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IFAJ 2018 - The Netherlands

Theme: Dutch Roots

Main congress: 12- 15 July 2018

The main congress will start in the region Food Valley and further visits are planned to a diversity of hotspot in the Netherlands.

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Congress tours. Choose one of eight.

Read more about your chosen tour, see attached file.

During the congress we will publish photos from the congress on our Flickr channel.
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The tours are planned so that working journalists should be able to do stories on all the stops. There will be time to take photos and ask your own questions.

Tour 1.

Follow the tree trunks from the forest to finished building material. Meet two dairy farmers.
Tour leader: Ms Tina Andersson, reporter with agricultural newspaper ATL
Deputy tour leader: Ms Maria Larsson, agricultural freelance journalist

Friday August 17
6.45 a.m. Bus departs from congress hotel Sånga-Säby.


Visit a forest owner and see the big machines harvest trees. The trees are cut by the machines directly to the lengths that the sawmill prefers.
Information on the bus from the fertilizer company Yara on the theme fertilization, production and environment of the forest.

Lunch at Braviken sawmill and papermill outside Norrköping in the county Östergötland, owned by the forest company Holmen.
Guided tour of the sawmill that produces boards and planks from the trees cut in the forest. The sawmill is the largest in Sweden and opened in 2011.
It is placed beside the paper mill to save transportation costs and energy. This is good for the environment.
Information about the market for forest products .Mr Johan Freij describes the market for different kinds of wooden products that the land owner can produce in his forest, now and in the future. Johan Freij works as a sector manager for forest and agriculture at the bank Danske Bank.

6 p.m. Bus arrives back at the congress hotel Sånga-Säby.

Saturday August 18
8.30 a.m. Bus departs from congress hotel Sånga-Säby.

Elin and Leo with heifers.
Visit the organic dairy farmer Ms Elin Rydström, who has done television commercials for the company Arla Foods.

She has a small herd of cows and lives with her family close to Stockholm. Elin Rydström is active in the association for organic farmers and thinks that promoting products from grazing animals is a way to act wisely with resources.

Visit the dairy farmer Ms Susanne Andersson outside Stockholm. Susanne Andersson has a larger herd of cows and is currently installing milking robots. 12 years ago she changed from tied up cows to free stall with milking pit. After a lot of serious thinking she is modernizing again with the robots.
Lunch
3.30 p.m. Bus arrives at hotel in Stockholm.

Tour 2.

Learn how forest seedlings are protected from a pest. Experience the animal moose, the “king of the forest”. Experience the latest techniques for processing tree tops and branches for energy use. Meet dairy farmers who market their milk locally.
Tour Leader: Mr Torbjörn Esping, reporter with agricultural newspaper ATL
Deputy tour leader: Ms Frida Jonson, editor agricultural website atl.nu

Friday August 17
7.30 a.m. Bus departs from congress hotel Sånga-Säby.
Guided tour of the company Svenska Skogsplantors facility Lugnet north of Stockholm, where forest seedlings are grown. Information about environmentally friendly protection from the insect pine weevil.

The pine weevil is a pest that damages or kills planted seedlings worth hundreds of millions of Swedish kronor per year by eating the bark.
Information on the bus from the fertilizer company Yara on the theme fertilization, production and environment of the forest.
Lunch


One hour guided tour in a moose park, where you get very close to the animals. The forest owner Mr Leif Lindh outside Heby in Uppsala county has made a business of keeping the large, wild animal moose fenced-in on his farm for tourists to look at.

The moose likes to eat the tops of small pine trees and makes damage to forest owners worth billions per year.
Visit a forest owner who has damage from moose on his property. Skogforsk (the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden) shows the latest techniques for processing tree tops and branches, that are left over when trees are harvested.

The tops and branches are used for heating in power plants. It is a renewable source of energy that attracts growing interest.
6 p.m. Bus arrives back at the congress hotel Sånga-Säby.

