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EFITA newsletter / 869 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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AgriFood Tech Startups Raise $17bn in 2018

AgriFood Tech startups — those innovating all along the food and ag supply chain — raised $16.9 billion in 2018, a 43% increase year-over-year growth, according to AgFunder’s latest investing report.

Stable Raises $6m Seed Round for InsurTech for Farmers

London-based fintech startup Stable has launched a platform to help buyers and sellers of food mitigate price volatility. The platform is backed by $6 million in seed funding from fintech investor Anthemis, Syngenta Ventures, Swiss insurer Baloise, and Bermuda-based Ascot Underwriting.

It was better before!

Old good times: Weeds, 1868, Jules Breton

Evolving to Serve a Dynamic Agri-Food Market – What’s Next for Benson Hill

Converting a great idea or technology into impact is the goal of every entrepreneur, and for those of us founded on technological innovation, our first priority is to validate that our stuff works and to reduce technical risk. But that is really only the beginning.

To truly capitalize on technology innovation, entrepreneurs need to apply the same creative thinking to business model innovation, especially for industries undergoing dynamic change as we see in food and agriculture today. As startups, we have the agility to evolve to meet these market demands.

How Wyoming is Using Blockchain to Ensure Ranchers Get Price Premiums for Sustainably-Raised Beef

BeefChain uses RFID and IoT tech to create an auditable provenance for grass-fed, pasture-raised meat to help ranchers

Packaging materials solution company Avery Dennison’s retail branding arm (RBIS) and the Wyoming Business Council have tapped blockchain startup BeefChain to help ranchers who use certain management practices like rotational grazing or grass-finishing to reap the pricepoint benefits that consumers are willing to pay for sustainably-raised beef.

AgTech Spotlight: TheKrishi App Wants to Help Indian Farmers Increase Their Income

Ashish Mishra, CEO of TheKrishi, comes from a small town in India called Shikohabad near Agra, in Uttar Pradesh. He considers himself blessed to have got the best technical education at IIT Kharagpur. With nine years of experience in diverse Indian startups in technology and growth roles, he is now on a mission to drive technology adoption by Indian farmers.

India’s Newest Entrepreneurs Are Not Techies; They’re Agriculturists

The world knows a high-growth, emerging market like India for its technology sector. But the latest influx of entrepreneurship seems to be occurring in agriculture.

A number of Indian agritech startups are making headlines with their transformative technologies, but the Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) project in the southern Indian province of Andhra Pradesh is also making waves in the once-ignored industry.

Japan Aims To Automate All Convenience Stores By 2025 With A New RFID Technology

Japan is one of the countries that are facing a serious shrinkage of population. There were 125 million people as of 2000, and the number is expect to go down to 88 million in 2065, due to a declining birth rate.

Japan is also a unique country that relies heavily on convenience stores, which are called “konbini”. There are 55,743 convenience stores as of December 2018, according to the Japan Franchise Association and the number has been solidly increasing since 1970s.

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Artificial intelligence to replace farmer’s knowledge? By Geert Hekkert

Imagine what artificial intelligence, automation, and connectivity can do to grow your operation, improve your efficiency, and profitably increase your bottom line.

Not afraid to experiment with cover crops

Moisture availability is important. Deciding on a suitable soil regeneration or maintenance strategy – especially in the summer rainfall regions of Africa – needs to be given a great deal of thought and planning, should you want to adopt and succeed with a winter cover crop regime. No-Till enthusiast J. P. Van Reenen tells about his experiences.

Landini Rex 4: Fruitful innovation takes control

It’s not just operators of the biggest tractors who deserve high-tech solutions – Argo Tractors’ mechatronic advances are aimed at orchard and field efficiencies.

Ontario learns corn vomitoxin lessons by Matt McIntosh

Grain farmers throughout North America’s southern Great Lakes region experienced significant vomitoxin problems in the 2018 corn harvest. According to agronomists in the Canadian province of Ontario, however, the unfortunate conditions highlight 2 major agronomic lessons.

Live planting information with Ag Leader Live Maps
Ag Leader adds Live Maps to AgFiniti, which sends live planting maps to a connected AgFiniti mobile app.

The Key To Precision Farming

When Strang Farms, based near Exeter, Ontario, made the shift to strip tillage and RTK guidance, it was a bit like the analogy of “which came first, the chicken or the egg.” In this case, however, it was strip till farming, which led to the need for more precise seed placement.

"Without the accuracy of RTK guidance, it would be nearly impossible to plant two rows into that size of a strip."
Jeff Strang

Should agricultural innovation focus on taste first?

Will the next (Canadian) agricultural technological revolution focus on yield, or taste?

Dutch potato grower starts own drone airport

Dutch precision farming pioneer Jacob van den Borne recently started his ‘own’ airport called Agri Drone Port Reusel to be able to legally use the drones he wants to use for monitoring his about 450 ha farm.

Next Efita
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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