Paris, 19 October 2009

EFITA newsletter / 433 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Information on CAP subsidy claims through the Internet
The situation in Hungary is a bit different: the percentage of the electronic claims is 100%, because from this year (2009) the service is compulsory. In the previous years there were successful pilots of the system. I have data from the year 2008, when the percentage was 95% - at that time, the service was ‘highly recommended’ by the state’s extension service. And about 80% of the electronic claims were sent by intermediaries (advisors, extension service, bookkeepers). I attach an article which was presented at the WCCA09 conference about the Hungarian e-claiming system and the circumstances as well, at the end you can find the data from the year 2008. For further technical information, referring me, you also can contact my colleague, Szilárd Szénás (szenas(a), he is also a PhD-student at Miklós Herdon’s Department).
Contact: Mihály CSÓTÓ
E-mail: csoto.mihaly(a)

CAP subsidy claims




Traditional paper file




Through the Internet with the support of intermediaries




Autonomously through the Internet




And in your country?
We really need your help to have a better view of the adoption of the Internet to fill CAP subsidy claims!
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
E-mail: waksman(a)

ABIM 2009
19–20 October 2009 - LUCERNE
Organised by the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA), in collaboration with Fibl (The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture) (

PROGIS and the European Development Days (EDD)
22 - 24 October - STOCKHOLM
European Development Days (EDD) are Europe’s foremost platform for discussion and exchange on global challenges in all key areas – governance, climate change, international finance, trade, food security, water, energy, the role of the media and human and social rights. This year they will take place in Stockholm, October 22nd - 24th. 5 plenary sessions and 25 parallel events will shape the program.

PROGIS was invited by the EU, to co-organize one of these parallel events, namely the Green-growth session. It takes place on Friday, Oct. 23rd from 14:45-16:45 and will be hold together with the German Development Institute, company ADCON, the Practitioners’ Network for European Development Cooperation and the KfW development bank.

The green-growth session will deal with the overall issue of sustainability in agriculture and forestry and especially with the topics CO2 emission, mitigation measures in relation to climate change and the installation of new technologies and methods to counter the actual crises and to achieve a sustainable bettering for the future. PROGIS technologies will be presented and approaches as well as projects with trans-sectoral public-private partnerships discussed. We could win the director of the Global Humanitarian Forum (a Kofi-Annan initiative) to act as speaker within the PROGIS part.

The European Development Days are a yearly event hosted jointly by the European Commission and the EU Presidency. They take place one month after the G-20 Leaders meeting in Pittsburgh, two weeks after the IMF-World Bank meeting in Istanbul and six weeks before the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The event aims to make development aid more effective, to build a global coalition against poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. 4000 participants, including heads of state and leading world figures and Nobel prize winners are expected to take part from 125 countries.


Contact: Karin STROBL
E-mail: strobl(a)

Technical Course on Federation of Learning Repositories for Agriculture, Food & Environment (AgLRs)
2 – 5 November – BUDAPEST
Extended deadline for applications and grant opportunity for selected applicants, in the Technical Course on Federation of Learning Repositories for Agriculture, Food & Environment (AgLRs) that will take place between November 2-5 2009, in Budapest, Hungary.

> Organisers:
* Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
* Organic.Edunet Targeted Project, eContentplus Programme
* ASPECT Best Practice Network, eContentplus Programme

The goal of the 4-day Technical Course is to provide developers of learning content, tools and repositories with technical expertise necessary to connect to federations of learning object repositories such as Organic.Edunet, the Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) or ARIADNE, using best practice and state-of-the-art technologies. Focus will be given to owners of existing content collections, content development and organization tools/processes, and repositories of agricultural and rural interest. The Course is intended for technical personnel of existing/operating AgLRs as well as for technical personnel of organizations/initiatives producing learning resources of rural interest, interested in setting up an AgLR.

In order to be considered for entering the Winter School, applicants must send a short Curriculum Vitae, together with a brief statement of relevant AgLR activities/projects that they are involved in. All applications should be directed to indicating as a subject "Application for AgLR Technical Course". Deadline for applications is 15/10/2009 (extended).

The total fee for the Winter School will amount to 650 Euros. This fee covers the accommodation for the total duration of the event (6 nights), the participation in the course, and the participation in all the social events that will take place. Selected applicants will receive supporting grants for their travel and accommodation costs from FAO and the initiatives promoting the event.

> Important dates
15 October 2009: Applications (EXTENDED)
20 October 2009: Notification
2-5 November 2009: Technical Course in Budapest

E-mail: aglrcourse09(a)

9th Wageningen International Conference on Chain and Network Management track: ICT and interoperability in agri-food supply chains
26 May - 28 May 2010 - WAGENINGEN, The Netherlands
In response to today’s increasingly volatile business environment, many agri-food supply chains are in transition towards agile networks that sense and react dynamically to changes in demand and supply. This will make great demands on, in particular, the interoperability and agility of supporting information systems.

