October 2015 – Nitrogen Expert Panel at the World EXPO in Milan

At the world EXPO in Milan, Italy, Fertilizers Europe had the opportunity to organize a conference on 10th September to present two recent projects on Nitrogen-Use Efficiency through the Nitrogen Expert Panel and sustainable agriculture with the Cool Farm Tool.

In the presence of Julie Girling, MEP, the conference was opened by Mr. Tassos Haniotis, Director of DG Agriculture, who insisted on the importance of the role of indicators in monitoring the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy). Those indicators are important to measure its performance.

Prof. Oene Oenema, from Wageningen University and Prof. Jan Willem Erisman, from Louis Bolk Institute explained to the audience the Nitrogen Expert Panel and the importance of a Nitrogen Use Efficiency indicator (NUE) across the food chain. The Panel has gathered selected key experts from science, governmental policy, industry and the food chain. Its goal is to improve the Nitrogen-Use Efficiency in the food chain in Europe as well as globally. Nitrogen is essential for life. The ambition is to encourage the best use of nitrogen to mitigate threats to our health and the environment. This is where a Nitrogen Use Efficiency indicator is essential to achieve this goal and where the Nitrogen Expert Panel puts its effort by generating new ideas to balance the use of N in the world with proper tools and knowledge.

The event was a success and gathered a good audience of around 65 participants from the fertilizers industry, farmers community, scientists and journalists.