You can also view the message online


Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 28 July 2014

EFITA newsletter / 658 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

page facebook

To correspond with me (GW), please use this address: guy.waksman(a)

PlantBeat To Debut At InfoAg 2014
29-31 July - St. Louis, MO

E-Discussion on “Forward Thinking for ICT use in Asian Agri-Food Chains”
13 August – 5 September 2014
Asian agriculture and food chains (agri-food chains) are rapidly evolving to meet local, national, regional and international markets’ needs. These needs include providing easily accessible, affordable, safe, nutritious, healthy, quality food and economically viable industrial feedstock, both produced ethically in globally competitive markets within their own countries and for export.

Emerging needs from Asian agri-food chains also include agricultural commodities to be produced through sustainable means. Agri-food chains are also increasingly being expected to contribute to the conservation and spread of socio-cultural heritage and improving the quality of life in rapidly urbanizing societies.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are rapidly transforming agri-food chains locally and globally. They have the potential to make agri-food chains more productive, sustainable and resilient. They can be used to improve the quality and safety of products and to lower costs in complex food value chains.

This facilitated e-discussion will consider how agri-food chains in Asia may develop in the future (by 2030) and what roles will ICTs may play in their development. The future development of agri-food chains in Asia may also give direction to innovation in ICTs applied in these chains. This e-discussion will focus on what futures may happen for Asian agri-food systems and ICTs through research, innovation, changes in institutions, regulatory frameworks and organizations at international, regional and national levels.

The E-discussion is facilitated by:
- Leisa Armstrong, Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
- Robin Bourgeois, Senior Foresight Advisor, GFAR Secretariat
- Ajit Maru, Senior Officer, Knowledge, GFAR Secretariat
- Gerard Sylvester, Knowledge & Information Management Officer, FAO-Bangkok
- Gerhard Schiefer, International Center for Food Chain and Network Research, University of Bonn

The outputs from these e-discussions will feed into the one day forum on “Forward Thinking for ICT use in Asian Agri-food Chains” at 9th Conference of the Asian Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture - 2014.

We invite all interested to please participate and contribute to this e-discussion.
To participate please register at: and subscribe to
Contact: Ajit MARU
E-mail: ajit.maru(a)

Biocontrol Asia 2015 and the 13th New Ag International Conference & Exhibition
17 – 20 March 2015 - NEW DELHI, India

Smart AgriMatics 2014
presentations available


Precision agriculture web-based software to analyze productivity of your fields includes a comprehensive range of organizational and analytical functions, and provides an unprecedented opportunity for georeferenced data storage and analysis
- Organization and storage of raster and vector data for agricultural enterprises, farmers, consultants and government organizations;
- Assessment of land resources (determination of field fertility and field area);
- Analysis of field variability and the delineation of areas within the field for variable rate (VR) fertilization, VR seeding and site-specific application of pesticides using multiple sources of data;
- Planning soil sampling points for zone sampling and navigation route;
- Assessment of current crop conditions;
- Current weather monitoring and forecast of crop disease;
- Creation of prescriptions for VR fertilization, seeding and site-specific application of pesticides.

New interactive app from AGCO
AGCO announced it has launched a new app, which will feature the company’s lineup of application equipment and provide interactive walk-around tours of the machines.

Unverferth Introduces UHarvest™ Data Management Solution (Aug. 2013)

8 tech news and video items to check out
High-tech items are just part of our lives now. The farms I visit are tablet-friendly and the farmers are smartphone users. Just where is the market going and what should you consider for the future? In this tech roundup we look at a few items to help you out, consider the challenge of net neutrality and look at a new 'food' that's high-tech as well.


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)

Farm Safety – time to incentivise behavioural change
This week is National Farm Safety Week and a timely reminder that we all need to do more when it comes to protecting our farming families, starting with a focus on the incentives to change our habits.

Agriculture: Can foreign direct investment benefit smallholders and investors?
As global demands for food and biofuel escalate, foreign investors have shown a keen interest in African land. The furious pace at which large-scale land acquisition investments are occurring have raised questions about the underlying motives,...

How to Ask the Hard Questions and Be “Realistically Positive”

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)

Two elderly gentlemen from a retirement center were sitting on a bench under a tree when one turns to the other and says: 'Slim, I'm 83 years old now and I'm just full of aches and pains. I know you're about my age. How do you feel?'

Slim says, 'I feel just like a newborn baby.'

'Really!? Like a newborn baby!?'

'Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants.'

The distribution of this efita newsletter is sponsored by
Please, contribute to the content of your efita newsletter, and advertise your events, new publications, new products and new project in this newsletter. Without your support, it will not survive!
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
E-mail: guy.waksman(a)

To read this newsletter on our web site

The archives of this newsletter


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
E-mail: harkin(a)

About the EFITA mailing list
You can use the efita moderated list (> 3800 subscribers) to announce any event / product / web site / joke (!) related to IT in agriculture, environment, food industry and rural areas.
If you want to subscribe a friend, please fill in his form.
If you do not wish to receive our messages, please fill in the following form...