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EFITA newsletter / 724 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Montpellier - France at SupAgro Ag University


Contact : Jean-Pierre CHANET, Bruno TISSEYRE
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a), tisseyre(a)

Designing the path: A strategic approach to EU agricultural research and innovation
26-28 January 2016 - BRUSSELS
Are you interested in shaping the future of EU agricultural research and innovation? Take part in the conference organised by the European Commission, which will take place on January 26-28 in Brussels, in the presence of Commissioners Phil Hogan and Carlos Moedas.

European agriculture and rural areas face a number of long-term challenges that can be tackled through research and innovation. The discussion on how a long-term strategy can offer solutions was kick-started at a workshop in Milan in June 2015. Several consultation activities then followed. The conference on 26-28 January 2016 brings this six-month process to a close. It will present the main elements of a strategic approach for EU agricultural research and innovation, and will discuss the different ways in which this approach could be implemented.

The programme features many interesting speakers in two plenaries and six parallel sessions. One of these parallel sessions is specifically targeted to EIP approaches and "interactive innovation".

5th ENDURE Summer School - The role of IPM in mitigating effects of climate change on pest dynamics –modelling approaches
9 - 14 October 2016 - VOLTERRA (Italy)


Modelia / Afia

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

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

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

>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 1ère partie : état des lieux et perspectives (12 novembre 2013)
Voir :

>>> 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 :

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

Maximizing data for best returns
Fourth-generation farmer T.J. Coughenour uses new tools to boost returns. His incorporation of data into his decision making helps farm profitability.

Data management for 2016
As more farmers turn to cloud-based systems to manage their data, there are a few issues to keep in mind.

Give These Four Ag Apps a Try

20 technologies changing agriculture
Voir :

BoniRob by Bosch
BoniRob is a multi-purpose robotic platform for applications in agriculture. Its four independently steerable drive wheels and the ability to adjust its trackwidth make BoniRob highly maneuverable.
BoniRob can be run purely on batteries or connected to a generator to extend its range and usage time.
BoniRob can be retrofitted and upgraded with exchangeable application modules (tools).
BoniRob can navigate autonomously along plant rows (e.g. dams) in the field, carrying the application module (tool) as it goes.
Environmental sensors (e.g. Lidar), inertial sensors, wheel odometry and (optionally) GPS are mounted for row detection and navigation.

Monsanto has invested millions in these 11 startups (5 involved in Ag ICT) - St. Louis Business Journal
>>> Agricultural productivity

>>> Digital Agriculture
> AgSolver, based in Ames, Iowa, develops software and analytic systems for supporting more sustainable land management, valuation and business planning.

> Vital Fields, based in Tallinn, Estonia, is a company with the simplest farm management system in the business, and helps European growers maximize their farm efficiencies. The company manages everything from field books to compliance to farm activities, and will be providing farm analytics to help growers make data-driven decisions.

> HydroBio provides prescriptive irrigation recommendations by creating a layered data product via a mobile platform, to conserve water and increase yields. It is focused on irrigated acres of major row crops, and has helped Monsanto reduce its water footprint for seed production. The company is based in Denver, Colorado.

> On the forefront of robotic farming, Blue River Technology in Sunnyvale, California, uses computer vision and machine learning for precision weeding and the application of herbicides. Blue River is moving agriculture towards a world where every plant is detected and treated individually.

>>> Biologicals



French Forum Phyto / 1601 (in English)

– Clearly make the difference between risk and hazard (Andrew Maynard, Michigan University, USA)

– “They killed the cats! Precaution, superstition and eco-zealots” (The Risk-Monger)

– “Why You Should Thank A Caterpillar For Your Mustard And Wasabi” (NPR, USA)

– How to Make a Natural Weed Killer (Andrew R. Kniss)


NYT: We Need a New Green Revolution… in the USA and in the EU By PHILLIP A. SHARP and ALAN LESHNERJAN. 4, 2016
Experience has shown that the best way forward is funding research through a competitive process, with projects selected through a peer-review procedure that excludes politics. There is a program in the Agriculture Department that embraces these tenets, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, and its research grants show great promise.
New, hardier varieties of corn are being developed from tropical species that can better withstand heat, drought and changes to the environment. The probiotics found in fermented products like yogurt are being tested to replace antibiotics used in animal husbandry.   And nanotechnology and electrified micro-coatings of water are being applied to some produce, to prevent food poisoning. Government Ag research is even exploring how to double the rate of photosynthesis and eliminate the need for pesticides.

The potential is great, but the program has never been fully funded. Despite a $25 million increase in the omnibus budget agreement, the budget of the department’s research initiative sits at half of what Congress authorized in 2008 when it created the program. In the 2014 fiscal year, the program’s peer-review process identified approximately $1.1 billion in grants as worthy of funding, but the program could dispense only $270 million. We cannot kindle the next green revolution if we treat roughly three-quarters of a billion dollars in worthwhile scientific ideas as if they were table scraps.

Throughout humanity’s existence, farming and food production have always benefited from innovative solutions that solved challenges and looked beyond the horizon. Now more than ever, we need to embrace 21st-century science, fund it and turn it loose so we can develop better methods of putting food on the table. Our world is changing; the way we grow and produce food needs a much richer diet of scientific ingenuity to keep pace.

Phillip A. Sharp, a professor at M.I.T., won a Nobel Prize in 1993. Alan Leshner is the C.E.O. emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They serve on the board of the Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation.


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Thought you should know that the book, "Understanding Women",  is now out in paperback…

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Four ladies
Four ladies meet after 30 years at their High School Reunion. One goes to take food while the other 3 start to talk about how successful their sons became.
No. 1 says her son studied economics, became a banker and is so rich, he gave his best friend a Ferrari.

No. 2 said her son became a pilot, started his own airline became so rich, he gave his best friend a jet.

No. 3 said her son became an engineer, started his own development company became so rich, he built his best friend a castle.

No 4. came back with a plate full of food and asked what the buzz is about. They told her they were talking about how successful their sons became and asked her about her son. She said her son is gay and he works in a Gay Bar.

The other three said she must be very disappointed with her son for not becoming successful. "Oh no !! " said the Lady, he is doing good. "Last week on his birthday he got a Ferrari, a jet and a castle from three of his boyfriends. "

The other three fainted…

(This joke won an award for the Best Joke in a competition held in Britain.)

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