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EFITA newsletter / 875 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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A closer look at the agrifood startup ecosystem in Ghana and West Africa

Enable West Africa is soon starting a Corporate Innovation Challenge, which will host the finals on May 31- June 2 in Accra.

4th Biostimulants World Congress

The Congress is the world’s leading event on agricultural biostimulants, which are increasingly used in crop production. It is an international scientific and technical gathering to review the latest knowledge in this field.
18 - 21 November 2019 - BARCELONA, Spain
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Digital Innovation. Seizing Policy Opportunities

This report discusses how the digital transformation – digital technologies, data and software, AI-based analytics and other advances – is changing innovation processes and outcomes. It highlights the general trends across the economy and factors behind sector-specific dynamics, including increasing use of data as a key input for innovation, the expanding possibilities for experimentation offered by virtual simulation, 3D printing and other digital technologies, and the growing focus on services innovation enabled by digital technologies.In view of such changes, this report evaluates how innovation policies should adapt to foster innovation and inclusive development in the digital age, and identifies priority areas for policy action. It also explores novel innovation policy approaches
implemented by countries to foster digital technology adoption and collaborative innovation.

Old good days???? Jeune Bretonne à la faucille, by Paul Sérusier

The Age of Robot Farmers

Picking strawberries takes speed, stamina, and skill. Can a robot do it?

How Agtech Solutions Can Leverage ‘Full Stack Thinking’ to Disrupt Agriculture

Advanced indoor farming system

We design, sell & install state-of-the-art vertical farming systems, including growing systems, LED lighting, monitoring and control equipment.

We mainly work for projects focused on high-value crops – herbs, leafy greens, strawberries – for which our preferred technology is ZipGrow™.

Granular ERP
Granular, a new kind of farm management software and analytics platform, helps you improve efficiency, profit and yield so you are ready to farm more acres.

Czech agriculture goes digital as science meets with farmers

An increasing number of Czech farmers have embraced the idea of “producing more with less input” through the application of technology-based precision farming practices.

There are already about 250 milking robots in the Czech Republic. There are also automatic floor cleaners in cowsheds, which suck up the slurry and remove it. This progress is also visible in the Czech fields, with tractors connected to the Internet.

“Czech farmers are the world leaders in using these technologies. Approximately three-quarters of Czech farmers use some of the precision farming systems,” Veronika Hlaváčková, director of the Institute for Agriculture Education, said.

Di-Wheel 2-Wheeled Agribot

Remember the DiWheel? It is a concept robot with two power wheels and adjustable track width for agricultural use. It can be used with sensors to monitor plant health. It is also capable of towing with its adjustable arm. This latest video from Australian Centre for Field Robotics, shows how this robot can be utilized in farming in developing countries.

FoodBytes! Founder Manuel Gonzalez Talks FoodTech, Deal Flow and New Fund Global RIFF (NL)

Last month, Manuel Gonzalez, the founder of Rabobank’s startup initiatives FoodBytes! and TERRA, announced plans to raise a new foodtech fund called Global RIFF (Revolution in Food Fund). Global RIFF will undertake a different approach to many venture capital funds by bringing together a large and high profile list of advisors to help select investments from a large, tech-enabled deal pipeline. It will invest at the earliest stages in pre-seed and Seed stage deals.

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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.

Digitalising agriculture: Opportunities and market control

With the EU’s new Common Agricultural Policy, the European Commission is set to foster innovation and digitalisation in agriculture. German companies are hoping for multi-billion euro deals, yet management and infrastructural issues stand in the way.

Digital innovation also creates new risks for farmers

Although the European Commission and machine manufacturers sing the praises of digitalisation in agriculture, others point to the risk of creating new dependencies for farmers on multinationals.

FarmWise and Roush to develop weeding robots

FarmWise and Roush are to develop and test autonomous vegetable weeders in the state of Michigan (US).

BayWa commercial picking robot put into action

The apple harvest has begun in New Zealand and the BayWa subsidiary T&G Global is using a commercial picking robot alongside human pickers for the first time.

InCeres and AgroCAD for Valtra and Massey Ferguson

The InCeres platform and AgroCAD by TecGraf will be available for Massey Ferguson and Valtra dealers.
AGCO Corporation announces the launch of a new agronomically focused farm solutions package. The InCeres platform and AgroCAD, the software solution developed and offered by Tecgraf, will be available for Massey Ferguson and Valtra dealers beginning in the first half of 2019.

Smart harvest tech becoming more cost efficient

The cost efficiency of smart harvest technologies is to gain exponential growth.

What can blockchain do for agricultural data?

What does blockchain mean to farmers and others in the ag industry?

Solinftec solutions available for AGCO customers

AGCO announced a strategic partnership with Solinftec. The partnership will give AGCO customers direct access to Solinftec’s portfolio of agricultural solutions.

Pioneer CRISPR-Cas: GMO rules frustrate innovation

CRISPR-Cas should not be part of the EU GMO-regulation, says microbiologist John van der Oost.

Indian state turns to drones to modernise agriculture

In order to increase agricultural production with the help of precision farming technologies, the Indian state of Maharashtra turns to drones.

Pin code to prevent theft of John Deere displays

An anti-theft system with a pin code is to prevent theft of John Deere displays and receivers.

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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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The two key reasons the world can’t reverse climate emissions

New figures show we’re using more energy and still pumping out more emissions—so why aren’t we moving the dial?

Alarmist by bad design: Strongly popularized unsubstantiated claims undermine credibility of conservation science by Atte Komonen, Panu Halme, Janne S. Kotiaho
See rethinkingecology

The phone (a very macho story but funny)

A young man wanted to get his beautiful blonde wife something nice for their first wedding anniversary. So he decided to buy her a cell phone. He showed her the phone and explained to her all of its features.

Meg was excited to receive the gift and simply adored her new phone.

The next day Meg went shopping. Her phone rang and, to her astonishment, it was her husband on the other end.

"Hi Meg," he said, "How do you like your new phone?"

Meg replied, "I just love it! It's so small and your voice is clear as a bell, but there's one thing I don't understand though."

"What's that, sweetie?" asked her husband.

"How did you know I was at Wal-Mart?"

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