A scientific conference under the name of „Sustainable and climate-friendly agriculture” organized by the Institute of Environmental Protection in Warsaw was held on 2 June 2016 in the Podlaskie Agricultural Advisory Centre in Szepietowo.

Marek Skarżyński, the deputy director of the Podlaskie Agricultural Advisory Centre inaugurated the conference. The meeting was moderated by Magdalena Głogowska from the Institute of Environmental Protection. Jerzy Kozyra (IUNG-PIB) presented the basis and objectives of the LCAgri project and acquainted the participants with the problems of greenhouse gas emission in agriculture. Dr Krzysztof Dziuba, the head of the Technology Office in Grupa Azoty S.A. – Zakłady Azotowe Puławy presented pro-environmental practices of the company and its role in the LCAgri project. Anna Romańczak from the Institute of Environmental Protection (IOŚ) discussed the climate policy in the context of the needs of agriculture in Poland and its adaptive capabilities. Ms. Romańczak outlined the threats to crop resulting from the climate change forecast for the years 2030 and 2050 in Poland. Dr Marta Kijeńska (IOŚ) presented the methodology of the life cycle analysis (LCA), with particular consideration given to its use for assessing the emission capacity of agricultural practices. Dr Mariusz Matyka (IUNG) proposed a plan for introducing low emission agricultural practices in the Agricultural Experiment Station in IUNG. In the last presentation of the conference, dr Robert Borek (IUNG) outlined the directions and methods for disseminating the LCAgri project in Poland. Mr. Borek underlined the significant role of discussions with agricultural consultants and farmers, as well as consultations with the ministries’ representatives (MRiRW, MŚ) in the realisation of the project.

Films demonstrating low emission technologies of agricultural crop cultivation were also presented.

During the discussion, a need to implement agri-environmental practices was emphasised, including the need for soil protection. Examples of innovative practices applied in the Podlaskie region were enumerated. The participants of the conference agreed to organise more meetings concerning sustainable agriculture with farmers and agricultural consultants. It was also underlined that the conviction about the long-term benefits from applying low emission technologies is crucial in the context of introducing those practices.

Altogether 60 participants attended the conference, including a large group of farmers and agricultural consultants, as well as representatives of the Podlaskie Voivodeship Office and the Voivodeship Inspectorate of Plant Health and Seed in Białystok.