“The good farmer” is motivated by more than just money

Norwegian agriculture faces mounting pressures, both economically and socially. Cultural motivations for preserving cultural landscapes and biological diversity will most likely become increasingly important. – In many cases, researchers wonder why farmers continue to run their farms despite agriculture’s low profitability. The “good farmer”-approach claims that farmers remain in agriculture because they receive non-monetary rewards.…

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The story behind green successes

Grønne Folk produce delicious ready-made meals from vegetables that no one else uses. At least 30 percent of produce is discarded because of imperfections or undesirable size. This gave entrepreneur Ragnhild Eggen Viken the idea of peeling and cutting the vegetables, so that no one will see whether a carrot is damaged or is too…

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Digital meeting on agricultural health, in a Nordic context

Psykisk helse i landbruket

Time: 4 November 2020, 10.00-12.00 and 5 November, 10.00-12.00. Link for registration We already have interesting introductions in place but we are still looking for more! If you have something special you want to convey from ongoing research, research that has been carried out or generally have a field of interest you want to convey…

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Self-sufficiency in feed – views of stakeholders

Rural Norwegian landscape with red wooden houses

Through focus group meetings with actors in the value chains for meat and milk production in Norway and Sweden, actors’ views on self-sufficiency in feed was explored in the CORE Organic project PROREFINE. According to the actors, self-sufficiency in feed can be relevant at different levels: farm level, municipal or county level, national, Nordic and…

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Scientists Airing New Carbon Offset Scheme


Sustainable aviation was the main theme during this year’s aviation conference. Through the research project Coolcrowd, Ruralis organized the workshop “Carbon offsets in aviation open for local opportunities”. – Coolcrowd links crowdfunding to the climate and considers whether compensation for travel related GHG emissions can finance climate mitigation measures in agriculture. The conference and workshop…

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Gender equality important for food security

Bina Agarwal

Last updated: 07.09.2019 In a lecture at Ruralis this week she challenged the often-cited claim that all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) depend on the achievement of Goal 5 – Gender Equality. She examined this claim through the lens of household food security which is a fundamental aspect of sustainable development. She argued that although…

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Ruralis is the local organiser of the XXVIIIth ESRS Congress


Friday, June 28, the congress concludes with 7 excursions to several parts of Trøndelag county. The congress opens with a welcome ceremony and keynote address on Tuesday afternoon, reception in the Archbishop’s Palace and a concert in Nidaros Cathedral on Tuesday evening. Anne Margrethe Brigham is the head of the local organising committee. You can…

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LIAISON Better Rural Innovation: Linking Actors, Instruments and Policies through Networks

The aim is to contribute to researching and improving the various interactive innovation and multi-actor projects which are increasingly implemented across Europe to speed-up rural innovation and contribute to more productive, competitive and sustainable agriculture, forestry, the bioeconomy and rural districts. Liaison aims to make a significant and meaningful contribution to optimising interactive innovation project…

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The Norwegian Way: Allodial Rights and Concession Laws

This is among the conclusions in a recent Scottish report, comparing different countries regulations of agricultural property – The Allodial act and the Concession act are two of the pillars of Norwegian agricultural policy, which distinguishes us from some other countries, says Magnar Forbord, which contributed to the report. The Norwegian agricultural policy aims to…

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Those with lowest expectations needs more involvement

  Simultaneously, the identified sector differences hints about actors in need of more involvement. These are among the findings in an article exploring expectations towards the bioeconomy in Norway, written by Lillian Hansen and Hilde Bjørkhaug. Biotechnology, industry, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture are among the sectors the study has mapped. Lillian Hansen, stipendiat hos Ruralis.…

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Living lab

Renate deltar på idedugnad

In the AgriLink project, the working method should be used to strengthen innovations in agriculture, including the involvement of counseling. At the end of February, participants from six different countries gathered in Leuven in Belgium to train and develop the work of living lab. These represented the six attempts to be carried out in one…

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News from Local Carnivore


The project had a successful start-up conference, August 29th-30th, with partners from various organizations, environmental and agricultural county governors and national and   international research institutions. Experiences from Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, France and Norway were presented, providing valuable input for the case studies and surveys in the project. INTERVIEWS – CASE STUDIES During the autumn of…

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