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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 22June 2015

EFITA newsletter / 699 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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EFITA|WCCA|CIGR 2015 Conference program is ready!
29 June – 2 July – POZNAN (Poland)

If anyone wants to register after the 19th of June, please contact:
E-mail: jrn(a)

Or Jerzy WERES
E-mail: weres(a)

EFITA Board Meeting and EFITA General Assembly should take place on Monday 29 June
E-mail: jrn(a)

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)

French farmers on Twitter
> Hervé Pillaud
> Christiane Lambert

Excellent survey about the use of the Internet by French farmers (2014) by Christian GENTILLEAU

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Topcon acquires boom technology company
Topcon announces its third precision agriculture-related acquisition since November of 2014 with its purchase of Norac Systems.

Webcast to demonstrate mobile manure apps
An upcoming webcast will feature the demonstration of two manure management apps. The demonstrations will be followed by a panel discussion that will feature more manure-related apps and discuss challenges, opportunities and lessons learned when creating those apps....

MIT's crop-saving drones at the ready
With a freshly-inked US$100,000 cheque tucked under its arm courtesy of MIT, startup RaptorMaps plans to get crop-mapping drones into the air to better track their health and give farmers' harvests a boost.

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Remote Sensing of Selected Winter and Spring Host Plants of Tarnished Plant Bug (Heteroptera: Miridae) and Herbicide Use Strategies as a Management Tactic

New precision agriculture technologies Aimed at creating a more efficient farm operation
Precision farming market is segmented on the basis of technologies such as guidance systems, remote sensing, and Variable Rate Technologies (VRT). Guidance systems are further segmented into GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and GIS (Global Information Systems).

2015 Precision Agriculture Dealer Survey: Top Four Trends To Watch
Editor’s note: The 17th Precision Agriculture Survey was completed with partnerships among the departments of Agricultural Economics and Agronomy at Purdue University, CropLife magazine, and support from SST Software and Raven Industries. This article looks at the key areas of precision ag adopters are working with in 2015.

Computer processing capabilities double about every two years. Known as Moore’s Law, this concept was developed in 1975 by Gordon Moore, co-founder of the Intel Corp, and remains mostly true today. As more transistors are placed on a microchip, the cheaper and more powerful the chips become. With a doubling every two years, the changes become exponential.

EU-PLF Project (already quiet often mentioned in this newsletter): A new video
The size of livestock farms have increased dramatically in recent times, that resulted in large number of animals or birds cared for by decreasing number of livestock producers. Thus, farmers are finding increasingly difficult to take care of the animals in a satisfactory manner. This may result in a decreased technical and economic performance of the farm and lower welfare for the animals.
Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) could assist livestock producers through automated, continuous monitoring of the animals. The observation data can be translated into key indicators on animal welfare, animal health, productivity and environmental impact. A number of PLF tools have been developed at laboratory levels and as prototypes.
The overall objective of the EU-PLF project is to bring some of those tools from the lab to the farm. The process of making those tools operational for the end-user in dairy, pig and poultry farms will be studied in details and a generic procedure (Blueprint) will be derived that will help people in the future to develop Precision Livestock Farming concepts into operational tools. This blueprint represents a manual for farmers and high tech SME’s that are keen to develop new PLF tools. It will be a reference tool offering pragmatic guidance on how Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) systems can be applied on farm level in order to create value for the farmer and other stakeholders.
Highly experienced European teams from different disciplines with a proven track record in animal and PLF-related fields (animal scientists, veterinarians, ethologists, bio-engineers, engineers, social scientists and economists, leading industrial market players in the livestock industry and high tech SME’s) have joined forces to deliver a useful PLF Blueprint.
To ensure that the Blueprint assists the European livestock industry beyond the duration of the project, 50 SME’s or potential starters will be identified all over Europe to play a key role in the EU-PLF project. With a competition for SME’s and starters, the best ideas will get funding to design a PLF-prototype using their high tech innovative solutions. In collaboration with a leading industrial PLF-partner, it is envisaged that they will use the Blueprint to bring their prototype to farm level. This will allow the development of new business models while linking high tech SME’s to European industry players to create new PLF-products with global impact.
EU-PLF is closely related to the BioBusiness and ALLSMARTPIGS projects.


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 :

>>> Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture (19 juin 2015)

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

World Bank Allies with Israel to Fight Freshwater Scarcity
You may not like Israel’s prolonged occupation of Palestinian territory and disagree with its policies but you cannot ignore what this country’s science and technology community bring to the world in advances covering a wide range of fields from agriculture to medicine to quantum physics and more.

This week Israel and the World Bank announced a cooperative agreement to bring its drip irrigation and water conservation technology to Developing World markets. This latest success acknowledges Israel’s world leadership in drip irrigation and notably two home-grown companies, Netafim and NaanDanJain.

Brexit debate exposes Cameron's London-centric thinking

GravityLight 2
GravityLight is a innovative solution that generates power from the lift of a weight.

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