Saturday August 18
7.30 a.m. Bus departs from congress hotel Sånga-Säby.


Visit dairy farmer Ms Jenny Alm and her colleagues, who have started a small dairy company called “Seven Farms” in Uppland county. All the farms have a climate certificate. They are organic and the milk they produce is sold locally.

Lunch
3.30 p.m. Bus arrives at hotel in Stockholm.

Tour 3.

Meet a farmer who saves money and the environment by using tilling equipment made in Sweden. Get into the fight over a wild boar.
Tour leader: Ms Åse Troedson, reporter with agricultural newspaper Land lantbruk
Deputy tour leader: Mr Per Emgardsson, with agricultural monthly magazine Lantmannen

Friday August 17
6.40 a.m. Bus departs from congress hotel Sånga-Säby.

Visit the large cropfarmer Mr Per Nilsson outside Enköping in county Uppland who manages his fields with reduced tillage, using Swedish equipment from the company Väderstad.

Per Nilsson is the 15th generation on this family farm. He is also a beef farmer and runs a business with contract work such as plowing snow in the winter.
In 2011 he participated in the television program “Farmer seeks wife”.

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences shows their research plots with crops managed by reduced tillage close to the university in Uppsala in Uppland county. The university also presents figures from their research involving reduced tillage.


Guided tour of the energy neutral barn, created by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. It is a facility for research within animal welfare and animal health, climate-smart animal management and sustainable food production.
6 p.m. Bus arrives back at the congress hotel Sånga-Säby.

Saturday August 18
7 a.m. Bus departs from congress hotel Sånga-Säby.
Visit a group of farmers in Bålsta in Uppland county who are worried about the rapid spread of the animal wild boar, large wild pigs that destroy crops in their search for feed.

Wild boars at night.
Visit a neighbouring farm where the owner would like to increase the number of wild boar without increasing the damage to the fields. The farm sells opportunities to hunt the wild boar.
Lunch
3 p.m. Bus arrives at hotel in Stockholm.

Tour 4.

Take the opportunity to cook with the minister of agriculture. Discuss the strict rules of animal welfare. Visit organic pig farm and conventional crop farm.
Tour leader: Mr Marcus Frennmark, editor in chief  with agricultural monthly magazine Lantmannen
Deputy tour leader: Ms Tove Nilsson, reporter with agricultural newpaper ATL

Friday August 17
6.40 a.m. Bus departs from congress hotel Sånga-Säby.
Guided tour of the Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf´s farm Stenhammar in Sörmland county.
The king keeps beef cattle on the farm.
Still on the king´s farm, put some meat on the barbeque together with the minister of rural areas, Mr Eskil Erlandsson. Eat what you cook for lunch.


Guided tour of the winery Blaxsta by the owner Mr Göran Amnegård. The special wine “eiswein” from Blaxsta has won a gold medal.
6 p.m. Bus arrives back at the congress hotel Sånga-Säby.

Saturday August 18
7 a.m. Bus departs from congress hotel Sånga-Säby.
Visit Mr Olle Linder and Ms Catarina Linder, organic pig farmers outside Knivsta in Uppland county. Organic pigs are partly kept outdoors.

A representative from the national veterinary medicine authorities will inform about the fact that Swedish farm animals are free from the disease salmonella, which is contagious for people.
Visit Olle Linder's cousin, conventional crop farmer Johan Stiernstedt, who lives a few kilometres down the road.
Information on the bus from the cooperative company Lantmännen Bioagri on organic seed dressing, that is used by both farms.
3 p.m. arrive at hotel in Stockholm.

Tour 5.

Discuss the best way of selling grain with environmentally conscious farmers. Visit a power plant using crops to make energy. Learn more about breeding Swedish dairy cattle.
Tour leader: Ms Lisbeth Karlsson, editor with dairy magazine Tidningen Husdjur
Deputy tour leader: Ms Helena Wennström, editor in farmers' owned publishing company LRF Media

 

Friday August 17
6.40 a.m Depart from congress hotel Sånga-Säby.
Visit the cousins Mr Mats Karlsson and Mr Anders Karlsson outside Enköping in Uppland county.

