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EFITA newsletter / 874 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Thought for today

My heart goes out to Paris. Notre Dame is a symbol of our ability as human beings to unite for a higher purpose – to build breathtaking spaces for worship that no one person could have built on their own.

Other thought for today

Notre Dame of Paris is Notre Dame of the whole of Europe.
Donald TUSK, the President of the EU council

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Farm Demo Conference

21 May 2019 - Brussels
Are-you interested or involved in on-farm demonstrations? Do you want it to be as effective as possible? Then you are welcome to join the Farm Demo Conference. You will learn from others, discover the do’s and don’ts in organizing demos and test and try different tools.

For whom? Farm Demo* brings together all farmers, advisors, researchers, policy makers, industries and other actors that want to learn, discuss, share experiences and good practices for organising farm demonstrations with impact.

What? During the conference you will be able to:
> Listen! Commercial farmers and innovation actors, actively involved in on-farm demonstration will share their experiences.
> Join in! During parallel discussions, you will be able to discover how demonstrations can be organized successfully to optimise impact.
> Interact! You will be able to actively test and try different tools for effective demonstrations.
> Participate! A round table discussion with an expert panel will discuss the future of farm demonstrations in the EU.

Participation is free of charge, but we encourage you to register using the following link

A detailed agenda will be available soon on the project website

Join the European Community of Demonstration Farms!
>>> Farm Demo is a close collaboration between three European projects funded under Horizon 2020. They all aim to enhance peer-to-peer learning and focus on farm demonstrations as a tool to boost innovation uptake:

>>> AgriDemo-F2F and PLAID focus on understanding the role of European commercial demonstration farms between actors involved in on-farm demonstrations. These projects are developing a geo-referenced searchable online inventory of demonstration farms. This inventory will build an online Farm Demo-Hub community. New registrations and members are always welcome.

>>> NEFERTITI focuses on the establishment of 10 interactive thematic networks covering the three main agricultural sectors: animal production, arable farming and horticultural production. They bring together 45 regional hubs of demo-farmers and innovation actors - advisors, cooperatives, NGOs, industry, education, researchers and policy makers. The outputs of AgriDemo-F2F and PLAID will be used as input to set up three annual campaigns of on-farm demonstrations.

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14th anniversary of the "International European Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks"

February 10-14, 2020 - GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN (Germany)
The Forum is endorsed by EAAE (European Association of Agricultural Economists) as its 176th European seminar, by IFAMA (International Food and Agribusiness Management Association) and other scientific associations.

It is the objective of the Forum to provide an interdisciplinary and creative discussion environment that generates new ideas for innovative and multidisciplinary research dealing with management, market, consumer, policy, organization, engineering, and related domains. Participation is limited to allow for a fruitful discussion environment.

Contact: Gerhard SCHIEFER
E-mail: schiefer(a)

Digital 2019: global internet use accelerates

PAT – Precision Agriculture Tools plugin has been released via the Official QGIS plugin repository

The PAT plugin for QGIS contains the tools for the processing and analysis of precision agriculture data including the well-established workflows developed for constructing maps using on-the-go data. Tools are also available for users to analyse data collections from on-farm experimentation. PAT comes fully documented with a detailed user manual.

PAT is only available in the Windows environment for the QGIS Long Term Release (LTR) versions between 2.18.21 and 2.18.26. QGIS v2.18.26 can be downloaded using these links.

> 32bit

> 64bit

To fully use the on-the-go data workflow, users must also download and install VESPER.

PAT can be found in the QGIS plugin repository by ensuring experimental plugins are visible, and searching for PAT – Precision Agriculture Tools. In depth instructions on how to install PAT, can be found from page 7 in our user manual.

If you are new to GIS and QGIS the have a look at QGIS’s – A Gentle Introduction to GIS focusing on the Vector Data, Raster Data (first 5 modules at least) and coordinate reference systems chapters.

If you are using QGIS for the first time or need a refresher, then have a look at the video tutorial modules 1-5.

It covers the basics of loading, symbolising and creating data. Please be aware that these modules are prepared using an older version of QGIS and some dialogs may look slightly different.

If you experience any errors or bugs or have any questions, please let us know by sending an email to Please also feel free to send us suggestions for addition tools that you would find useful but which are not currently in PAT.

Contact: Rob BRAMLEY,
Senior Principal Research Scientist - Precision Agriculture, Site Leader – CSIRO Waite Campus
Adjunct Professor, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture / University of Tasmania, CSIRO Agriculture and Food
E-mail: rob.bramley(a)

First interactive map with AI detected fields and crops

This unique interactive map allows you to explore and compare fields and crops in Europe and the USA. Zoom in and get to know the field: the hectarage, the crop, and the field score. In addition, on the chart, you can see how the field has changed over the past three years. Zoom out and understand the world: fields’ sizes and crops are displayed for each region. Compare ratings and get insights for more than 40 countries on the desktop and mobile devices.


>>> How does it work?

The map was created by a Belarus-based ag-tech startup OneSoil. We build technologies that analyze satellite imagery using machine learning algorithms. It took us half a year to create the map. First, we learned how to clean the satellite photos from artefacts to ensure correct processing of information. Second, we trained an algorithm to allocate field boundaries automatically. For the map, we simplified the boundaries so that the visualization is really fast. The accuracy of crop classification, or F1 score, is 0.91. Third, we trained another algorithm to automatically determine a crop that grows on a field. Fourth, we created what you can now see: the map.

Aidan Connolly, Cainthus CEO: "Visual recognition transformational for livestock"

Cainthus develops technology based on visual recognition of cows. Aidan Connolly, CEO of the company, will be speaking at the upcoming F&A Next event, where start-ups, investors and corporates will meet each other.

Better data means a stronger farm (2015)

As the farming industry matures and as farms consolidate, many professional farms are seeking to run their businesses more efficiently and profitably. To do so, farms are adopting tools and techniques used for years in other industries.
In July 2014, Granular launched an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system that helps the farming community manage the entire farming cycle from planting to harvest. Professional farms, like Silent Shade Planting Company, already see the benefits of using Granular’s system for efficient management and to make better decisions with operational data. More and more professional farms are using software like Granular’s to run their business; many in the agricultural industry expect broad adoption of ERPs by farms in the next one to three years…


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Weekend humor, read at your own risk a bit risqué!!!

A little old lady went into a bar in Dallas, TX and saw a cowboy with his feet propped up on a table.

He had the biggest boots she'd ever seen.

The old woman asked the man if it's true what they say about men with big feet. The man grinned and said, 'Sure is, little lady. Why don't you come to my apartment and let me prove it to you?'

The old woman considered she might never get an offer like this again and was curious to find out for herself, so she spent the night with him.

The next morning she handed him $200 bill.

Blushing, the Cowboy said, 'Well, thank you, I'm really flattered. Nobody has ever paid me for my 'services' before!'

'Don't be flattered' she replied...

'Take the money and buy yourself some boots that fit...'

Women can be so cruel!!!

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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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