Paris, 26 January 2009

EFITA newsletter / 397 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

The good credit card story (see last issue) was an hoax!

Questionnaire (it is not an Ehud's one but it could be!)
Information technology is today widely applied in agriculture. Some examples are sensor technologies, or precision farming, monitoring of yields, networking, etc.

The Club of Rome - European Support Centre together with the EU project ICT-ENSURE are exploring present applications and future research needs.

We have set up a small questionnaire (just 4 questions).

Note: - You can of course decide whether to provide input anonymously or add your data. In any case, the results will be anonymised.

Documentary about Rural Cyprus...
...for people who visit Cyprus and are not aware about its rural domains!
Contact: Orestis TRINGIDES
E-mail: orestis(a)

The 7th New Ag International Conference & Exhibition
25 - 27 March 2009 - BARCELONA - Spain
> Exhibitors from 16 countries

> List of speakers

> Registration

10th International Water Association Conference on Instrumentation, Control and Automation of Water and Wastewater Systems
14-17 June 2009 – CAIRNS - Australia
Contact: Zhiguo YUAN
E-mail: zhiguo(a)

Making better decisions for the management or governance of the agricultural and related natural resource industries (The Operational Research Society - Special Interest Group on Agriculture and Natural Resources - Call for Abstracts)
2 April - READING
We invite contributions to this meeting of broadly relevant works. There is no restriction on techniques or class of problem solved, but the work will be of an applied nature, and that may involve a considerably innovative approach.
Contact: D L SANDARS
E-mail: daniel.sandars(a)

The CIGR V Conference - Technology and Management to Increase the Efficiency in Sustainable Agricultural Systems
1 - 4 September 2009 – ROSARIO - Argentina.
The topics of the conference covers the subjects related to efficiency in agricultural field operations including postharvest and logistics, and the IT technologies and services that could impact efficiency in sustainable systems.
The objectives of the conference are to highlight the latest developments in technology and management to ensure efficiency in sustainable agriculture systems, and to promote the exchange of knowledge and experience among scientists, technicians, producers and students, with sharing of view among people of the South and North hemispheres of the World. To provide full discussion, for all the sessions the simultaneous translation English - Spanish / Spanish - English will be provided .
Contact: Pietro PICCAROLO
E-mail: info(a)

Information provided by Remigio BERRUTO
E-mail: remigio.berruto(a)

Three Men on a Hike
Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large raging, violent river. Needing to get to the other side, the first man prayed:
'God, please give me the strength to cross the river.'
Poof! God gave him big arms and strong legs and he was able to swim across in about 2 hours, having almost drowned twice.

After witnessing that, the second man prayed: 'God, please give me strength and the tools to cross the river'
Poof! God gave him a rowboat and strong arms and strong legs and he was able to row across in about an hour after almost capsizing once.

Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed:
'God, please give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross the river'

Poof! He was turned into a woman. She checked the map, hiked one hundred yards up stream and walked across the bridge.

Contact: Andrew CRAGG
E-mail: acragg(a)

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