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EFITA newsletter / 765 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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See you in EFITA 2017 in Montpellier in one the most interesting and beautiful region that I know

An opportunity to visit Saint-Guilhem du désert (close to Montpellier), fascinating even if you know The Cloisters in New York City

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And the Ag University is splendid too!

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ASIRA = Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture
13 February to 10 March 2017, for 6 hours per week (time commitment for participants)
- Important dates for the course registration: 11 - 27 January, 2017.
- Announcement of selected participants: 3 February, 2017.
The free online course “Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture (A.S.I.R.A) in low-income countries” is now open for registration !
ASIRA online course for low-income countries is delivered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with Research4Life. The course registration is open from 11th to 27th January, 2017.
The course is open to anyone working in agricultural science related institution or studying in agricultural and related sciences can apply for the course. Priority will be given to anyone from Research4Life eligible countries. Group A and Group B respectively. Those who pass the end of course exam successfully will be awarded with a course completion certificate.

National Farm Machinery Show 2017
17-18 Febuary 2017 - Kentucky Exposition Center - Louisville, KY
For 51 years, the National Farm Machinery Show has offered the most complete selection of cutting-edge agricultural products, equipment and services available in the farming industry. Business professionals from around the world gain knowledge and hands-on access to various technological advancements needed for the upcoming farming season during the four-day show.
The Kentucky Exposition Center is completely filled with 860 exhibitors, making it the country’s largest indoor farm show. Nearly every major line of farming equipment will be on display allowing attendees to compare products side by side. The most innovative technology and new product launches are available to agribusiness professionals, as well as alternative energy information and solutions to the challenges facing today’s agribusiness industry.
In addition to seeing the newest products on the market, visitors can attend free seminars led by industry experts. Seminar topics include unmanned aerial vehicles, cloud-based data handling, and weather and commodity trends. Visitors will also be able to watch Tyne Morgan and Al Pell during a live-taping of "U.S. Farm Report."
Watch the TV spot for the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show:

The 15th New Ag International Conference & Exhibition
15 - 17 March 2017 - BERLIN (Germany)
World Agriculture is rapidly becoming more sophisticated with the High Technology sector growing at 8-10% p.a. New Ag International, published in Chinese, English and Spanish is the only international magazine specialising in this field, which covers on a quarterly basis all world news relating to this sector. With a primary but not exclusive focus on crop nutrition and water management, we provide an independent editorial analysis on products, techniques, equipment and services relating to speciality fertilizers, fertigation, foliar spray, irrigation, biological control, greenhouses and precision agriculture.
The New Ag Team successfully deliver the combination of news, in-depth articles and informed analysis expected by its sophisticated readership. The Editorial team comprises of both qualified journalists and contributing editors with many years of experience promoting and selling such products in the international market.
Not only does New Ag International search out added value for its readers' businesses but, it also offers one of the largest website directories for High Technology inputs in the world of agriculture. New Ag International also organises conferences and exhibitions in every part of the world, which have acquired a global reputation.
Every year New Ag International Conferences attract delegates at top executive level from more than 60 countries of the five continents.

XXXVII CIOSTA & CIGR V Section Conference
13-15 June 2017 - Palermo, Italy
The conference aims at promoting the exchange of knowledge on Research and Innovation for the Sustainable and Safe management of agricultural and Forestry Systems to improve human life quality.
The conference will be held in Palermo, the regional capital of Sicily, which is the largest and most heavily populated island in the Mediterranean sea.


>>> About CIOSTA
"Commission Internationale de l'Organisation Scientifique du Travail en Agriculture" (CIOSTA), founded in Paris, 1950.
Main research areas are:
- work science in agriculture and forestry
- farm and agro-food logistics
- food processing and storage
- safety and ergonomics in agriculture
- landscaping
- organic farming
- precision agriculture
- decision support systems for farmers
- agro-food traceability
- machinery and robotics in agriculture

>>> Abstract submission is open
> Instruction:
> Template:
Each Author may present a maximum of two abstracts.

Deadline is February, 14, 2017

After the review/revision process, the full set of final selected papers (in the form of short papers that must fit exactly 6 pages) will be published according to the publication policy into Chemical Engineering Transactions (CET) indexed by SCOPUS and ISI Web of Knowledge (Conference Proceedings database).

