Efita Newsletter / 925, dated April 13, 2020

Efita Newsletter / 925, dated April 13, 2020
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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), April 13, 2020

EFITA newsletter / 925 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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The Relevance of Digital Agriculture in the Time of Coronavirus

What will the Coronavirus pandemic mean to agriculture, in the weeks and months ahead? We're only beginning to get a sense of the many ramifications. At the upstream end of the supply chain, some manufacturers aren't able to source ingredients used for animal feed and other agricultural needs, due to interruptions to the normal flow of some goods between and within nations - as well as the drop in production of some by-products (such as feedstuff from sagging ethanol production). Throughout the supply chain we're experiencing shifts in how and whether workers can do their jobs, including the availability of a steady workforce. And at the demand end - with the global drop in travel, eating out, and gatherings of all kinds, there's already a significant shift in what consumers are buying. Add to this the tragic health toll and its impact, and there's no doubt we are facing an enormously challenging time for agriculture.
See aggateway.org

Good old days (?????): Carting Bracken, by Richard Beavis (UK, 1824 - 1896)

Agro EDI Europe, new member of AgGateway.org

Agro EDI Europe is a French non-profit association created in 1992 by French agricultural cooperatives. Its goal is to serve as a forum for members of the agricultural and food industry interested in the development of digital projects and EDI (electronic data interchange) in the upstream of the food chain. The organization's scope of action ranges from agricultural supplies to food processing, and connections with all related services and administrations. Agro EDI Europe has been recognized for its international expertise in the standardization of agricultural electronic exchanges, including the creation and animation of the UNCEFACT group from 2005 to 2015.
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AgGateway: News from the Latin American Regional Group
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Danish agritech startup Nordetect gets funding for on-the-spot chemical testing kit that measures farm fertility

The Danish start-up has developed a “Lab-on-a-Chip” for the agricultural industry, enabling quick chemical analysis on the spot. Using Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Kalium (or NPK), Nordetect’s nano-sensors cover all nutrient types and test soil, leaf samples, manure, water and other organic materials. A GPS feature helps farmers track the locations of these samples, providing an overview of where the land might be more or less fertile.
See tech.eu

Good old days (?????): The Harvesters by Léon Augustin Lhermitte

SwineTech raises $5m Series A1 to take sow midwifery into the digital age, by Lauren Stine

“The swine industry is heavily reliant on caregivers and there isn’t a good way to track what works well for those who do a good job. This is a job that requires training, intuition, and experience. There isn’t an easy and quick way to onboard new people,” Matthew Rooda, SwineTech CEO, told AFN. “

The Iowa-based startup developed SmartGuard, a farrowing platform for swine houses that monitors all things pregnancy and piglet related. The company’s technology is designed to monitor and analyze data around sow health and to identify any signs that trouble is brewing with her impending brood. This could be anything from a flux in temperature to signs that labor is imminent. Although the majority of livestock give birth without human assistance, having a pair of hands on deck to intervene can mean the difference between life and death.
See agfundernews.com

Grocery stores turn to robots during the coronavirus, By Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business

Local grocers and big chains alike are deploying robots to clean floors, stock shelves and deliver groceries to shoppers during the coronavirus.

Grocers are searching for ways to reduce pressure on store workers and increase efficiency amid a surge of shoppers visiting stores and ordering online during the crisis. They believe robots and AI offer solutions that can help them bring down costs and improve store operations.
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Indian agriculture on modernisation track since 2014

India is one of the largest producers of food grains globally. Though its agriculture is very small-scale, yield from farming is low and the pressure on land is enormous. This needs to change with the help of digital precision technology. Read more
How can precision ag help India's farmers double their income?
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Cubic Telecom and CNH partner in machinery connectivity

CNH can now deploy Cubic’s PACE platform across tractor, harvester, and crop protection models.
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Good old days (?????): The harvesters, 1878, by Paul Albert Baudouin (French, 1844 - 1931)

Raven to acquire full ownership of DOT

Raven Industries expands its market share in precision ag technology through the acquisition of DOT Technology Corp.
See futurefarming.com

Australian farmers to trial IoT on farms

The Australian state of Victoria will help farmers establish network connectivity on their farms.
See futurefarming.com

SVG Ventures releases THRIVE TOP 50 AgTech reports

SVG Ventures has compiled a list of the TOP 50 AgTech growth stage companies.
See futurefarming.com

Kubota and Microsoft to launch AI Machine Learning Lab

The Lab will be used to train new developers building AI solutions.
See futurefarming.com

Automating weeding in iceberg lettuce

Can robotisation solve the capacity problem of inter-row hoeing? Dutch iceberg lettuce grower Nico Knibbe takes up the challenge. But how to choose the right robot weeder?
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Advanced plant breeding shows path to greater climate resilience
See agdaily.com/

Times are tough: 6 ways to save money on your grocery bill, by Michelle Miller
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Honest. Funny. Insightful. Farm babe...

With an average social media reach of 2-3 million a month and 120K followers, Michelle has made a name for herself as a dedicated myth-buster in the food industry.
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Good old days (?????): In the Wheatfields at Gennevilliers, 1875 by Berthe Morisot

What It’s Like to Run a Rural State During a Pandemic

“We need federal support”: A conversation with Governor Steve Bullock of Montana.

The American Patient. How Trump Is Fueling a Corona Disaster (The German newspaper Der Spiegel in English)

Donald Trump’s disastrous crisis management has made the United States the new epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic. The country is facing an unprecedented economic crash. Are we witnessing the implosion of a superpower? By DER SPIEGEL Staff

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We know what our European countries owe to USA and wish the best to the American people!
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DIY protective face shield from 2L soda bottle
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A young New York woman was so depressed that she decided to end her life by throwing herself into the ocean, but just before she could throw herself from the docks, a handsome young man stopped her.

“You have so much to live for,” said the man. “I’m a sailor, and we are off to Italy tomorrow. I can stow you away on my ship. I’ll take care of you, bring you food every day, and keep you happy.”

With nothing to lose, combined with the fact that she had always wanted to go to Italy, the woman accepted. That night the sailor brought her aboard and hid her in a small but comfortable compartment in the hold. From then on, every night he would bring her three sandwiches, a bottle of red wine, and make love to her until dawn. Three weeks later she was discovered by the captain during a routine inspection.

“What are you doing here?” asked the captain.

“I have an arrangement with one of the sailors,” she replied. “He brings me food and I get a free trip to Italy .”

“I see,” the captain says.

Her conscience got the best of her and she added, “Plus, he’s screwing me.”

“He certainly is,” replied the captain. “This is the Staten Island Ferry .

Good old days (?????): Peasant Woman with Basket, by Camille Pissarro



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