Paris, 18 January 2010

EFITA newsletter / 445 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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IAALD Congress – See you in the splendid city of MONTPELLIER where I studied many years ago at the Agricultural University
26 - 29 April 2010 – MONTPELLIER (FR)

We are preparing two papers for the above IAALD Congress. See you in Montpellier!
- Agricultural advisory services: Interactive Web TV for virtual meetings addressing large audiences
- Decision Support System in French Agriculture: The need for information exchanges between the Farm Information System and DSS.
Contact : Guy WAKSMAN
Email: waksman(a)

Broadband Internet's Value for Rural America
Government policies that encourage deployment of broadband services have broadened their availability in rural America. The 2008 Farm Act (Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008) reauthorized USDA’s telemedicine, distance learning, and rural broadband access grant and loan programs. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided $2.5 billion to USDA for loans and grants to increase broadband provision in rural areas. As much as these funds address the needs of unserved and underserved communities, rural broadband availability will increase.

My remark (GW): It could be a good idea for the EU to do the same…

New engineering consultancy company in Australia
33 years after founding Farmscan in Australia Ole Hansen has applied his knowledge and expertise and started a new engineering consultancy company, Design Feats Pty Ltd. Focusing on developing complete solutions Design Feats will provide comprehensive engineering consultancy, product design and project management.
The in-house expertise includes robotics, GIS, monitoring, control and management/collection of data.
With more than 60 years of experience in-house in design, manufacture and marketing of agricultural electronics, process control and robotics Design Feats has the knowhow to develop product especially suited for harsh environments.
Design Feats provides free initial consultation and project proposal.
Contact : Ole HANSEN
E-mail: oleh(a)

What's in a name??
A man moves to a village in Wales and gets talking to an old man from the village.

He asks the old man what his name is, but the old man gets very irate at this point and says:

"See that line of houses over there? I built them all, but do they call me Jones the house builder? Do they hell!"

"See those railway lines over there? I laid them all, but do they call me Jones the engineer? Do they hell!"

"See those bridges over that river? I built them all, but do they call me Jones the bridge builder? Do they hell!"

"But, a long long time ago ... I f*cked ONE sheep... "

Contact: Mick HARKIN
E-mail: harkin(a)

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