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Good news: EFITA 2017 – European congress for ICT for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
We are happy to announce that WCCA/INFITA joint participation with EFITA and efforts by everyone to communicate actively, with more lists and recipients, have paid off. 60 contributions were uploaded yesterday, which was new deadline. The totals are given below. 96 submissions for oral presentation so far. The organisation co-chairs have decided to prorogue the submission period till Thursday 23th (final deadline), because this should not disturb the reviewing process which will start effectively now. Demonstrations can be submitted till April 18th.
Everyone is encouraged to continue promoting conference in the coming days.
Contact: Olivier NAUD
And the Montpellier Ag University is splendid too!
About ‘my’ stupid macho jokes
Dear Guy Waksman,
I would like ask why you think it was a good idea to include a sexist joke in the professional email below? I believe that I am not the only woman/wife who reads your emails or who works in agriculture. In Australia, we have a word for something like this: ‘everyday sexism’. Or, simply, ‘inappropriate’.
My answer (GW): Thank your message. I agree with you. But may I underline that disputes between women and men are at the heart of our lives, and the subject of many of our conversations? Could you help me to find good jokes? It is not that easy… Yours thankfully,
Precision farming: role and applications of geolocation/navigation (NewAg International – March/april 2017 - page 20 - 28)
Latest issue of the Journal of Agricultural Informatics
The journal is backed by an international editorial board, the Hungarian Association of Agricultural Informatics (HAAI) and the European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA).
Journal articles of Vol 8, No 1 (2017)
The issue of Vol 8, No 1 (2017) in PDF:
Papers in the Vol 8, No 1 (2017):
Analysis of smallholder farmers’s ICT-adoption and use through their personal information space
Zeynel Cebeci, Figen Yildiz
Comparison of Chi-square based algorithms for discretization of continuous chicken egg quality traits
Special extension opportunities of CReMIT method in time series analysis and their application in forestry
Roşca Radu, Ţenu Ioan, Cârlescu Petru
Assessment of the milking machine parameters using a computer driven test system
Suresh K Mudda, Chitti B Giddi, Murthy PVGK
A study on the digitization of supply chains in agriculture - an Indian experience
János Jóvér, Attila Nagy, János Tamás
Evaluation of cellulose content by infrared spectroscopy
Contact: Miklós HERDON
Las diez ideas españolas para ahorrar agua frente al cambio climático
Estas innovaciones tecnológicas quieren lograr un uso más eficiente del agua ante las limitaciones hídricas que trae el calentamiento global.
European Soil Partnership (ESP)
The page serves to inform about the ESP activities, about the activities of national soil organizations, and raise public awareness about soil related problems. If interested, please like and share our page from your Facebook page.
Organic farming matters - just not in the way you think
Only 1% of agricultural land is organically farmed worldwide. If organic land continues to expand at the same rate that it has over the past decade, it will take another century for all agriculture to be organic.
But organic farming’s influence goes far beyond that 1% acreage. Over the past 50 years, organic farms have provided conventional agriculture with examples of new ways to farm and acted as a testing ground for a different set of management practices, from diversifying crop rotations and composting to using cover crops and conservation tillage. Conventional agriculture has neglected these sustainable practices for too long.
So yes, you should identify and support those organic farms that are doing a great job of producing environmentally friendly, economically viable, and socially just food. Conscientious consumers can also push to improve organic farming where it is not doing so well – for example on yields and worker rights.
As scientists, we must close some of the critical knowledge gaps about this farming system to better understand its achievements and help address its challenges.
But in the meantime, everyone can learn from successful organic farms and help improve the other 99% of agriculture that’s feeding the world today.
Irish Divorce (Take care: macho joke, sorry)
The mother-in-law arrives home from shopping to find her son-in-law, Paddy, in a steaming rage and hurriedly packing his suitcase.
"What happened Paddy?" she asks anxiously.
"I'll tell you what happened! I sent an e-mail to my wife telling her I was coming home today from my fishing trip."
"I get home...And guess what I found? Your daughter Jean, my wife, naked with Joe Murphy in our marital bed!"
"This is unforgivable! The end of our marriage. I'm done. I'm leaving forever!"
"Ah now, calm down, calm down Paddy!" says his mother-in-law.
"There is something very odd going on here.
Jean would never do such a thing!"
"There must be a simple explanation.
I'll go speak to her immediately and find out what happened"
Moments later, the mother-in-law comes back with a big smile.
"Paddy, there I told you there must be a simple explanation. She never got your e-mail".