Plant Protection Products in Field Crops: Use and Aquatic Risks from 2009 to 2018

Ever decreasing amounts of plant-protection products are being used in field crops; however, the quantity alone does not determine the risk for the environment, as discussed in a new Agroscope study on the use and risk of plant-protection products in Swiss field crops.


Attending the Work Science Colloquium On-Site or Online

Digital development in the agricultural sector is in full swing. How can Smart Farming technologies reduce the workload of farmers? Take part in the Work Science Colloquium from 8–9 September, either on-site or online.


Milking Technique Conference – In-Person or Online Attendance

Milk production joins together the disparate elements of animal welfare, environmental protection, resource conservation, food quality and food safety. Hosted by Agroscope and Agridea on 15 and 16 September, the Milking Technique Conference will feature practical solutions.


Raw Milk and Raw-Milk Products Affect our Health

Rohmilch und Rohmilchprodukte können unsere Gesundheit in positiver und negativer Hinsicht beeinflussen. Eine Studie von Agroscope fasst aktuelle Ergebnisse aus der Forschungsliteratur zusammen und ordnet die positiven Effekte und die Risiken ein.


Climate Change: Pests in Agriculture and Forestry

Agroscope investigates potential land-use strategies prompted by climate change in Europe, as well as the risks associated with novel insect pests. The analysis shows that interactions between diseases and host plants are on the increase, and that land uses overlap with ever-increasing frequency.


Urs Niggli: New Tasks for the United Nations and Agroscope

On 29 June 2020, Swiss agricultural researcher Urs Niggli was appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the scientific group tasked with preparing the 2021 Food Systems Summit. Since the beginning of July 2020 he has been working closely with Agroscope.


COVID-19 and Food Security

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Switzerland’s food supply is secure, as shown by a comparison of the current situation with previous crises. A significant increase in infection and fatality rates could cause the situation to change, however.


Agroscope Publishes Study on Environmental Impacts of Drinking-Water Initiative

The results of the life-cycle assessment calculations show that Drinking-Water Initiative measures would reduce pesticide and nutrient pollution in Swiss waters. Overall, however, rising food imports would lead to increased environmental pollution.


Mercosur Agreement: Implications for the Swiss Agricultural Sector and the Environment

Das Freihandelsabkommen zwischen der Schweiz und den Mercosur-Staaten wird sich wenig auf die Schweizer Landwirtschaft und die Umwelt auswirken. Zu diesem Schluss kommen zwei Studien von Agroscope und SECO.


Best4Soil: Improving Soil Health in Europe

The Best4Soil network brings together farmers, extension workers, educators and researchers in Europe with the aim of sharing agricultural practices and knowledge for maintaining and improving soil health. Agroscope is also actively involved in this project.