Paris, 18 December 2006

EFITA newsletter / 288 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Seminar about agricultural data dictionaries, interoperability and traceability (in French only)
20 December – PARIS – French ministry of Agriculture
We already registered 200 participants interested in agricultural information standardisation and exchange.
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
E-mail: waksman(a)

EFITA 2007 “Environmental and rural sustainability through ICT

> Did you send your summary? (GW)

> The plans for this years conference are very exciting with a range of papers and poster sessions, short and long, and demonstrations of software both commercial and research based. As well as the stimulation of the conference itself delegates will be welcomed with a civic reception, offered the opportunity to sample Scotland’s national drink and banqueted at the famous Sterling Castle.
If you have something to say about the way that ICT can be, is, or should be used to support the farm business, protect the environment or support rural communities then send in your abstract now. The deadline for abstracts, 30th November, is fast approaching. For more information and instructions to authors go to the conference web-site at:"
Contact: Caroline PARKER
E-mail: c.g.parker(a)

France seen from the sky by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Danish Crop Production Seminar
18 January 2007 - HERNING, Denmark
> Brave new communication - Decision support systems and information and communication technology: At the cutting edge of crop production.
> Intelligent farm machines - A revolution in agriculture: High accuracy steering and robots for weeding, spraying and harvesting
> The seminar is held under the Agromek International Agricultural Exhibition in Herning, Denmark.
E-mail: cgp(a)

U.S. Farm Income Falls
U.S. net farm income is forecast to be $58.9 billion in 2006, down from $73.8 billion in 2005, but slightly above the 10-year average of $57.2 billion. Primary reasons for the anticipated decline are a drop in the value of livestock production and direct government payments as well as increased input costs.
Net cash income is forecast to be $66.6 billion in 2006, a decline from the highs achieved in 2004 and 2005. Family farm operator household income is expected to decline 0.9 percent in 2006, as the decline in farm income more than offsets increases in off-farm income.
Contact: JP VIGNAL
Mél: jaypeevee(a)

Share your Thesauri, Dictionaries, Glossaries with others!
Within the domain of agriculture, there are several different knowledge organizations systems (KOS) currently in use. Our definition of KOS includes authority files/lists, classification schemes, concept maps, controlled lists, dictionaries, fact sheets, gazetteers, glossaries, lexical databases, ontologies, reference tables, subject headings, taxonomies, terminology databases, thesauri, topic maps and encyclopaedias. We are pleased to inform you that you can now directly submit your Knowledge Organization System via the AIMS portal.[1] You can browse the exiting KOS registry by the "type of KOS" you are interested in or by the "domain area" covered by the KOS. [2]
Contact : Gauri SALOKHE
E-mail : Gauri.Salokhe(a)

TGIF: yet ANOTHER blond joke!
A business man got on an elevator. When he entered, there was a blonde already inside who greeted him with a bright, "T-G-I-F."
He smiled at her and replied, "S-H-I-T."
She looked puzzled, and repeated, "T-G-I-F," more slowly.
He again answered, "S-H-I-T."
The blonde was trying to keep it friendly, so, she smiled her biggest smile and said as sweetly as possibly, "T-G-I-F."
The man smiled back to her and once again, "S-H-I-T."
The exasperated blonde finally decided to explain, "'T-G-I-F' means 'Thank Goodness It's Friday.' "Get it - - duuhhh?"
The man answered, "'S-H-I-T' means "Sorry, Honey, It's Thursday."
Contact: Mick HARKIN
E-mail: harkin(a)

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