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EFITA newsletter / 586 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Interesting presentation... amazing... like a view into the future? And what about Digital (Mobile) Agriculture?

ALL-SMART-PIGS: Smart Pig Farming
10-12 December - SITGES (Barcelona), Spain
The EU funded ALL-SMART-PIGS is a project that will demonstrate the viability of smart farming technologies in European pig farming. The project will use a process of open innovation through a LivingLab to co-create smart farming applications ready for commercialisation on European pig farms. These applications will be provided by innovative SMEs which will test and validate in ALL-SMART-PIGS their technological prototypes and services in real life conditions together with pig farmers and other stakeholders.
Contact: Heiner LEHR
E-Mail: heiner(a)

Agro-Know Technologies and Greek Free / Open Source Software Society (GFOSS) and Agro-Know Technologies, co-organize from December 14th to 16th, 2012, the first Athens Green Hackathon!
Green Hackathons ( are a series of events where hackers and developers meet to create and apply new ideas, targeting a sustainable and healthier future.

One of the main goals of a Green Hackathon is to showcase the potential of Open Data and APIs that make access to environmental, agricultural and biodiversity data easier. The Athens Hackathon will last for 3 days. On the 14th of December the Green Hackathon will start with invited presentations of data providers as well as hack brainstorming with potential users. On the 15th the hacking marathon will start and take the whole day with small injections of past hacks. On the 16th an open workshop will take place for presenting the best green hack awards, discussing with a panel of experts, and discussing about open data and development of green applications.

Participation in Athens Green Hackathon is open to all interested developers but also to users, institutions, organizations and enterprises that are interested in capitalizing on the results of the 24-hour Hackathon. Accommodation and some subsistence expenses will be covered for a small number of participants from abroad.

E-mail: palavitsinis@{;;;}

Call for Papers: Workshop "Data Mining in Agriculture 2013"
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.

- Submission Deadline: March 20th, 2013
- Notification Date: April 30th, 2013
- Camera-Ready Date: May 12th, 2013
- Workshop Date: July 19th, 2013

Contact: Georg RUSS
E-mail: russ(a)

UNIFARM sets up a user forum to present and defend the needs of farmers in the development of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) applications and services. It will also serve as a new dissemination channel to increase awareness.

Several papers from the SmartAgriFood (Smart Food and Agribusiness ) project are now available for download

eFoodChain Newsletter Issue No 1 - November 2012
We invite you to check out the latest news on the eFoodChain Project and learn all about the progress and achievements of this European project. Don´t miss the opportunity to take part in the eFoodChain Innovators and Early Adopters Scheme and be one of the first beneficiaries from the project outcomes.
This and much more in the first issue of the eFoodChain Project Newsletter.

EFSA: Séralini et al. study conclusions not supported by data, says EU risk assessment community
Serious defects in the design and methodology of a paper by Séralini et al. mean it does not meet acceptable scientific standards and there is no need to re-examine previous safety evaluations of genetically modified maize NK603. These are the conclusions of separate and independent assessments carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and six EU Member States following publication of the paper in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology on 19 September 2012.

Freyr Technologies (an interesting project)

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The blond teacher

A blonde gets a job as a teacher.

She notices a boy in the field standing alone, while all the other kids are running around having fun.

She takes pity on him and decides to speak to him.

'You ok?' she says.

'Yes.' he says.

'You can go and play with the other kids you know' she says.

'It's best I stay here.' he says.

'Why?' says the blonde.

The boy says: "Because I'm the f*cking goal keeper".

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