AgroForum Mare Balticum – Digital Future of the Global Agriculture

17th – 19th April 2018

Venue: Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU); Assembly Hall, Kreutzwaldi St. 1, Tartu

Language: English and Russian are the official languages of the conference.


17. April

Arrival in Tartu

20.00  Mayors reception in Heino Eller Music School, welcome by Mayor of Tartu


18. April

Moderator: Ants-Hannes Viira, Estonian University of Life Sciences

8.30 - 9.30 Registration and welcome coffee


9.30 - 12.30 Opening plenary

Welcoming words by Prof. Mait Klaassen, the rector of EMU, and by Mr Tarmo Tamm, Estonian Minister of Rural Affairs

Keynote speeches by FAO, OECD, European Commission, CBSS, and representatives of China

"E-agriculture for sustainable food systems: the FAO approach" Ms Yuriko Shoji, Deputy Regional Representative, Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, FAO

"Digital transformation in the European agriculture" Mr Dušan Chrenek, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG AGRI

Hubert Bittlmayer, State Secretary of the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry

10.45-11.15 Coffee break

"Digitalisation of Rural Life in Germany" Dr. Bernhard Polten, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany

"Digital economy and global food chains: challenges and opportunities" Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine on European Integration

"Digitalisation of Agriculture – the view from Moldova" Vasile Luca, State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova

Deputy Secretary General for Food Safety, Research and Development, 

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 - 15.30 Thematic sessions (respective rooms), plenary continues 

Turning soil data into decisions

Satellite based grassland mowing detectionEstonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board

Advisory Services trough improved technologyMartina Candolin (Association of ProAgria Centres)

"Farmers are revolutionizing agriculture" - Stenver Jerkku (eAgronom)

Critical factors for reduction of antimicrobial use in animal productionProf. Jaap A. Wagenaar DVM PhD

ow improved animal welfare can decrease the use of antibioticsSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences

National antimicrobial resistance monitoring program- surveillance, education and herd health

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 - 16.45 Sum-up plenary (main building assembly hall) - conclusions; reports of roundtables, chairs’ summary

16.45 - 17.30 Key-note presentation "Power Concentration in the Global Food System" Thierry Kesteloot​ (OXFAM)

19.30 - 22.00 Conference dinner (V-Spa conference centre)


19. April

Conference continues (EMU main building, Kreutzwaldi 1A, Tartu)

8.30 - 9.00 Registration and welcome coffee

9.00 - 11.30 Closing plenary on future visions (main building, assembly hall)

"Innovative approaches to Waste-to-Bioenergy technology dissemenation in the Agricultural sector of the BSR countries" Stanislav Babich (St. Petersburg State University of Economics)

Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board

"Big Data Research - friend or foe?" Jaak Vilo (Institute of Computer Science)

"The Future of Tech on Earth 2025" Henrik Roonemaa (Geenius Meedia)

11.00-11.20 Wrap up and closing of the conference

11.20 - 12.00 Coffee break and walk to the fair.

12.00 Opening of the Agricultural fair 2018. Visit to the fair.