Paris, 15 December 2008

EFITA newsletter / 390 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2009

Aspect and Visions of Applied Economics and Informatics International Congress
26 - 27 March, 2009 - DEBRECEN - Hungary
Extended Deadline for submission of abstracts: 24 December 2008.
The expected papers will be over 200. Detailed information and submission of abstracts:
Contact: Miklos HERDON
Email: herdon(a)

Agricultural Technologies in a Changing Climate
13 - 16 September 2009 - BRISBANE - Queensland - Australia
The scientific programme will include plenary sessions, parallel oral sessions and poster sessions. Topics under the theme include:
- Irrigation, water and environmental management,
- Post-harvest Technologies and processing
- Structures, equipment and Environment
- Power and machinery
- Precision agriculture and livestock management,
- Plant production and handling as well as
- Information management
Contact: Dr Thomas BANHAZI
E-mail: Banhazi.Thomas(a)

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 (Newsletter dated 8 December)
Good joke, Scotland or the U.S. the story is the same.
Contact: Brian H. LAWRENCE
E-mail: blawrence(a)

The real yellow line
How great to have the possibility and above all liberty to cross the yellow line, as certain say, about certain religions where minds are sufficiently open to accept jokes. How strange not to be allowed to do the same when the becoming Number 1 religion around the world is concerned.
Would a big killing bomb be the reaction? Let us think.
Contact: Laurencine LOT
E-mail: lot(a)

An old country preacher
An old country preacher had a teenage son, and it was getting time the boy should give some thought to choosing a profession. Like many young men, the boy didn't really know what he wanted to do, and he didn't seem too concerned about it. One day, while the boy was away at school, his father decided to try an experiment. He went into the boy's room and placed on his study table four objects:

- a Bible,
- a silver dollar,
- a bottle of whisky
- and a Playboy magazine

"I'll just hide behind the door", the old preacher said to himself, "When he comes home from school this afternoon, I'll see which object he picks up. If it's the Bible, he's going to be a preacher like me and what a blessing that would be! If he picks up the dollar, he's going to be a businessman, and that would be okay, too. But if he picks up the bottle, he's going to be a no-good drunkard, and, Lord, what a shame that would be. And worst of all, if he picks up that magazine he's gonna be a skirt-chasing bum."

The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son's footsteps as he entered the house whistling and headed for his room. The boy tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room he spotted the objects on the table. With curiosity in his eye, he walked over to inspect them. Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm. He picked up the silver dollar and dropped it into his pocket. He uncorked the bottle and took a big drink while he admired this month's centerfold.

"Lord have mercy", the old preacher disgustedly whispered, "He's gonna run for Congress!"

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