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EFITA newsletter / 755 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Contacts :
Jean-Pierre CHANET (Irstea)
Bruno TISSEYRE (AgroTIC SupAgro)
Olivier NAUD (Irstea)
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a), tisseyre(a), olivier.naud(a)

3rd EU FRESH INFO forum (ICT / Fresh produces)
29 - 30 November ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands.
Information(technology) is changing the game in Fresh Produce. This is the central theme of the 3rd EU FRESH INFO Forum & Roundtables.

For the third time in succession, Frug I Com will organize this leading industry event on information management, information-standardization and information technology and development in fresh produce. The event will take place at the SS Rotterdam.

Zoetermeer, 20 October 2016 – Information technology is changing all industries. Disruptive technologies pave the way for new companies and new concepts. Who would have thought that Uber would be reorganizing the taxi-business without a single taxi or that Air BNB would be the biggest hotel without hotel rooms. New players, new game; but what is the impact on the game in fresh produce ?

The third edition of the EU FRESH INFO Forum takes place at the SS Rotterdam on 29 and 30 November in close collaboration with GS1 in Europe, the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) and the Fresh Produce Centre.

>> Morning plenary sessions
The program will start with addressing the impact of the CHANGE of the GAME in the Fresh Produce sector. Keynote speakers will highlight the impact that new technology has on the customer and the entire supply chain.

>> Breakout sessions
In the breakout sessions, six themes will be addressed that are essential for companies not to be on Gartners’ EXIT-list. Gartner predicted that “Digital business incompetence” will cause a quarter of businesses to lose competitive ranking in 2017.

Breakout sessions:
1. DATA QUALITY ; Together with GS1 Nederland, we go into detail on how data quality is essential for fresh in retail supply.

2. FARM DATA ; More and more data from the farm is needed in the supply chain. Results from the Farm Digital Research & Innovation Program will be presented here.

3. TECHNOVATION ; Drones, robots and sensors are entering our sector: an update on major developments.

4. LOGISTICS ; Without logistics, there will be no fruit and vegetables on your plate. But what does the logistics of the future look like?

5. FACT DRIVEN ; BIGdata is changing the decision making process in fresh produce: from managing with our own green fingers to model based decisions: an update on how data is the oil of your company.

6. CAPABILITY TO CHANGE; One of the major issues is the capability needed to change the use of new technology in a company. It requires change of business processes, change of competences needed but also entails the struggle with fear of the unknown. In this breakout session, special attention will be given to this process of change and the people who have to implement it.

>> Game over?
This will leave you with the question: should I do something or do I need to wait? In an outlook called ‘Trendz! On to 2030 the impact on the fresh game ’ renowned speaker Richard van Hooijdonk gives you the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of future trends and the impact on fruits and vegetables.

>> Fresh Produce Centre Management Dinner
Change starts at the highest level. Digital transformation of the fresh companies management is essential for the next generation of fresh produce. The Management Dinner takes place on 29 November as part of the EU Forum. During this Dinner, CEO’s of the Fresh Produce Centre members will discuss the Change of the Game.

>> Fresh Technology Tour
On 29 November, a special tour will be organized for foreign visitors along the most modern Dutch horticulture companies. This year, we will visit the Urban Farm De Schilde: a hydroponics and aquaponics urban cultivation on the roof of a disused office. For the latest developments of logistics in the glasshouse, we will visit Ter Laak Orchids: where every orchid has its own RFID chip!

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Agricultural Tech Investment Rises to Record $25 Billion
Investments by companies and venture capitalists in agricultural technology reached a record of as much as $25 billion globally in 2015, and that figure will probably grow again this year, according to a private report.
Real-time data analytics, sensors and robots are raising the prospect of the “next green revolution” and are spurring start-ups, according to the report released Tuesday by Boston Consulting Group and AgFunder, which connects investors with agricultural companies and proposals online. The investments include research and development, deals, partnerships, equity stakes and technology centers. Early-stage funding from venture capital firms reached $3 billion globally, up from $900 million in 2013 and $400 million in 2010, the groups said...

Can a hacker get you?
All software-driven systems are at risk of cyberattacks. Here’s what manufacturers are doing to thwart them.

Grower organizations encourage manufacturers to implement AgGateway's ADAPT for precision ag
A dozen leading U.S. grower organizations are hailing the collaborative efforts that led to the new AgGateway ADAPT framework for interoperability in precision ag systems - citing the many benefits to farmers, and are calling on Farm Management Information System (FMIS) companies to formally commit to integrating the ADAPT framework into their systems in the near future.


Modelia / Afia

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

>>> 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)

Adas Services (UK)

Adas Digital (UK)
Contact: Lucy WILSON

Muddy Boots (UK)
Muddy Boots has 80 members of staff, with 2,000 customers, across 40 countries. Our software is used by 70% of the UK fresh produce industry, with our global presence growing rapidly.

Hummingbird Technologies (UK)
> Drone-enabled data and imagery analytics for the precision farming industry
> Central focus on early detection of crop disease and accurate monitoring of the rate of change in crop health
> Better and faster intelligence to help farmers lower agro-chemical input costs and optimize yields

SoilEssentials (UK)
> Guidance & Autosteer For improved productivity and efficiency
> Autosection & Variable Rate Control: automatic control of all inputs
> Farmworks Software: Integrated Farm Management Software
> Soil Sampling: For nutrient management and fertiliser/lime usage
> Holland Scientific Plant Sensors: Crop Circle Sensors for research purposes


European Soil Data Centre Newsletter No.94 (October 2016)

Pesticide residues in food: risk to consumers remains low
Ninety-seven per cent of food samples collected in the European Union are free of pesticide residues or contain traces that are within legal limits. The conclusion is part of EFSA’s latest annual report on pesticide residues in food, which analyses the results of almost 83,000 food samples from the 28 EU Member States – including Croatia for the first time – as well as Iceland and Norway.

Jose Tarazona, Head of EFSA’s Pesticides Unit, said: “The high compliance rates recorded for 2014 are in line with previous years, which means that the EU is continuing to protect consumers by controlling the presence of pesticide residues in food.

“Our annual report is a major undertaking that is rooted in the data we receive from Member States. It would not be possible without the commitment and expertise of our European partners, and we thank them for their contribution.”


What are pesticides and how do they get into our food?
Pesticides play an important role in maintaining yields of agricultural crops. However, the residues from pesticides can potentially be harmful to humans if they get into the food we eat. A pesticides expert at EFSA explains the measures that are in place to reduce the risks.

« Science in agriculture: historical perspectives and prospective insights
>> Climate change and agriculture - Giampiero Maracchi

>> Biotechnology: solutions for our alimentation - Agnès Ricroch and Louis-Marie Houdebine
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