Agroscope is the federal competence centre for agricultural research and is affiliated to the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG). Research is carried out along the entire value chain of the agricultural and food industry. The objectives are a competitive and multifunctional agriculture, high-quality food for a healthy diet and an intact environment. Within the research area of plant breeding, the fodder plant breeding research group has been running a breeding programme for important species of forage grasses (ryegrass, fescue, etc.) and forage legumes (red clover, white clover, etc.) for over 50 years. Organic farming needs robust varieties of all crops that are suitable for cultivation without artificial additives and that have been bred according to the principles of organic plant breeding. For this reason, Agroscope has been running a pioneer programme since 2004 in which clover and grasses are bred and/or tested under organic cultivation conditions.