Paris, 8 December 2008

EFITA newsletter / 389 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Projects by a French R&D Institute dedicated to wheat, maize, potato…: Arvalis Institut du Végétal (in English)

And a selection of papers in English

The French Livestock Institute: Institut de l'Elevage

The French Fruit and Vegetable Institute: Ctifl

The French rapeseed, sunflower, soybeans and linseed Institute: Cetiom

Note: Acta is the association of Arvalis, Institut de l'Elevage, Cetiom, Ctifl, etc.




Agri story!
A man owned a small farm in Scotland. The Inland Revenue claimed he was not paying proper wages to his staff and sent a representative out to interview him.
'I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them,' demanded the rep.
'Well,' replied the farmer, 'there's my farm hand who's been with me for 3 years. I pay him £200 a week plus free room and board.'
'The cook has been here for 18 months, and I pay her £150 per week plus free room and board.'
'Then there's the half-wit. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about £10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of whiskey every Saturday night. He also sleeps with my wife occasionally.'
'That's the guy I want to talk to... the half-wit,' says the agent.
'That would be me,' replied the farmer.
Contact: David TINKER
E-mail: secgen(a)

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