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EFITA newsletter / 848 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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The age of envy: how to be happy when everyone else's life looks perfect

Social media has created a world in which everyone seems ecstatic – apart from us. Is there any way for people to curb their resentment?
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A good manager hires people who are smarter than he is...

How the UK is Becoming a Global Leader in Agritech

The country has become a destination for agritech companies globally to establish their businesses, with leading names setting up operations in various parts of the country including agricultural equipment companies JCB and Denso, as well as the leading crop inputs businesses Syngenta and Bayer; and animal health companies Elanco, Merck and Zoetis.

The country’s startup ecosystem is also developing rapidly; the UK was the third most active country for agrifood tech startup funding in 2017 as startups raised over $500 million in 2017 across 69 deals, according to AgFunder data.

Farmers Edge and Global Ag Risk Partner on Data-Driven Crop Insurance for Farmers

Farmers Edge and Global Ag Risk Solutions are teaming up to combine Farmers Edge field-centric data with Global Ag’s customized insurance products to create a new data-driven insurance model for crop farmers.

Mutual customers of Farmers Edge and Global Ag in both Canada and the US will have access to exclusive options and services, including customized insurance products and Farmers Edge precision digital tools. These tools automatically collect, integrate, and process data from multiple field-centric sources into one platform, FarmCommand, giving farmers insights to make advanced management decisions and measure results.


The Gaps and Opportunities for Agribusiness Technology in Latin America, by Ciro Echesortu

Ciro Echesortu is the agtech program director of NXTP Labs, an accelerator program for Latin American agribusiness technology startups. Echesortu reflects on the recent AgTech Week in Argentina and the potential for innovation across Latin America’s agrifood industries.

"We are only at the beginning of digital farming"

Nowadays, precision farming technologies are widely accepted in agriculture. But what are the future challenges ahead? We spoke with Vik Vandecaveye about this.
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Precision farming ever more practical for farmers

A mere 2 hours between arrival of the drone pilot who scans the potato leaf, and loading of the map for the self-propelled sprayer which sprays the leaf with agent; that’s what the so-called 5G Fieldlab aims to achieve. And they are making progress, as was shown on October 3 during a demonstration on the Dutch test farm ’t Kompas in Valthermond.
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Smart Industry is the future (NL)

The world is in anticipation of a fourth industrial revolution. This revolution is driven by giant leaps in ICT innovation and promises to radically alter the face of industry in the coming decades. Automated production systems using advanced robotics increasingly communicate with each other on detailed aspects of production, joining up hitherto fragmented manufacturing processes. By linking all steps in the value chain, a world of possibilities opens for companies, old and new.
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New robot picks a peck of peppers and more

Robotic harvesting will revolutionize the economics of the agriculture industry, according to the consortium that built Sweeper, a sweet pepper harvesting robot.
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Fendt improves its Rogator sprayers

In-cab nozzle selection and automated tank and spraying system cleaning are features of the latest-specification Rogator trailed and self-sprayers.
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Fendt proposes swarm robots for corn planting

A co-ordinated 'swarm' of up to a dozen mini corn planting robots is proposed by tractor maker Fendt as a key ingredient of future crop management precision.
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Hoax Articles in Academic Journals Cry Caveat Reader (nothing new! – GW)

Deliberate hoaxes alert the reader to be skeptical—a great benefit.

Blockchain isn't about democracy and decentralisation – it's about greed, by Nouriel Roubini

Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin result in the concentration of wealth, not greater equality.

Is data science a real science?

As I hear criticisms about how data science is unscientific, I would like to clarify what is science, and to show how data scientists can answers these common criticisms about their field.

Who Wins in Trump’s Trade War? by Daniel Gros

US President Donald Trump has set the scene for an escalating trade confrontation with China, with all of its weighty and unforeseeable geo-strategic implications. But, for the rest of the world – and especially the European Union – the best outcome might be a long Sino-American conflict.

A very clever girl

Eleven people were hanging on a rope, under a helicopter, 10 men and 1 woman.

The rope was not strong enough to carry them all, so they decided that one had to leave, otherwise they were all going to fall.

They weren't able to choose that person, until the woman gave a very touching speech. She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope because, as a woman, she was used to giving up everything for her husband and kids or for men in general, and was used to always making sacrifices with little in return.

As soon as she finished her speech… all the men started clapping…

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