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EFITA newsletter / 991 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: A country scene with figures by Abel Grimmer (1570-1619)


5 tools to support your breeding decisions, by Doriane

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En 1899, 1900, 1901 et 1910, un groupe d'artistes, dont notamment Jean-Marc Côté, a réalisé une série de cartes et de dessins d'anticipation sur le thème de l'an 2000 (Bibliothèque Nationale de France).

Une partie de croquet (encore sous l'eau) / A Croquet Party
In 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, a group of artists, including notably Jean-Marc Côté, produced a series of anticipatory drawings on the theme of the year 2000 (BNF).

Initiative "For a Switzerland free of synthetic pesticides"… the NO of the Swiss people who are quite overwhelmingly against the ban on pesticides

The initiative "For a Switzerland free of synthetic pesticides" aimed to completely ban the use of synthetic pesticides in the country, as well as to ban the import of foodstuffs containing them. Opponents considered the project "extreme" and dangerous for the supply of Switzerland.

In blue, the " boboland ": Geneva, Lausanne, Bale, Zurich…

Switzerland: Voters reject pesticide-free farming proposals

Over 60% of Swiss voters have thrown out a pair of initiatives aiming to ban the use of synthetic pesticides in the country.

Economics Minister Guy Parmelin said on Sunday that after a “highly emotional” campaign, voters had chosen the “rational and pragmatic” option for the future of agriculture and food security in Switzerland.

Rather than the “revolution” proposed by the initiatives, citizens gave their backing to the “evolution” proposed by government and parliament towards a sustainable farming sector, Parmelin said.

Such an evolution, as Parmelin had argued during the campaign, includes a legal project aiming to reduce by 50% the risks associated with synthetic pesticides by 2027.

Urs Schneider, deputy director of the Swiss farmers’ federation, also said on Sunday that “objective arguments” had triumphed over emotional ones, and that the result was a “huge relief” for farmers.



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AgVend is your digital partner for serving the producer of tomorrow. We provide ag retailers with white-labeled information, engagement, and commerce portals. Our suite of products is designed to strengthen the relationship between ag retailers and their grower customers. The AgVend team is comprised of individuals with backgrounds in agriculture, digital marketing, and omnichannel retail, and operates from dual locations in Minnesota and California.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Les quatre saisons par Abel Grimmer (1570-1619)


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Solinftec has spent the last 13 years building real solutions for real people. We could help you get an additional 5,000 acres through each rig per year by finding the most efficient routes to fields and dispatching tender trucks in real-time, considering label requirements, tank-mix cleaning times, and field-specific weather.

Agworld: Enabling Collaboration in Agriculture

Making Ag Retail more profitable. The Agworld Platform enables America’s Ag Retailers to realize significant cost savings, $286,500 per year on average for a mid sized organization, as well as empowering advisors to develop more and better grower relationships that last.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: A harvest landscape - (after) Abel Grimmer (1570-1619)


R-Stepps in the desert

Born out of academic research and focusing on the 40% of the world that is classed as an ‘arid’ environment, R-Stepps has the potential to plant billions of trees, capture millions of carbon and help the world achieve its target of resurfacing 3% of the planet with new vegetation.

R-Stepps :
> A range of interconnected all terrain robots that use solar power to plant and maintain trees.
> Designed to be accessible, adaptable, capable of digging, planting, watering, monitoring.
> Offsetting thousands of tons of CO2.
> Reforesting degraded lands.
> Creating local jobs.

Agrian Inc.

Data is only as valuable as your ability to use it – quickly, conveniently and seamlessly. The Agrian platform integrates from a wide range of sources empowering ag retailers to control their data all in one place.

Land Sharing vs Land sparing... "Is local and organic farming really better for the environment? "By Mr. Serge-Étienne Parent (Laval University in Quebec) in The Conversation (in French)

Saving the land from agricultural occupation has a much higher biodiversity potential than living there with nature, whether through organic farming or permaculture. As long as allocating agricultural land that necessarily disturbs their environment, it is better to concentrate food production there.

