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EFITA newsletter / 838 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Crop Innovations and Regulations

4 - 6 September 2018 - BARCELONA, Spain
Register today to attend this year’s meeting and connect with 400+ experts working across the crop protection and nutrition community.
- 4 crop focused tracks.
- 10+ Member States.
- 60 industry leaders


4 - 6 septembre 2018 - OUTARVILLE (45) - France
- 3 jours d'immersion totale au sein de la filière de l'agroéquipement
- 160 hectares d'exposition et de démonstrations
- 1 parcours de visite unique
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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)

UE: Updated EIP-AGRI brochure: Horizon 2020 - 2019 calls

The European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme provides funding for research and innovation for 2014-2020. It supports projects in many fields, including ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’ (Societal Challenge 2). Many of its calls require projects to apply the “multi-actor approach” (MAA). This means that projects must focus on real problems or opportunities that farmers, foresters or others who need a solution (“end-users”) are facing. It also means that partners with complementary types of knowledge – scientific, practical and other – must join forces in the project activities from beginning to end. As a result, MAA projects are able to develop innovative solutions which are more ready to be applied in practice and cover real needs. This brochure presents the benefits of the MAA, includes some examples of existing H2020 projects and explains where to find project results.

Drone Implementation in Agriculture - 3 Key Issues (2014)


TEAM 3: Improving Open Land Use Map by Using Satellite Data


Augmenta Raises $600k Seed Round for Plug & Play Automation on the Farm

Augmenta, an ag IoT and automation startup based out of Athens, Greece and Austin, Texas, has raised $600k in seed funding from Marathon Venture Capital, a tech investor focused on entrepreneurs from Greece.

What is augmented farming?

Augmented farming (AF) is a term created by our technology startup “Augmenta” and is a farming management concept which is solely based on 1)high definition 2)close range 3)hyper-spectral imagery that can digitally model fields. Augmented Farming(AF) tries to combine Augmented Reality with Precision Farming and is the only method to date that can provide to the farmers precise information such as; fungus appearance, biomass indices, leaf patterns/number and height of plants among others, in a sustainable way.


Precision Seeding Company Clean Seed Acquires Harvest International for $13m

Clean Seed Capital Group, a Canadian agtech company, has agreed to acquire the Iowa, US-based planting technology business Harvest International, for $13.1 million. The transaction will merge two family-run companies working to support the future of precision agriculture technology in North America.

Clean Seed Capital: the CX-6 Smart Seeder™

Clean Seed continues to be on the leading edge of an agricultural revolution through the development of the new highly advanced CX-6 SMART Seeder™. The CX-6 SMART Seeder™ offers an unrivalled level of precision in modern no-till seeding and planting and is being considered the future of farming.

Today, everything has advanced, just look at your new tablet, laptop and cellphone and it is clear, “things have changed”. Clean Seed is at the forefront of the digital age of agriculture and is clearly focused on facilitating progress for the farmer and global food production as a whole.

Interesting factors to drive autonomy, by Willie Vogt

There’s a lot of interest in ‘robot’ farm vehicles, but what will push further development?
...This need to reduce compaction could drive farmers to more autonomous equipment. Combine that with a changing labor picture, greater attention to more targeted pesticide use and it’s possible those robots could be running in a field near you very soon.

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15 antique tractors you want to see


What Is a Genetically Modified Crop? A European Ruling Sows Confusion

In Europe, plants created with gene-editing technologies will be stringently regulated as G.M.O.’s. But older crops whose DNA has been altered will be left alone.

Share of the population who think the world is getting better (World in Data)


Is Liberal Democracy in Retreat? Steven Pinker and Robert Muggah

Still, in the face of all these existential threats, it is worth remembering that democracy has been so successful not just because of procedural institutions such as elections or checks and balances, despite how crucial these institutions are. It could be, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, that despite its many flaws, democracy is still preferable to the alternatives. Democracies, after all, allow people to dismiss their representatives without resorting to bloodshed.
As John Mueller of Ohio State University notes, well-governed liberal democracies give people the freedom “to complain, to petition, to organize, to protest, to demonstrate, to strike, to threaten to emigrate or secede, to shout, to publish, to export their funds, to express a lack of confidence.” And, even better, the “government will tend to respond to the sounds of the shouters.” Mueller reminds us that even the most mature liberal democracies are works in progress that need constant grooming and improvement. At the most basic level, successful democracies are those that protect the citizenry from violence and the seductive airs of strongmen claiming that they alone represent the people.
For a democracy (be it presidential, parliamentary, or constitutional-monarchical) to flourish, citizens must be convinced that it is a better alternative to theocracy, the divine right of kings, colonial paternalism, or authoritarian rule. Over the past few centuries, people around the world came to recognize that it is, and the idea of liberal democracy thus became contagious.
Despite their limitations, democracies have proved remarkably effective at curbing the more sinister instincts of governments. Consider human rights, which have been widely codified since 1948, when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One might similarly reflect on capital punishment, which used to be the global norm. The latest projections suggest that capital punishment could be abolished completely around the world in less than a decade.
Such profound changes are a reminder of why we must fight for free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and the rule of law. While many democracies have faced a crisis of confidence in recent years, their extraordinary victories – and their continuing superiority to the alternatives – continue to represent grounds for optimism.

Use of local ducklings to control insect pests and weeds in the growing rice field (1999)

Nothing really new since 1999 (GW)
Information transmitted by Luc BECKER
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Pharmacist to a customer…

"Ma'am, please understand, to buy an anti-depression pill you need a proper prescription…

…simply showing your marriage certificate and husband's picture is not enough."

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