Paris, 19 April 2004

EFITA newsletter / 155 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Agricultural trade, the World Trade Organisation and the Doha Round
24-28 October 2004 - Wageningen (NL) - International Postgraduate Course

ICT in Agriculture: Figures from AgriDirect for Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany
AgriDirect is specialised in Direct Marketing for the agricultural sector. These services are based on agricultural address databases in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
See: (Report / Meetings)
Contact: Marc STRIJKER

New idea
Can we arrange a permanent EFITA-GIL-CIGR IV-Conference prior or during the SIMA-Exhibition, sponsored by European software houses, Ag Engineering companies, fertilizer industries and so on? This would:
- give an extra value to the SIMA-Exhibition
- be an two-annual permanent event
- improve the European position in the global world
- bring EFITA, GIL and EurAgEng with its "special interest groups" closer together
- make the conference programme simpler by having a permanent program committee
- and so on.
Please let me know your opinion. By the way you should know that we are going to establish our EurAgEng-Conferences from 2007 onwards permanent prior to the AGRITECHNICA exhibition in Hannover at least for the period 2007 - 2011.
Contact: AUERNHAMMER Hermann, Prof. Dr.

International Rural Tourism Workshop (Erratum)
Quality, Information technologies, Environment and Training
June 2-3, 2004 in Riga, Latvia

May I say what a great job you are doing in maintaining the strength of this newsletter. As someone who also puts together newsletters to send out each month, I know how difficult it can be. Well done and keep it going!
Contact: Paul NELSON

Improved potato blight warning service in UK
> BlightWatch, the UK internet-based service which provides localised potato blight warnings (, will be starting its fourth year and going “live” in mid-April.
> Fight against Blight site of the British Potato Council (BPC)
Extracted from Crop Protection Monthly

Farms Technology (USA)…
…is an e-Business company focused on adding value to supply chain participants in Agriculture through use of our unique software solutions.
We are an Internet-based, privately held, independent provider of software solutions to the Agricultural Industry. Our products drive down buyer transaction costs while offering producers the most up-to-date cash pricing data and instant execution capabilities.
> Crop Marketing
We are a provider of private online marketplaces for 1st-handle grain buyers and all of their producers who are interested in the advantages of e-Business. Our tools improve operational efficiencies and customer service through information connectivity.
> Online Auctions
We are a provider of true real-time auctions for any company, livestock exchange, retailer, or liquidator needing to move products using one of the most robust and user friendly platforms available.

Excel sheets used by German farmers

International Fund for Animal Welfare

FAO Fisheries Department

FAO Fisheries Global Information System (FIGIS)

Lost at Sea
Two Irishmen, Patrick & Michael, were adrift in a lifeboat following a dramatic escape from a burning freighter. While rummaging through the boat's provisions, Patrick stumbled across an old lamp. Secretly hoping that a genie would appear, he rubbed the lamp vigorously. To
the amazement of Patrick, a genie came forth. This particular genie, however, stated that he could only deliver one wish, not the standard three. Without giving much thought to the matter, Patrick blurted out, "Make the entire ocean into Guinness Beer!" The genie clapped his hands with a deafening crash, and immediately the entire sea turned into the finest brew ever sampled by mortals. Simultaneously, the genie vanished. Only the gentle lapping of Guinness on the hull broke the stillness as the two men considered their circumstances.
Michael looked disgustedly at Patrick whose wish had been granted. After a long, tension-filled moment, he spoke: "Nice going Patrick! Now we're going to have to pee in the boat!"
Contact: Bill PARLETTE

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