Organic farming extensification vs Ecological intensification

Spray Planner: Get full control (NL)

Spraying at the right time means getting the best out of each crop. At SmartFarm, we know how complex the determination of this moment can be. This is why we developed the Spray Planner. To ensure that the optimal time for treating the crops can be chosen. To help planning with ease and making farming as efficient and sustainable as possible.
What is the Spray Planner?

The Spray Planner is the simple answer to the complex question of when to best spray your crops. Our experts already asked this question 25 years ago and since then have been working on developing the optimal planning solution. Our easy-to-use application provides comprehensible 48 hours predictions of the best moment possible to spray your crops. These forecasts are disposable for more than 50 different crops and are compatible with every available pesticide while remaining independent from specific brands or products. This makes the Spray Planner the right solution for every individual requirement for better farming.
Why is the Spray Planner so accurate?

What makes our Spray Planner so reliable is the top notch data that it is based on. This data is collected with the sensors of our market leading FieldMate, directly in the field. Then, these measurements are translated into accurate predictions, combining state of the art research, practical knowledge, extensive experience and valuable insights from pesticide manufacturers. The application has been developed from our broad range of highly skilled experts under the direction of Erno Bouma, a leading expert in the field of meteorology and crop protection. Our deep understanding combined with the first class data gathered by our top-notch sensors makes our planner the most reliable companion for complex decisions on the market.

>>> What means the Spray Planner for farming?

The more advanced the planning, the more sustainable the farming. This link comes from the fact that the most important factor when spraying crops is the right timing. With the Spray Planner making this timing an easy task, the effect can be increased by up to 30%. This means less work, less costs and less pollution.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Les quatre saisons : L'hiver par Abel Grimmer (1570-1619)


Bushel acquires FarmLogs to integrate farm-level and supply chain data, AFN, by Lauren Manning

US grain-trading platform Bushel has acquired FarmLogs, a farm management app aimed at row crop operations. Through the takeover, it will be able to connect on-farm management data across tens of thousands of growers responsible for 40% of the grain originating in the US.

Neither startup commented on the financial aspects of the transaction. The separate FarmLogs brand will live on, but its employees will join Bushel.

The acquisition bucks the trend of larger, established agribusiness players scooping up startups to bring tech in-house. Fargo, North Dakota-based Bushel launched in 2017, while Michigan’s FarmLogs started in 2011.

Drones in agriculture: why now is the time to invest

Drones are fast becoming a crucial tool in agriculture, but how do you know if drones will be the right choice for your business?

How to control growth phases intelligently and efficiently

Cameras can support the visual monitoring of products and growth phases of crops.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Les quatre saisons : Le printemps par Abel Grimmer (1570-1619)


Hands-free farming: Australia gets its first fully automated commercial farm

Hands-free farm to demonstrate the future of farming through robotics and artificial intelligence.

Field robots: Haggerty AgRobotics operates fleet of autonomous machines

Haggerty AgRobotics manages a fleet of Raven OMNi platforms with machine-to-machine connectivity.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): Les quatre saisons : Allegorie de l'été (1570-1619)


Electric tractors: Ideanomics acquires electric tractor maker Solectrac

Ideanomics acquires the remaining 78.6 percent of the fully diluted cap table of Solectrac.

Planting: Case IH introduces new planter technology

Latest offerings include ISO Planter Control and wider boom options for the FA 1030 air boom applicator.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: L'été (1607) par Abel Grimmer (1570-1619)


Field robots: Field Robot Event concludes with seven winners

Overall winner of the Field Robot Event is Bullseye team from Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

Brazilian freight & fintech startup GoFlux scores funding Exclusive!, AFN, by Lauren Manning & Jack Ellis

Freight has become a major target for digitalization, with paper-based practices and telephone calls still characterizing how most transactions in the industry are handled.

Among the many startups leading the charge is Brazil’s GoFlux, which is hoping to breathe some digital life into the way the country transports its bountiful agricultural commodities.

“What we are trying to do is build a full network of cargo freight,” Rodrigo Gonçalves, CEO and founder of goFlux, tells AFN. “To do so, we are connecting large agriculture companies to transport companies.”

These robots & machines are the future of agriculture, by Loukia Papadopoulos

Agriculture and farming might seem like boring industries until you see the technology they use.

