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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 30 April 2018

EFITA newsletter / 824 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

International Week for Smart Food Production
19-22 June 2018 - Jaarbeurs Expo Center, UTRECHT (NL)

GFIA : Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture
20-21 June 2018 - Jaarbeurs Expo Center, UTRECHT (NL)

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Modelia / Afia

>>> 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)

EU agri-food operators sign milestone data sharing deal By Claire Stam and Sarantis Michalopoulos /

In a bid to speed up the exploitation of new technologies in EU farming, a coalition of associations from the EU agri-food chain signed on 23 April a joint EU Code of Conduct on sharing of agricultural data.

Garford’s Robo-pilot for row-crop tractor guidance

Garford’s Robo-pilot is an alternative to GNSS satellite-based guidance for tractors in row crops.

New cloud-based crop monitoring platform from EOS

Cloud-based (monitoring) systems developed by start-ups are emerging faster and faster nowadays. Californian start-up EOS introduced its Crop Monitoring platform aimed at input suppliers, farmers, commodity traders, crop insurance companies, and all members of the Agriculture supply chain.

Grain temperature recording with MiniTemp Blue

Bluetooth and app make it easier to record grain temperature and decide on crop cooling ventilation.

This autonomous robot keeps chickens healthy

This nifty robot by Octopus Robots helps farmers keep their chickens healthy and reduces the need for antibiotics by ventilating the chicken litter. This reduces the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi and therefore fewer antibiotics are needed to treat diseases.

HarvestPort Moves Into Crop Inputs As E-Commerce for Farmers Broadens and Varies


Sparter: World’s first selective asparagus harvesting robot

French asparagus grower takes possession of the world’s first selective asparagus harvesting robot.


French Ag IT star-ups

API Agro
Carbon Bee
Entomo Farm
Exotic system
Farm Leap
La Charrette
La Ruche qui dit Oui
Le Comptoir Local
Les Grappes
Mon beau terroir
My easy farm
Naïo Technologies
NeXXtep Technologies
Panier Local
Piloter sa ferme
Vegetal Shield
Votre Machine
Weather Measures
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In Praise of the Corporation, Posted by Riskmonger on March 12, 2018

You might be reading this on your laptop in a comfortably warm Uber you arranged on your smartphone via a website storing your data in the cloud. The car is a hybrid built with advanced polymers, chemicals and repurposed plastics. The coffee in your cup (recycled from used chewing gum) was freshly ground, with an attractive hazelnut aroma, paid for via an electronic payment system on your watch while you bite into a crisp apple (in March) that was perhaps three days off the branch. All of this is happening every day in cities like Manila or Shenzhen – something that could not have been dreamt of a generation ago.

You are benefitting from a large number of corporations that have made this moment possible. But before turning to read this blog, the last three messages you had received probably had focused an indignation towards industry, business and the corporations that have developed the products, tools and services allowing us to live longer, more comfortable and prosperous lives. Still we are told our cancers, illnesses, shattered economy, polluted seas and poisoned earth result from some divined corporate neglect and malfeasance.

How is it that, like spoilt little brats, the more we have received from industry, the more the public is filled with rage towards them?

Traduit en français :

Earth BioGenome Project Could Hold Solutions for Agriculture's Future By Kim Kaplan


Next Efita
in Greece in 2019!

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

I'll be on the front porch

On the first day, God created the dog and said:
Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For
this I will give you a life span of twenty years.

The dog said:
"That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other
And God said that it was good.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said:
"Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh.. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year
life span.

The monkey said:
"Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?"
And God again said that it was good.

On the third day, God created the cow and said:
"You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family.
For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.”

The cow said:
"That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give
back the other forty?"
And God agreed it was good.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years."
But the human said, add to my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?

"Okay," said God, "You asked for it."

So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.
There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I'm doing it as a public service.

If you are looking for me, I will be on the front porch.

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