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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 17 February 2014

EFITA newsletter / 638 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

A call for proposals that will interest all those who are interested in ICT for Agriculture
Contact: Iver THYSEN
Mél: ivth(a)

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Thanks very much for your tremendous work with the Efita newsletter – it has always something interesting to read
I wish you all the best for the New Year and good health.
Me personally I had my 65 year celebration at our institute and official retirement just before Christmas after 36 years working for FiBL and organic farming. I will still be involved in few projects as senior advisor with a limited work share of 25 % and some teaching at University. But much more time private.
J’aurais pu écrire en français. Bonne nouvelle année et bonne santé ! Cordialement,
Contact: Otto SCHMID, FiBL Suisse
E-mail: otto.schmid(a)

GI2014 - Sächsisches GI/GIS/GDI-Forum
29 - 30 April 2014 - DRESDEN
Main Seminar Topics of OPEN Call For Presentations: History of Geospatial Open Standards , Open Database Protection, Open Data Resources, Open Data Commons, Linked Open Data, Open Data Technologies, Open Data Interoperability, Cross-border Open PSI, GeoData & OSM, Political Open Data Support, Licensing Policies, IPR & Copyright, ODbL, Open Data Best Practices

ICTs enabling Family Farming
16-18 June 2014 – VILLACH - Austria
2014 is the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). The theme of this years’ Agrifuture Days 2014 conference is “ICTs enabling Family Farming”. It will take place from June 16th to 18th in Villach, Austria.

The Club of Ossiach, as AgriFuture Days organizer, invites speakers from private, public, commercial, community and research sectors to send us their proposals for participation and presentations.

The following 3 key issues in areas where the application and the use of ICTs make a difference for family farming will be focused in the conference program.

1. Informing farmers and family farming communities
2. Improving family farm’s production, productivity and marketing efficiencies
3. Enabling greater resilience in family farming

The conference provides two presentation options:

1) Innovative ICT solutions and big ideas to better one of the three a.m. subject areas.
2) Well established technologies and software solutions.

Contact: Club of Ossiach
Mél : clubofossiach(a)

Info Ag 2014 - Conference on precision agriculture
29 - 31 July - St. Louis, MO

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)

An enablement platform and M2M (machine-to-machine) solution for small to mid-size companies
Our M2M platform includes mobile code, a branded and white-labeled cloud platform, and much more and has successfully integrated equipment data (J1939, ISOBUS, GPS and much more) for equipment transmitting up to 800 data points per second via GSM and CDMA networks.

>>> Note: Code division multiple access (CDMA) is a channel access method used by various radio communication technologies.
CDMA is an example of multiple access, which is where several transmitters can send information simultaneously over a single communication channel. This allows several users to share a band of frequencies (see bandwidth). To permit this to be achieved without undue interference between the users CDMA employs spread-spectrum technology and a special coding scheme (where each transmitter is assigned a code).
CDMA is used as the access method in many mobile phone standards such as cdmaOne, CDMA2000 (the 3G evolution of cdmaOne), and WCDMA (the 3G standard used by GSM carriers), which are often referred to as simply CDMA.


Natural Resources Conservation Service California

The modern farmer

The 2014 Farm Bill: A Challenge for Federal Crop Insurance AIPs

GMOs: Health Commissioner Borg criticises Member States for “abdicating on their responsibility to decide” on GM crops

Can Sustainability Feed The World?

GMO cultivation up 15 percent in Europe
Brussels, Belgium — 13 February 2014
This week, two independent reports published by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) confirmed the positive benefits plant biotechnology has on farmers worldwide, and the potential impact it can have on helping farmers adapt to and mitigate climate change conditions in 2050.

In the European Union, new data showed that Spain leads the five EU countries planting GM crops with a record 136,962 hectares of biotech maize, up 18 percent since 2012. The other countries are Romania, Portugal, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

“The increase of GMO cultivation by 15 percent in Europe for a similar crop than the one discussed on 11 February flies in the face of claims that Europe doesn’t want or need GMOs. The evidence supports that there are farmers who need, chose and use these products when they are available, and when democratic choices are guaranteed. The fact that policy makers don’t make decisions on dossiers despite EFSA concluding products are safe, supposedly because of lack of public trust, decreases public trust in the products and perpetuates the vicious circle of: no vote, no trust, no vote.

There is a need for leadership by policy makers to take decisions on products that some farmers would choose if they had a choice,” said Nathalie Moll, EuropaBio’s Secretary General. “In Europe, Spain is clearly leading the path with a proven record of benefits to farmers and society as a whole; since 1998, thanks to Bt maize cultivation, maize imports into Spain have reduced by more than 853,000 tonnes”.

According to ISAAA’s annual global biotech crop acreage report, which was released today in Beijing, more than 18 million farmers are planting biotech crops on 175 million hectares. ISAAA reported that smallholder farmers in developing countries can especially benefit from plant biotechnology as they face the most extreme food security and productivity challenges. Of the farmers planting biotech crops, more than 90 percent, or 16.5 million, are small-scale and resource-poor farmers. Of the 27 countries planting, 19 are developing countries.

Also this week, IFPRI published a first-of-its-kind study that closely examines the impact of 11 agricultural technologies on crop productivity, food prices, and natural resources in 2050 under climate change conditions. The study found that farmers will need to integrate multiple technologies into their cropping systems in order to produce the largest yields at the lowest prices to consumers. IFPRI concluded that when fully adopted by farmers:
· No-till farming, which has been enabled through plant biotechnology, has the potential to increase maize yields by 67 percent on irrigated hectares.
· Heat-tolerant wheat varieties could increase yields by 23 percent on irrigated hectares.
· Nitrogen-use efficient traits could increase rice crop yields by 22 percent on rainfed hectares.

> Food Security in a World of Natural Resource Scarcity: The Role of Agricultural Technologies

> Report '15 years of Bt maize cultivation in Spain : Economic, social and environmental benefits' published by Antama Foundation

>>> About EuropaBio
EuropaBio is the European Association for Bioindustries, bringing together bioscience companies from all fields of research and development, testing, manufacturing and distribution of biotechnology products. It has 56 corporate members, 14 associate members and Bio Regions and 19 National Biotechnology Associations- representing some 1800 small and medium sized enterprises across Europe.

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