Agriculture and farming at first glance do not seem like very exciting industries, but the tech used in them is some of the most advanced out there. Indeed, the industries see the use of robots and machines that do everything from killing weeds to pick up fruit and vegetables without bruising them.

In this video, we bring you some of the latest advancements in agriculture and farming you have to see to believe. These innovations are meant to keep up with an increased need for food and a decreased workforce in the agriculture and farming industries.

Maternal mortality


Standoff Between Farmers And Tractor Makers Intensifies Over Repair Issues (May 26, 20217)
Some farmers are in a bruising battle with John Deere and other tractor makers over what they are allowed to repair on the equipment they own.

Shouldn't Farmers Be Allowed to Fix Their Own Tractors?

It’s simple. You bought it, you should own it. Period.

You should have the right to use it, modify it, and repair it whenever, wherever, and however you want. It’s our mission to make sure you can. We fight for your right to fix.


Our goal is to advocate for repair-friendly policies, regulations, statutes, and standards at the national, state, and local levels.

Members of The Repair Association enjoy the backing of some of the world's most powerful activists. We travel the globe on your behalf, testifying in front of statehouses, standards committees, and media outlets to make sure your business continues to thrive.

Our efforts have already yielded success from jailbreaking to automotive repair and even the right to unlock your cellphone.

We plan to do more. We’ll be launching more initiatives that are important to the repair industry in the future…stay tuned.

Farmers Are Having to Hack Their Own Tractors Just to Make Repairs

Owners are turning to hacked software from Eastern Europe as farm equipment companies won't license it to them directly.

Farmers Fight John Deere Over Who Gets to Fix an $800,000 Tractor

The right-to-repair movement has come to the heartland, where some farmers are demanding access to the software that runs their equipment.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: L'été par Abel Grimmer (1570-1619)


‘Who’s making decisions, who’s benefiting, who’s gaining the wealth?’ Errol Schweizer’s got questions, Green Queen Media, by Sonalie Figueras

Errol Schweizer has spent decades in the food industry, over 25 years in fact. He has held down many positions, from grill cook to stock clerk to purchasing manager. A native of New York’s the Bronx who studied biology and got his start in community organizing, Schweizer was thrust to the (inter)national food stage when he worked his way up to becoming the V.P. of Grocery at Whole Foods, during which time his team grew sales to over US$5 billion and helped launch brands such as Beyond Meat, Daiya, Califia Farms, Justin’s, Ripple, Hampton Creek, Gardein, Siete Foods and many more.

TerraClear raises $25m to help farmers get rocks out of their fields, AFN, by Lauren Manning

Rocks may seem like the least of farmers’ worries. But for some, they can create serious challenges around planting and harvesting. Medium to large farms incur costs of anywhere from $5,000 to $150,000 annually due to problems and damage caused by rocks, according to US startup TerraClear.

“The vast majority of farm ground is between eight to 12 inches deep. Any de-tillage or erosion is going to bring rocks up every year,” CEO Brent Frei tells AFN.

TerraClear recently closed a $25 million Series A round led by existing investor Madrona Venture Group. The raise follows its $6.1 million Series A in 2019 and brings its total funding to $38 million.

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The future of Australia’s agriculture industry is hinged on carbon emissions, AFN, by guest contributor: Justin Webb

The Australian Academy of Science recently warned that the world must reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 if Australia is to avoid potentially insurmountable challenges to its cities, ecosystems, industries, food, and health systems.

While it has previously been suggested that agriculture should be exempt from our proposed 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target, industry leaders, such as the National Farmers’ Federation CEO Tony Mahar, have actively been advocating for the vital role agriculture can play in creating a more sustainable future.

Farming currently accounts for 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGe), with red meat production being labelled as a large contributor through enteric gases, manure, and land-clearing practices. Conversely, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization recently concluded that a 30% reduction of GHGe would be possible if producers in a given system, region, and climate adopted the technologies and practices currently used by the 10% of producers with the lowest emission intensity.

As the world’s largest exporter by value of beef and lamb, Australia carries the responsibility and opportunity to implement and support technologies that can create the world’s first and only net-negative carbon footprint of red meat production. Here’s how.

