FAIRshare Digital Tools for Farm Advisors, addresses the digitalisation trend in the agricultural sector by providing effective tools for farm advisors and farmers. They provide an inventory of Digital Advisory Tools and Services (DATS), available on an easy-to-use, searchable platform. The main goal is to support farm advisors to effectively use digital tools which support the development of more productive and sustainable agriculture. The repository of tools is searchable by language, country, sector, category, target user, delivery mode, benefit and challenge addressed. The project is funded by the European Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program.
FAIRshare’s DATS platform provides many tools useful for organic farms and those who are transitioning. Like these calculation tools:
- Conversion to organic farming (available in German only): https://fairshare-pnf.eu/tool-details/5e41175d4d7ecc6d4c67b5d7,
- Terranimo, which calculated soil compact risk by farm machinery (available in Danish, English, French, German and Swedish): https://fairshare-pnf.eu/tool-details/5e4bf15f4d7ecc6d4c67b601.
Many more digital tools which benefit not only advisors, but farmers, are available on DATS.
For German speakers, there are still more useful tools directed at organic agriculture advisors from the Oekolandbau.de information portal. These digital tools are featured as a list according to three categories: business administration, crop production, and animal husbandry. Some interesting tools featured in this list, include:
- HUNTER, (humus, nutrients, greenhouse gas and energy) calculation tool, allows you to view your management data to better understand the variable balance of your crop production: http://www.pilotbetriebe.de/wissenstransfer.php
- Riswicker Pasture Planner and Calendar, aids in optimising pasture through low-loss and efficient pasture management: https://www.landwirtschaftskammer.de/riswick/versuche/pflanzenbau/gruenland/veroeffentlichungen/planvoll_weiden.htm
Both FAIRshare’s DATS platform and Oekolandbau’s digital tool list harbour useful many tools for farm advisors and farmers, many relevant to organic agriculture. These organic appropriate tools will be incorporated into the Organic Farm Knowledge Platform.
- DATS platform website: fairshare-pnf.eu
- FAIRshare, Digital Tools for Farm Advisors website: https://www.h2020fairshare.eu/
- Oekolandbau.de information portal, digital tool list: https://www.oekolandbau.de/bildung-und-beratung/beratung/digitale-tools-fuer-die-oeko-beratung/