Paris, 10 July 2006

EFITA newsletter / 268 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Point of view (in Fr-English): decision support system for crop protection (DSS)
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a meeting of the "modelling club" which gathers specialists from INRA (French agricultural research institute) and from technical institutes members of ACTA. This very interesting meeting focused attention on models and DSS for forecasting diseases and attacks of pests.
We have in Europe a lot of discussions about pollutions by agrochemical. I do believe that ICT could help a better use of fertilisers as well as of crop protection chemicals. Modelling the risk of crop protection problems and informing more efficiently farmers could eventually be the best means to reduce not appropriate uses of pesticides.
This is the reason why I organised an AgriMMédia seminar on ICT and fertilisation last May and will try to organise a seminar on 19 September on ICT and crop protection.
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
Email: waksman(a)

INRA - ACTA Modelling club
See: (in French)
Contact: Daniel WALLACH, Francois PIRAUX
Email: Wallach(a), f.piraux(a)

Archives of this newsletter on the efita web site (1 rst semester 2006)

Medal from the French Academy of Agriculture
I got a medal for editing the newsletter in French "Du côté du web et de l'informatique agricole".
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
Email: waksman(a)

Farm Holidays on the Delta of River Po

International Hop Growers Convention
3 August 2006 – Russia
24 November 2006 - Germany
International Hop Growers Convention represents the common interests of a hop industry. The IHGC activities with 27 national associations and hop industry companies from 19 countries include collecting and dissemination of market figures on acreage, crops, hop varieties, exports and imports as well as promotion of research results in a hop industry information to its members.
The next 2 meetings of the Economic commission will be on August 3, 2006 during the hop tour in Russia and on November 14, 2006 in Germany.
Contact: Dr. Martin PAVLOVIC
Email: martin.pavlovic(a)

The e-volution of Information Technology in Cultural Heritage, where Hi-Tech Touches the Past: Risks and Challenges for the 21st Century
30 October - 4 November - CYPRUS

Big Smile
Three dead bodies arrive at the mortuary, all with very big smiles on their faces. The coroner calls in the police Inspector to tell deliver his analysis.

First body: "Frenchman, 70, died of heart failure while making love to his mistress. Hence the enormous smile, Inspector", says the Coroner.

Second body: "Scotsman, 25, won a thousand pounds on the lottery, spent it all on whisky. Died of alcohol poisoning. Hence the big smile."

The Inspector asks: "What of the third body?"

"Ah," says the coroner, "This is the most unusual one: Seamus O'Reilly from Donegal, 30, struck by lightning."

"Why is he smiling then?" inquires the Inspector.

"He thought he was having his photo taken!"

Contact: Mick HARKIN
Email: harkin(a)

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