Agromek and NJF joint seminar. Future arable farming and agricultural engineering.

Nov. 24 - 25, 2014 in Herning, Denmark

By arranging this agricultural engineering (AE) conference in advance of Agromek, the largest fair of machinery in the Northern part of Europe, the participants of the conference will achieve a lot of benefits additionally to a conventional conference. Briefly those are summarized here:

Several topics are covered during the conference, which should draw interest from all of us working within AE.

Innovation is a key issue for future farming and in pending research and it is a clear focus for this conference.

Participation as well as presentations from the AE manufactures and companies are welcomed.

The conference will highlight the common interest of AE from researchers and manufactures and aims to improve the level of AE education and AE consultancy within the Nordic Baltic countries.

At the end of the conference, the participants are offered free of charge to take part in special interest groups (SIG) visiting selected types of machinery at the fair, e.g. latest new equipment items in plant protection, safety, precision farming etc. Detailed information about the SIG groups will be announced together with the final program, closer to the conference.

Because of all these benefits, the NJF section of Technology and the chair of Agromek decided to arrange this conference in advance of the Agromek fair for this first time! We hope you also see all the benefits of such a combination and you are warmly invited to take part with a presentation or as an active participant. Together we can improve the future farming in our countries!


Keynote speakers

Professor Simon Blackmore, head of Engineering at Harper Adams University

Topics: Precision farming and smart machines.

Simon Blackmore has been a visiting professor at several European AE universities and has a long and broad expertize within these areas.

Dipl. Ing. Jens Fehrmann, Technische Universität Dresden

Topics: AET and the latest developments in Horizon 2020

Jens Fehrmann is a researcher at Technische Universität Dresden within Agricultural Systems and Technologies. General Secretary of the MANUFUTURE-Subplattform Agricultural Engineering and Technologies (AET), an important network for improving the connection between agricultural engineering scientists and the upcoming calls within the Horizon 2020.

Target group

  • Engineers & industrial employees with interest within arable farming and agricultural engineering.
  • Researchers, advisors, students & farmers.
  • Exhibitors & employees from the exhibiting companies at Agromek.

Call for papers and posters

Proposals for oral presentations and posters relevant to the seminar are welcome.

Oral presentations are limited to 20 minutes (15 min presentation + 5 min for questions).

Please send a summary (max. 250 words, including title), indicating the preferred communication (poster/oral presentation) to the organizing committee. Use the standard form (link at the top to the right) or send directly to nils.bjugstad@nmbu.no within the deadline (see below).

Organizing committee

  • Nils Bjugstad (NO) - chairman. Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Allan Pedersen (DK). CEO for Agromek & Danish Agroindustry
  • Claus Sørensen (DK). Senior scientist at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University
  • Ole Green (DK). Head of Strategic Development at Kongskilde Industries A/S
  • Eskil Nilsson (SE). Advisor, Visavi God Lantmannased AB
  • Hannu Haapala (FI). CEO ProAgria South Ostrobothnia
  • Kestutis Navickas (LT). Assoc. prof. and leader of Institute for Energy and Biotechnology Engineering, Aleksandras Stulginskis University
  • Per Anders Hansson (SE). Professor, Department of Energy and Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Snorri Sigurdsson (IS). Advisor, Department of Dairy & Cattle Farming, Knowledge Centre for Agriculture
Org. committee assistant

Mette Johansen (DK). Project coordinator, MCH Messecenter Herning Kongrescenter.

Seminar contact

Advisor Snorri Sigurdsson , Danish Agricultural Advisory Service
Agro Food Park 15,
8200 Århus N, Denmark.
Phone: +45 8740 5000
Fax: +45 8740 5010
E-mail: sns@vfl.dk


Innovation and product design

Innovation processes are challenging because of demanding design requirements due to hard environmental conditions, seasonal work, user skills and ergonomic constraints. User-Centered or User-Driven innovation methods could be more used to improve the design. Status in Nordic Baltic Countries?

Robotics, sensors and Precision Agriculture

Agricultural robotics and intelligent machines. Sensors in practical use. State of art of precision agriculture and expected use for the next 10 years. Mission planning and route optimization. Parallel tracking and controlled traffic farming.

