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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 11 November 2013

EFITA newsletter / 625 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

11th of November: today France is celebrating the anniversary of the end of the WW1
Next year my country will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the WW1. Few people outside France imagine how much French people suffered because of this war, with the destruction of a large part of its territory, with the total mobilisation of the last men and women in all its towns and villages and families, with the collapse of its rural culture.
Completely exhausted and ruined, France only recovered from this terrible war in the sixties, forty years later.
France will also celebrate next year the 70th anniversary of its liberation by the Allied Forces, and will thank again all the soldiers coming from UK, USA,  Australia, South Africa, Canada, Belgium, Poland… and from Africa and South-East Asia, who died here to help this country to recover its integrity and its liberty. We will not forget the Russian and Chinese people who died in others fronts too.
Discussing with my friend Alecos Tringides from Cyprus, I told him that, born the 9th of May 1950, date of the creation of the EU, I did not know the war on the soil of my country and I remember him telling that he knew only war and separation in his own country.
It is essential today to praise the german-french friendship and the EU that guarantee that we will not enter again into deadly struggles. And this is the reason why, sharing with you a deep interest in ICT for Agriculture, I have been and still is so much interested in developing links with all of you at European and international level.
Contact: Guy Waksman, Efita President
E-mail: guy.waksman(a)

CAPIGI 2014 conference
2 - 4 April 2014 - AMSTERDAM

RHEA-2014: 2nd Int. Conf. on Robotics and associated high-technologies and equipment for agriculture and forestry
21-23 May 2014 - MADRID
RHEA-2014 is the second international conference being fostered by the project RHEA (Robot fleets for highly effective agriculture and forestry management, FP7-NMP 245986). The RHEA consortium comprises a number of research centers, universities, and companies funded by the European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme to develop robotic fleets for weed control and pesticide management in agriculture and forestry. RHEA-2014 aims to disseminate the RHEA project results and, at the same time, to bring together academicians, researchers, engineers, developers, students and companies to share and discuss both theoretical and practical knowledge on sustainable crop protection, weed control, automation and robotics in agriculture and precision farming.

>>> Topics
The RHEA-2014 topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
- Automated machines for weed control and crop protection
- Sensing in precision agriculture
- Remote sensing in precision agriculture
- GNSS, guidance systems and machinery
- Robotics and new technologies
- Fleets of robots and new vehicles for precision agriculture and forestry/li>
- Planning and fleet management/li>
- Management, modeling and decision support systems
- ICT technologies in precision agriculture and forestry
- Emerging issues in precision agriculture and forestry

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It’s a season of stark contrasts for Australia’s wheat growers

Irish Ag ICT company
Based in Mid Ulster Progressive Agriculture Solutions have secured distribution agreements with leading manufacturers of innovative technologies. We sell our solutions throughout Ireland north and south through a dealer network and direct sales of our products from our main headquarters. The company was established by John Arrell who brings a wealth of experience to his role having being involved with the machinery sector since leaving full time education.
Our Aim is not to sell a product but rather a solution that helps the progressive farmer of today face the challenges of rising fuel costs, increased machinery costs and the ever increasing climatic factors of today. By getting more from your existing machinery whether that is increasing your horsepower to get the jobs carried out quicker or use the horsepower to reduce your fuel usage per hectare worked. We further increase productivity and efficiency by increasing accuracy in the field, correctly placing both fertiliser and sprays and reducing overlap in all other operations, thus reducing your fuel usage with less overlap and less passes within the field. We achieve this by matching your needs to a suitable satellite Guidance Solution that integrates with your farming operation and gives you an excellent return on investment.

The Trimble® GreenSeeker® crop sensing system helps you effectively and precisely manage crop inputs on-the-go
With GreenSeeker, you can address field variability by applying the right amount of fertilizer, in the right place, at the right time.
- Create a high-yielding environment for your crop to grow
- Reduce nutrient input costs by eliminating excess application
- Eliminate the need for application maps or agronomist recommendations
- Operate night or day, and in fog or clouds

The GreenSeeker system uses optical sensors to measure and quantify the variability of the crop. It then creates a targeted prescription to treat the crop variability. Use GreenSeeker to apply your UAN, UREA, and NH3 to help increase crop yields and ultimately increase your profitability.

Veris Technologies
Whether you’re a grower, consultant, supplier, or researcher—you have something in common: your fields vary. The variability may be in water-holding capacity, organic matter, yield potential, nematode pressure, soil pH—or many other possibilities. One thing is certain—managing these fields as if they were uniform is not the best strategy.
Before you can manage soil variability—or manage inputs differently, you need to map it. And map it with the accuracy and intensity that truly captures the variations. Veris Technologies is dedicated to designing and building the products you need to map and manage your variability.
Veris Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1996, and Veris products are now being used in more than 40 states and 25 foreign countries.

EFITA 2013
24-27 June 2013 - TURIN

EFITA 2013: Sustainable Agriculture through ICT innovation

> Scientific program

> Poster session

> The acts of the EFITA2013 congress


Contact: Prof. Remigio BERRUTO
E-mail: remigio.berruto(a)

The wedding test

I was a very happy man. My wonderful girlfriend and I had been dating for over a year, and so we decided to get married. There was only one little thing bothering me. It was her beautiful younger sister.

My prospective sister-in-law was twenty-two, wore very tight miniskirts, and generally was bra-less. She would regularly bend down when she was near me, and I always got more than a nice view. It had to be deliberate because she never did it when she was near anyone else.

One day her "little" sister called and asked me to come over to check the wedding invitations. She was alone when I arrived, and she whispered to me that she had feelings and desires for me that she couldn't overcome.

She told me that she wanted me just once before I got married and committed my life to her sister. Well, I was in total shock, and couldn't say a word.

She said, "I'm going upstairs to my bedroom, and if you want one last wild fling, just come up and get me."

I was stunned and frozen in shock as I watched her go up the stairs. I stood there for a moment, then turned and made a beeline straight to the front door. I opened the door, and headed straight towards my car.

Lo and behold, my entire future family was standing outside, all clapping! With tears in his eyes, my father-in-law hugged me and said, "We are very happy that you have passed our little test. We couldn't ask for a better man for our daughter. Welcome to the family."

And the moral of this story is: Always keep your condoms in your car.

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