The future of farming

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Agriculture Education
by Blair van Pelt - Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 1:39 PM

The future of farming is largely dependent on agricultural education yet agricultural curricula are out of date, not inspiring, and not integrated into general education. 

Does anyone know if there is a possibility of using CAP funds to re-design/develop and new generation of agricultural education curricula/programs? 

For example: 

  • sustainable agriculture topics in existing farmer training programs
  • urban agriculture education programs
  • community commercial kitchens where young people can experiment with new value added products with proper training
  • programs/courses where beginning farmers can work out a business plan with support on the skills needed to start a farm (especially if you don't come from a farming background)

Thanks a lot and I look forward to your feedback!

Blair van Pelt

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Re: Agriculture Education
by Susanne Knoll - Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 4:19 PM

Hi Blair, 

I believe that reading the REGULATION (EU) No 1305/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL, will give you some ideas. There you can find some general priorities related to the latest CAP. You will see that consultancy services, educational platform development, information exchange, and producer organisation build ups are greatly discussed. 

The only problem is, that after knowing the generals from the document, you need to figure out the country specifics on your own. In Hungary's case this specifics are still not available....there are only suggestions, but no real facts related to the II. pillar supports ( at least as far as I know). Maybe you have more luck with your country :) 

I hope I could help, 


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Re: Agriculture Education
by Blair van Pelt - Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 4:34 PM

Hi Susanne,

Thanks for your reply! I will look into those regulations!

All the best,