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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 28 May 2018

EFITA newsletter / 828 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

First thought for today about the power of love (at the last royal marriage)

We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love and when we do that we will make of this old world a new world.

Dr Martin Luther KING quoted by Most Rev Michael CURRY, the first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the US

Second thought for today about the power of love

If human beings ever harness the energies of love, then for the second time in history, we will have discovered fire.

French Jesuit priest Pierre TEILHARD DE CHARDIN quoted by Most Rev Michael CURRY

Third thought for today about the power of love

Rev Michael CURRY could almost make me a believer.

Ed MILIBAND, former Labour Leader (19 May 2018)

And a last one about this royal marriage

e-newsletter NewGen Farmer, Insider's Guide for a New Generation of Farmers


New tool for connecting to customers, by Willie Vogt

Nutrien, a new name in ag, will have a new interface for its customers.

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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)

Company outlines tech pipeline

Farmers Edge has a lot of new products and tools coming to market — 90, in fact.

ImpactVision Can Detect Foreign Objects in Food Using Hyperspectral Imagery

ImpactVision, an AgFunder portfolio company, has launched a new application that uses hyperspectral imagery to detect foreign objects in food.

The key benefits of ImpactVision’s system for foreign object detection are that it is non-invasive, suitable for production-grade speeds, detects non magnetic materials i.e. plastic, paper, cardboard, bones, textiles and fibres, IP65 graded (protected from dust ingress and high pressure water jets), integrates with alarms/rejection systems and a web-based analytics service for remote monitoring can be provided.

We Phen- KNOW- type

Plant-DiTech provides agro-researchers with an easy to use, high-throughput plant growth experimental and phenotyping platform, as well as real-time diagnostic software tools to efficiently find the right plants, traits and materials which contribute to better yields and stress response
Plant-DiTech simultaneously controls and measures a large array of plants via feedback irrigation techniques and multiple precise sensors. The system monitors functional growth and productivity parameters from each plant under different abiotic and soil conditions. The big data is transformed into valuable knowledge to better predict yields and speed up the discovery of new plant mechanisms, growth enhancers and tolerant plants.

Bird repellent laser solves bird problem at vineyards

Griffin’s Lair vineyard achieved a 99.8% reduction in birds with the Agrilaser Autonomic.


European Soil Data Centre Newsletter No.111 (April-May 2018)


Bayer is Not Shying Away from Monsanto’s Controversies with Post-Merger Exec Team

The question remains, with pressing new technologies, such as gene-editing, to sell to both farmers and the public, is the new entity’s ability to build trust with its stakeholders going to be affected by the people it has chosen to tell the story?

Management: Mental capacity and consolidation by David Kohl

Farm consolidation is very important in the future, but does the next generation have the ability to take it on?
The adequacy of mental capacity is being revealed in the current economic cycle. When commodity prices were high, complacent businesses were still able to make a profit despite good business management practices being a low priority. Now, in the downturn, these same businesses are being exposed because they lack the chief financial officer and/or chief operating officer type of management skills necessary to manage through the current economic times.
In solving this issue, important questions must be asked about the stakeholders. These questions can be labeled as the “GWC’s.” Do they get it? Do they want it? Do they have the capacity to manage the demands of a larger business? When the business management team exhibits these characteristics, the probability of success increases dramatically.

Management: Future of small farms

Diversity is and will be the key to small farm survival across the USA.
At a recent question and answer session during a producer conference, one participant from Pennsylvania asked, “What is the future of the small family farm in Pennsylvania and across the U.S.?”


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Norman Borlaug 100 years tribute from world food prize


Scientists in China Race to Edit Crop Genes, Sowing Unease in U.S.

Chinese-owned Syngenta makes strides in new technologies to alter plant DNA, as U.S. farmers worry that cutting-edge agricultural science is shifting East

Is Gene Editing the Future of Farming?

A research team at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is developing higher-yielding tomato plants with a gene-editing tool called Crispr-Cas9. Are these products different from traditional GMOs?

Next Efita
in Greece in 2019!

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

Funny (traditional) advices for your children & grandchildren…

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car-phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.
Your Grandparents had a different word for burger-flipping: They called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were: So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents’ generation, try delousing the closet in your own room..

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.

*This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters.
You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.
*Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life.
In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds.
Chances are you'll end up working for one.

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