They are large crop growers with side businesses like clearing streets from snow and taking care of horse manure from stables. They sell the grain they harvest through the private dealer BM Agri.
Information on the bus from the fertilizer company Yara on effective use of plant nutrition.


Visit Mr Jarl Ryberg, a large crop farmer in Hacksta in the same area, he works in many ways to make his farming more environmentally friendly. Jarl Ryberg sells his grain through the farmers cooperative Lantmännen and is also a large seed grower for the cooperative..
Lunch at a farm where the wife Mrs Anne-Marie Ericsson handles the tourism business and her husband Mr Magnus Ericsson does the agriculture. Look at the dams of sludge from sewages that are put on the fields with the energy crop willow (salix). The willow harvest is sold to the nearby power plant Ena Energi.

Planting salix for energy use.
Guided tour of Ena Energi Power plant. Information about their view of a sustainable environment and who they buy their renewable raw material from.
5.30 p.m. Bus returns to congress hotel Sånga-Säby.

Saturday August 18
8 a.m. Bus departs from congress hotel Sånga-Säby.

Helen Rick. Photo: Lisbeth Karlsson
Visit the dairy farmers Ms Helen Rick and Mr Anders Rick outside Stockholm. They put a lot of extra thought into the breeding programme in their herd of about 60 cows. Information on breeding from the president of the association for the Swedish Red and White Cattle.

He is the former chairman of the breeding company Viking Genetics. Discussion on the Swedish law that the cows have to graze outdoors for a few months each summer, and how this law affects milking, breeding and planning of farmland.
Lunch
3.30 p.m. Bus arrives at hotel in Stockholm.

 

Tour 6. 

Visit one of the country´s largest publishing companies, owned by Swedish farmers. Hear the strategy of a large scale horse breeder, a producer of fresh herbs and a successful sheep farmer. Visit combined sheep, vegetables and tourism farm.
Tour leader: Ms Lena Johansson, head of communication support at The Federation of Swedish Farmers
Deputy tour leader: Ms Linda Segerblom, responsible for equestrian issues at The Federation of Farmers

Friday August 17
7.30 a.m. Bus departs from congress hotel Sånga-Säby.
Visit a large scale and successful breeder of the Swedish sport horse The Swedish Warmblood.
The stud farm Lövsta Stuteri outside Stockholm got a climate certificate in 2011. They keep the beautiful old farm buildings in shape, to make people and animals feel well, have a sound economy and use sustainable farming methods.
The world renowned dressage rider Tinne Wilhelmsson is based in the stud.

Lunch and guided tour of one of the largest publishing companies in Sweden, LRF Media, which is owned by The Federation of Swedish Farmers. LRF Media publishes around 40 titles in 5 countries.


Visit a producer of fresh herbs. The company Orto Novo, was founded when the owner´s Italian wife lacked fresh basil in the Swedish supermarkets. Instead they started to grow fresh herbs themselves.
Orto Novo has since then changed the Swedes' use of fresh herbs and is now a large company with a climate certificate.
5.30 Bus returns back at congress hotel Sånga-Säby.

Saturday August 18
8 a.m. Depart from congress hotel Sånga-Säby.
Visit Mr Kaj Sjunnesson and Ms Ann Sjunnesson on their big sheep farm outside Strängnäs in Sörmland county.
They have 600 ewes and sell all their lambs on contract bases to a restaurant in Stockholm. Quality is the most important for Kaj Sjunnesson, who has produced lambs for 35 years.


Lunch at Morrarö, a farm that combines having a small sheep herd with tourism business and growing vegetables.
3 p.m. Bus arrives at hotel in Stockholm.

 

Tour 7. 

