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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 10 March 2014

EFITA newsletter / 640 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

2013 Global Food Policy Report
12 March - WASHINGTON DC (12:15 pm)
The report presents an overview of the past year’s major food policy developments and discusses ways the world can achieve an ambitious but attainable goal: sustainably eliminating hunger and undernutrition by 2025.
Guest speakers Homi Kharas, Deputy Director of Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution’s Development Assistance and Governance Initiative; Asma Lateef, Director of the Bread for the World Institute; and Tjada McKenna, Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future and Acting Assistant to the Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security join IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan to provide perspectives on recent developments influencing food and nutrition security, as well as insights for 2014 and beyond.
The event will also be live webcast and available for post-event viewing.
To watch online, see:

The 12th New Ag International Conference & Exhibition
26 - 28 March 2014 - WARSAW, Poland

Oregon Precision Farming Expo
2 – 3 April - McMinnville, OR

Contribute to Smart AgriMatics 2014 - session on Interoperability and standards for data exchange in agri-food business
18 – 19 June - PARIS
This interactive workshop will focus on the current state of play on standardization, implementation and adoption of standards for the exchange of information between stakeholders in the agri-food supply chain.

The workshop will be divided into two parts:
1. Introduction of standardization and adoption of standards on the current landscape, this is being collected by the ICT-AGRI ERANET (

2. Workshop contributors are requested to add to the challenges and actions to be taken in order to improve the adoption of standards or the development of new standards in the agri-food chain.

Special focus is on the processes and data exchange between the Farm Management Information System (FMIS) at the farmer’s side and information systems of other stakeholders in the supply chain. The session is targeting to all agri-food stakeholders along the supply chain; from farmer to retailer and ICT system/software/service providers.

Experts are invited to contribute to this workshop. Contributions cover at least one of the following topics:
- Motivation and state of the art in the adoption of ICT standards to support data exchange between information systems of agri-food stakeholders.

- Potential actions and motivation for further development and adoption of existing or new ICT standards for data exchange in the agri-food chain.

- Specific standards and the current adoption for data exchange between the FMIS and information systems at other stakeholders in the supply chain.

If you want to contribute, then send a half page description of the usage and adoption of ICT standards in the agri-food chain to with the subject “Contribution to session 4.2 on Interoperability for Data Exchange” before the 15th of April, or contact one of the organizers directly.

OpenTransportNet questioner
OpenTransportNet (OTN) will create collaborative virtual service hubs that aggregate, harmonize and visualize open transport-related data to drive the rapid creation of innovative new applications and services.
OpenTransportNet service delivery hubs will address the following challenges:
1) a need to better aggregate and harmonize data to improve accessibility and use,
2) a need to link spatial and non-spatial data to extract value and increase accuracy and
3) a need to provide innovators with easier APIs and GUIs to stimulate the creation of new services and commercial opportunities.
Please help us to collect information for hub building and fulfill next questioner…
Contact: Karel CHARVAT
E-mail: charvat(a)

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Precision Ag Talk
Here is the weekly radio spot that we do on the latest and greatest that Precision Ag has to offer

Farmscan AG, precision farming specialist (already mentioned in the issue nb. 589, but so impressive)
Since 1976 Farmscan AG has developed, acquired and employed industry leading technologies, innovations and innovators to help Australian farmers become among the world’s most efficient producers via a complete range of electronics to steer, map, monitor and control spraying, spreading, planting and harvesting machinery.

The most high tech farmer (with a Wifi network)

10 Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime

Thr 2914 Farm Bill
> The 2014 Farm Bill: A Challenge for Federal Crop Insurance AIPs

> Pro Farmer Video: Farm Bill Safety Net Options

> Interesting analysis of the U.S. farm bill by Canadian reporter Neil Macdonald

> The 2014 Farm Bill: The Challenge for Farm Producers

CLA Presents at Varroa Mite Summit
About 75 scientists, beekeepers and policymakers attended this week's “Varroa Mite Summit” at USDA's APHIS facility in Riverdale, MD. Ten invitees from CLA and CLA member companies were able to attend the Summit:Merav Gleit (Beeologics/Monsanto); Barbara Glenn (CLA); Jerry Hayes (Monsanto); Klemens Krieger (Bayer);Ray McAllister (CLA); Jay Overmyer (Syngenta); Dick Rogers (Bayer); Julie Schlekau (Valent U.S.A.); Raj Singh (BASF); and Jamie Thomas (Dow AgroSciences).

Among the opening remarks, Barb Glenn outlined the efforts and commitment of the crop protection industry to support honey bee health. Her presentation can be viewed here. Additionally, Merav Gleit described the development and progress of RNAi technology in protecting bees from parasites and pathogens. Breakout groups brainstormed research priorities for achieving Varroa control and management.

Beekeepers emphasized the importance of finding new products to control Varroa; managing current control strategies and products to improve and maintain efficacy; and cooperation from beekeepers apparently unconcerned about Varroa, whose hives are a source of infestation for others. EPA and its Office of Pesticide Programs had a strong presence, including Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention, and at least nine other personnel. USDA organizers promised to provide proceedings of the Summit. Press coverage of this important, invitation-only event has been virtually nonexistent.

African musicians singing for Ag+INvestment funds
Musicians and artists from across Africa have come together - to seek more money for farming. They want governments to help transform the agricultural sector. And they've recorded a song, to promote the cause.

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)

11 people on a rope...

Eleven people were hanging on a rope, underneath a rescue helicopter...10 men and 1 woman!

However, the rope was not strong enough to carry them all, so they decided that one of the party had to leave, otherwise they were all going to fall to their deaths.

There were no volunteers and they were unable to decide who that person should be. Then the woman made a very touching speech: she said that she would voluntarily let go the rope, because, as a woman, she was used to giving up everything for her husband and kids or for men in general, and was used to always making sacrifices with little in return.

As soon as she finished her speech, all the men cheered and started clapping...


Contact: Mick HARKIN
E-mail: harkin(a)

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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
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