Paris, 9 November 2009

EFITA newsletter / 436 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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First North American Conference on Precision Dairy Management
Deadline for submissions extended to November 23, 2009
2 - 5 March 2010 - TORONTO, Canada
Due to the widespread interest in this program and emails we have received from people intending to submit papers and posters, the organizing committee has decided to extend the deadline for accepting submissions for the program until November 23, 2009.  We want to include the maximum number of presenters possible on the program so we are allowing as much time as possible for potential presenters to prepare and submit material. 

Go to the Conference website  and follow the links for “Call for papers” for instructions about manuscript submission.  The conference is open to information and technology relating to precision agriculture applied to all areas of dairy cattle management including:  robotic milking, sensor driven information, dairy reproduction and health management, milk quality, information integration, RFID, calf and heifer management, and feeding and nutrition. 

Check out the latest news items about the Conference on the website.

Registration at a reduced rate is available up until January 8, 2010.

Contact: Blair MURRAY
E-mail blair.murray(a)

International Conference on Precision Agriculture
18 – 21 July 2010 - DENVER
Extended Deadline for Abstracts
Thank you for your overwhelming response in submitting your research abstracts for the 10th International Conference on Precision Agriculture, in Denver, Colorado from July 18th through 21st, 2010. I am pleased to inform you that we have received over 200 abstracts. We are in the process of reviewing the abstracts and will respond back to each submission, before or by January 15th, 2010.
While the abstract submission deadline was October 30th 2009, we have received over two dozen emails from people around the world with request to accept their abstracts after the deadline. The organizing committee has therefore decided to accept those requests and keep the abstract submission website open until November 30, 2009.

Please note that all the abstracts submitted after November 30, 2009, will be considered only for poster paper presentation. Requests for oral papers presentation after November 30, 2009 would be contingent upon availability of time slots in their respective sessions.

International Conference on Agricultural Engineering Towards Environmental Technologies AgEng 2010
6 - 8 September 2010 - CLERMONT-FERRAND, France
Contact: Emmanuel HUGO
E-mail: emmanuel.hugo(a)

ICT Update issue 51, October 2009: Mobile services

Small, portable computers and other mobile devices are becoming steadily more affordable, while developments in wireless technology make it is easier and cheaper to set up small local networks. This combination of factors ensures that rural communities can also benefit from a wide range of information services.

> ‘If we make the web available to everyone who already has a mobile phone, we would rapidly increase the number of people who have access to the web.’ Stéphane Boyera of the World Wide Web Foundation

> The Village e-Science for Life project is working with two rural communities in Kenya to test a variety of mobile devices for delivering and recording agricultural information. The research led to the development of the Mobile Resource Kit.

> Extension workers in Kenya travel with the Farmer Info Station to bring agricultural information to rural farmers.

> A network of voice recordings, accessible from any telephone, provides information to farmers in India. Villagers can add their own VoiceSites to promote their business.

> A Zimbabwean organization has developed an interactive voice system that allows people to access and contribute information to the service using their mobile phone.

> ICT Update ( is a bimonthly printed bulletin, web magazine, and accompanying email newsletter focusing on the use of information and communication technologies in agriculture in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. It is published in English and French, by CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation) in Wageningen in the Netherlands.

Eco-labels: Trade Barriers or Trade Facilitators
Eco-labelling was first initiated by Germany in 1978 with the release of the “Blue Angel” programme. Till date, most countries -- both developed and developing -- have established eco-labelling programmes in many different forms at local, national, regional and international levels. This discussion paper evaluates the potential of ecolabels to be trade facilitators and conversely trade barriers, with policy and preferences assuming a critical role.

To read more about these conflicting potentials with specific discussion on the Indian case, read the CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics and Environment (CUTS CITEE) discussion paper Eco-labels: Trade Barriers or Trade Facilitators at

You can send us your opinions on Eco-labels at cuts-tradeforum(a)

Some Salesman
A salesman walks up to a house and knocks on the front door.

It is opened by a little ten year-old boy who has a lighted cigar in one hand, a glass of whiskey in the other and a Penthouse magazine tucked under his arm.

Salesman: "Hello son. Is your Mom or Dad home?"

Little boy looks him quizzically: "What the fuck do you think?"

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