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EFITA newsletter / 572 - European Federation for Information Technology
in Agriculture, Food and the Environment
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The archives of this newsletter
Teagasc Best Practice in Extension Services- Supporting Farmer Innovation
1 November 2012 - DUBLIN
Much has changed in recent years in the delivery of technology supports
to farmers. Ireland through Teagasc has maintained a strong technology
transfer capacity in its support of innovation in farming and food through
co-ordinated research, advisory and education programmes.
As part of the Dublin City of Science events 2012 a major one day conference
Teagasc Best Practice in Extension Services- ‘Supporting Farmer Innovation’
is taking place in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on November 1st 2012.
The conference is aimed at organisations and professionals engaged in
knowledge transfer. It includes invited contributions from international
experts in the science of technology transfer, managers of advisory services
farmers, general advisers, private consultants and researchers. Booking
on a first come first served basis; see brochure at http://www.teagasc.ie/events/2012/20121101.asp
Contact: Tom KELLY
Third International Conference on Slow, Controlled-Release and Stabilized
12 – 13 March 2013 - RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil
The 3rd International Conference on Slow- and Controlled-Release and Stabilized
Fertilizers will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the 12th – 13th of
March. This event, brought to you in cooperation with IFA (International
Fertilizer Industry Association), will be held immediately before the
New Ag International Conference and Exhibition. More venue details will
follow in September.
If you would like to present a paper on Slow- And Controlled-Release Fertilizers,
Fertilizers Stabilized with Urease or Nitrification Inhibitors please
follow the instructions…. Please return your abstract by the 30th of September.
OECD-FAO Report highlights role of hi-tech agriculture
The importance of agricultural science and technology in meeting the world's
burgeoning demands on food, feed and fuel have been highlighted in a major
The latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook report, released earlier this
week, concludes that agricultural production must increase by 60% over
the next 40 years to meet the rising global demand for food. This equates
to an extra 1 billion tonnes of cereals and 200 million tonnes of meat
per year by 2050 compared with 2005/07 levels.
Additional production will also be required to provide feedstock for an
expanding biofuel market set to consume an estimated 16% of oilseed output,
14% of cereals and 34% of sugar cane by 2021.
But with less than 5% more arable land available to bring into production,
and 25% of existing farmland already degraded, the OECD-FAO report concludes
that increasing crop productivity on existing farmland will be essential
to contain food price rises and reduce food insecurity.
Welcoming the OECD-FAO report ís central conclusion that access to yield-enhancing
technologies such as crop protection and advanced plant breeding methods
will be critical to delivering these productivity gains, CPA Chairman
Stephen Henning endorsed the call for Governments worldwide to create
the right commercial, technical and regulatory environment for the development
and adoption of agricultural innovation.
"The challenge of feeding a growing world population, in the face
of weather-related variability, price volatility and increasing pressure
on finite natural resources, will require an integrated approach to the
'sustainable intensification' of global agriculture. This report underlines
the importance of controlling pests and diseases using modern pesticide
products, and warns that current annual losses of between 26% and 40%
of the world's potential crop production could double without the use
of crop protection practices."
The contribution of
advanced plant breeding techniques, and the significance of biotech crops
as the most rapidly adopted crop technology in modern agriculture, are
also highlighted in the report, not only as the basis for sustainable
yield and farm income gains, but also as a route to developing more climate
resilient and resource-efficient crop varieties.
Access to such advances
will be essential to address the global food security and sustainable
development challenges, and we welcome the report's recognition of the
need for science-based regulation, effective intellectual property protection,
and a progressive R&D agenda to support the required growth in sustainable
agricultural productivity" said Mr Henning.
My remark (GW): I have the feeling that farm information management from
book-keeping to management, from information search on the web to information
delivery on (or through) the web too, is always underestimated even by
the best specialists. Innovation in the agricultural industry seems to
me to be not only a question of seeds, tractors, chemicals, etc. It is
also a question of book-keeping, follow-up and traceability of farm operations
that make necessary the use of ICT.
Cypriot Presidency of the EU
Paris in motion
From the Precision Agriculture LinkedIn Group
> Advanced Methods For Analysis Of Multi-Temporal Sensor Data To
Support Precision Agriculture
> How small players utilize consumer grade smartphones and tablets
for precision ag management?
> How big players move into the Ag tablets?
Soil and Topography Information’s SIS (Soil Information System)
is a revolutionary soil mapping technology in which soil
information is collected and processed digitally to produce accurate,
consistent results, very quickly. Digital soil information from the SIS
can be flexibly output as printed or web maps, GIS files in multiple common
formats, direct inputs to variable rate controllers, or be distilled into
a custom format that addresses a client's specific needs.
The perfect mate
At a local coffee bar, a young woman was expounding on her idea of
the perfect mate to some of her friends.
"The man I marry must be a shining light amongst company. He must
be musical. Tell jokes. Sing. And stay home at night!"
A cynical male listener overheard and spoke up, "Lady, what you really
want is a television set!
Contact: Israel KITRON
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