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EFITA newsletter / 820 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Extremely Lazy Dog Figures Out How To Hitch A Ride On A Sheep


Last call for abstracts for the European Agricultural Engineering Conference
8-12 July 2018 - WAGENINGEN

We already received more than 300 abstracts from over 30 countries to present orals and posters at the European Agricultural Conference in Wageningen, the Netherlands. We started the review process for these abstracts. We received several requests for more time. The deadline for submission of abstracts for the AgEng2018 conference will therefore be extended to April 9, 12.00 CEST(central European summer time; Amsterdam). Thanks for your contribution, we are well prepared to review your abstracts.

Please read the abstracts submission procedure and guidelines, before you submit your abstract!


France… Digital and Higher Education: Stay Connected!


Equipment: How do telemetry and machinery maintenance work together?

New webinar offers insight into the information available with the latest systems to help you better manage equipment year-round.

Case IH Magnum, il trattore che viene dal future (Italian)

Il Sima è stato il trampolino di lancio europeo del concept di veicolo autonomo, che funziona senza l'operatore al posto guida, e degli ultimi strumenti del brand per l'agricoltura di precisione.


Bear Flag Robotics

Bear Flag software autonomously navigates with or without GPS using state of the art perception sensors and robotic actuators.

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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
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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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>>> 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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Robots Are Trying To Pick Strawberries. So Far, They're Not Very Good At It


Technology will spectacularly change a farmer’s role

Our resident expert, Leo Tholhuijsen, talks to Jacob de Vlieg, a professor of Applied Data Science, about his enormous expectations of how precision farming, smart farming, sensoring, big data, robotics and new algorithms will change agriculture and the food chain.

The new Massey Ferguson Datatronic 5 touch display

The latest iteration of Datatronic on Massey Ferguson tractors from AGCO are operated through the new Datatronic 5 touch-screen display, which has a 9in screen in landscape format and can be set to ‘half screen’ mode to show two functions at the same time.

Case IH adds new AFS connect data-sharing options with AgDNA and several other popular services

Case IH has announced seamless data transfer capabilities between its Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) Connect™ farm management system and six new major service providers, including popular farm management system AgDNA®.

>>> Services providers

AgReliant Advantage Acre







Russians construct this massive drone

The Russian company ARDN has constructed a massive drone that can be used as a field-sprayer.

‘Agronomists from outer-space with SmartFarm’

Your fields are being watched from outer-space – or they could be for a fee, anyway.
Simplot – one of the largest privately-owned agricultural businesses in the world – has partnered with Airbus, a world-striding civilian and military aeronautical manufacturer, to develop an on-demand, satellite-based agronomy service called 'SmartFarm'.

e-ROSA Use Cases for Open Science in Agri-food – What are your needs?

Following e-ROSA’s second Stakeholder Workshop, e-ROSA is launching an open call to collect case studies on specific societal challenges, related research needs, as well as data & ICT challenges that should be addressed to support those needs, in order to achieve Open Science in the agri-food domain.

These case studies are key as they will support the identification of the services that the future e-infrastructure for agri-food science should provide.

If you are interested in providing such a case study, you can answer the guiding questions of the form that is available here and/or you can contact us so we can give you more detailed information on how to contribute.

We look forward to your contributions!!

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War and Peace by Max Roser


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