As you already know, September 13th will be dedicated to the Conference Tour. We will be visiting LAMMC Institute of Agriculture, seed company Dotnuva Baltic, fertilizer factory Lifosa and livestock farm. The tour will be finalized with the Gala Dinner at Raudondvaris Manor.  You will be provided with possibility to choose one of the three available tour options:

      1. Institute of Agriculture – Livestock Farm – Dotnuva Baltic

      2. Livestock Farm – Institute of Agriculture – Lifosa

      3. Lifosa – Dotnuva Baltic – Institute of Agriculture

      We would like to ask you to make up your mind which tour you would like to take and tell it to our staff at the registration desk upon your arrival to the Crowne Plaza. There are 35 places available for each of the tours and will be filled on the first-come, first-served basis. 

Timetable of the Conference Tour:

 

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

8:00 Departure from Crowne Plaza

10:00-12:00 Institute of Agriculture

10:00-11:30 Livestock Farm

10:00-11:30 Lifosa

12:00-12:30 Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry

12:30-13:30 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Livestock Farm

13:30-15:30 Institute of Agriculture

13:30-15:00 Dotnuva Baltic

16:00-17:30 Dotnuva Baltic

16:00-17:30 Lifosa

15:00-17:00 Institute of Agriculture

18:30 Gala Dinner at Raudondvaris Manor

22:30 Departure to Vilnius

 

Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry

Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry (LAMMC) is a public research institution with a mission to provide innovative solutions for agriculture and forestry through scientific research and experimental development. Institution focuses on five areas of interest: soil science, agroecology, food processing, phytopathology and plant breeding. Centre employs a total staff of 575 in three institutes – Institute of Agriculture, Institute of Horticulture and Institute of Forestry, and seven regional branches distributed across various regions of Lithuania. LAMMC carries long-term plant breeding programs in major field crops, vegetables, fruits and berries with more than 450 cultivars have been released since the establishment of plant breeding activities in 1922. Nowadays breeding of cereals, e.g. winter and spring wheat, spring barley, oats and field peas, and perennial grasses, e.g. perennial ryegrass, meadow fescue, Festulolium, Kentucky bluegrass, cocksfoot, timothy, red and white clover, is of major focus. Fruit trees, e.g. apple, pear and cherry, berries, e.g. black currant, strawberry, and vegetables, e.g. potato, carrot, onion, tomato and cucumber, are also being bred. Cultivars developed at the Lithuanian Research Centre of Agriculture and Forestry are being marketed in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Belorussia. For more information please visit https://www.lammc.lt/en

 

The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is one of the most important projects of Lithuania’s Millennium programme. It became a center for civic education, historical consciousness-raising and appreciation of material culture, for state ceremonial events and tourist information. The Palace is important for national selfconsciousness and historical memory, for the restitution of historical truths regarding Lithuania’s independence and Vilnius as its historical capital, for the regeneration of the city’s historic core, for illustrating Lithuania’s historical and cultural roots in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania – a multinational state of Lithuanians, Poles, Belarusians, Ukrainians, Jews, Tatars, Karaims and other nationalities – and for showing the importance of Lithuania’s European ties, historic and current. For more information please visit http://www.valdovurumai.lt/en

 

AB “Lifosa”

The history of Lifosa started in 1959 when the decision was taken to build the chemical plant in Kėdainiai, the geographical center of Lithuania. The first tons of sulphuric acid were produced in 1963. This date is officially considered the birthday of the plant. Throughout more than 50 years Lifosa went through many substantial changes. Initially build as state-owned company, it was privatized in 1996. By the y. 2000 Lifosa became the largest sulphuric acid producer in Europe. Since 2002, Lifosa has been incorporated into the Russian company EuroChem, which holds the main portfolio of the shares and provides the company with the basic raw materials. The main product manufactured at Lifosa is the nitrogen-phosphorus fertilizer diammonium phosphate (DAP). The company also produces aluminium fluoride, phosphoric acid, technical grade sulphuric acid and feed phosphates. The major part of the company’s production is exported. During the two decades of the Lithuanian independence, AB Lifosa was awarded many times for the achievements in different fields. The company has received the awards of “Successfully Working Company”, “Lithuanian Exporter of the Year”, “Environmental Achievements”, “National Responsible Business Award”, “Product of the Year”, “Investor of the Year”. For more information please visit https://www.lifosa.com/en

 

Dotnuva Baltic

The company was established in 1996 in Dotnuva, Lithuania. Subsidiary companies were registered in Latvia and Estonia in 2010. At the moment, Dotnuva Baltic is one of the leading companies in agribusiness sector in the Baltics. The company is engaged in service and sales of agricultural machinery, production, processing and sales of seeds, design and construction of grain cleaning, drying and storage facilities and farm equipment. Dotnuva Baltic represents such worldwide known companies as Case IH, Kverneland, Cimbria, DLF, Saaten Union, Lantmännen SW Seed, Syngenta, Ragt, Rapool, Maribo Seed, Boreal and etc. The company owns one of the biggest seed processing plant in the Baltics with the capacity of 22.000 tons of certified seed per year. Forage grass and cereal varieties bred in the LAMMC Institute of Agriculture make 80 % of sales portfolio of forage grass seeds and 20 % of cereals seeds. Sales are carried out not only in Lithuania but also in Latvia, Estonia, Belorussia. Perennial ryegrass variety “Elena DS” is registered in USA and successfully distributed there by the partners. For more information please visit https://www.dotnuvabaltic.eu

 

Feliksas Vaitelis Family Farm

Feliksas Vaitelis family organic meat cattle farm, occupying approx. 300 ha, is located in Pernarava, Kėdainiai distr. It is one of the best examples of successful transition from collective agriculture system, forced on Lithuanian landowners under Soviet rule, to modern private farming. About half of farms’ income comes from grain cereal and another half comes from beef. Mixture of red clover with Festulolium is grown to produce feed for the herd of 200 Limousin cattle. Most of the farms production, cereal and meat alike, is exported. The two sons of F. Vaitelis followed their fathers’ footsteps; their own organic farms with similar farming system are located nearby

 

Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry (LAMMC), Institute of Agriculture

Insitute of Agriculture is an integral part of the Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry and carries out fundamental and applied research in agricultural and related sciences with a specific focus on soil quality management, plant nutrition, plant pathology and plant breeding. Institute has a total staff of 190 employees of which 67 are researchers. Twenty PhD students currently carry their research projects at the Institute. Institute‘s plant breeding activities are distributed among three departments, namely Grass Breeding Department with breeding programs in grasses and legumes, Cereal Breeding Department where breeding programs of cereals and dry pulses are carried out and Laboratory of Genetics and Physiology which provides genotyping and biotechnological support for both breeding departments. Since the beginning of the plant breeding in Lithuania in 1922, breeders of the Institute have developed more than 300 varieties of various crops. After the restoration of Lithuania’s independence in 1990, 34 cereal, 14 dry pulses and 59 grass and legume cultivars were developed, which are all listed on the National Plant Variety List and the EU Common Catalogue of Varieties of Agricultural Plant Species. Most of them are successfully grown not only in Lithuania, but also in neighbouring countries as well as in the US. For more information please visit https://www.lammc.lt/en