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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 25 October 2016

EFITA newsletter / 754 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a), tisseyre(a), olivier.naud(a)

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Modelia / Afia

>>> Séance de l'Académie d'Agriculture de France "Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture" (23 mars 2016)
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>>> Big Data et Agriculture (10 mars 2016)
Voir :

API Agro (10 février 2016)
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.
Voir :

>>> 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)

Future of Farming: Big data and precision agriculture (an interesting event organised by the think tank saf agri iDées with around 200 participants - GW)

Britisch Embassy in Paris
Date: October 25th, 2016 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
English/French simultaneous interpretation provided

The British Embassy and the French think tank saf agr’iDées are organising this event in partnership, with an exclusive international perspective on the uses of Big data in agriculture. New developments in the sector, with the help of innovative technological solutions, are supporting a move towards an increasingly measured form of agriculture, or precision agriculture. Thus, more and more public and private stakeholders are developing new models to collect and process agricultural data, which in turn benefit every stage of the value chain, from producers to consumers. Our panel discussions and international speakers will highlight several of these initiatives, both individual and collective, which aim to provide solutions to the current economic, social and environmental sustainability challenges.

In order to promote further discussion, a networking business lunch is scheduled with stands showcasing UK and French companies and start-ups specialising in Big data and smart agriculture.



9:00: Coffee and registration

9:30: Welcome session
, Chargée d'Affaires, British Embassy in France
Member of the Board of saf agr’iDées and Director General of Axema

9:40: National strategies in the UK and France

Stella D'ITALIA, Assistant Director, Agri-tech policy, BEIS

Cyril KAO, Deputy Director, Research, Innovation and International Cooperations, French Ministry of Agriculture Food and Forestry

10:00: Round Table 1: International approaches to Big Data in Agriculture
Chair: Philippe LECOUVEY
, Director General, ACTA – France

  • Pekka PESONEN, Secretary General, COPA – European Farmers Organisation
  • David FLANDERS, CEO, Agrimetrics – UK
  • Jorg RUHLE, International Business Development Manager, 365FarmNET – Germany
  • Anne-Laure NAVEOS, External Growth Director, Partnerships and Digital, Crédit Mutuel Arkéa – France

11:30: Pitching session – Applications for Big Data and technology solutions for Precision Agriculture

A selection of UK and French companies and startups pitch their products and services, including:

12:00: Networking business lunch
Stands showcasing UK and French companies

13:30: Round table 2: New instruments for Precision Agriculture
Chair: Clive BLACKER,
Precision Agriculture Specialist, Department for International Trade – UK

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M. Bonduelle, agriculteur, Président of the think tank saf agr'iDées

15:00: Closing Speech
Professor Ian BOYD
, Chief Scientific Adviser to DEFRA

15:30: Close


Bagpipe joke

A guy walks into a bar and announces "I have a great new bagpipe joke!"

The bartender says "Let me stop you right there son.

You see that karate black belt hanging up behind the bar?

That's mine. And I play the pipes.

See that ornery lookin' feller in the Harley t-shirt?

That's my brother - and he plays the pipes.

And that big ugly old guy in the corner with the big scar across his face?

That's my Paw - and he’s a piper.

Now, are you sure you wanna tell that joke in here?"

"Hell, no. Not if I'm gonna hafta explain it three times!"

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