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EFITA newsletter / 729 - 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)

Big data in Agriculture by AFIA
10 mars - PARIS
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GIL: 2016 Conference of the German Society of Computer Science in Agriculture, Forestry and Food Industry
The  German „Society for Computer Science in Agriculture, Forestry and Food Industry” ( „Gesellschaft für Informatik in der Land-, Forst- und Ernährungswirtschaft GIL e.V.“) had the yearly conference on 22/23 February 2016 in Osnabrück/Germany.
There was very good resonance (about 170 participants) and interesting contributions and discussions related to data management and other topics ranging from imaging and robotics to economical aspects and education.


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Modelia / Afia

>>> API Agro (10 février 2015)
La conférence "API-AGRO", organisée par l'Acta, a rassemblé plus de 150 personnes autour des API et de l'Agriculture Numérique... Revivez la conférence organisée par les partenaires du projet.
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>>> Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture (19 juin 2015)
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>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 2ème partie (7 janvier 2015)
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>>> Les nouveaux capteurs en Agriculture (19 avril 2014)
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>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 1ère partie : état des lieux et perspectives (12 novembre 2013)
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>>> La modélisation entre recherche et développement agricole, allers et retours... Des modèles scientifiques aux outils logiciels : ambitions, expériences, réflexions, propriété intellectuelle (29 mars 2013)

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

Farmers Business Network
FBN is an independent farmer-to-farmer agronomic network.  By connecting farmers and their agronomic data, FBN can provide farmers more information than a single farmer could ever access on their own. FBN provides comprehensive and unbiased performance benchmarking, insights on real world input and practice performance, mapping and weather data  -- all custom tailored to your fields.  FBN’s tools and services help farmers make better management decisions to increase efficiency and profitability.
We democratize farm data, putting the power of information back in farmers hands.

3 ways to create value with information
All the talk about data doesn’t get away from the work of collecting information. But once you have that information, you can put it to work.

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...


So, what has the EU ever done for us?

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Look at everything we have achieved collaboratively... UK Scientists for EU
Here's the issue. Whilst in the UK and many other countries our national politics are adversarial (look at the shouting and booing in the House of Commons), on the EU level, we have a different kind of politics - collaborative. It's a politics of getting MEPs from 28 different countries to just do s***. That's 28 countries doing constructive long-term s*** together! It has worked on so, so many fronts.

Now look again at our national politicians trying to tear this down with their aggressive slogans. It's all battling, dismissive comments ("tosh!") and looking to manipulate the public. Selfish cries of how much better we'll do alone because we're so much better than all those other countries.

Let's imagine for a moment that we, in the UK, are somehow "better". Then surely we should be the ones wanting to lead the neighbourhood team and fix things up. Look at that list again. Calm collaboration works. No slagging off necessary. Politics should be about the input from all parties and then compromise. The reliable march forward, serving us all.

If the current debate is making your head spin, getting your heart angry and making your gut sick... then that's precisely why we'd be screwed in a Brexit. We can't have our future left only to cut-throat national politicians who only know politics as manipulative messaging and battling between parties.

Look at that list again. Look at what can be achieved when we all chip in 1% GDP, get our governments round a council and elect (via proportional representation) individuals who can represent our interests calmly and collaboratively in a forum of 28 countries. That's the real deal right there.



Why Apple Is Right to Challenge an Order to Help the F.B.I. (??? – GW)
It is understandable that federal investigators want to unlock an iPhone used by one of the attackers who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., in December. And it’s understandable that the government would turn to Apple for help. But Apple is doing the right thing in challenging the federal court ruling requiring that it comply.

See Jordan's enormous refugee camp from the air
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Wonderful English

On a train from London to Manchester an Australian was berating the Englishman sitting across from him in the compartment.

"You English are too stuffy. You set yourselves apart too much. You think your stiff upper lip makes you above the rest of us. Look at me... I'm ME!I have Italian blood, Greek blood, a little Irish blood, and some Aborigine blood. What do you say to that?"

The Englishman replied, "Awfully sporting of your mother, old chap!"

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