Experience farming in the archipelago. Learn how the sensitive environment is protected and see sheep and cows graze on islands.
Tour leader: Ms Gunilla Ander, reporter with agricultural newspaper Land Lantbruk
Tour leader: Ms Linda Grimstedt reporter with agricultural newspaper Land Lantbruk

Friday August 17
7.30 a.m. Bus departs from congress hotel Sånga-Säby.

Photo: Ann Lindén
Visit the large arable farmers Mr Håkan Eriksson and Ms Teri Lee Eriksson. In 2010 they won the World Wildlife Foundation prize “The Baltic Sea farmers of the year ”. The Erikssons work among other things with the N-sensor to regulate the spreading of nitrogen.
Lunch
Visit the farmers Mr Martin Fellqvist and Ms Frida Thörn. They grow organic vegetables and sell them at Farmers Market.
Professor Mr Arthur Granstedt informs about a project financed by the European Union. The project aims to save the Baltic Sea by cutting down the leakage of fertilizing substances from the farms around it. One example is that manure from cows are made into bio gas, that is used to heat buildings.
Visit the dairy farmer Mr Jan-Christer Carlsson. In the summer of 2012, Jan-Christer Carlsson's farm will be responsible for making fertilizer from the toilet residue from houses in the area, with the aim to stop leakage to the Baltic Sea.
6 p.m. Bus returns to congress hotel Sånga-Säby.

Saturday August 18
7.30 Bus departs from congress hotel Sånga-Säby.
Taxi boat to the island Nämdö. Tour of the island with tractor and wagon.
Visit the organic farmers Ms Camilla Strandman and Mr Albert Mattsson. Their cows and sheep graze on Nämdö and six other islands. They run a country store where they sell meat from their own sheep and cows, eggs from free roaming hens and organically grown vegetables.
Information from the Archipelago Foundation. The foundation preserves the pastoral landscape in the Stockholm archipelago among other things through grazing.
Picnic lunch.
4 p.m. Bus arrives at hotel in Stockholm.

Tour 8.

Take a unique chance to see exclusive and very modern dairy farming. Meet cows that live in a “comfort home” instead of in a barn.
Tour leader: Ms Marina Tell, agricultural freelance reporter
Deputy tour leader: Ms Marie Henningsson, reporter with agricultural newspaper Land Lantbruk

Friday August 17
5.50 a.m. Bus departs from congress hotel Sånga-Säby.
Lunch

Foto: Björn Qvarfordt
Visit Mr Patrik Johansson, dairy farmer with 340 cows outside Tranemo in Västra Götaland county. Patrik Johansson works with the concept Smart Farming.
This means that you with the right equipment can get increased knowledge about your herd. 1. Feed right. 2. Milk in a smart way. 3. Secure the milk quality. 4. Take care of the animals in a good way. 5. Make your whole farm into a good place for animals and personnel.
Information on the bus on Swedish milk production in an international perspective. This information is given by a milk expert from the advisory company Växa Sverige.
6 p.m. Arrival in the farm Paradis Gård Konferens & Sportfiskecamp in Jönköping county.
The farmer Mr Lennart Swärdh informs about his business idea that includes overnight stays for tourists, fishing and conferences on the farm.
Dinner with crayfish as a starter and overnight stay at the farm. 
We will stay in small cottages with several beds in every room. There are no single or double bed rooms at this bed&breakfast farm.

Saturday August 18
7.20 a.m. Bus departs from Paradis Gård.

Foto: Björn Qvarfordt
Visit the two families Svensson and Löwenborg, who milk 400 cows in the worlds first automatic milking rotary on the farm Odensviholm in Kalmar county. Information from technical personnel from the machine producer DeLaval and from the local dairy company Östgötamjölk.
Information on the bus from the dairy company Skånemejerier, which was bought by the French company Lactalis in January 2012.
Lunch
5 p.m. Arrive at hotel in Stockholm.