The United Nations General Assembly and FAO http://www.fao.org/plant-health-2020/about/en/  has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development of countries. In Latvia, additional information on events in Latvia can be found on the website of the State Plant Protection Service http://www.vaad.gov.lv/sakums/informacija-sabiedribai/starptautiskais-augu-veselibas-gads-2020.aspx

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In the October issue of magazine Agrotops Nr. 10 (266) published an article "Causes of Ash dieback", which reflects the real reasons of ash dieback discovered by School in Latvia during the EMPHASIS project (2015-2019).



A sad, mind-boggling message - Guntis Gulbis, a great Man gone forever. Outstanding Agronomist, specialist, plant protection Consultant with Certificate # 1, Wonderful Colleague, Friend and Family Person. One of the founders of the Integretas Audzesanas Skola, the school's Director and partner in the Augu Aizsardzības Serviss. Agronomist and peasant teacher for over 25 years. Discovered and authored many plant protection problems in Latvia and the world. Agrimatco Latvia Foundation layer. An inspirational partner for many agricultural and forestry organizations, businesses and farms. The beloved and respected Gulbitis, also popularly known as Professor Gulbis. A Man with a huge heart, an agronomist to the last atom, a man of outstanding humor and kindness, and an immeasurable skill to share it all, selfless, cheerful and passionate, an inspirer, a traveler, a skier and a rider… he had more hours a day and a year more a day to do what you have done. He knew how to make relationships with everyone so that they would feel special. And give your wisdom so that the other never fooled you, though with Guntis in the erudition no people could contemplate. Thank you! We miss you and miss you, but your ideas will live in us, in farms, will be sown, grow and spread forever…
"Outstanding Man,Outstanding Agronomist,Outstanding Biologist.This is a Huge Loss" /breeder Dr.Aldonis Vēriņš,90 years/
"Two weeks at Gunti's practice give me more than 3 years at the University of Agriculture" /new agronomist, Mikelis /
"In our meetings, Guntis was always optimistic, with 100% attention and interest in the conversation, always with more or less humor in the subtext, for the last few years, the feeling that I met and talked to an old friend, even though we weren't, and above all my memories ... hard o believe, I know there are no words that can help.. "/Martin, 800 ha farm owner/

On July 12, the first potato bloom festival "Kartupeļu ziedonis" took place in Kuldīga together with the foundation “Viegli”. https://fondsviegli.lv/lv/jaunumi/aicinam-uz-koncertu-kartupelu-ziedonis-6

Throughout the day, various activities, educational lectures, stories from growers about potato cultivation, varieties and breeding were available. School representatives  held a lecture  “Knowledge as Capital. The most important plant protection issues in potato cultivation.” At the end of the potato bloom festival, the first open-air concert of the foundation “Viegli” was presented.



One of the biggest and oldest farmers cooperative “VAKS” celebrates 20th anniversary in 4th July. Congratulations to all cooperative members and employees! https://www.lsm.lv/raksts/zinas/latvija/graudkopibas-kooperativs-vaks-atzime-20-jubileju.a324748/



On June 11, after the initiative of The Nature Conservation Agency https://www.daba.gov.lv/public/  the School held a workshop: “Hogweed containment, using integrated pest management methods”



On May 29 in Vaive, the School participated in the well-organized seminar about distribution and containment of invasive plant species  "Invazīvo augu sugu izplatība un ierobežošana". http://www.cesis.lv/lv/sakums/aktualitates/lauki/seminars--invazivo-augu-sugu-izplatiba-un-ierob  and visited demonstration fields where Vaive municipality use also effective IPM control methods developed by School.




In the May "Agro Tops" magazine published interview with the chairman of the School Guntis Gulbis "Learn to think and distinguish the causes from the consequences". About integrated and conventional cultivation.




On May 17, in cooperation with the Riga branch of the Latvian Agronomist Association (Ivetu Gūtmani) the Agronomist Association of Estonia (Akadeemiline Põllumajanduse Selts) visited School. Representatives of the School in the meeting presented work in the EMPHASIS project, accentuate the importance of agronomic knowledge and succession in agriculture. After the lecture, visit continued with an excursion to the School Garden, where guests enjoyed the flowers and biodiversity of Latvian plants in the urban environment. https://aps.emu.ee/?GALERII/Reis-Laeti-Vabariiki





On March 19 in Riga, the School presented to the Agronomy Association  the results of the EMPHASIS project.

http://agronomi.lv/ Thanks for the invitation! 



On February 22, in cooperation with the farmers' cooperative VAKS in Varaklani, a training was held for users of plant protection products.