NKJ board meeting

Group of people outside with forest and tractors in background. Photo.
The NKJ board in June 2018.
Tree people sitting at conference table. Photo.
The board meeting was held in the most southern part of Sweden, at Alnarps castle outside of Lund. Alnarp is the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Here Siri Anzjøn, Ann-Margaret Grøndahl and Torfi Jóhannesson are listening to and taking part in discussions.
Woman sitting at a computer. Photo.
Suvi Ryynänen.
People sitting at a set table with candel light. Photo.
Dinner and an occasion to talk through all the impressions of the day. From the left: Siri Anzjøn, Niels Gøtke, chairman Nina Solheim Flæte, Sveinn Margeirsson and Suvi Ryynänen
Man sitting outside at a coffee table. Photo.
Niels Gøtke having a nice cup of coffee outdoors, the summer evening is warm.
Landscape in sunset. Photo.
Beautiful evening after a day full of fruitful discussions, decisions and contacts.
Close up on purple flowers, white mansion in the background. Photo.
Morning at Bjärsjölagårds castle and time for excursion.
Three men standing outside at a farm. Photo.
Hans Ramel (in the middle) owns Öveds Kloster, which is the first stop for the day. We got to know a lot about the terms for a big Swedish farm and gets an inside perspective from practitioners.
Dog sitting by the door of a tractor.
One of the coworkers at Öveds Kloster.
Group of people walking on a field, large group of cows in the background. Photo.
Next stop is KC Ranch.
Group of people standing outside looking at the ground. Photo.
NKJ board found a lot of interesting things visiting KC Ranch.
A heard of cows on a pasture. Photo.
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence… Carl Axel Dahlgren (next picture), owner of KC Ranch has a system for the grazing of the areas.
Man standing next to pasture with cows. Photo.
Carl Axel Dahlgren, owner of KC Ranch.
Man standing in front of a cow. Photo.
NKJ general secretary having a moment with a cow. Wonder if he got a nice picture?
Four people walking on a field. Photo.
Very dry spring has burnt the pastures at KC Ranch. Now leaving for Hällåkra wineyard.
Group of people standing outside. Photo.
Håkan Hansson (sunglasses in the middle) owns the wineyard together with his wife.
Crop field with black sign in front of it. Photo.
“This is where it all started”. The wine grows in rows down the hills.
Five peple standing next to crops. Photo.
NKJ board inspecting the cultures.
Close up on green plant. Photo.
A glass of nice wine. At least a promising start!
Two men standing and one man sitting at a table outside. Photo.
The Hällåkra wineyard gave lots to talk about.
Group of people sitting outside at a set table. Photo.
Lunch under the trees in the garden, tasting the wine that grew about 100 metres away.
Man standing in a doorway gesturing. Photo.
Ebbe Persson, owner of a farm close to the city Trelleborg. We have a look at the multifunctional protection zones.
Group of people standing on a field looking at small crops. Photo.
Ebbe Persson, in yellow t-shirt, shows the sunflowers at the end of the huge sugar beet field.

New assignments for NKJ

NKJ got new exciting assignments and we are financing to eleven networks in 2017.

Scenic view of rapeseed field. Photo.On February 6 last year, the seminar “Digitalization of agriculture – when and how is the big revolution?” was arranged by NKJ together with Partnership Alnarp, SLU. NKJ was also co-organizer of ICT Agris Conference 24 November 2017 in Copenhagen: “ICT-AGRI Conference on ICT and Robotics for a Sustainable Agriculture”. Digitalization is and has been a priority issue, and the emphasis in the latest NKJ call was digitalization. There is a lot going on in this important issue, and NKJ wants to contribute to the development.

In December, NKJ also attended a seminar on the reindeer husbandry. This was based on an report initiated by NKJ. The seminar set the course for the future of the reindeer husbandry.

During the year, NKJ continued the work for increased knowledge and Nordic cooperation in the agricultural and food sector, and these arrangements are part of this striving.

New assignments

Last year we also received new assignments. One came from Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation and the Nordic Council of Ministers and deals with the digitalization. NKJ will plan for activities in 2018 to bring the matter forward.

The Nordic Council of Ministers has also commissioned NKJ to coordinate a project on carbon storage in land. It will be exciting to develop and arrange activities on the subject!

Deepend cooperation

NKJ has deepened its cooperation with Food Nexus to strengthen Nordic contacts in the food sector. We are also co-applicants in an application to the Social Fund. The Swedish Farmers’ Association is the main applicant and we want to look at how we can supply the industry with labor.

In order to strengthen the Nordic position in agricultural and food research in Europe, we actively participate in European contexts such as JPI FACCE, SCAR and ERA-NETs.

Read the NKJ Annual Report 2017 (PDF)


The networks that have received funding from NKJ for 2018-2019 are:

  • Added value to Nordic Baltic sustainable food research with quality and health perspective, coordinator: Gerd Vegarud, NMBU, Norway
  • Nordic feeding recommendations for horses, coordinator: Rasmus Bovberg Jensen, NMBU, Norway
  • Effects of extreme weather on agricultural production and environment, coordinator: Marianne Bechmann, NIBIO, Norway
  • NORWAY – Nordic Ovine Research, Surveillance and Epidemiology, Coordinator: Clare Phythian, NMBU, Norway
  • The Nordic Rye Forum, coordinator: Rikard Landberg, Chalmers, Sweden
  • Healthy Outdoors for Sustainable Milk Production, Coordinator: Päivi Rajala Schultz, University of Helsinki, Finland

Together with SNS, NKJ finances in 2018-2019:

  • NKJ-SNS 05: Advancing the bioeconomy transition in the Nordic Region (BioWiseTrans), coordinator: Karen Refsgaard, Nordregio
  • NKJ-SNS 06: DIALOGUE BIOCONTROL – Improving utilization of biocontrol research for practical plant protection solutions in agriculture and forestry, coordinator: Ramesh Vetukuri, SLU
  • NKJ-SNS 07: Neonectria cankers on trees – meeting changed climatic conditions and increased problems in Nordic horticulture and forest production by interdisciplinary networking, coordinator: Jorunn Børve, NIBIO
  • NKJ-SNS 08: Genes4Change: Adaptation, mitigation and breeding of trees and crops for future climate, coordinator: Katri Kärkkäinen, LUKE
  • NKJ-SNS 09: FiberTies – The use of fibrous materials from biomass, coordinator: Anne Christine Steenkjær Hastrup, Danish Technological Institute