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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 20 February 2017

EFITA newsletter / 770 - 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

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The deadline in less than one month !

EFITA is the European conference dedicated to the future use of ICT in the agri-food sector, bioresource and biomass sector. It was launched and is supported by the European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA). The first EFITA was held in 1997 and 2017 is the 11th of the series. Montpellier, France, had the pleasure to welcome the event in the pleasant site of the renowned Montpellier Supagro school.

Come and enjoy a nice atmosphere for knowledge sharing and thinking the future of ICT technologies within the agri-food and bioresource sectors. 200 participants are expected from around 30 countries.

The on-line abstract submission is open at until the 28th, February.

Abstracts of 2 maximum pages are requested for oral and poster communication.

Related events such as project meetings and invited sessions will take place within the conference schedule and facilities. GODAN, ACTA, ICT-AGRI, AGRO-EDI and many other partners and Universities will organize associated events.

Demonstrations, BtoB meetings and a technical tour to ICT in agriculture and territory management will be organized at the end of the conference (July, 5th and 6th). Many other surprises such as quality keynotes speakers and a social program allowing you to enjoy the sun and the softness of living of the south of France.

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Camargue area close to Montpellier

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And the Montpellier Ag University is splendid too!

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2017 Conference of the German Society of Computer Science in Agriculture, Forestry and Food Industry
6 – 7 March – DRESDEN (DE)
"Digital Transformation - Paths to Future Agriculture" is the focus of the anniversary of the German Society of Computer Science in Agriculture, Forestry and Food Industry (GIL e.V.) on 6 and 7 March 2017 in Dresden.
The program (in German language) ranges from plenary lectures, numerous contributions, product presentations, open discussion forums (BarCamp) to a final panel discussion on concrete next steps of digital transformation
("Farmer meets business and science"). In plenary sessions, the topics "Work 4.0" and the effects of an increasing capital and knowledge intensity on agricultural enterprises are addressed. The sessions
on IT-based technologies focus on sensor / data fusion, cyber-physical agricultural systems or process chains, more recent topics such as Precision Grassland Farming are gaining in importance. In the area of the agricultural economy, legal as well as business and service aspects are also dealt with. The areas of education, training and future research are regularly part of the GIL meetings.


Email: office(at) or a.ruckelshausen(at)

AFIA day dedicated IoT in Agriculture
28 April 2017 – Digiferme de BOIGNEVILLE (91) – Station expérimentale d’Arvalis – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

>>> Internet of hings in Agriculture: the challenges
AFIA is inviting its members to participate in this information and demonstration day about connected objects. We will discuss essential concepts and present beautiful examples, with a show-room involving entreprises dedicated to IoT.

To register:

AFIA General Assembly will take place from 4 to 5h30 p.m.


Modelia / Afia

>>> Robotisation en agriculture : états des lieux et évolution
(séance publique de l'Académie d'agriculture de France du 25 janvier 2017)
Voir :

>>> Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture
(séance publique de l'Académie d'agriculture de France du 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)

Building a ‘model’ crop
As more field data are collected, farmers will have critical information to control cost and improve yield.

Smag: Smart agriculture

Connecting key data tools
Announcement that three ag data systems will integrate with Field-to-Market shows value of connectivity.

Facts, beliefs, and identity: The seeds of science skepticism
Psychological researchers are working to understand the cognitive processes, ideologies, cultural demands, and conspiracy beliefs that cause smart people to resist scientific messages. Using surveys, experiments, observational studies and meta-analyses, the researchers capture an emerging theoretical frontier with an eye to making science communication efforts smarter and more effective.


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A little Taliban humor (Jewish joke?)

A fleeing Taliban terrorist, desperate for water, was plodding through the Afghan desert when he saw something far off in the distance. Hoping to find water, he hurried toward the mirage, only to find a very frail little old Jewish man standing at a small makeshift display rack - selling ties.

The Taliban terrorist asked, "Do you have water?

The Jewish man replied, "I have no water. Would you like to buy a tie? They are only $5."

The Taliban shouted hysterically, "Idiot Infidel! I do not need such an over-priced western adornment - I spit on your ties. I need water!”

"Sorry, I have none - just ties - pure silk - and only $5."

"Pahh! A curse on your ties, I should wrap one around your scrawny little neck and choke the life out of you, but I must conserve my energy and find water!"

"Okay," said the little old Jewish man, “It does not matter that you do not want to buy a tie from me or that you hate me, threaten my life and call me infidel. I will show you that I am bigger than any of that. If you continue over that hill to the east for about two miles, you will find a restaurant. It has the finest food and all the ice-cold water you need... Go in Peace!

Cursing him again, the desperate Taliban staggered away over the hill.

Several hours later, he crawled back, almost dead and gasped, "They won't let me in without a tie!”

(You must never saw that coming!)

Next Efita
2 - 6 July 2017

note these dates!

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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