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EFITA newsletter / 698 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Réseaux sociaux & Agriculture : ne manquez pas cette occasion de franchir le pas vers l'Internet des jeunes générations…
…pour ne pas être le dernier / la dernière à s'y intéresser et à en profiter ? Que vous travailliez dans un centre de gestion, une coopérative, une organisation professionnelle, une chambre d'Agriculture, un établissement de formation, etc. vous n'avez aucune chance d'échapper aux réseaux sociaux, alors pourquoi tarder ?
19 juin 2005 – PARIS
L’AFIA avec le concours du Groupe Numérique des Instituts techniques agricoles a le plaisir de vous annoncer la tenue du colloque : « Réseaux sociaux & Agriculture ».
Le web 2.0 en Agriculture, des forums aux réseaux sociaux, de « face de bouc » (Les Bodins *) à Twitter, des plateformes collaboratives à la science participative en passant par le crowdfounding… ce qui a changé
Les technologies du web 2.0 ont largement pénétré le monde agricole. Il est vraiment nécessaire aujourd’hui de faire le point sur ce que ces outils nous ont apporté et sur les différentes façons
dont ils sont utilisés.
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EFITA 2015
29 June 2015 - 2 July 2015
POZNAN (Poland)

EFITA 2015: Sustainable Agriculture through ICT innovation

It is a great pleasure to invite you to attend EFITA/WCCA/CIGR 2015 Conference which will take place in Poznan, Poland from June 29 to July 2, 2015.
EFITA/WCCA/CIGR 2015 is a joint conference of three associations: European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA), International Network for Information Technology in Agriculture – World Congress on Computers in Agriculture (INFITA – WCCA) and International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering – Technical Section VII: Information Technology (CIGR VII). All these associations deal with the use of ICT in the agri-food, bioresource and biomass sectors. These, and not only, will also be the leading topics during the conference sessions. 

We hope that the Polish hospitality will make this conference truly memorable, including social and networking activities that are aimed at forging collaboration and exploring ideas through multidisciplinary approaches. It is important that professionals meet up on a regular basis to interact, network and exchange ideas and knowledge. It is only by sharing ideas that we develop new ones that catalyze technological advancement.

Hoping to see you all in Poznan,

E-mail: weres(a)
Chair of the EFITA/WCCA/CIGR 2015 Committee

prof. Wojciech Mueller
POLSITA President

dr. Janina Rudowicz-Nawrocka
Secretary of the EFITA/WCCA/CIGR 2015 Committee
E-mail: jrn(a)

Call for IROS 2015 Full-Day Workshop on AGRI-FOOD ROBOTICS: Dealing with natural variability at the 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
2 October - HAMBURG
This full-day workshop focuses on the intersection between robotic systems and the agricultural sector, with emphasis on food production (agri-food robotics). One of the main challenges in this field is to deal with the huge natural variability in agricultural products and environments, and the need for flexibility to perform different tasks. The workshop will focus on presenting and discussing the latest scientific and applied research on systems and methods to ensure that robots are equipped with the robustness and flexibility to deal with the variability. The workshop furthermore aims to give an overview of the state-of-the-art in the field and to discuss future directions, as well as to increase awareness of the scientific and societal challenges in agri-food robotics among robotic researchers, engineers, and practitioners in general.

>> Important dates
- Submission of full-length paper (4-6 pages IROS style): July 5, 2015
- Notification of acceptance: July 31, 2015
- Submission of final paper: August 30, 2015
- Workshop: October 2, 2015

Every paper will be reviewed by at least two peers. The selection of accepted papers will be done by the organizing committee, based on the reviews. Contributions of highest quality will be selected for oral presentations, others will be granted a poster presentation.

>> Organizers
- Gert Kootstra, Wageningen University and Research Centre
- Yael Edan, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
- Eldert van Henten, Wageningen University and Research Centre
- Marcel Bergerman, IEEE TC on Agricultural Robotics and Automation, and Carnegie Mellon University

Contact: Gert KOOTSTRA
E-mail: gert.kootstra(a)

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Precision Ag News - New issue out! And includes stories such as "Soil sampling for PA"
In issue 11.2 of Precision Ag News, Dr Brett Whelan, Associate Professor in Precision Agriculture at The University of Sydney explains how to estimate the number of soil samples required to gain meaningful information on different soil characteristics. The best option while we wait for a comprehensive on-the-go soil sampling system.