Quantum computing’s answer to the global food security problem, AFN, by guest contributor: Joseph Byrum

Even in the 21st century, food security remains a problem. Regions of the world most impacted by weather extremes and natural disasters need access to more resilient crops and growing techniques.

Over the last several decades, technology has rescued hundreds of millions from the brink of starvation. Selective breeding created better genetics to make crops more resilient and bountiful. Better machinery, fertilizers, and soil management practices improved fertility. More advanced chemistry for crop protection products kept weeds and insect pressure from crippling production.

Data analytics and AI-backed crop intelligence solutions represent the latest advance that can assist farmers to make smarter decisions and take action to resolve various crop pressures before they have a chance to affect yield.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Les quatre saisons : L'automne par Abel Grimmer (1570-1619)


Why dairy farmworkers are moving beyond fair trade, Forbes, by Errol Schweize

Dairy farmworkers and advocates are criticizing a new fair trade label for dairy products. Fair Trade USA’s new Fair Trade dairy program is rolling out on select sku’s of Chobani Greek Yogurt. The leading Greek yogurt brand has partnered with Fair Trade USA for Milk Matters, a customized audit process for dairy supply chains to ensure fair treatment of workers, among other laudable goals. Yet the certification process and market entry has attracted resistance from the most unlikely sources: the dairy farm workers and their advocates that such a program should be benefitting...

Joe Biden’s presidency has partly restored America’s image abroad (The Economist)

Seen in The Economist

Vaccination triumph (NYT)

Source NYT

The Western South Atlantic humpback whale population was driven to the edge of extinction by the commercial whaling industry

Organic lobbyists show ‘sheer hypocrisy’, by Matt Ridley

Organic lobbyists show ‘sheer hypocrisy’ opposing UK emergency authorization of neonicotinoid sugar beet seed treatments — while supporting environmental waiver for ‘acutely toxic’ copper sulfate.

Wilhelm Rontgen, by Alexander C. R. Hammond

This week, our hero is Wilhelm Röntgen. The German scientist was the first person to identify electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength that we today know as an “x-ray.” Today, x-ray machines are common at most medical facilities.  They are used for dozens of reasons, but the most common usage includes detection of broken and fractured bones, heart problems, breast cancer, scoliosis and tumours. The ability to accurately monitor the internal conditions of our bodies leads to better medical decisions. Every year, x-ray machines are used to help save the lives of millions of people.


A Multibillion-Dollar Plan to End Polio, and Soon

A global partnership announced plans to spend more than $5 billion to eradicate poliovirus.
Many countries were dealing with sporadic outbreaks of polio before the coronavirus emerged, but the pandemic brought some polio vaccination programs to a halt, at least for a few months, and worsened the trend. Last year, there were 1,226 cases of polio worldwide, compared with 138 in 2018.
From March to July last year, polio immunization campaigns were suspended in more than 30 countries, resulting in more unvaccinated children and more outbreaks of vaccine-derived polio.

The oral polio vaccine that is currently used widely contains a weakened strain of the virus. Children who are immunized with this vaccine can pass the virus into the environment through their feces; from there, it can infect unprotected people. As the virus passes from one unvaccinated person to another, genetic changes can cause it to revert to a form that can cause paralysis.

The mRNA vaccine revolution is just beginning

mRNA brought us a Covid-19 vaccine in record speed. Next it could tackle flu, malaria or HIV

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: L'Automne ou Les travaux de la ferme par Abel Grimmer (1570-1619)


Chistes en español

Chiste 1
- ¿Tienes WiFi?
- Sí
- ¿Y cuál es la clave?
- Tener dinero y pagarlo.

Chiste 2
En una entrevista de trabajo:
- ¿Nivel de inglés?
- Alto
- Bien. Traduzca "mirar".
- Look.
- Perfecto. Úselo en una frase.
- "Luke", yo soy tu padre.
- Contratado.

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¿Cuál es el café más peligroso del mundo?
El ex-preso

Chiste 4

- Mamá, mamá, los spaghetti se están pegando.
- Déjalos que se maten.

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