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EFITA newsletter / 850 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Rethink Agri-Food Innovation Week

27-29 November 2018 - SINGAPORE
Produced by Rethink Events, the expert team behind the acclaimed World Agri-Tech, Indoor AgTech and Future Food-Tech summits, the new Rethink Agri-Food Innovation Week in Singapore will explore the latest innovations and market opportunities in the agri-food supply chain across Southeast Asia.


Young farmers grow profitability

Technology and efficiency help these young farmers expand profitability without expanding acres. The Cultivating Master Farmers program also helps them grow.

The focus of HIPHEN is to provide integrated, ready to use solutions to characterize plant traits

HIPHEN’s story started from the close collaboration between top researchers in remote sensing and agronomists to simplify the characterization of the crop status in the field. Several tools and methods have been developed and successfully tested.

We aim to provide easy to use and high quality systems to characterize plants in the fields.

HIPHEN, created in 2014, is a spin-off of INRA and ARVALIS.

- Airphen, A multispectral camera to monitor your fields from UAV or directly in the fields
- Bosch Field IoT: Get the state of your vegetation. Every minute
- Sentinel: The power of ESA’s satellite for your fields.
- Autonomous robot: Automatic acquisitions with field robots.
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Machine-Learning Technology Start-Up Wins First Tesco Agri T-Jam at World Agri-Tech Pitch Day 2018

Chosen from over 100 international submissions, ImpactVision wins fast-track introduction to Tesco’s supply chain and mentoring from the Tesco Agriculture team.

A USA agri-tech start-up has beaten more than 100 international entrants to win the first Tesco Agri T-Jam, hosted at World Agri-Tech’s Pitch Day on Monday October 15 in London.

The Tesco Agri T-Jam was run by the leading UK retailer in partnership with the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit, searching for new agri-food technologies to support its supply chain partners to improve efficiency and sustainability. The winning start-up will enjoy introductions to Tesco’s key supplier partners, with the opportunity to trial or implement their technologies and feedback to Tesco with results.

San Francisco-based ImpactVision was crowned the winner, with its solution that applies advanced imaging technology to food supply chains to deliver consistent food quality, generate premium products and reduce supply chain waste. The software provides insights about the quality of foods, such as the shelf-life of meat, the freshness of fish, the dry matter content of avocados or the presence of foreign objects non-invasively and rapidly at production grade speeds.

A new app from The Ohio State University will help farmers save both money and the environment.

The Field Application Resource Monitor (FARM) uses advanced weather forecasting to advise farmers on when to apply fertilizers and pesticides so that they aren’t washed away by rain.
See Field Application Resource Monitor (FARM)

5 Stories not to miss: Two new apps and winter weather predictions

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Five Ways Cell Phones are Changing Agriculture in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa now has more than 650 million mobile phone subscribers. Mobile technology is especially transformative for the agriculture sector. Here are five important ways cell phones are changing African agriculture:
1) Access to market prices
2) Micro-insurance
3) iCow from M-Farm
4) Instant weather information
5) CocoaLink

Future Farming: 4th edition now available to read online

Future Farming’s 4th edition of 2018 is now online. The cover story focuses on robotic tractors made by French manufacturer Naïo, who offer more more opportunities for use than initially thought.

Autonomous tractor to revolutionise field work

The lead in the race for a driver-free, super-efficient arable farming utopia has been taken up by SeedMaster – a little known name in the world of autonomous agriculture but with grand plans to revolutionise life in (or rather, out of) the tractor seat.

Case IH Axial-Flow combines go high tech

The 3 largest Case IH Axial-Flow combines have gone ‘high tech’ with new sensor monitoring systems and on-the-go settings automation.

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in Greece in 2019!

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Organic food consumption and cancer

It is high time for a credibility revolution in nutrition and epidemiology.”

A Parisian Thief

A thief in Paris planned to steal some paintings from the Louvre.

After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings and made it safely to his van. However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas.

When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied:

"Monsieur, that is the reason. I stole the paintings.

I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh."

(And you thought I didn't have De Gaulle to send this on to someone else. I figure I had nothing Toulouse).

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