Paris, 5 March 2007

EFITA newsletter / 299 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Conference on Bridging the Broadband Gap: Benefits of broadband for rural areas and less developed regions
2 March 2007
14 - 15 - May 2007 - BRUSSELS
In parallel to the conference the EC is inviting up to 40 projects to be present at the Exhibition Area of the event to share their experiences with other conference participants, and therefore, it is inviting applications from public authorities that have undertaken projects to support rural and regional development through the opportunities provided by the use of broadband. Proposals should demonstrate how the projects are succeeding in bridging the broadband gap. Up to 40 projects will be selected from the applications as good practice, and travel and subsistence costs for 2 persons by project will be covered by the EC.
In addition, the three projects with the highest accumulated score (from votes from participants in the event and from an evaluation committee) will be announced at the conference as the BEST EUROPEAN BROADBAND PROJECTS FOR 2007.
The projects have to be submitted by the 2nd of March 2007 using the on-line form available on the web site of the conference following the steps indicated here.
Contact: Ester TORRES
E-mail: ester.torres(a)

Salon international de l’agriculture (SIA)
3 - 11 March 2007 - PARIS
Voir :

Salon international du machinisme agricole (SIMA)
4 - 8 March - PARIS
Voir :

Next AgriMMedia seminar (organised within the EU project): Marketing and sale via Internet of services and products proposed by farmers
7 March – PARIS – during the Paris Show of Agriculture – an exceptional event

Conference on Agricultural Policy Implementation and Geo Information 2007 (CAPIGI’07)
24 – 25 April 2007 – World Trade Centre ROTTERDAM - The Netherlands
The Conference on Agricultural Policy Implementation and Geo Information 2007 (CAPIGI’07) will be held on 24 and 25 April 2007 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This is the second time this European conference is organized. The conference addresses the use of geo-information in agriculture and agricultural policy. We expect over 100 participants from all European states. CAPIGI’07 provides you with a rapid update of state-of-the-art GeoICT in agricultural applications. This year the conference focuses on the Farmer Perspective.
If you want to make a contribution, please contact us at capigi(a)

Focus on potatoes at agriChina: from seed to consumer: China – the world’s largest potato producer - 70 million tonnes per year
26 – 28 April - BEIJING
A unique focus on potatoes will be premiered at agriChina 2007, the international agricultural exhibition and technology forum from April 26 – 28 in Beijing. This “Potato Special” features comprehensive information about modern potato production in China with exhibitors presenting innovative products covering seed, planting, harvesting, transport, storage and processing. Also taking place: expert presentations and discussions on current developments in the international potato industry.
Contact: M. CONLONG
E-mail: m.conlong(a)

A couple were sitting up waiting for their 16 year old son to come home from a social engagement when the boy ran into the house with a big smile on his face
Hi, Mum! Hi, Dad! he said breathlessly. "Guess what! I've just had sex for the first time... and it was wonderful!"
His mother turned red and said to her husband, "He's your son. You talk to him". Then she left the room.
The father said "Son, that's great. Now you've become a man and I'm proud of you. I'm going to celebrate the occasion by buying you that ten-speed bike you've been asking for. I hope you don't mind waiting until payday for me to get it".
"That's OK, Dad", said the boy."I couldn't ride it right now anyway, my a _ _ e is too sore".

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