Successful international Grassland Days in Saint-Hilaire-en-Woëvre (October 2016)

Grassland was at the heart of economic issues for the 10th International Days in France : feed autonomy, new approaches of grazing, and technological innovations can improve farms’ economic performance.

From left to right :
Mr Fernand ETGEN, Minister for Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer protection of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Mr Stéphane FRATACCI, Prefect of the Grand-Est Region (France)
Mr Roland KRÄMER, Secretary of State for Environment and Consumer protection of Saarland (Germany)
Mr René COLLIN, Minister for Agriculture, Nature, Rural Development, Tourism and Airports of Wallonia (Belgium)
Mr Jean-Luc PELLETIER, President of the Commission of Operational Directions, ARVALIS Institut du végétal (France):
Mr Philippe MANGIN, Vice-President of the Grand-Est Regional Council, responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development (France)
Mr François JACQUES, General Secretary of ARVALIS Institut du végétal (France)

With more than 1000 participants on the experimental farm of Saint-Hilaire-en-Woëvre (Grand-Est Region), the clearly-defined cross-border dimension of the region has been re-affirmed.

The International Grassland Days are information and dissemination days both for farmers and advisors. They are the result of a close collaboration between Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, and France. They aim at sharing trans-national information and knowledge, and at creating a link between farmers, general public and scientists.

The event provided an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of cross-border cooperation for the new enlarged area of Alsace Champagne-Ardenne Lorraine.