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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), January 13, 2020

EFITA newsletter / 912 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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DSSAT 2020 International Training Program

The DSSAT Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Florida and the International Fertilizer Development Center, will host an international training program entitled DSSAT 2020 - "Assessing Crop Production, Nutrient Management, Climatic Risk and Environmental Sustainability with Simulation Models" from May 18 through May 23, 2020 at the University of Georgia Campus in Griffin, Georgia, USA.

The overall goal of the workshop is to familiarize the workshop participants with the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT v4.7); the Cropping System Model (CSM) for the simulation of crop growth and yield, soil and plant water, nutrient, and carbon dynamics; and the application of models to real world problems, such as crop and resource management, climate change and climate variability, carbon sequestration, food security, biofuels, and environmental sustainability.

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Good old days (?????):"Fenaison (Harvest)" by Camille Pissarro (1882)

For tech-weary Midwest farmers, 40-year-old tractors now a hot commodity

Kris Folland grows corn, wheat and soybeans and raises cattle on 2,000 acres near Halma in the northwest corner of Minnesota, so his operation is far from small. But when he last bought a new tractor, he opted for an old one — a 1979 John Deere 4440.

5G network successfully tested in agricultural practice

KPN’s high-speed 5G network has been successfully trialled at the Wageningen University & Research test site in Valthermond in a pilot project for combating potato plants growing as weeds in a field of beetroot. Rapid data transmission from the robot in the field to a central computer meant the weeds could be successfully controlled in real time.

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Harmonising standards for agricultural robots

First and foremost agricultural robots must be safe. However, the current regulatory context for robots is at times ill-suited and inaccurate.

BASF invests in Israeli AgTech startup Equinom

BASF Venture Capital is the lead investor in a funding round for Israeli AgTech startup Equinom. Equinom’s computerised breeding technology provides optimised seeds for the food industry.

Lack of legal framework slows robotics innovation

Could Europe’s farmers soon face competition from the use of automated robots? That is the question raised in the Robotics Report published by Agro Innovation Lab (AIL), the joint innovation hub spearheaded by BayWa and RWA.

FAO: smart farming to help face climate change challenges

According to FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu, innovative solutions are needed in agriculture to respond to climate change.

FarmAgro to offer precision ag tools in Latin America

Automatising irrigation, soil- and crop-specific management, Geo-tagging of agricultural land, and other solutions are made available to growers in Latin America thanks to the partnership between FarmAgro, an agroforestry equipment company in Costa Rica, and agricultural analytics company CropX in Israel.

Good old days (?????): La récolte des pommes de terre by Camille Pissarro

‘Vive la AgRobolution!’ Naïo Tech raises €14m Series A to build more agri-robots

The French agri-robotics manufacturer Naïo Technologies has raised a €14 million ($15.6 million) Series A funding round, one month after grabbing headlines by hosting its fourth International Forum of Agricultural Robotics, known by its French acronym of FIRA.

AFN’s top tips to improving your startup’s media communications game in 2020

Happy New Year! With the start of a new year—make that decade—we at AFN are goal-setting for 2020 along with everyone else. Our number one resolution is to best support you and the rest of the agri-foodtech ecosystem in building a thriving, innovative and sustainable sector. To do that, you have to help us help you.

Samsung and LG go head to head with AI-powered fridges that recognize food

But what about all my tupperware?

Good old days (?????): "Fenaison (Haymaking", c.1901 (Détail) by Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)

Good old joke: Better than a flu shot!

Miss Beatrice, the church organist, was in her eighties, and had never been married. She was admired for her sweetness and kindness to all.

One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room.

She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea... As he sat facing her old Hammond organ, the young minister noticed a cut glass bowl sitting on top of it.

The bowl was filled with water, and in the water floated. of all things, a condom!

When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat. The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist.

'Miss Beatrice', he said, 'I wonder if you would tell me about this? Pointing to the bowl.'

'Oh, yes,' she replied, 'Isn't it wonderful? I was walking through the park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground.

The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease. Do you know I haven't had the flu all winter.'

If you don't send this to five GOOD friends right away, there will be five fewer people smiling in the world.

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Good old days (?????): Bringing in the harvest by Georges Laugée, 1900 (French, 1853-1937)



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