Paris, 8 November 2004

EFITA newsletter / 183 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

More questions: I really need your help. I got no answer for the last two weeks!
- In your country, are data exchanges along the agri-food chains based on data dictionaries?
- Is EDI or XML used to transfer information along the agri-food supply chain?
- Are crop husbandry software programmes using GIS facilities for further traceability process?
- Is the plot number (in the EU) used to characterise the production of a given field?
Contact : Guy WAKSMAN
E-mail : waksman(a)

Technology-enhanced learning information day
29 November - Luxemburg

Methodologies for development on agricultural mechanization in Iran
16-17 December 2004
Contact : Ahmad TABATABAEEFA
E-mail: atabfar(a)

Contact: Cristiano SPADONI
E-mail : cristiano.spadoni(a)

Contact: Cristiano SPADONI
E-mail : cristiano.spadoni(a)

The International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD) facilitates professional development of, and communication among, members of the agricultural information community worldwide. IAALD's goal is to enhance access to and use of agriculture-related information resources. To further this mission, IAALD will: promote the agricultural information profession; support professional development activities; foster collaboration; and provide a platform for information exchange.

Organic Agriculture Information Access

Scientists create genetic map of cattle

Un ingeniero agrónomo recién licenciado vuelve a la granja de su padre, y se da una vuelta con el
- Mira, papa, me parece que estás trabajando con unos métodos anticuados y esto hace que tu producción sea demasiado baja. Por ejemplo, ¿a que no obtienes ni siquiera diez kilos de manzanas de cada uno de estos arboles ?
- Claro que no, hijo. Esto son naranjos.
Contact : Rafael MORENO PERALTO
E-mail: r.moreno(a)

Today's reading is from the Book of Corporate Life, Chapter 1, Verses 1-15
1. In the beginning there were the Assumptions.
2. And the Assumptions were without form.
3. And then came the Plan.
4. And the Plan was without Substance.
5. And darkness was upon the face of the Workers.
6. And the Workers spoke among themselves saying, "It is a crock of shit and it stinks."
7. And the Workers went unto their Supervisors and said, "It is a crock of dung and we cannot live with the smell."
8. And the Supervisors went unto their Managers saying, "It is a container of organic waste, and it is very strong, such that none may abide by it."
9. And the Managers went unto their Directors, saying, "It is a vessel of fertilizer, and none may abide its strength."
10. And the Directors spoke among themselves, saying to one another, "It contains that which aids plant growth, and it is very strong."
11. And the directors went to the Vice Presidents, saying unto them, "It promotes growth, and it is very powerful."
12. And the Vice Presidents went to the President, saying unto him, "It has very powerful effects."
13. And the President looked upon the Plan and saw that it was good.
14. And the Plan became Policy.
15. And that is how shit happens!

Contact: Bill PARLETTE
E-mail: BillParlette(a)

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