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EFITA newsletter / 866 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Future Farming Digital magazine

Welcome to the digital magazine section of Misset International, which covers the brands All About Feed, Dairy Global, Future Farming, Pig Progress and Poultry World. Misset International is part of Misset Uitgeverij B.V., specialising in the agriculture industry.

In the Mooood For Love: UK Startup Launches Tudder, a Tinder For Cows by Richard Martyn-Hemphill

Britain’s cows have been treated to a curious gift this Valentine’s Day: a newly launched dating app called Tudder. According to its cheesy pun infused description on the App store, Tudder is “a new swipe-led matchmaking app, helping farm animals across the UK find breeding partners in the quest for moo love.”

This German Startup Has Just Planted 50M Trees with its Search Engine

Ecosia, a German startup with an internet search engine, today, has brought in enough revenues to enable it to plant 50 million trees. This equates to the removal of 2.5 million tonnes of Co2 from the atmosphere, according to the company.

How to Overcome the Many Challenges Associated with Agricultural Data, by Anastasia Volkova

Anastasia Volkova is CEO of FluroSat, an Australian agricultural data startup. Today the company announced it was awarded a grant alongside local industry partners Agworld, PCT Agcloud, CSIRO, and AgLink Australia to support and build an interoperable agronomic analytics engine. This engine aims to resolve many of the inherent challenges surrounding agricultural data. We asked Volkova to tell us more.

Agtech & Animal Health Trends To Watch by Michael Helmstetter

China’s Tech Giants Introduce On-Farm Pig Face Recognition Technology
Chinese internet companies are trying to develop new technologies to solve food safety problems involving pork products. Most recently, they have come up with “artificial intelligence (AI) pig raising.”

There are about 430 million farm-raised pigs in China, according to China’s National Bureau of Statistics, accounting for more than half of all farm pigs in the world.

As the world’s largest pork producer and consumer, keeping a healthy stock of pigs is important for the Chinese regime...

Embracing tech – and guarding privacy by Matt McIntosh

The speed of change can be frightening and frustrating for farmers trying to understand how new technology can benefit their businesses.
This was recently exemplified in a small community event hosted by Farm Credit Canada – our national agricultural loan and finance crown corporation.

German Minister of Agriculture: big future for precision ag

The German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner opened the International Green Week 2019 in Berlin with a speech in which she underlined the importance of precision agriculture.

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365FarmNet is the adaptable farm management solution

Agriculture is becoming increasingly complex, particularly with regard to the growing number of obligations and the need to provide official documents to the authorities. It has become difficult for a farmer to manage this documentation with conventional means. That’s where 365FarmNet comes in. This is a global solution for managing and recording all of a farmer’s operations on his farm, wherever he is. He can manage his culture workshop as well as his bovine workshop.

John Deere crop management open for external data

John Deere has now made it possible to load data from external parties in its crop management system.

Drone Volt introduces Airshadow mini drone

The new Drone Volt Airshadow mini drone comes in 2 versions and is programmable for automatic missions.

Väderstad Universal Control opens up variable rate options

Users of Väderstad Rapid trailed disc cultivating and sowing drills wanting to apply seed and fertiliser at variable rates across fields can now do so without ISOBUS thanks to new software available on the manufacturer’s E-Control unit.

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in Greece in 2019!

2019 Efita International Conference

27-29 June - RHODES - Greece

The topics for the EFITA 2019 conference are detailed below within topic groups.

Topic group 1: “Sensors”
This topic group refers to the development or optimization of sensors and electronics for agricultural applications, such as field scouting and crop parameters monitoring. Particular sub-topics could be:
- New sensors (optical, reflectance, etc.)
- Wireless sensor networks
- Image processing

Agricultural robots are also within this topic, focusing on automation and control technologies to optimise robotic applications in agriculture. Particular sub-topics could be:
- Scouting Robots
- Action Robots
- Machine embedded ICT tools

Topic group 2: “Data”
This topic group is related to all technologies and software that cure data mining, data warehousing, visualisation, knowledge extraction, big data management. Particular sub-topics could be:
- Big data management
- Data mining for agricultural information systems
- Data visualisation
- Data and Knowledge Management for extension services (with real examples)

Other subjects within this topic are interoperability, semantics and knowledge management, such as:
- Metadata and data standards in agriculture
- Thesaurus management, Knowledge management
- Ontologies for agriculture
- Knowledge bases and Knowledge repository services
- Web of Data, Linked Open Data

Topic group 3: “Decision”
This topic group is about modelling for simulation, prediction, crop management, design of ICT-intensive farming systems. Proposed sub-topics are:
- Modelling and Simulation for agricultural production and farming systems
- Weather prediction models for sustainable agricultural production
- Multi-Agent systems

Other “Decision” scientific work is about remote sensing, GIS technologies and spatial management of resources. It includes sub-topics such as:
- Remote Sensing and GIS applications
- Planning tools
- Environmental information systems and Environmental management systems
- ICT applications for natural resources management, including forestry
- ICT applications for sustainable biomass production and use

Finally, ICT applications regarding economical, organizational and business implications in agriculture are also used for business decision making. Such ICT tools are divided in:
- Decision Support Systems for Agriculture
- ICT applications for food chain and logistics
- Traceability tools
- ICT and business
- Rural economies and ICT policies for rural development

Topic group 4: “Action”
This topic group is mainly about design of ICT applications for agriculture and sustainability focusing on precision and knowledge intensive agriculture. It includes sub-topics such as:
- Computer tools for farming
- Models of farming activity
- Scientific computing applied to crop management
-Expert systems in agriculture

This topic group is also about web technologies and networking of actors all along the value chain of agriculture. It includes sub-topics such as:
- On line farm services
- Web applications (clients, devices, server-side)
- Cloud computing applications
- Social Networking, collaborative tools and crowdsourcing
- Tools for e-agribusiness

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Smart ass answers..


It was mealtime during an airline flight.

'Would you like dinner? The flight attendant asked John, seated in front.

'What are my choices?' John asked.

'Yes or no,' she replied.


A flight attendant was stationed at the departure gate to check tickets. As a man approached, she extended her hand for the ticket and he opened his trench coat and flashed her.

Without missing a beat, she said, 'Sir, I need to see your ticket, not your stub.'


A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but she couldn't find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, ' Do these turkeys get any bigger?'

The stock boy replied, 'No ma'am, they're dead...'


The police officer got out of his car as the kid who was stopped for speeding rolled down his window. 'I've been waiting for you all day,' the officer said.

The kid replied, ‘Yeah, well I got here as fast as I could.'

When the cop finally stopped laughing, he sent the kid on his way without a ticket.


A truck driver was driving along on the freeway and noticed a sign that read: “Low Bridge Ahead”. Before he knows it, the bridge is right in front of him and his truck gets wedged under it. Cars are backed up for miles.

Finally a police car comes up. The cop gets out of his car and walks to the truck driver, puts his hands on his hips and says, 'Got stuck, huh?'

The truck driver says, 'No, I was delivering this bridge and I ran out of gas.'


A college teacher reminds her class of tomorrow's final exam. 'Now class, I won't tolerate any excuses for you not being here tomorrow. I might consider a nuclear attack or a serious personal injury, illness, or a death in your immediate family, but that's it, no other excuses whatsoever!'

A smart-ass student in the back of the room raised his hand and asked, 'What would you say if tomorrow I said I was suffering from complete and utter sexual exhaustion?'

The entire class is reduced to laughter and snickering. When silence was restored, the teacher smiled knowingly at the student, shook her head and sweetly said, 'Well, I guess you'd have to write the exam with your other hand.'

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