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EFITA newsletter / 873 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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FarmDemo Conference

21 May 2019 - BRUXELLES
FarmDemo is a close collaboration of 3 European projects funded under Horizon 2020. They all aim to enhance peer-to-peer learning and focus on farm demonstration as a tool to boost. innovation uptake.
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Digital 2019: global internet use accelerates

Journal Agris on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics Vol. 11, No. 1 (2019) has been published.

I inform you that the latest issue of the Agris on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics has been published.
The journal is backed by an international editorial board the Czech Society for Information Technologies in Agriculture (CSITA) and the European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA).

In this issue you can read valuable research papers. Thanks the authors for the interesting and useful articles.

>>> Journal articles of Vol. 11, No. 1 (2019)

>>> The issue of Vol 11, No 1 (2019) in PDF

>>> Papers in the Vol. 11, No. 1 (2019):

> Kushtrim Braha, Miroslava Rajčániová, Artan Qineti, Ján Pokrivčák, Ema Lazorčáková
Evidence of Spatial Price Transmission in the Case of Kosovo

> Darryl Jeethesh D’souza, Harisha G. Joshi
E-Commerce Framework for Strategic Marketing of Udupi Jasmine

> Marcela Hallová, Peter Polakovič, Edita Šilerová, Ivana Slováková
Data Protection and Security in SMEs under Enterprise Infrastructure

> Viet Van Hoang, Khai Tien Tran
Comparative Advantages of Alternative Crops: A Comparison Study in Ben Tre, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

> Jan Jarolímek, Jan Pavlík, Jana Kholova, Swarna Ronanki
Data Pre-processing for Agricultural Simulations

> Renáta Krajčírová, Alexandra Ferenczi Vaňová, Michal Munk
What Is Relationship between Profits and Dividends in Agricultural Legal Entities?

> Vít Malinovský
Sensitivity Analysis in Research of Construction of Agricultural Buildings Focused on Poultry Farming

J> an Masner, Pavel Šimek, Eva Kánská, Jiří Vaněk
Creation, Storage and Presentation of Information Content – Semantics, Sharing, Presentation, and Archiving

> Tran Quoc Nhan, Tomoyuki Yutaka
Contract Farming and Profitability: Evidence from Rice Crop in the Central Mekong Delta, Vietnam

> Lawrence Olusola Oparinde
Fish Output and Food Security under Risk Management Strategies among Women Aquaculture Farmers in Ondo State, Nigeria

Contact: prof. Miroslav SVATOŠ (Editor in Chief)
E-mail: agrisonline(at)

Lessons from Lleida - An overview on Precision Agriculture

How THRIVE Built 2019’s Most Valuable AgriFood Tech Accelerator by Louisa Burwood-Taylor, March 27, 2019

Last week, THRIVE was heralded as the Most Valuable AgriFood Tech Accelerator at AgFunder’s AgriFood Tech Innovation Awards in San Francisco. The awards were nominated by a group of leading agrifood tech investors and then put to the vote in front of AgFunder’s 60,000-strong member and subscriber network.

Israeli aerial spraying UAV with 500 kg payload

ADAMA and Tactical Robotics will work together to develop the Ag-Cormorant, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for aerial spraying that can carry an effective payload of more than 500 kg.

Farmers and BayWa learn from smart farming project

BayWa recently started a smart farming project with 2 German farmers. These 2 farmers will serve as examples for other- smaller farmers who wish to adapt precision agriculture technologies, but are not sure how and where to start.

Old Good Days

Les moissonneurs de Renoir

RTK-gps correction for better irrigation in corners

Valley Irrigation introduces RTK-gps for its Valley GPS Guidance solution to improve the reliability of communication with the corner arm and eliminating the need for radios.

Major updates for Sentera 2019 PHX fixed-wing drone

The new Sentera 2019 PHX fixed-wing drone has been equipped with a new, longer-range high-speed datalink, an omnidirectional antenna system, and an upgraded, higher-capacity battery.

Predict wheat weed growth to reduce herbicide usage

Spanish researchers performed a study that predicts the growth of this weed among wheat crops, with an aim to optimise the use of herbicides.

Drones on the horizon - transforming Africa's agriculture – in French

Report of the African Union (AU) Panel on Emerging Technologies

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.

Regular use of digital tools: current status

With the latest results of DLG-Agrifuture Insights a great usage of herd management software, field catalogues as well as even farm management systems is shown in leading agricultural nations. But other cloud-based applications and data exchange platforms are on the rise.

How we used drones to monitor coastal erosion in Ghana

Austria plans to force social media to identify users as bar to hate speech

[Data protection] Austria’s right-wing government plans to force large social and traditional media to verify their users’ identity so that individuals can be tracked down if they post hate speech online anonymously, it said on Wednesday. The measure, part of a bill...

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‘Regulation will not solve Facebook’s problems,’ Commission says

[Data protection] Better regulation won't divert attention away from Facebook's shortfalls in other areas, European Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová told, criticising Mark Zuckerberg's recent call for tighter regulatory frameworks on internet services.

Blockchain: What Improvements are in the Pipeline in 2018? by Darren Lee

Blockchains as a Public Good, by Matthew Di Ferrante

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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Husband: "You don't even know what a carburetor is. I'll check it out. Where's the car? ".

Wife: "In the pool".

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