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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 13 May 2013

EFITA newsletter / 602 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Jokes, Quotes and Anecdotes... an Anatomy of Wit
Mick Harkin, ex Secretary of EFITA, who has kept us amused with his Friday Jokes over the years, has published a book on Amazon entitled "Jokes, Quotes and Anecdotes... an Anatomy of Wit".
Contact: Mick HARKIN
E-mail: harkin(a)

Sustainable Agriculture - its future – its technology integration, its stakeholder cooperation
17 - 19 June – Carinthia \ Austria
Embedded into the "Days of the Future congress" there will take place the "AgriFuture Days" from June 17th to 19th in Carinthia \ Austria. 3 days are dedicated to the future of the agricultural sector and will bring together senior representatives from leading government, research & commercial organizations from around the world, to share knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and good practice related to ICT Adoption in the rural area business and all affiliated sectors.

The conference will start with a series of presentations. Keynote speakers will talk about current systems, social preferences, political thoughts and difficulties to break institutional deadlocks. Other scientists and entrepreneurs will discuss the challenge of the global food demand which is forecasted to rise by 70% by 2050, and the parallel slowdown in productivity growth together with the increased pressure on the environment and the natural resources. Workshops dealing with models for the agricultural future from the technological and organizational perspective, poster presentations and software live-presentations with best-practice examples will stimulate cooperation and inspirit the agenda. The outcome and summary of them will be introduced and pronounced as the "Ossiach declaration".
“Innovation, know-how transfer, technologies and their integration and especially new business models stimulating and enabling more cooperation for the benefit of all players in the production chain are the key-words of The Future of Agriculture”, says DI Walter Mayer as initiator of this event who cordially invites you to take part.
Contact: Karin STROBL
E-Mail: strobl(a)]

2013 Conference: Sustainable Agriculture through ICT innovation (June 23 - 27, Torino, Italy)

Precision Ag Technology: The Wide Open Road
Precision technology will be an essential element to reaching the lofty yield increases that will be required of agriculture in the decades ahead (…)
Most of this technology is available today. We just need to be creative and integrate the pieces together. It the future it may be required for legal documentation. But it definitely has possible applications in guiding input decisions. It will be the edge top producers use to stay one-step-ahead. As it becomes more widely adopted, it will become an essential part of doing business, just as the innovative technologies 20 years ago are now common practice.
Bottom line — don’t slip off the learning curve if you want to stay in farming. Fasten your seat belt for an exciting ride.

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Brave Thinkers: 30 Leaders Who Made a Difference

Rural tourism in China
On, search "Rural China".
My wife and me experimented and appreciated when visiting our son and his family who are living in China:

> Hotel Zhulan Jiuba at Xidi (in the region of the Yellow Montains)

> The Giggling Tree (in the region of Yangshuo / Guilin, in the south of China)

Dacom: Agri Yield Management

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How people in others countries live… not new, but still fun … (2)

>>> Wise Italian Grandfather

Why Italian Fathers and Grandfathers pass their handguns down through the family.

An old Italian man is dying. He calls his grandson to his bedside, Guido, I wan' you lissina me. I wan' you to take-a my chrome plated 38 revolver so you will always remember me."

"But grandpa, I really don't like guns.. How about you leave me your Rolex watch instead?"

"You lissina me, boy. Somma day you gonna be runna da business, you gonna have a beautiful wife, lotsa money, a big-a home and maybe a couple of bambinos. "

"Somma day you gonna come-a home and maybe finda you wife inna bed with another man.

"Whatta you gonna do then? Pointa to you watch and say, 'times up' "?

How people in others countries live… not new, but still fun … (3)

>>> Irish blonde...

An attractive blonde from Cork, Ireland, arrived at the casino. She seemed a little intoxicated and bet twenty thousand dollars in a single roll of the dice.

She said, "I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when I'm completely nude." with that, she stripped from the neck down, rolled the dice and with an Irish brogue yelled, "Come on, baby, Mama needs new clothes!"

As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up and down and squealed. "Yes! Yes! I won, I won!" She hugged each of the dealers, picked up her winnings and her clothes and quickly departed.

The dealers stared at each other dumbfounded. Finally, one of them asked, "What did she roll?" The other answered, "I don't know - I thought you were watching."


Not all Irish are drunks, not all blondes are dum... but all men... are men!

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