Paris, 27 August 2007

EFITA newsletter / 325 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Charolais breeds on the web (Direct from Charolles - Burgundy – France) on your ag web TV channel
1 September 2007
The main Charolais breed challenge will take place on August the 30th and September the 1rst, 2007 at Charolles.
Charolais cow breed is the most famous French meat breed.
At 2 p.m. on September, the 1srt you will discover on the final show of both cows and sheep Charolais breeds, different farms, etc. Special emphasis will be put on ICT uses: videoconference with Poland, remote control of cattle, access to national animal data bases, cattle identification and traceability. Cattle growers see ICT as a mean to increase their technical and economical performances, as well as to improve their well-being.
See: at 2 p.m. (Central Europe Time - GMT-1)
Contact: Julie DESQUINABO
E-mail: julie.desquinabo(a)

International trade fair for livestock
11 – 14 September – RENNES

IIRB - Institut International de Recherches Betteravières (International Institute for Beet Research)
IIRB is an international, non governmental and non profit organisation. Its purpose is the advancement of sugar beet production by promoting co-operation between all specialists interested in improving beet growing techniques as well as in research in these fields. The IIRB emphasises transposing scientific results into practice.
Contact: Hervé ESCRIOU
Mél : herve.escriou(a)

Dairy Information Systems Group - Department of Animal Science - McGill University
Contact: Kevin M. WADE
E-mail: kevin.wade(a)

Fungicide Resistance Action Committee) guidelines. FRAC

Crop Protection Monthly
Contact: Martin REDBOND

Latest issue of ICT Update Magazine
This edition’s theme is ‘Podcasting’. Podcasting has been around since 2004 but it is still very much at the experimental stage when it comes to applying it to development efforts. In this issue we highlight some early initiatives from organizations currently testing the technology, and so far their results are all very positive. By using audio – speech and music – there is no need for expensive printing or distribution costs since the podcast can be downloaded from a single, central site on the web.
ICT Update is a bimonthly printed bulletin, web magazine, and accompanying email newsletter focusing on the use of information and communication technologies in agriculture in developing countries. It is published in English and French, by CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation) in Wageningen in the Netherlands.
Contact: Jim DEMPSEY
E-mail: jim(a)

Mood reflected at Agritechnica 2007 – world meeting point for the agricultural machinery industry
A survey of farmer opinion across the France, Germany, the UK and Poland shows farmers are more confident than they have been since 2004.The survey assessed the general economic climate, farmer prospects for their businesses and future profitability. The positive mood reflects the current boom in agriculture as cereal prices have risen to a higher level, grain stocks fall and demand for bioenergy raw material continues to grow: an encouraging outlook for cropping that must be a very positive sign for the world’s largest farm machinery exhibition Agritechnica 2007 in Hanover, Germany later this year.
Contact: Malene CONLONG
E-mail: m.conlong(a)

A little test...

My wonderful girlfriend and I had been dating for over a year, and so we decided to get married. There was only one little thing bothering me. It was her beautiful younger sister. My prospective sister-in-law was twenty-two, wore very tight miniskirts, and generally was bra-less.

One day "little" sister called and asked me to come over to check the wedding invitations. She was alone when I arrived, and she whispered to me that she had feelings and desires for me that she couldn't overcome. She told me that she wanted to make love to me just once before I got married and committed my life to her sister.

Well, I was in total shock, and couldn't say a word. She said, "I'm going upstairs to my bedroom, and if you want one last wild fling, just come up and get me."

I was stunned and frozen in shock as I watched her go up the stairs. When she reached the top she pulled off her panties and threw them down the stairs at me. I stood there for a moment, then turned and made a beeline straight to the front door. I opened the door, and headed straight towards my car. Lo and behold, my entire future family was standing outside, all clapping!

With tears in his eyes, my future father-in-law hugged me and said, "we are very happy that you have passed our little test... we couldn't ask for a better man for our daughter. Welcome to the family."

And the moral of this story is: Always keep your condoms in your car...

Contact : Bernard P AUXENFANS
E-mail : auxenfansb(a)

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