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French farmers on Twitter
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Excellent survey about the use of the Internet by French farmers (2014) by Christian GENTILLEAU
And to me in particular!
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.
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 is a innovative solution that generates power from the lift of a weight.
And, you thought that you have had a bad day??????
A man was telling his neighbour:
'I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it's state of the art… It's perfect.'
'Really,' answered the neighbor. 'What kind is it?'
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