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EFITA newsletter / 652 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Smart Farming
18-19 June 2014 – PARIS

Ma remark (GW): I will try to say hello this week to my old friends and ex-colleagues involved in SmartAgrimatics.

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.

Planting for Profit, and Greater Good
Jason Aramburu, who developed a sensor and smartphone app to help plants thrive, looks to use them to fight drought and food shortages

Videos: Viewing farming from a new angle for 2014
Growers are spending cash on unmanned aerial vehicles and high-end video cameras and they're documenting their work. Watch these 8 videos from this year's growing season to see farming from a new angle.

Gallery: Day 1 of Shell Rotella SuperRigs
The 32nd annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition was held at the zMAX Dragway, which is part of Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., from May 15-17 for the biggest SuperRigs ever. With a theme of “Go Big,” the event hosted big rigs, over $25,000 in cash and prizes, access to two races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, live concerts and more.

Drought Monitor Reflects Improvement Across Midwest (
For the contiguous 48 states, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows 54% drought-free, compared to 52% last week. Drought improvement was seen across the Midwest, South, West and High Plains regions, as an active weather system moved from the Central...

PlantLab (NL)
We are living in interesting times. This is an understatement as far as cultivation in greenhouses is concerned. We will outline three developments that after 10,000 years of land cultivation on the plains of the earth’ could completely change the face of crop growing.

Find a job in UK Agriculture

DairyICT Project: ICT in large and small dairy systems

FarmFUSE Project: Fusion of multi-source and multi-sensor information on soil and crop for
optimized crop production


USER-PA: Usability of environmentally sound and reliable techniques in precision agriculture

ITApic: Application of information technologies in precision apiculture

ICT in French Agriculture (by Isagri)
L’agriculture est un secteur de pointe qui utilise les dernières technologies. Du guidage Rtk aux cartes de modulations retrouvez toutes les informations sur des technologies qui font progresser l’agriculture.


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)

The impact of innovation on the Australian dairy industry

The other side of corporate farming
Corporate agriculture may sometimes be perceived as a threat to family farming in Australia, but often over-looked are the benefits it can provide to young farmers starting out in the industry, writes Senior Consultant Kate Leahy.

Debunking Anti-Wind Myth of 14000 Abandoned Wind Turbines in California (but I do not like too much the Wind Turbines anyway!)

Against climate change denial
See :

My remark (GW): There is no need to believe in climate change to think we should spare fossile energy sources.

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)

How To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity in retirement?

1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point a Hair Dryer At Passing Cars... watch 'em Slow Down!

2. On all your check stubs, write 'For Marijuana'!

3. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.

4. When The Money Comes Out of The ATM, Scream 'I Won! I Won!'

5. When Leaving the Zoo, start Running towards the Car Park, Yelling 'Run For Your Lives! They're Loose!'

6. Tell Your Children over dinner: “Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go…”.

7. Go to a large Department store’s fitting room, drop your drawers to your ankles and yell out: “There is no paper in here!”.

8. Pick up a box of condoms at the pharmacy, go to the counter and ask where the fitting room is.

Send This E-mail To Someone To Make Them Smile. It's called 'therapy' !

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