Paris, 12 March 2007

EFITA newsletter / 300 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

"Stupid" jokes from the web

Looking for information about ACTA Informatique Agritourism seminar (7 March 2007)
We are a consulting firm providing advisory services in the domain of rural development and SME, covering a number of South Pacific small island countries.
Recently, we were informed that, on the occasion of the Salon de l'Agriculture de Paris, there will be a conference on the above subject. Of course, we would have liked very much to participate, but due to the distance (we are based in Vanuatu, in the South Pacific) and the relevant travel costs, we had to renounce it.
However, since the topic is becoming more and more important in this part of the world, we are extremely interested to gather and spread among our clients (and the local banks that are still a bit deaf on this issue!) all possible information concerning the promotion and sales of agricultural products through the internet.
Recently, our consulting firm has finalized for one of our clients a web page that should exactly use this means for selling its products.
We will be therefore very grateful if you could let us have copy of the proceeding of the conference and any other relevant document that you may consider appropriate. Either English or French languages will be all right.
Contact: Antonio PAGANI

My answer (GW): You will find all the documents presented and discussed at our seminar on our web site.

International Fertiliser Society
19 April – LONDON
The International Fertiliser Society will hold their spring Meeting in London on 19 April in this the 60th year since the founding of the Society in 1947.
As usual this is an open Meeting and all are welcome.  The Meeting will focus on traceability, tracking and management of fertiliser through the supply chain from producer to farm.
- Fertiliser security and traceability - the UK approach
- Managing secure fertiliser logistics using a web-based system
- Technologies for tracking and tracing products through supply chains
- Segregation in fertiliser handling: occurrence, assessment and control
Contact: Chris DAWSON
E-mail: secretary(a)

Mineral versus Organic Fertilization: Conflict or Synergism?
16 - 19 September 2007 - GAND (Belgique)
Contact : Jean-Pierre DESTAIN
Mél : destain(a)

The Seventh Agricultural Ontology Services Workshop (AOS) on the "Ontology-based knowledge discovery: Using metadata and ontologies for improving access to agricultural information"…
…was organized by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with the Fifth International Conference of the Asian Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture (AFITA), from 10 to 11 November, 2006 at the Indian Institute of Sciences (Bangalore), India. The presentations and workshop report are now available online.
Contact: Gauri SALOKHE
E-mail: gauri.salokhe(a)

Nominated as the best short joke this year!
A three-year-old little boy was examining his testicles while taking a bath.
"Mom," he asked, "are these my brains?"
"Not yet," replied his mother
Contact: I. KITRON
Email: kitron1(a)

Ireland 43 - England 13
A policeman in Dublin on Saturday night pulled over a driver who'd been weaving in and out of the traffic.
He approached the car window and said, "Sir, I need you to blow into this breathalyser."
The man reached into his pocket and produced a doctor's note.
On it was written: "This man suffers from chronic asthma. Do not make him perform any action that may leave him short of breath."
The officer said, "OK then; I need you to come and give a blood sample."
The man produced another letter. This one read: "This man is a haemophiliac. Please do not cause him to bleed in any way."
So the police officer said, "Right, I need a urine sample then." The man produced a third letter from his pocket.
It read, "This man plays rugby for England. Please don't take the piss out of him."
Contact: Mick HARKIN
E-mail: harkin(a)

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