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EU agriculture ministers visited Lövsta

Published: 13 June 2023
Peter Kullgren, Minister for Rural Affairs arrives at Lovsta

Under a clear blue sky, SLU received 150 guests at Lövsta agricultural research consisting of the EU's agriculture and fisheries ministers and the Special Agricultural Committee (SJK). SLU's Vice-Chancellor Maria Knutson Wedel welcomed the delegations, who were treated to a varied program.

SLU offered four appreciated stations. Among other things, the visitors got to listen to Tomas Klingström who talked about Gigacow and how digitization works in practice to improve production and animal health, which aroused interest and discussion in the exhibition hall.

Björn Vinnerås spoke about fossil-free fertilization and Mariette Manktelow let the ministers accompany them on a historical excursion where Linnaeus' teaching methods were on the agenda. The connection between the botanical and agricultural history of the site and modern science was explained to pricked ears, while the ministers knelt and picked their own plants to later receive a description of their particular find.

The visit was rounded off with a tasting of cultured cereals and a luxurious porridge with fun toppings by Sebastien Boudet and Karin Gerhardt. Porridge on a whole new level.

When the buses with ministers, senior officials, case managers, SÄPO and the police escort with blue lights left Lövsta and the dust settled, operations returned to normal.



The Agriculture and Fisheries Council gathers ministers from all EU member states. Most member states are represented by a minister for both sectors, but some send two ministers – one for agriculture and one for fisheries.

Special Committee on Agriculture (SJK)

SJK prepares the work in the council (agriculture and fisheries), above all in matters that have to do with the common agricultural policy.

SJK consists of senior officials who are responsible for agricultural policy at EU countries' permanent representations or ministries. The European Commission is also represented in all SJK meetings.


Joanna Hagströms, Communications officer
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, SLU, +46 18 67 30 66