Paris, 24 May 2004

EFITA newsletter / 160 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
mailto:waksman (a)

Wanted: Experience on LEADER+
If you are involved in a LEADER+ project, please contact me. I would like to exchange information.
mailto:katonaj (a)

Behaviour of Pesticides in Air, Soils and Water
8 - 9 July 2004 - Cologne (DE)

Workshop: Multilingual eContent Management
16 June 2004 - Brussels, Belgium
The basic theme is how one can manage eBusiness content issues on a multilingual basis. Participants receive an overview of eBusiness topics relevant to standardization, focusing for the first time on the previously neglected aspect of multilinguality paired with practice-oriented solution strategies.

EVA - Electronic imaging in the Virtual Art
July 26-30, 2004 - London
A team of Russian researchers will describe current research in e-culture, multimedia, electronic imaging, visual art and cultural heritage at the EVA 2004 conference.
EVA - Electronic imaging in the Virtual Art - will be held in London, UK on July 26-30, 2004. It includes presentations of new research projects funded by the European Commission's IST programme as well as case studies and the use of virtual reality in cultural application.
The Russian team will be meeting EU researchers at the conference to discuss potential research collaboration. Information on expertise and project ideas of about 40 Russian organisations will be available at the Russian exhibition stand.
Contact: Olga Pekushkina
mailto:olga.pekushkina (a)

PROGIS-Conference 2004 "IT in Rural Areas"
22 - 24 September 2004 - Austria / Carinthia
PROGIS will organize its International Conference 2004 this year again in Austria / Carinthia, at the lovely "Woerthersee" and would like to invite you cordially to take part. See new technologies - get new ideas - talk with other participants - take home benefits for you!
Many new IT-challenges will result from the joining of 10 new countries to the European Community and from new EU-legal regulations. Winners will be those who adopt approved concepts and who will be visionary enough to enable further developments which will increase automatically their own profits.
With this conference, PROGIS wants to bring together relevant organizations, partners and customers in order to give answers to important questions linked to legal requirements, to show solutions and to share experiences of users coming from many European countries.
After our conferences last year, with a total of 150 participants coming from 15 countries we could convince many of our partners being on the right way and could also find some new, very innovative thinking partners who are bringing IT and specifically PROGIS based products to the entire rural area of their countries. Farmers, foresters, mayors, utility managers, cooperatives in forestry and agriculture as well as public organizations are meanwhile heavily using PROGIS products or components of our product line.
Are you interested in finding out answers, see practical examples and learn for your benefits? If yes, please join the upcoming PROGIS conference "IT in Rural Areas"!

A prerequisite to effective implementation of e commerce procedures…
Facilities for sampling, testing, grading and certification of agricultural produce are necessary before commodities can be traded by e-commerce. These should be available as near the site of harvesting of the produce as possible. At present, this task is done by brokers/agents of buyers of the produce. The farmer has to take the word of the broker which may sometimes be unreliable yet hard to challenge. An assessment by accredited, neutral, professional agency that performs the task accurately, reliably and promptly at reasonable cost will greatly help the farmer and the buyer alike, particularly in e-commerce.
I am speaking this in the context of food grain farming and trading at the farmer's level in India.
Contact: Choppella V.Ramachandra Murti
mailto:cvrmurti (a)

Cinderella is now 95 years old.
After a fulfilling life with the now dead prince, she happily sits upon her rocking chair, watching the world go by from her front porch, with a cat named Bob for companionship. One sunny afternoon out of nowhere, appeared the fairy godmother. Cinderella said, "Fairy Godmother, what are you doing here after all these years"? The fairy godmother replied, "Cinderella, you have lived an exemplary life since I last saw you. Is there anything for which your heart still yearns?"

Cinderella was taken aback, overjoyed, and after some thoughtful consideration, she uttered her first wish: "The prince was wonderful but not much of an investor. I'm living hand to mouth on my disability checks, and I wish I were wealthy beyond comprehension".

Instantly her rocking chair turned into solid gold. Cinderella said "Ooh, thank you, Fairy Godmother." The fairy godmother replied, "It is the least that can do." "What do you want for your second wish?"

Cinderella looked down at her frail body, and said, "I wish I were young and full of the beauty and youth I once had." At once, her wish became reality, and her beautiful young visage returned.

Cinderella felt stirrings inside of her that had been dormant for years. And then the fairy godmother spoke once more:
"You have one more wish; what shall it be?"

Cinderella looks over to the frightened cat in the corner and says, "I wish for you to transform Bob, my faithful old cat, into a kind and handsome young man."

Magically, Bob suddenly underwent so fundamental a change in his biological make-up that, when he stood before her, he was a man so beautiful the likes of him neither she nor the world had ever seen.

The fairy godmother said, "Congratulations, Cinderella, enjoy your new life!" With a blazing shock of bright blue electricity, the fairy Godmother was gone as suddenly as she appeared.

> >For a few eerie moments, Bob and Cinderella looked into each other's eyes. Cinderella sat, breathless, gazing at the most beautiful, stunningly perfect man she had ever seen.

Then Bob walked over to Cinderella, who sat transfixed in her rocking chair, and held her close in his young muscular arms. He leaned in close, blowing her golden hair with his warm breath as he whispered.........

"BET YOU'RE SORRY YOU NEUTERED ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!."

Contact : Christopher WATHES
mailto:christopher.wathes (a)

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