Paris, 13 October 2008

EFITA newsletter / 381 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

IT Connects Conference
29 - 30 October 2008 – ANTRIM, Northern Ireland
The College of Food, Agriculture and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Northern Ireland, ISITA and BAitA are jointly organising a 2 days conference on 29-20 October 2008. This will be a "north-south", "east-west" conference and will be an ideal opportunity to network with people from around Ireland and the UK on issues relating to ICT in Agriculture and Rural Development.

>>> Wednesday 29 October 2008
An Open Day, free to farmers, takes place between 10am and 4pm. If you would like to take a trade stand space, these are available free of charge. A networking area will also be available for conference participants, where you can meet farmers without the need to set up a trade stand of your own. A number of presentations will take place beside the trade stand area where ICT solutions will be explained to farmers attending.
>>> Thursday 30 October 2008
IT Connects Conference in Boyd Hall, Greenmount Campus
Time: 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
- Session 1 - DARD Support for implementing ICT solutions within businesses
- Session 2 - The Role of ICT in Rural Development
- Session 3 - The future of eGovernment
>>> Conference registration:

Email: ITconnects(a)

FOOTPRINT Annual Meeting 2008
6 - 7 November 2008 - WROCLAW (Poland)
FOOTPRINT is an innovative project funded by the European Commission which develops 3 software tools to undertake pesticide risk assessments at the national, regional and farm scale for any place in Europe.  The 3 tools are based on
i) a classification of the European agricultural landscape in a large number of agro-environmental scenarios; and,
ii) the deployment of the best pesticide fate models to allow the prediction of the environmental transfer of pesticides in these scenarios.
Contact: Igor G. DUBUS
E-mail: i.dubus(a)

Rural telephony
Telecommunications companies find it too expensive to extend their networks to rural areas where low population numbers means they are unlikely to see a quick return on their investment. But several initiatives are now making the prospect of telephone communication in rural communities a real possibility. And making it affordable.
Contact: Jim DEMPSEY
E-mail: jim(a)

After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security. The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's license to verify my age
I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later
The woman said, 'Unbutton your shirt'.
So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair.
She said, 'That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me' and she processed my Social Security application.
When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office.
She said, 'You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten disability, too'
And then the fight started...

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