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EFITA newsletter / 816 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Even if you do not understand German at all or you do not understand very well German (it is my case), do not miss this video which presents Germany at its best with this parody of Mrs Merkel (whom I appreciate so much!)…

Dr Florian Sitte als Angela Merkel 2018


David Forge, farmer and youtuber who met Emmanuel Macron

With more than 30,000 subscribers and dozens of videos published over the past three years, David Forge talks on his video site his daily life as farmer. After having questioned Emmanuel Macron before the Salon de l'Agriculture, he was received at the Elysee Palace last week.

Farmers back Minette Batters to become NFU president

An other woman, president of French Farmers' Unions: Christiane Lambert, Présidente de la FNSEA, obtient le prix de la femme d’influence politique
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¿Cómo describirías tu día hoy? Los países más positivos no son los que crees

Pew Research ha hecho esta pregunta a 42.000 personas, con resultados llamativos: más personas dicen que su día fue bueno en lugares pobres. ¿Son más felices?

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>>> Journée Internet des Objets (IoT) en agriculture – le 28 avril 2017 à Boigneville
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>>> Robotisation en agriculture : états des lieux et évolution
(séance publique de l'Académie d'agriculture de France du 25 janvier 2017)
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>>> Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture
(séance publique de l'Académie d'agriculture de France du 23 mars 2016)
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>>> Big Data et Agriculture (10 mars 2016)
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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.
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>>> Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture (19 juin 2015)
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>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 2ème partie (7 janvier 2015)
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>>> Les nouveaux capteurs en Agriculture (19 avril 2014)
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>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 1ère partie : état des lieux et perspectives (12 novembre 2013)
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>>> La modélisation entre recherche et développement agricole, allers et retours... Des modèles scientifiques aux outils logiciels : ambitions, expériences, réflexions, propriété intellectuelle (29 mars 2013)

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Contact : Jean-Pierre CHANET, François BRUN
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a), francois.brun(a)

Quickly Find, Process, and Generate Products from Landsat-8 Imagery

Access to free data is one thing. Finding the right images, processing them and generating meaningful information from them is another. Watch this webinar to learn more about extracting critical information to develop leading geoanalytics products from Landsat-8 data.

Decision Advantage: Predictive Analytics in Geospatial Intelligence... by Jesse Piburn, ORNL

Jesse Piburn (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) presents "Decision Advantage: Predictive Analytics in Geospatial Intelligence and Why Data is Now the Most Valuable Resource in the World," in this recorded session from EAS 2017.

The most valuable resource in the world is no longer oil, it’s data. Like oil, data in its raw form is valuable not for what it is, but what we can turn it into. For geospatial intelligence, data and predictive analytics can facilitate an increase in situational awareness and allow analyst to have access to more information than ever before, but it is no panacea. Along with solutions it brings with it new issues we must contend with as a tradecraft. Predictive analytics is an extraordinarily powerful tool to help us find new answers. But, how do make sure we are asking the right questions?

HELIOS® by Harris Geospatial Solutions

Traditional weather forecasting predicts what will likely happen in the atmosphere, often missing events on the ground that are influenced by the localized nature of weather. Helios weather analytics bridge that gap with fast and accurate local ground weather intelligence to enable real-time decision making for organizations that rely on location-specific weather information to inform, react, and protect.

Modern agriculture (in French)

Bigger data = Bigger crops

In 2050, there will be 9.6 billion people on earth. Ascent asks: can digital farming help to feed them?
Precision farming has the potential to address one of our planet’s most fundamental challenges – to produce more with less. Population growth will mainly occur in developing countries, with issues such as soil degradation and climate change leaving Africa, in particular, unable to feed 60 per cent of its inhabitants.

Greater use of data in agriculture will support a move away from mass production towards customized, optimized approaches at every stage of the production chain.

At the start, fewer seeds, pesticides and fertilizers will be used along with a reduction in water costs. In the middle, climate management, disease control and more effective deployment of human resources will make the growth of plants and animals more efficient. And at the end of the chain, data analysis will enable farmers to predict productivity and volumes with a much lower margin of error.
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Will Facial Recognition Become Farming Norm?

Much popular discussion about facial recognition software recently has centered on Apple’s facial-ID security systems—but agricultural scientists have been working toward an entirely different use for the technology. At the end of January, Minnesota’s Cargill announced that it was partnering with the Dublin-based machine-vision company Cainthus in order to develop facial-recognition technology that will monitor the health and well-being of dairy livestock.


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The secret to tripling the number of grains in sorghum and perhaps other staple crops

A simple genetic modification can triple the grain number of sorghum, a drought-tolerant plant that is an important source of food, animal feed, and biofuel in many parts of the world. In new research reported today in Nature Communications, scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have figured out how that genetic change boosts the plant's yield: by lowering the level of a key hormone, generating more flowers and more seeds. Their discovery points toward a strategy for significantly increasing the yield of other grain crops.

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Bioeconomy Innovation needs Researchers to Communicate

The BeBizBlueprint report from the EU funded CommBeBiz project calls for researchers to become Ambassadors for and champions of the Bioeconomy and a more sustainable world

“If the Bioeconomy and its ambition of delivering a more sustainable world is to be achieved, researchers working across this multi-disciplinary field must be prepared and willing to speak up about their work and how it fits into the drive towards this essential innovation,” says Rhonda Smith, of Minerva UK and Co-ordinator of the CommBeBiz EU funded project on the launch of its BeBizBlueprintReport (Wednesday 28 February 2018).

