The international conference "EKOLINK 2022" will be held on September 22-23 at the Academy of Agriculture of Vytautas Magnus University during the "Inno Panorama 2022" exhibition, which this year is dedicated to sustainability, ecology, and the European Green Course.

We are looking forward to a useful and interesting discussion about the future of organic production and hope that the participants will be inspired and motivated by outstanding speakers and ecological visionaries.

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Plan of the Conference

During 2 days of the event, you will hear more than 20 presentations on relevant organic topics, 5 of which will be given by speakers from France, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland (in English with simultaneous translation into Lithuanian). 3 panel discussions and interactive answers to your questions await you.

September the 22nd

10 a.m.–12 a.m.

Organic policy link

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Organic productiona and processing link
September the 23rd

9 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Organic catering link

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Organic science and practice link

Organic Policy Link

Strategic session on the current situation of the organic market and its future in the context of Lithuania and the European Union.

10:00 Organic market situation in Lithuania and prospects

Paulius Astrauskas, Vice-Minister of Agriculture of Lithuania

Pierre Bascou
10:20 Organic as a part of the European Green Deal: how to reach the 25% target.

Pierre Bascou, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development

10:40 Trends in the development of organic in the EU by 2030 (remote)

Silvia Schmidt, IFOAM OE Policy Associate Manager

Vrginija Lukšienė
11:00 Certification of organic production: the significance and importance in achieving the goals of 2030

Virginija Lukšienė, Director of EKOAGROS

11:20 Panel discussion

Stimulating demand for organic products: awareness, accessibility, creating conditions for ensuring organic production.

11:40 Questions

Organic Production and Processing Link

Business success stories and opportunities, importance of coopeartion in establishing constant supply chain.

Liudvikas Aleliūnas
13:00 What do you need to know to successfully sell organic produce?

Liudvikas Aleliūnas, RIMI Sustainability Expert

13:15 Experience of organic production and produce sales through cooperatives in Lithuania

Nikolajus Dubnikovas, Bio LEŪA Director

13:30 Future path for organic produce – shortening supply chains by the e-commerce channels

Vaiva Petrauskienė, Project Manager

Kęstutis Juščius
13:45 Organic food without costs to nature - how do we achieve this?

Kęstutis Juščius, AB „AUGA group“ General Manager

Jerome Cinel
14:05 Best international experience. How and why gather all the organic sector in one umbrella organization?

Jérôme Cinel, INTERBIO Nouvelle-Aquitaine Director, France

14:35 Panel discussion

Compliance with long-term goals and the importance of collaboration to ensure efficient supply chains

15:00 Questions

Organic Catering Link

Creating conditions and promoting organic catering certification. Good practices of foreign countries and conditions for the breakthrough in Lithuania.

Tomas Demikis
9:30 Organic products in public catering – untapped opportunities

Tomas Demikis, EKOAGROS Quality Manager

Birutė Jucevičienė
9:45 Experience in Lithuania - ECO certified public catering: goal, path and benefits

Birutė Jucevičienė, Director of the Nursery School "Žiogelis"

10:00 Vertically integrated organic farming. Our farm is your farm.

Niels Peter Pretzmann, General Manager of UAB "Farmers Circle"

Raminta Bogušienė
10:15 Integration of organic food into the public catering sector: selection of specific organic products and impact on health

Raminta Bogušienė, VšĮ „Sveikatai palankus“ Director

Niklas Klixbull
10:30 The Danish Organic Cuisine Label – how Denmark is pushing organic produce into professional kitchens

Niclas Klixbüll, Danish National Organic Association Project Manager In Marketing dept.

11:00 Panel discussion

How to ensure the demand for organic food products in order to guarantee their production.

11:30 Questions

Organic Science and Practice Link

Latest technologies, research, achievements. Useful practical advices. Demand for higher than organic standards.

Astrida Miceikienė
13:00 Organic farming in the EU: facts and figures

Prof. dr. Astrida Miceikienė, Chancellor of VMU Agriculture Academy

13:15 Effective organic farming in practice. When nature performs all the work, farming is effective

Valentinas Genys, farmer

13:30 Precision agriculture and the development of digital technologies - the key to a Green deal

Vytautas Juozas Petkus, EWA Product Manager

Rachel Reist
14:00 Bio Suisse - raising and implementing higher than organic standards.

Rachel Reist, Bio Suisse International Division

14:15 Will organic agriculture save the Baltic Sea from pollution?

Prof. dr. Laima Česonienė, VMU Agriculture Academy

14:30 Unconventional means of assesing the quality of raw materials for organic and conventional food

Prof. dr. Daiva Šileikienė, VMU Agriculture Academy

14:45 The impact of long-term organic farming, certified fertilizers and soil improvement measures on the agrochemical properties of the soil in the Lithuanian organic production system

Dr. Juozas Pekarskas, VMU Head of the Agroecology Center

15:00 Smmary and wrap-up of the conference

Moderator of the Conference

Silvestras Dikčius

Independent climate change expert, professional meteorologist and author of articles on climate change

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