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EFITA newsletter / 872 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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What is the Future of Agriculture?

15-16 May 2019 - WAGENINGEN University - The Netherlands.
F&A Next connects food and agriculture start-ups to investors, serving as a springboard to greater innovation and a better deal for all

EuroTier – First-Hand Information for Animal Husbandry Professionals

17-20 November 2020 - HANNOVER

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A better way to fertilize

Bill Gates posted a video about Pivot Bio’s genetically modified microbes that provide plants with the nitrogen they need without the excess greenhouse gases that synthetic alternatives produce. Watch this video to learn more about how it works. 

Consumer watchdog group finds Monsanto weedkiller in chemtrails, by Stephan Neidenbach (Humour!)
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CSIRO: Creating a ‘digital homestead’
We are working with partners in Queensland to develop, test and demonstrate technology that can monitor and collect data about how cattle properties are running.

CSIRO: Precision agriculture

Our Precision Agriculture research is addressing key challenges in a range of farming systems, including viticulture, broadacre cropping, dairy and sugar farming. We're working with industry to develop and refine tools to assess, monitor and redress environmental and economic risks associated with agricultural practices.

Making the introduction of variable rate pay

Good record keeping, and knowledge of growing condition differences, make precision application pay for grain farmers in Ontario, Canada. We asked 3 farms how they approach this technology in practice to earn back their investments.

Smart planter can deliver farmers a higher yield
Australian company Moisture Planting Technologies (MPT) has developed a tine based, tech-enabled broadacre planter that can monitor the conditions of the soil while planting.

Kverneland Turbo T i-Tiller Isobus-controlled

Kverneland Turbo T cultivators now have an optional Isobus control function, which automises depth and levelling.

Plant stress makes early season weed control critical

Do you get anxious when there are weeds in the field? Your crops sure do!

CCI 1200 terminal certified for data exchange

The CCI 1200 terminal is the first to be certified for data exhange and connects to agrirouter.

IOF2020: making precision farming a reality

The morning mist soaks into thick shreds across the country, above the sun rises and turns the horizon red. From the fog a soft humming sound, two tractors emerge. When he spots me, the driver of the second tractor steps out, but where is the driver of the first tractor? There is none, says the farmer, I operate both machines. How? Well, that strange vehicle you saw here last week has mapped the whole field and this map is now instructing the board computers of the two tractors how to drive.

With the iPhone Sputtering, Apple Bets Its Future on TV and News

Tim Cook is gambling that selling services, an area filled with risks and competition, will be the company’s next chapter.

Pontifax AgTech Achieves 2nd Exit as Precision Biosciences IPOs with $870m Valuation, by Louisa Burwood-Taylor (March 28, 2019)

Precision Biosciences, the gene-editing startup, started trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange today after raising a $126.4 million IPO, valuing the company at $870 million.

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5 Things Vonnie Estes Saw at World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit This Week in San Francisco, by Vonnie Estes

The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit has exploded in attendance and scope over the years I’ve attended. This year over 1,200 eager attendees and a multitude of star-studded panels met in San Francisco, almost doubling attendance in 2018.
>>> 3. Technology adoption

We have a technology delivery issue of solutions to growers and benefits to consumers. Matt Crisp of Benson Hill talked about how we have lots of technology, but we are not getting adoption as fast as expected. Margins are razor-thin throughout the supply chain. Producers may have little appetite to invest in new, unproven innovations with such tight margins and a limited amount of time to help new technology iterate.

How the humble shipping container could save Illinois farmers (Thank you Mr President - GW)

The trade war has stopped China from buying soybeans by the ship. Could selling to customers who buy in much smaller quantities be the answer?

Top 20 Innovative Food Startups in 2018

Innovative Food is a category of agrifood tech startups encompassing novel food products and ingredients such as alternative meat – both plant-based and cell-culture-based — insect protein, alternative sugars, and flavor enhancers.

Old good days
Bergère et ses moutons, par James Desvarreux-Larpenteur

Cultivating Agtech Leadership for Established Row Crop Leaders

The wave of agtech has frequently been reported. Investor and entrepreneur visions for disruptive on-farm and transactional products and services are easily discovered. Not so commonly available, and in our view as the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program, one of the drags on successful agtech innovation is the under-representation of the producers’ voice.

Animal AgTech, The Sector’s Awkward Uncle, Proudly Struts Its Stuff In San Fran, by Richard Martyn-Hemphill (March 26, 2019)

This year’s Rethink AgriFood Innovation Week in San Francisco saw an awkward uncle stride proudly into the week’s agenda for the first time with last Monday’s inaugural Animal AgTech Innovation Summit.

Kaspera (I am a little bit sceptical, the soils are so complex! – GW)

Kapsera bridges the gap between sustainability and productivity in agriculture, using cutting-edge, biosourced and biodegradable formulation technologies.

A major challenge to develop more sustainable methods in agriculture is to replace traditional agricultural inputs (synthetic and non-sustainable fertilizers and pesticides) by natural, safe, biosourced and biodegradable bioinputs. The most promising bioinputs are microbial-based, containing microorganisms that are beneficial to plants. Unfortunately, these products currently are unstable and only weakly perform in field conditions, limiting their use to strictly greenhouse-only.

New enhancing technologies are urgently needed to sustainably and responsibly grow major crops, which are grown in fields, not greenhouses.

Kapsera offers a novel solution to the world of sustainable agriculture, through its mastery of a unique and disruptive encapsulation technology that enables production of high performance microbial-based biofertilizers and biopesticides. Our patent-protected technology is based on a microfluidics encapsulation process, producing small alginate capsules. These capsules allow protection of live microbes to enhance the performance of bioinputs.

Kapsera aims to be a key player in the formulation of bioinputs, to speed up the transition towards both productive and sustainable agriculture.

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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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Remember, if a dog was the teacher, you would learn things like…

- When your loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

- Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

- Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

- Take naps.

- Stretch before rising.

- Run, romp, and play daily.

- Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

- Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

- On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

- On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

- When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

- Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

- Be faithful.

- Never pretend to be something you’re not.

- If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

- When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

That's the secret of happiness that we can learn from a good dog.

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