Conference Main Topics
- Labour, ergonomics, safety and health
- System engineering, management and traceability
- Field operations
- Logistics
- Post-harvest technology
- Information systems and precision farming
- Renewable energy and efficiency
- Environment protection
- Protected cultivation and greenhouse technology
- Open topics

The CIOSTA 2017 Organizers (President Prof. Pietro Catania and coordinator Dott.Mariangela Vallone) would be very pleased to receive your personal scientific contribution and would appreciate your help in disseminating the event.
For any communication write to: ciosta2017(a)

We all look forward to meet you at the CIOSTA 2017 conference
CIGR V President 2015-2018
Prof. Remigio BERRUTO

SIMA ASEAN Thailand 2016: the business place for the whole region!
The 2nd edition of SIMA ASEAN, held from 8 to 10 September 2016 at the IMPACT Exhibition & Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand, proved to be a resounding success. Attracting 13,000 visitors from various countries and covering an exhibition space of nearly 21,000 sqm, including indoor and outdoor areas, the second SIMA ASEAN lived up to its promise as the most international and extensive agri-business event in Southeast Asia.
Next edition will be held from 7 to 9 September 2017.

Livestock and agri-business show (North Africa)
10 - 13 October 2017 - ALGIERS
IMA, the worldwide reference event for suppliers to the agricultural and livestock sectors, and SIPSA, the international tradeshow for livestock, agri-food and agricultural equipment, have teamed up to create a new trade show, SIMA-SIPSA in Algeria, which will be Africa’s largest trade show dedicated to livestock and agricultural equipment.

Through this association of two leading brands, SIMA-SIPSA will offer industry professionals an exhaustive product range to meet needs in all sectors of agriculture.

Benefitting from the support of the Algerian authorities, the show will also present the latest innovations and a series of forums and Insight sessions organised by the foundation FILAHA Innove.

The 1st edition of SIMA-SIPSA will take place at the Algiers Palais des Expositions from 4 to 7 October 2016.


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)

Collaboration with the magazine New Ag International to develop dissemination of Precision Agriculture
The research group on AgroICT and Precision Agriculture (GRAP) of the University of Lleida-Agrotecnio Center (Catalonia, Spain) have started a collaboration with the magazine New Ag International to increase the dissemination of Precision Agriculture worldwide.
The collaboration consists of writing a 5-page editorial on different aspects of PA in each magazine issue and the inclusion of a PA session in the well-known yearly conference organized by the magazine. The editorial is composed of educational and technical articles, interviews with stakeholders and glossaries of terms.
The first editorial was published in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue (you can read the current issue at the magazine website and find all the editorials GRAP website).
The conference will be held in Berlin from March 15th to 17th and is the 15th conference and exhibition organized by the magazine. One of the keynotes and a technical session will be devoted to Precision Agriculture. More information on the conference can be found at the magazine website. Registration is still open.

Contact: Alexandre ESCOLA
E-mail: aescola(a)


Rethinking the power of light
Company creates technology that turns light into energy to power field sensors, offering lower-cost way to monitor crops.

Sol Chip
Sol Chip is an Internet of Things (IoT) systems and Energy Harvesting solutions provider. Sol Chip has developed a maintenance free IoT solutions based on its Everlasting Solar Battery. This compact battery can supply energy for the lifetime of IoT devices. Sol Chip’s technology provides a platform for disruptive applications such as home automation, smart cities, precision agriculture and many more.

Sol Chip is a worldwide leading energy harvesting company that offers a unique maintenance-free Everlasting Solar Battery and IoT communication platforms. Sol Chip’s IoT platform provides low power communication module coupled with self-sustaining energy harvesting technology. Due to Sol Chip’s breakthrough energy efficient design, Sol Chip’s IoT platform reduces overall system operation costs by over 60% compared to any other alternatives in the market these days.

Sol Chip’s technology provides a power and communication solutions for disruptive fields such as Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable tech. The Light Battery provides a 24/7 solution of the solar technology and the electronics - all in one sealed package including high voltage capabilities.

Sol Chip’s Autonomous IoT Power & Communication Module enables maintenance free monitoring and control of IoT systems.

Through its patented technology, Sol Chip integrates all the required components in a single power & communication module — to harvest and supply sustainable solar/light energy to low-power applications and to provide autonomous communication.

- Enables autonomous operation of low power applications (compact, simple & light solution)
- Harvests the energy for the life of the devices / systems
- Reduces environmental hazard
- Reduces system cost of ownership (Reduced cost of silicon, system and maintenance)
- Decreases design complexity
- Increases overall system efficiency and reliability (ruggedized / waterproof)
See :

UAV innovator launches new-tech sensor by Willie Vogt
Sentera has created a sensor for drones that does the computing in real-time - creating NDVI video instantly. It's just the start.

10 tips to avoid cyber sabotage by Kristy Foster Seachrist
Cyber thieves are turning up the heat, upping their game. Here are some ways to stop them cold.

What's new in ag? A collection of five new items in ag: Jan. 9- Jan. 13

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A man goes to a physician. The doctor says, "I'm sorry to tell you this but you've only got six months to live."

The man says, "Doctor are you sure? Is there anything I can do?"

The doctor says, "Well, you could marry a piper." (or a clarinettist? - GW)

"Will that make me live longer?"

"No, but it'll make your six months seem like six years."

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Montpellier - France at SupAgro Ag University



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


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