Data communications between agricultural systems

Open standards and interoperability for data exchange between systems like machines and management systems involving geo-spatial data infrastructures, data services accessible via standardized inter-faces and formats, web-services, ISOBUS, and development of network information model.

Farm management information systems

Data acquisition and information processing, decision support for operations optimization, data integration, distributed information management (cloud, Internet-of-things, etc.), advanced data acquisition on machines, integration with management systems.

Operation management and optimization

Resource usage, energy requirement, planning tools for machine dimensioning, scheduling and routing, planning and logistics in the supply chain, user-driven design of information’s system, information model-ing, system analyses and sustainability analyses

Advisory and consulting services

Advisory service level within AE in the Nordic Baltic countries and how to benefit and increase the quality in near future? Advisory services are especially invited to contribute. How can the conference and the Agromek fair interact in this context?


Education level within AE in the Nordic Baltic countries today? How to benefit and increase the quality in near future? Scientific people from universities and university colleges are especially invited to contribute. How can the conference and the Agromek fair interact in this context?

Soil compaction

Soil protection and Machine Soil interaction. Presentation of research from the Nordic Baltic countries. Modeling of soil compaction. Machinery to reduce soil compaction. Decision support systems to predict and minimize soil compaction.

Plant protection machinery

Focus on inspection of sprayers, in use and new. Implementation of ISO and CEN standards, the Machine Directive (MD) and Sustainable Use Directive (SUD). Testing equipment; kind of equipment, requirements and control. State of art in different countries. How to improve networking and influence the standardization process. Manufacturers developments to fulfill the Directives and other modern developments.

Post harvest and logistics

Handling of biomass for storage, logistics for transport of biomass from site of harvesting to storage or processing facility, technology/sensors for monitoring storage over time, type of transport, quality of stored biomass.

Ergonomics & safety

Occupational safety and health situation in farms. Ergonomics of work needs to be considered as a chang-ing issue since agricultural work includes more and more information handling, monitoring of system per-formance and service. Use of external manpower and foreign workers challenge the working environment in the ever growing farms. This also has an effect on product development in agricultural engineering.

Energy efficiency

Improved energy efficiency in machinery and systems, energy efficiency measurements, effects of indirect energy inputs, farms self-supplying in energy, future technologies.

Environmental aspects and Climate neutral farming

Climate neutral farming, lowered machinery emissions, lowered system emissions, clean technologies, improved methodology for environmental evaluation.


Seminar Programme (PDF)

Practical info

Travel information

MCH Herning Kongrescenter
Østergade 37
DK-7400 Herning

By train

Travel with Arriva directly to MCH. Arriva has daily departures from Århus. Take the connection called: Århus-Silkeborg-Herning-Skjern. Arriva office: Tel. +45 7230 2500 or www.arriva.dk

National train connections with DSB. Plan your trip to MCH Herning Kongrescenter with the Journey Planner rejseplanen.dk. The Journey Planner covers all train connections in Denmark and greater international connections to and from Denmark. DSB will take you to the train station in Herning city, from where you can walk to MCH Herning Kongrescenter or a taxi will take you directly to MCH Herning Kongrescenter. DSB booking office: Tel. +45 7013 1415 or www.dsb.dk

By car

GPS: enter Østergade 37, 7400 Herning.

By plane
  • Nearest international airport: Billund. From there a taxi takes approx. 55 min.
  • Nearest domestic airport: Karup. from there at taxi takes approx. 30 min.

Additional information

Seminar fee includes lunches, refreshments and a 3 course dinner plus admission to the Agromek fair. In addition to the seminar fee, each participant has to cover hotel expenses. There is a possibility to make the hotel reservation on this home page, when making the registration for the seminar.

Information about Agromek: www.agromek.dk.

Seminar location

MCH Herning Kongrescenter
Østergade 37
DK-7400 Herning

Important dates

Important deadlines

  • Submission of abstracts for oral presentations: 2014-09-01
  • Submission of abstracts for poster presentations: 2014-09-01
  • Notification of acceptance for oral and poster presentations: 2014-10-01
  • Final registration: 2014-11-01
  • Proposal for posters and papers: 2014-11-01