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EFITA newsletter / 839 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

100 years after the last battle of the WW1 and before a Brexit that we regret so much... Bells will ring out: world to mark end of First World War


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


Syngenta’s Digital Ag Lead in Latin America to Startups: Keep it Simple

Just as agriculture is moving closer to the center of Brazilian industry, agtech startups are inching toward the center of venture capital investment and Syngenta has indicated that it wants to play a major part in that growth.

Strider (Brazil)

Strider develops technological innovations for the agricultural market. The company was born in 2013 with the mission of making agricultural management more efficient and assertive. That’s why the first pest monitoring and control was created, with the use of Information Technology (IT).
Strider becomes part of Syngenta's digital offering.

AgFunder Closes First in Series of Food & Ag Tech Funds enabled by AI


Demeter Hits €45 million 1st Close of New €70m Agtech Fund (France)

European investment firm Demeter has raised €45 million ($52.5 million) in the first closing of its new Agrinnovation Fund. The fund is targeting a total of €70m to invest in 20 agtech startups.

The new fund attracted investment from major players in the agricultural sector including the Soufflet Group, Elephant Vert, Unigrains, Exel Industries and Groupe Rocher.

Headquartered in Paris, the firm has spent the past 12 years focusing on renewable energy and ecological investments, supporting 120 projects during that time. This includes working with 15 current projects, which have strong cross-over agtech relevance, a link which prompted the launch of the Agrinnovation fund one year ago.

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>>> Journée Internet des Objets (IoT) en agriculture – le 28 avril 2017 à Boigneville
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API Agro (10 février 2016)
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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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Agroptima Raises €1.2m Series A for European Farm Management Software Platform (Spain)

Spanish agtech startup Agroptima has raised €1.2 million ($1.4m) in Series A funding for its farm management software platform.
Agroptima says it is the largest farm management software platform in Europe with 1.3 million acres under management across 1,700 clients.

Agroptima: The easiest farm management software

Register your daily operations on your phone, forget about paperwork and improve your bottom line.

Focus on AGROVOC multilingual Thesaurus



New features for Muddy Boots’ crop recording software

Greenlight Grower Management, a cloud-based crop recording software platform, has new features and functionalities, which are said to make it easier for users to integrate data with internal systems and thereby prevent duplication while promoting more efficient decision-making.

Machinery industry data sharing initiative

Farm equipment manufacturers and software specialists are working together to crack the problem of data interchange between machines and information systems of different brands.

GSI BinRite grain identification system

Sensor technology devised to detect cracked grains and foreign material on combine harvesters has been adopted to help commercial grain store operators channel crops to the correct storage vessel.

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Traditional machismo

Thank goodness, there's a name for this disorder: AAADD (Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder)

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mailbox earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

So, I decided to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first...

But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Pepsi I'd been drinking.

I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Pepsi aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over.

The Pepsi is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold. As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need water.

I put the Pepsi on the counter my and discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I'll be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, But first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

The car isn't washed, The bills aren't paid, There is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter, The flowers don't have enough water, There is still only 1 check in my check book, I can't find the remote, I can't find my glasses, And I don't remember what I did with the car keys. Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem. And I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail...

Do me a favor. Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don't remember who I've sent it to.

Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!

P.S. I don't remember who sent it to me, so if it was you, I'm sorry. Everyone have a nice is Sunday isn't it?

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