The last decades, information technology has made important progress to enhance interoperable and agile information systems. Important developments include eBusiness message standardisation, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Software as a Service (SaaS), the Semantic Web and RFID. However, despite these promising developments, several studies have demonstrated that the actual level of standardization for data, application and process integration is still quite poor. Timely and flexible sharing of information remains far away for many companies.

This track aims to gain insight in the bottlenecks that cause this gap between practice and technology, and subsequently to identify pathways for business and policy to bridge it. More specifically, the objective is to set a research agenda for supporting agri-food business and policy in future supply chain interoperability issues.

The track organizers welcome both scientific and business contributions. Possible subjects may include (but are not limited to):

- Organisation of information sharing and standardization;
- User-centred and open innovation approaches, such as Living Labs;
- Business process management and Service-Oriented Architecture;
- Interoperability technologies for SMEs;
- Chain information systems;
- Semantic interoperability and ontologies;
- Supply chain planning systems;
- Future-generation enterprise systems;
- Supply chain reference models.

We kindly invite you to submit an abstract (max 500 words) on one of the above mentioned or related themes, using our online submission system. Please find the abstract submission requirements and instructions here:
Submission deadline: 11 October 2009

Track Organizers: Sjaak WOLFERT, Cor VERDOUW, Adrie BEULENS, - Wageningen University
E-mail: cor.verdouw(a)

Workshop Data Mining in Agriculture (DMA'2010)
14 July 2009 - BERLIN, Germany

Data mining, the art and science of intelligent analysis of (usually large) data sets for meaningful (and previously unknown) insights, is nowadays actively applied in a wide range of disciplines related to agriculture. Due to the emerging importance of data mining techniques and methodologies in the area of agriculture, this workshop aims to bring together practitioners and researchers in this field. It creates a community of people who are actively using data mining tools and techniques and apply them to agriculture data.

The goals of this workshop are to provide a forum for identifying important contributions and opportunities for research on data mining as it applies to agriculture to promote the systematic study of how to apply data mining to agriculture data to develop practical applications.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
- Data Mining on Sensor and Spatial Data from Agricultural Applications
- Analysis of Remote Sensor Data
- Feature Selection on Agricultural Data
- Evaluation of Data Mining Experiments
- Spatial Autocorrelation in Agricultural Data

Target Group
- Computer scientists working on agriculture problems
- Machine learners, data miners and statisticians with an interest in agriculture
- Agricultural researchers with a background in data mining
- Agriculture professionals with data mining applications and showcases
- Middleware developers covering data mining aspects in data (pre)processing
- Farmers with an interest in data mining and related aspects
- ... and similar professional and research people

Submission Deadline: April 28th, 2010
Notification Date: May 24th, 2010
Camera-Ready Date: June 4th, 2010
Workshop Date: July 14th, 2010

Download the Call for Papers:
Contact: Georg Ruß
Email: Russ(a)

Padre, perdóneme porque he pecado (voz femenina).

- Dime, hija, ¿cuáles son tus pecados?

- Padre, el demonio de la tentación se apoderó de mí, pobre pecadora.

- ¿Cómo es eso, hija?

- Es que cuando hablo con un hombre tengo sensaciones en el cuerpo que no sé como describirlas...

- Hija, por favor, que también soy un hombre...

- Sí, padre, por eso vine a confesarme con usted.

- Bueno hija, ¿y cómo son esas sensaciones?

- No sé cómo explicarlas, por ejemplo, ahora mi cuerpo se rebela a estar de rodillas y necesito ponerme más cómoda.

- ¿En serio?

- Sí, quiero relajarme y quedarme tendida...

- Hija, ¿tendida cómo?

- De espaldas al piso, hasta que se me pase la tensión...

- Y qué más?

- Es como que tengo un sufrimiento que no le encuentro acomodo.

- ¿Y qué más?

- Como que espero un poco de calor que me alivie....

- ¿Calor?

- Calor, padre, calor humano, que lleve alivio a mi padecer....

- ¿Y qué tan frecuente es esa tentación?

- Permanente, padre, por ejemplo, ahora me imagino que sus manos sobre mi piel me darían mucho alivio...

- ¡Hija!

- Sí, padre, perdóneme, pero me urge que alguien fuerte me estruje entre sus brazos y me dé el alivio que necesito...

- ¿Por ejemplo yo?

- Por ejemplo, usted es la clase de hombre que imagino me puede aliviar.

- Perdóname, hija mía, pero necesito saber tu edad...

- Setenta y cuatro, padre.

- Hija, vete en paz, que lo tuyo es reumatismo...

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