Lutz Merbold hopes to make a more positive impact on the climate debate in agriculture at Agroscope. Using agroecological approaches, he hopes to highlight potential solutions. More about him in our Portrait.
As the harmful Japanese beetle has now become established in Sottoceneri (canton of Ticino), the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture has ordered containment measures. These are intended to halt the further spread of this pest in Switzerland.
An Agroscope study shows the adverse affect of cubicles that are too small on the lying behaviour of large cows in free stalls. New-builds must therefore be proactively geared to the future body size of cows.