Paris, 11 September 2006

EFITA newsletter / 274 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Next EFITA congress in 2007 in Glasgow (compulsory participation for all subscribers of this newsletter!)
2 - 5 July 2007 - Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK
Contact: Caroline PARKER
Email: c.g.parker(a)

Next AgriMMedia seminars in Paris
- ICT for Plant Protection: 19 September 2006
- Free CMS: 5 October 2006
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN

Symposium for PhD students working with Horticulture
21 - 23 February 2007 – ODENSE - Denmark
Contact: Majken Pagter and Katrine H. Kjaer
Email: katrine.kjaer(a)

I-ESA 2007 - Interoperability for Enterprise Software and Applications
28 – 30 March 2007 - Madeira Island, Portugal
- Enterprise modeling for interoperability
- Ontologies and Semantic Web for interoperability
- Interoperable enterprise architecture
- Interoperable enterprise application integration
- Business applications and case studies of interoperability
- Interoperability infrastructure and IT platforms
- Decentralized and evolutionary approaches to interoperability
- Interoperability-related standards, legal and security issues
- Engineering interoperable systems
- Strategy and management aspects of interoperability
- Socio-technical impact of interoperability
- Formal approaches and formal models of interoperability
- Interoperability performance analysis
- Tools for interoperability
- Interoperability of E-Business solutions
- Mobile and (ambient) intelligent technologies for interoperability
- Interoperability for knowledge creation, transfer, and management
Contact: Ricardo GONCALVES
Email: rg(a)

New subscriber
I am working for a company which is working in agriculture and livestock. We give farmers advice and help them with the management. We also make research in order to know the better and newer products to help them in their daily life .I am myself working in new technologies development. We are part of the European project COREA which is trying to analyze the current offer of Internet services and other NTIC for farmers.
Contact: Marta ESPARZA - ITG Navarra
Email: maesparza(a)

A new publishing house: Editions Quae
Cemagref, Cirad, Ifremer and INRA have grouped their publishing activities in a single publishing house: Editions Quae, which takes the form of an Economic Interest Group and was launched on July 1st, 2006.  With nearly 1000 titles in its catalogue, Editions Quae aims to become a reference for scientific and technical publishing, responding to the needs of a demanding readership who require access to reliable, high-quality information.
To achieve this objective, a team of publishing professionals will work with authors chosen from amongst the leading specialists in the fields covered by these four research agencies: natural landscapes and the environment, farming, forestry, livestock husbandry, fisheries, aquatic and aquacultural resources, human diet and nutrition, social studies, etc.
Creation of this new publishing house responds to the need to optimise the distribution activities of these four agencies, allowing them improved visibility (particularly in other countries), synergies of organisation and resources and the development of new skills adapted to developments in the publishing industry.
Cemagref, Cirad, Ifremer and INRA have thus grouped their publishing activities and pooled their production, promotion and distribution functions.  The full catalogue is available on the new website:, which also enables ordering and safe, on-line payment.
From an editorial point of view, this project has resulted in the development of new collections, which respectively aim to encourage exchanges between scientists, the transmission of knowledge and know-how, the provision of tools for decision-making and public debate and the popularisation of knowledge.
At an international level, Editions Quae aims to develop the joint publishing and distribution of their books in Europe, while at the same time encouraging joint publications with foreign scientific publishers by means of scientific partnerships and institutional exchanges.
Headed by Camille Raichon, Editions Quae has a staff of 40 who work at four different sites: Versailles, Montpellier, Antony and Brest, and thus ensure all publishing and distribution activities.
Contact : Josiane GUILLEMOT
Mél : osiane.guillemot(a)

The entire AGRIS data from 1975 to date is now available
The new AGRIS search application gives the user the possibility to search the entire AGRIS data, comprising 2.3 millions bibliographic references, stored in the AGRIS XML format. This completely new interface exploits the advantages of both open-source full text search engine APIs (Lucene), and structured XML. The result is an extremely fast application, as with a Google query language but with the potential to formulate highly complex queries.
The former AGRIS search application developed 7 years ago, was based on a technology that was the "state of the art" then, but is now obsolete. The new AGRIS search application is based on open source technology which can be easily further developed.
After the release of version 1.0, we are preparing a smaller update for autumn that will increase the usability of the search assistant. At the beginning of 2007 we will include semantic search improvements that exploit the use of AGROVOC in AGRIS. The released AGRIS search application has a very simple function that transfers the title of a selected reference into Google and searches the Internet for this resource. If the resource has been published electronically and has been indexed by Google it will be retrieved, but if not the Google will return no result or irrelevant results. In the future versions, we will work on the use of other metadata to refine the Google search in the retrieval of full text documents.
We would be happy to receive your feedback including requests of more functionality and reports on bugs that can help improve the AGRIS Search application as soon as possible.
Contact: Gauri SALOKHE (GILW)
E-mail: gauri.salokhe(a)

Understanding U.S. Farm Exits
By Robert A. Hoppe and Penni Korb - Economic Research Report No. (ERR-21) 42 pp, June 2006
The rate at which U.S. farms go out of business, or exit farming, is about 9 or 10 percent per year, comparable to exit rates for nonfarm small businesses in the United States. U.S. farms have not disappeared because the rate of entry into farming is nearly as high as the exit rate. The relatively stable farm count since the 1970s reflects exits and entries essentially in balance. The probability of exit is higher for recent entrants than for older, more established farms. Farms operated by Blacks are more likely to exit than those operated by Whites, but the gap between Black and White exit probabilities has declined substantially since the 1980s. Exit probabilities differ by specialization, with beef farms less likely to exit than cash grain or hog farms.
Contact :Jean-Paul VIGNAL
Mél: jaypeevee(a)

SIX PHASES OF A PROJECT (To be printed and put on your wall)

1. Enthusiasm
2. Disillusionment
3. Panic
4. Search for the guilty
5. Punishment of the innocent
6. Praise & honours for the non-participants

Contact: Léonard GAY
Email: leonard_gay(a)

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