building a digital infrastructure together to help create a database of environmental data accessible to project leaders. A large network of experimenters (farmers, research institutes, agricultural schools) are also contributing to the implementation of the field crop LIT in Auvergne. The LIT will run experiments under actual conditions across the whole region. In addition to government funding provided to launch the project and income expected as part of PIA 3, institutional and financial volunteers have undertaken a financial engineering program to support the Auvergne Field Crop LIT.
A key stage in this construction year is the call for pilot ideas launched in December 2016 by the project partners. This call is open to any participant and any type of activity as long as it respects the policies of the Auvergne Field Crop LIT, and has been well received. Around fifty ideas will help create a wide range of projects,
the first of which should be ready to be launched by the end of this year.
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