“Engagement by the Bioeconomy research community with society and with stakeholders in industry and policy is essential if new policies, processes and products are to be accepted and adopted at the scale needed to bring a bio-based world to fruition,” continues Rhonda Smith.

Partners in the CommBeBiz project, funded to provide opportunities for capacity development, expert mentoring, creating connections, and co-production of materials for EU funded projects, met with difficulties in engaging with projects and researchers.

“Engagement, outreach and communications are not sufficiently recognised or rewarded by academia and funders to enable researchers to put these activities on their priority list,” adds Rhonda Smith.

“There is no systematic recognition currently of how these actions can contribute significantly to research innovation.”

The BeBizBlueprint based on CommBeBiz’s three years’ experience provides key messages for the stakeholder groups that make up the ‘Ecosystem’ around the research community as well as for researchers themselves.

Rhonda Smith continues: “Whilst researchers could choose to do more in this area, it is a difficult choice to make when the primary focus remains in the academic and funding sectors on peer-reviewed publications and citations, scientific congresses and securing more funding.

CommBeBiz calls on the academic and funding sectors to consider how changes can be made to provide researchers with the complementary skills required to enable them to become confident and capable Ambassadors for the Bioeconomy. In parallel, consideration needs to be given as to how researchers can be recognised and rewarded for this additional work, alongside the introduction of multi-metric research evaluation.”

CommBeBiz’s work with ERA-Nets, including CoBioTech and SUSFOOD, on writing the requirements and criteria for communication and dissemination strategic plans in proposals, plus provision of online support and face-to-face training, are clear indicators that new thinking is being put into action.
Rhonda Smith concludes: “It is also evident from recent high-level meetings in Brussels and from recent reports, surveys and other funded projects that CommBeBiz’s key messages particularly for funding and academic stakeholders ‘chime’ with current debates and discussions on the need for change.

The BeBizBlueprint and its key messages is designed to prompt continuing debate.”

The full report is available to view and download here:

CommBeBiz’s messages in the Blueprint for Researchers, Academia & Research Institutes and funders are reproduced here.

>>> Researchers
- ‘Be noticed, be heard'
- 'Demand complementary skills training of your Institute and/or your project’
- ‘Apply your analytical skills & scientific approach to communications planning to deliver exploitation and innovation’

>>> Academia & Research Institutes
- ‘Integrate transferable skills into the curriculum for all science disciplines’
- ‘Recognise and reward communications and outreach actions of scientists by adopting a multi-metric approach for research evaluation’

>>> Funders – national, regional and specialist
- ‘Enhance your understanding of communications and dissemination strategies’
- ‘Embed communications planning into your calls; acknowledge relevance and reward this activity through a multi-metric approach to research evaluation’
- ‘Provide appropriate support and training for applicants and successful projects’’

>>> EU & EC – the shapers and providers of core funding
- ‘Create and deliver clarity and consistency in ‘sustainability’ terminology’
- ‘Develop and deliver a strategic plan for upskilling researchers in funded projects in complementary skills’
- ‘Design and deliver a central strategic plan for Bioeconomy communications’

>>> Ends/ Contacts & Notes follow
> Media contact: Annabel Mead, CommBeBiz Senior Project Manager, Minerva Communications UK on +44 (0)1264-326427 or +44 (0)7823335468. Commbebiz(a)

>Rhonda Smith, Co-ordinator available for interview – call direct on +44(0)7887-714957
or via the contact details above.

Editor’s notes
About the CommBeBiz project: The mission of CBB has been to provide opportunities and access for European Bioeconomy researchers to skills training, networking and expert business and communications information and advice. CBB activities have designed and delivered created to meet the needs of the researcher, from online training, to Annual Meetings, Academies and production of marketing material, which have then been measured for their effectiveness. Observations and key learnings are shared in the BeBizBlueprint with suggestions to stakeholders for them to further support the researcher through upskilling, motivating, empowering and connecting with the aim of garnering greater research impact.

The call under which CommBeBiz has been successfully funded is H2020-ISIB-2014-1, Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bioeconomy, part of Societal Challenge 2: Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy. The project receives €1.6 million funding and runs from March 2015 to February 2018.

The partners in CommBeBiz are:

MINERVA Communications UK
Contact: Rhonda Smith, +44 (0) 1264 326427

TEAGASC, Agriculture and Food Development Authority,
Contact: Maeve Henchion +353(0) 1-8059515

PRACSIS SPRL, Contact: Sylvia Schreiber +32-2-6633041

EBN European Business Network
Contact: Robert Sanders, +32-2-27728900

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Amazing: Neurology 101. How smart is your right foot?

This is hysterical. You have to try this. It is absolutely true. I guess there are some things that the brain cannot handle.

You have to try this, please. It takes 2 seconds. I could not believe this! It is from an orthopedic surgeon.

This will confuse your mind and you will keep trying over and over again to see if you can outsmart your foot, but you can't. It is pre-programmed in your brain!

1. While sitting at your desk in front of your computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles...

2. Now, while doing this, draw the number '6' in the air with your right hand … Your foot will change direction.

I told you so! And there's nothing you can do about it! You and I both know how stupid it is, but before the day is done you are going to try it again, if you've not already done so.

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