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EFITA newsletter / 805 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Modelia / Afia

>>> Journée Internet des Objets (IoT) en agriculture – le 28 avril 2017 à Boigneville
Voir :

>>> 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)

Ahead of the One Planet Summit on December 12, here are 12 ways the World Bank Group is helping countries transform to a climate-smart world
12 December 2017 – PARIS

1. Resilient Coasts: A regional investment platform aims to crowd-in finance to manage coastal erosion and flooding in West Africa.

2. Climate Insurance: A risk insurance program can help bolster relief efforts for vulnerable countries and speed up recovery in the Philippines.

3. Climate-Smart Agriculture: Cocoa and chocolate producing countries and companies take action to end deforestation.

4. Resilient Cities: A City Resilience Program will help connect hundreds of cities access the finance they need to become climate-smart.

5. Mobility: A bus rapid transit system will enhance urban mobility, reduce pollution and promote economic growth in Senegal.

6. Forests/Landscapes: A unique collaboration helps the coffee industry in Ethiopia become more resilient to climate change and restore vital forests.

7. Hydromet: New and modernized hydromet services will strengthen early warning and response systems across Africa.

8. Green Bonds: The largest new green bond fund dedicated to emerging markets is expanding financing for climate-smart investments.

9. Carbon Pricing: A coalition of global leaders is driving climate action with effective carbon policies worldwide.

10. Solar: A 750 ultra-mega solar plant will help power Delhi’s metro rail system in India.

11. Geothermal: A new facility will lead to the development of large-scale geothermal energy in Indonesia.

12. Energy Efficiency: An energy services company drives down prices of LED bulbs and unlocks energy efficiency potential in India.


3rd EARSeL SIG LU/LC and NASA LCLUC joint Workshop
11-12 July 2018 - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of CHANIA, Greece

>>> Four sessions
- Synergy of remote sensing technologies for land-use change monitoring
- The role of earth observations within the Water – Energy – Food nexus
- Social and behavioral aspects of land use supported by remote sensing observations
- Advances and outlook in the processing and analysis of remotely sensed data

For the submission procedure:

Why to be there?
- EU meets US and US meets EU in Earth Observation applications in Land Use and Land Cover, a kind of Landsat meets Sentinel in place!
- A big prestigious community will be there to discuss with you. Check previous events (Prague, Berlin)!
- Papers are to be published in IF international Journals to be announced soon.
- A special Come Together event is planned to welcome you and a wonderful (optional) Cretan social dinner with traditional music and dances to accompany your discussions.
- And… the Workshop will be held in conjunction with the 38th Annual EARSeL Symposium. Thus, the participants may further benefit from an even bigger networking and discussion platform opportunity for further debates and multidisciplinary interactions. Staying a few days longer is a plus then!

We look forward to receiving your contribution and welcome you to this unique event.


Contacts: Garik GUTMAN and Ioannis MANAKOS (on behalf of the Organizing Committee)
E-mail: imanakos(a)


Digitization in agriculture is making significant progress. One unsolved problem so far are the different and customized developments that are used for the data exchange, for instance between machine and software products of different manufacturers. We have a solution for this.
Our data hub is based on cooperation in a spirit of partnership. Together achieving goals that benefit all describes the core of our work. New partners are always welcome. This applies to large companies just as much as to freelance app developers.

Remote Sensing Market Map: 20 Remote Sensing Startups and the Varied Data That Fuels Them

Crop Spraying Drone Software Skyx Raises Seed Round

Young Farmers Call For Tech Upgrades at USDA
A lack of technology is acting as a barrier for young farmers and the biggest problem is not in the field, says a new report.

The survey by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) paints a picture of the concerns of young people getting into farming, often without previous experience or inherited land. Major challenges listed include access to land, student loan debt, shortages of skilled labor, and affordable health insurance.

But another considerable impediment for young farmers, says NYFC executive director and cofounder Lindsey Lusher Shute, is a lack of technological upgrades at the USDA. Shute says that though young farmers often get into the profession to get away from computer screens, a lack of the most basic technological upgrades at the USDA could be delaying or deterring young farmers from getting started.

Fertigation pump maker gets app by Willie Vogt
A new remote system allows farmers to manage input flow into irrigation systems from their smartphones.

5 tech trends for 2018
The march of technology continues. Here are some innovations to keep an eye on.

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Argentina permits new soybean seed as EU debates weed-killer glyphosate
Argentina authorized on Friday the use of genetically modified soybean seeds resistant to herbicides other than glyphosate, as the European Union (EU) debates whether to extend the license of weed-killers containing the ingredient.

Europe still burns witches — if they’re named Monsanto (article utile mais quand même très approximatif sur les faits et la chronologie, d’après un ami spécialiste de la question)

Merkel hält an Schmidt fest
Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel hat bestätigt, dass Bundeslandwirtschaftsminister Christian Schmidt bei der Glyphosat Entscheidung ohne Weisung aus dem Kanzleramt gehandelt hat. Das dürfe nicht mehr vorkommen, sagte Merkel. In der Sache gibt sie Schmidt Recht.

Danke, Herr Schmidt!
“Ich glaube, ich bin genügend bekannt dafür, dass ich sachgerecht im Hinblick auf die Thematik entscheide. Um das deutlich zu sagen: Ich fühle mich verpflichtet, in der Bundesregierung die Dinge zu entscheiden, die zur Entscheidung anstehen, und – so isser, der Schmidt – aber, er entscheidet an Sache und an nichts anderem.”
Bundeslandwirtschaftsminister Christian Schmidt (CSU)

Next Efita
in Greece in 2019!

EFITA President: Michael Clasen
E-mail: michael.clasen(a)

A good old joke

A 75 year old man asks his wife, "Do you feel sad when you see me chasing those young women?"
Wife replies:

"Gosh NO, not at all. Even dogs chase cars they can't drive."

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