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EFITA newsletter / 829 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

NL Agri-Food Tech Traction Tour

16 June 2018 - 23 June 2018
The KPMG Agri-Food Tech Traction Tour to The Netherlands is an executive level tour opportunity to access unique insight to emerging agri-food technology from The Netherlands’ private and public sector, large established businesses and disruptive startups. The focus is to connect Australian and Dutch businesses and research entities and help enable innovation deal flows.

Drone European Platform

Drone European Platform (DEP) is willing to develop and present a holistic approach to the increase of effectiveness of educational offers in what is related to delivering to the world of work better qualified trainees. The project is focusing on technical competences, and on the horizontal competences, representing a set of critical competences, life-oriented and work-oriented and in strict relation with individuals. These competences are often not trained or developed in the current educational courses and thus it’s important to develop strategies to support educational providers, educational managers and educational trainers of tools enabling them of promoting their acquisition and development by the trainees.

>>> Objectives
- To include innovative technology in VET specifically in agriculture curriculum.
- To develop a Drone Course at the European level.
- To increase the skills and knowledge of teachers in the area of drones and their ability transmit and implement it on the learning process of their students.
- To prepare students with the skills to find a job more easily.
- To train other trainers to acquire current knowledge and to prepare them to transmit that information to their students
- To unify agricultural sector between countries.
- To convert countryside and agricultural job in an attractive career for youngsters.
- To learn from the different countries participating in the project and their national legislation, the uses of the drones in their countries and the trends drones are initiating.
- To establish a network of knowledge and exchange of ideas at European level that helps to learn and ac-quire the necessary skills to use drones.

>>> Organization
The project is coordinated by CECE from Spain,, in collaboration with:
- TIRANTES from Netherlands,
- Jordbrugets Uddanneslsescenter Aarhus from Denmark,
- Stichting Helicon Opleidingen from Netherlands,
- Istituto di Instruzione Superiore “Duca degli Abruzzi” from Italy,
 -Federación EFAS CV La Malvesia from Spain,

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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)
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.
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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)

Voir :

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

DOT & Raven Technologies combine precision tech systems

If you’re going to build autonomous driving units to replace farm machinery, why not incorporate as many bells and whistles as you can?

DK: Danish farmers earn € 18/ha with precision agriculture

According to research conducted for the Danish Ministry of Agriculture, Danish farmers earn an additional € 18 per hectare if they use precision agriculture technology.

Blockchain is Coming for Agriculture and You Might Not Even Notice


Harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet

Indigo Seed Treatment: The plant microbiome is vital to crop health. We offer microbial seed treatments for corn, cotton, rice, soybeans, and wheat.

Connecterra (NL) Raises €4.2m Series A for AI-powered Dairy Tech


IDA, The Intelligent Dairy Farmer’s Assistant

Ida is the first step in our journey to make global agriculture more productive, humane and sustainable using sensors and artificial intelligence.


4 Reasons Why Israel is Now a Developed AgriFood Tech Hub

The agrifood tech space is bustling with at least 800 start-ups out of a total 8,000 Israeli start-ups from a population of 8 million; those are impressive stats by anyone’s count.
While I can’t say I was surprised to see how far the Israeli agrifood tech scene has come over the past five years, it was great to confirm first-hand that it is now a developed ecosystem for start-ups and investors alike.

USDA Has a Responsibility to Reveal Crop Yield Forecasting Methods by Sara Menker

Sara Menker is CEO of ag data and analytics software Gro Intelligence. Prior to founding Gro, Sara was a vice president in Morgan Stanley’s commodities group. Gro’s software automatically harvests disparate data, transforms it into knowledge, and uses machine learning to make predictions offering users analytical tools, intuitive agriculture-centric visualizations, and live dashboards.

10 Agtech Startups for Smallholder Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa

At a high level, North American farmers — with their thousands of acres of land — face similar challenges to smallholder farmers across Sub-saharan Africa with less than five acres to work with. They all must contend with unpredictable weather as well as ensure they have enough capital to secure inputs and manage their farms to maximize efficiency and yield. They must also be able to get their products to market. The way these challenges manifest for farmers globally, however, depends largely on the size of the farm as well as the sociopolitical context in which the farms operate.

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The Woman Marine Pilot

The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment: Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it.

The next day, the kids came back and, one by one, began to tell their stories.

There were all the regular types of stuff: spilled milk and pennies saved.

But then the teacher realized, much to her dismay, that she had missed Janie.

“Janie, do you have a story to share?”

''Yes, ma'am. My daddy told me a story about my Mommy.

She was a Marine pilot in Desert Storm, and her plane got hit. She had to bail out over enemy territory, and all she had was a flask of whiskey, a pistol, and a survival knife. She drank the whiskey on the way down, so the bottle wouldn't break, and then her parachute landed her right in the middle of 20 Iraqi troops.

She shot 15 of them with the pistol, until she ran out of bullets, killed four more with the knife, till the blade broke, and then she killed the last Iraqi with her bare hands.”

''Good Heavens”, said the horrified teacher.

“What did your Daddy tell you was the moral to this horrible story?”

 "Stay away from Mommy when she's been drinking."

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