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EFITA newsletter / 650 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Talented-born conductor...

Looking for a Senior Research Project Manager ICT & Agri-Food
> You coordinate the development and execution of multidisciplinary, international research projects in the area of ICT & Agri-Food;
> You analyse complex information management and ICT issues from a business- and supply chain perspective;
> You transform these issues from your scientific expertise into new concepts with which you interact with relevant stakeholders;
> You work collaboratively as part of a team embedded within LEI Wageningen UR.
Contact: Sjaak WOLFERT
E-mail: sjaak.wolfert(a)

Smart AgriMatics 2014

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.

A refresher on agricultural apps
In January, we rounded up 22 of what were some of the top agricultural apps of 2013. The apps ranged in function from calculators and scouting to management and farm show guides. Since then, a number of new apps have hit the app stores that you may want to check out for the 2014 growing season. Here, we bring you a refresher on some of the new apps we’ve seen recently. Browse through to see which will be helpful for you this year.

Gallery: Top 10 technologies for the farm
The face of farm technology is undergoing another major change. Sensors, power and even cloud computing will be enhanced in the future. Deploying these technologies will be important in the next decade.

Crop tech, fertility converge for higher yields
The world of crop fertility is undergoing significant change. Not only is the technology of delivering crop nutrients changing, but the science behind the process of feeding a high-yield crop is getting more precise, as well. Alan Blaylock, manager of agronomy, Agrium, understands this all too well.

Energy sector looks to agricultural waste
Thanks to rapid technological development, as well as new regulatory carrots and sticks, today’s energy companies are more eager than ever to work with farmers to capitalize on the moneymaking potential of such underused resources. Under certain conditions, they will pay farmers significant sums for the right to turn waste crops, grasses, weeds and manure — anything that has heat content — into energy.

New grain drying tech makes the job easier
Remote monitoring of farm inputs is becoming commonplace. The grain drying industry is no exception, as we found out at National Farm Machinery Show. Four companies are offering technology that allows for remote monitoring of grain as it dries in real time.
Voir :


Modelia / Afia

>>> La modélisation entre recherche et développement agricole, allers et retours... Des modèles scientifiques aux outils logiciels : ambitions, expériences, réflexions, propriété intellectuelle (29 mars 2013)

Voir :

>>> Open Data en Agriculture : état des lieux et perspectives (12 novembre 2013)
Voir :

Contact : François BRUN
Mél : francois.brun(a)

>>> Les nouveaux capteurs en Agricultture (19 avril 2014)
Voir :
Contact : JP Chanet
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a)

Where are the youth in agriculture?

More than half of biodiesel producers idle production

Want to Increase Food Insecurity in New York? Label GMOs!
In January 2014, the New York GMO Labeling Bill A.3525 was introduced to require that food or food products containing a genetically modified material or that are produced with a genetically modified material to be labeled.
According to, “one in six American consumers goes to bed hungry. One contributory factor being that food prices are too high.” If the GMO Labeling bill in New York were to pass, grocery costs would rise and the state would see a drastic decrease in consumer access to food, according to a newly released economics study.
Most notably, the two counties most affected by potential price increases in New York are the Bronx and Kings counties, because they have a higher percentage of foodinsecure individuals than other counties in the state. (

TTIP: "great opportunities for SMEs", claims Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue

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)

Better to always double-check. Always ask... Never assume

His request approved, the Bulletin Newspaper photographer quickly used his mobile phone to call the Townsville, Queensland airport to charter a flight. He was told a twin-engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport.

Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a hangar.

He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted, 'Let's go'.

The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off.

Once in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot, 'Fly over Mount Stuart and make low passes so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides.'

'Why?' asked the pilot.

'Because I'm a photographer for the Bulletin' he responded,' and I need to get some close up shots.'

The pilot was strangely silent for a moment, finally he stammered, 'So, what you're telling me, is... You're NOT my flight instructor?'

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