Frederik Thalbitzer, Chairman of the Danish Association of Agricultural Journalists: The hotel and conference centre VINGSTED in the middle of rural Denmark, close to Billund Airport and the city of Vejle with rail connections to Copenhagen and Germany, will be home for all of us in 2022. After work hours we can socialise around a mid - summer bonfire, in the bar or another cosy place of your choosing. Come and enlarge your network with colleagues from all over the world. It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the IFAJ 2022 congress in Denmark You cannot imagine how happy we are to be able to carry out this congress, which we have worked on since 2016. Covid 19 has been an obstacle that has delayed the congress for several years, but now our plans are coming to fruition. The Danish food and agricultural cluster has a strong value chain that rang - es from primary and processed food production, the food technology and in - gredients industries, know-how and research to the wide range of products available to consumers all over the world. The theme of the congress is sustainability. Sustainability has become a 2 hot issue in agriculture – perhaps even the hottest. Even though working with sustainability and becoming carbon neutral in 2050 will change how farmers work and live, it is an agenda farmers and companies have taken to heart. During the congress you can choose four of 20 different excursions in which to participate. The excursions show a variety of farms and companies that are above average with regard to developing a sustainable business. I cannot mention them all, but you will be able to visit dairy farms, pig farms, crop farms, conservation agriculture, organic farms and farms and companies focusing on animal welfare, environment, nature… you name it! You can read more about the excursions in this document. One day the excur - sions will end up at the national farm animal fair Landsskuet. In addition to seeing top quality animals and modern machines, we will have dinner there and meet the president of the Danish Agriculture & Food Council. The former president will be there as well and tell the amazing story about how the bil- lion-dollar Danish fur industry was shut down overnight by the government – with no legal authority. We will have workshops – the last ones are not yet planned, but there will definitely be one about freedom of the press. We have also invited VIPs. You can meet a Danish minister, an EU commissioner, and top people from in- ternational organisations that are important for agriculture. They will debate “Smarter Farming and Food Production for Green and Sustainable Growth - How do we produce feed, food and energy for 10 billion people in 2050 while protecting the environment, nature and climate?” There will also be an afternoon to meet partners face to face or in presenta - tions, and you can interview CEOs from various companies. We are looking forward to seeing you in Denmark from 26 June to 3 July 2022.
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