Paris, 18 January 2009

EFITA newsletter / 395 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Association Tunisienne de l'Agriculture Numérique (ATAN)
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Mél : atan(a)

XXXIII CIOSTA CIGR V Conference 2009: Technology and management to ensure sustainable agriculture, agro-systems, forestry and safety
17-19 June 2009 - REGGIO CALABRIA (Italy)
> New deadline for abstract submission: 15 February 2009
> Topics to be covered are divided into the following Sections: 
1. Processing and Post Harvest Technology and Logistics;
2. Protected Cultivation, Greenhouse Technology;
3. Systems Engineering and Management, Traceability;
4. Harvest and Road network planning in mountainous terrain;
5. Protection, Harvesting, Automation Technology;
6. Information Systems and Precision Farming;
7. Power and Machinery, Tractors, Tillage, Fertilising and Plants;
8. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency;
9. Fruit and Vegetable Cultivation Systems;
10. Emerging Industrial Products, Marketing Service Systems;
11. Safety and Health in Agro-forestry and Agro-food Systems;
12. Forestry Mechanization and Wood Technology;
13. Land and Water Use;
14. Environment Protection;
15. Open topics.
Contact: Gennaro GIAMETTA
E-mail: ciosta2009(a)

Agricultural and food markets after the boom - German Society of Economic- and Social Sciences in Agriculture (GEWISOLA) meeting 2009
30 September – 2 October - KIEL, Germany

The organizing committee invites papers and posters for presentation at this meeting. Contributions, either in German or English, which are concerned with issues other than the main conference theme are also welcome, provided that they make a significant contribution to agricultural economics or other social sciences related to the agrifood sector. Theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions are equally welcome.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Rolf A.E. Mueller
E-mail: raem(a)

Develop Google maps with Garmin tracker
In the last week of December I stayed for a week in the Gers (Mirande and Montesqiou – splendid region in the Southwest of France). One of these days I tested my Garmin Etrex and Robogeo.
With the Garmin Etrex you can track the route of the trip you are walking, bicycling and/or driving your car. During the trip I made pictures.

At home you can geocode the images and make a Google Map. How does it work? The track produced by the Garmin has a time-stamp. The same is with the pictures in your camera (Efix data). When both instruments are synchronized and the software Robogeo can geocode the pictures and develop the files for a Google Map.

See another example in my own country (Netherlands - winter):

Contact: Rene HUSKEN
E-mail: r.husken(a)

Please be aware of the latest credit card scam :-

This one is pretty slick since they provide Y O U with all the information, except the one piece they want.
Note, the callers do not ask for your card number; they already have it. This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam works, you'll be better prepared to protect yourself.

One of our employees was called on Wednesday from "VISA", and I was called on Thursday from "MasterCard".

The scam works like this: Person calling says, "This is (name), and I'm calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA. My badge number is 12460. Your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify. This would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank) did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for £497.99 from a Marketing company based in London ?" When you say "No", the caller continues with, "Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from £297 to £497, just under the £500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is that correct?"

You say "yes". The caller continues - "I will be starting a fraud investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 0800 number listed on the back of your card (0800-VISA) and ask for Security.

You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6 digit number. "Do you need me to read it again?"

Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works the caller then says, "I need to verify you are in possession of your card." He'll ask you to "turn your card over and look for some numbers." There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the next 3 are the security numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the 3 numbers to him. After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he'll say, "That is correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?" After you say, "No," the caller then thanks you and states, "Don't hesitate to call back if you do", and hangs up.

You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the Card number. But after we were called on Wednesday, we called back within 20 minutes to ask a question. Are we glad we did! The REAL VISA Security Department told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase of £497.99 was charged to our card.

Long story - short - we made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is reissuing us a new number. What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card. Don't give it to them. Instead, tell them you'll call VISA or MasterCard directly for verification of their conversation. The real VISA told us that they will never ask for anything on the card as they already know the information since they issued the card! If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN Number, you think you're receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your statement you'll see charges for purchases you didn't make, and by then it's almost too late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud report.

What makes this more remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from a "Jason Richardson of MasterCard" with a word-for-word repeat of the VISA scam. This time I didn't let him finish. I hung up! We filed a police report, as instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking several of these reports daily! They also urged us to tell everybody we know that this scam is happening.
Contact: Mick HARKIN
E-mail harkin(a)

An Arab (or your best friend or best enemy) was interviewed at the UK Embassy for a Visa

Consul: What is your name?
Arab: Abdul Aziz

Consul: Sex?
Arab : Six to ten times a week

Consul: I mean, male or female?
Arab : Both male and female and sometimes even camels

Consul: Holy cow!
Arab: Yes, cows and dogs too!!!!

Consul: Man, isn't it hostile?
Arab: Horse style, dog style, any style

Consul: Oh dear!
Arab: Deer????? No deer, they run too fast!

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