Other features include interviews with early adopter of PA, South Australian grain grower Mark Branson who provides an economic analysis of his 10 years of using PA and how it is adding $57/ha to his annual profit and with Victorian tomato grower who is the first to yield monitor his field tomato crop.

Other topics include:

- adaptive irrigation in horticulture

- pest mapping in sugarcane

- site specific fungicides

To subscribe to Precision Ag News by joining SPAA…

New Name for SPAA
SPAA – (the) Society of Precision Agriculture Australia is the new name of this membership group that for over 10 years has helped Australian land managers, agronomists and researchers to develop and adopt precision agriculture.. SPAA – originally stood for the Southern Precision Agricultural Association which was started by a group of farmer, agronomists and researchers, mainly based on South Australia. To reflect the national focus of SPAA as an organisation working with members from all States of Australia and a wide range of agricultural industry sectors, at the 2015 AGM members voted to change the name to SPAA-Precision Agriculture Australia.

Other than changing its name SPAA is continuing to work hard for its members and the wider industry in the development and adoption of PA across Australia.



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 - 1ère partie : état des lieux et perspectives (12 novembre 2013)
Voir :

>>> Les nouveaux capteurs en Agriculture (19 avril 2014)
Voir :

>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 2ème partie (7 janvier 2015)
Voir :

Contact : JP CHANET, François BRUN
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a), francois.brun(a)

Gallery: 5 new agricultural product enhancements by Kathy Graul (Farm Industry News)
In this week’s installment of New Product Monday, we focus in on a group of products and services that have recently been enhanced in a variety of ways. Claas invests in a new shredlage technology for its harvesters; Monsanto upgrades two of its pest management tools; New Holland upgrades its mini excavators; Syngenta expands its AgriEdge program; and John Deere adds tools to the Operations Center within MyJohnDeere. Click through for more information and links.

Monsanto upgrades pest management tools (Seen in Farm Industry News)
Genuity has launched important updates to two key technology tools, the Genuity Rootworm Manager application and Genuity sponsored Farmers who use these tools as part of a comprehensive integrated pest management approach are able to help maximize their yield potential while reducing their pest risk.

The free Genuity Rootworm Manager iPad device application debuted in May 2014 as a technology to help farmers asses their risk for corn rootworm pressure and provide field-specific recommendations for the farmer. During the 2015 season, growers who take advantage of this app will now experience improved ease of use and the ability to backup data through Apple iCloud storage.

The Genuity sponsored monitors corn earworm, Western bean cutworm, corn rootworm and soybean aphids. This tool was developed by climatologist and meteorologist Mike Sandstrom to help farmers understand their current pest pressure and make more accurate predictions for future migrations. Farmers who sign up for this free tool will now be able to experience a more responsive mobile phone and tablet experience with larger map images. Along with the map images, users will now be able to see the migration patterns of all four monitored insects for the past growing season as well as the current season.

Corn and soybean farmers can sign up at to receive free email alerts to pest pressures that pose a risk in their geographic area. Corn farmers at risk for rootworm pressure can visit or visit the iTunes App Store for a free download.


AgriEdge Excelsior program from Syngenta now available nationwide (Seen in Farm Industry News)
Growers across the country can now take the guesswork out of improving their farm’s production, land value, farm stewardship and profitability, as Syngenta has expanded its AgriEdge Excelsior program nationwide this year. For more than a decade, AgriEdge Excelsior has helped growers simplify the complexities of 21st century farming within the Southern and Western regions of the U.S.

The program is designed through the eyes of the grower and focuses on the needs of the whole farm, and not just one crop. A combination of total-farm management with record-keeping software and personalized, on-farm support, AgriEdge Excelsior enables growers to maximize their profit potential and helps improve the collaborative relationship they have with their suppliers, the value chain and Syngenta.

With the help of its reseller partners, Syngenta provides a broad portfolio of products and solutions that allow growers the flexibility to do what makes sense agronomically and economically within their operations, through on-farm support.


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The wife and I were sitting around the breakfast table one lazy Sunday morning.

I said to her, "If I were to die suddenly, I want you to immediately sell all my stuff.”

"Now why would you want me to do something like that?” she asked.

"I figure that you would eventually remarry and I don’t want some other asshole using my stuff.”

She looked at me and said:

"What makes you think I’d marry another asshole?”

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