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EFITA newsletter / 996 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Concert at La Sagrada Familia - October 30, 2016 (not new, but refreshing and peaceful…)

The Spanish singer in this video is Mónica Naranjo, and she sings the Catalan version of Amazing Grace (Avui Vull Agrair). The video was recorded on October 30, 2016 at the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona.
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Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Op weg naar huis / On the way home, by Jozef Israels Groningen (1824 - 1911)


What is the Most Profitable Agricultural Venture and How Much? By K. Afrane Okese

Agriculture is a profitable business.

Agriculture is one sector with great opportunities for business. Businesses pertaining production, retail, processing and even services. We have the maize growers, the agrochemicals dealers, the extension services, agro-processors and many more.

In your opinion as a player in any agricultural value chain;

Which specific agricultural venture per your experience is the most profitable?

Gender wage gap

The gender wage gap is narrowing in the United States and in other developed countries. Part of this trend may be explained by more women entering highly paid fields previously dominated by men.

SmartFarm: Ultra-local data for custom-tailored farming solutions

Our FieldMate sensor measures relevant data where it counts most: ultra-locally, directly between the plants. This means that they keep track of everything you need to know about your crops, such as temperatures, humidity and soil climate. Additionally, they provide you with an ultra-local weather forecast, custom-tailored to the actual location of your field.

SmartFarm: A new era of farming begins

The world of farming has changed. At SmartFarm, we do not only want to be a part of this change. We want to shape it ourselves, to create a more sustainable future of farming. Now we have taken another important step towards this future with the launch of our new website.

> Why a new website?
SmartFarm is a pioneer in the sector of agriculture. That means, we want to bring new and fresh ideas to the table to put the smart in farming and to support farmers in facing ever changing daily challenges. To provide a suitable platform for these ideas, we decided to give our online appearance a complete make-over. With that, we can make sure that our vision reaches as many people as possible. Because only together we can make a difference and create a more sustainable future of farming.

> What is new on the website?
Instead of just taking what was already there and giving it some fresh colours, we took the route we take with every single one of our products: a fresh start, combining numerous experts’ skills to strive for a perfect product. With a clear design, straightforward illustrations, rich animations and distinct information, we want to make sure to make every single aspect of our vision as comprehensible and transparent as possible.

> What comes next?
Our new website was only another step in our journey towards a more sustainable future of farming. We are constantly improving and so do our approaches, ideas, products and with that our website. We strive for a constant flow of new information, insightful articles and great content. With this, we do not only want to make sure we can take you along on our journey as extensively as possible, but to also reach out to more people in order to spread our pioneering ideas.

> Be ready to take the first step
Ready to join us in our journey to the future of farming? Then embark now by learning more about our FieldMate. You can also directly request a quote through our website. We look forward hearing from you!

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Le champ de blé ,1816, par John Constable


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Fendt is not just a name, Fendt is a conviction. With Fendt tractors and harvesting machines, farmers and contractors can reach their goals faster and with a higher yield.

EFC Systems

As a leader in field and financial solutions, EFC Systems is focused on improving farm profitability and the operational efficiencies of retailers. Through E.R.P. and field data management solutions, retailers and growers will have the tools needed to enhance their digital interaction and use data to make more informed decisions.

FieldReveal & Agworks

The FieldReveal and AgWorks strategic partnership allows us to give each other’s customers a broader portfolio, which quickly and effectively meets their needs. When a customer chooses our platforms, it is all about their success in growing their customers market offerings through state-of-the-art software packages.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: La Charrette de foin (The Hay Wain), 1821, by John Constable



It's Crazy Fast! Put efficiency back into your spraying operation. Automated mixing and our patented jug process set Mixmate apart from every other system on the market. When speed, accuracy, operator safety, and automated records are important, Mixmate is the best solution. Designed for mobile mixing and stationary plants. One system does it.

Strengthening Ag Retail Customer Relationships

Currently, ag retailers work through a range of different communication and sales channels with growers; a visit from the agronomist, an email with offers from the local store or a call to chase up the status of an order. The disparate nature of these channels leads to a disjointed customer experience for growers and ultimately means that sales opportunities fall through the cracks for ag retailers. Ag retail is increasingly exploring options to go online, but is yet to define a clear strategy against the backdrop of unconnected back-end systems and online-only marketplaces.


Rantizo is elevating precision agriculture with in-field drone applications when and where they're needed. Fungicide, micronutrients, cover crops...the sky's the limit! Our turnkey system offers everything needed to legally Fly & Apply: Drones, proprietary hardware and equipment, software to optimize productivity, licensing, support, and training.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Le Champ de blé (The Cornfield), 1826, par John Constable


How to make data work for farmers

A few years ago, a disruptor came on the scene, one that has taken the power of numbers in farming to an entirely new level, with data and on many other fronts. Has Farmers Business Network found the holy grail of making data work for farmers?

Right to repair: Dealers and farmers seeking policy balance

Farmers are becoming increasingly dependent on data and software. This has its downsides, such as the discussion about the right to repair. Do farmers have the right to fix equipment when break downs occur, either by themselves or by those not certified by the original manufacturer? Future Farming looked at how dealers and farmers are seeking policy balance in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.


Rabobank: precision farming data can help cultivate new business models

Rabobank says precision agriculture can be an instrument for new business models for farmers. Rabobank’s RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness states this in an article about the opportunities of precision agriculture. One of the opportunities identified is ‘ecosystem services’.

Agworld: Crossing the hurdle of combining data

Combining data in a structured way is often a problem for growers, says Chief Marketing Officer Reinder Prins of Agworld. “That is the biggest hurdle for them.”

Nitrogen applications: How drone data helps, by Jono Millin, CCO and co-founder of DroneDeploy

Determining where and how much fertiliser to apply is critical throughout the early part of the growing season. In 2021 and beyond, drone technology will have a notable impact here.

Vermeer develops autonomous bale mover

Nicknamed ‘Bale Hawk’, the conceptual autonomous bale mover by Vermeer is designed to move bales from where they are dropped in the field, to the field’s edge or to a storage area. 

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: La Ferme de la vallée, 1835, par John Constable


How images and data are changing the agri-food sector

To control processes more easily and design them more efficiently – this is where intelligent and easy-to-use embedded vision systems like IDS NXT come into play. They support from applying fertilizers to the visual monitoring of products and the processing of food.

Driverless tractors: Belarus shows autonomous tractor prototype

Belarusian tractor brand Belarus showed the prototype of a driverless tractor during an anniversary event. The, by Minsk Tractor Works developed, 3523i is the first autonomous Belarus.

Carbon farming: Research: Crop residue crucial for carbon storage

Crop residues play a significant role in forming and sequestering carbon in soil.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): Cottage at the forest glade, by Semion Fedorovich Fedorov (Russia 1867-1910)


Crop protection: Machine catches Colorado potato beetles

The Colorado Beetle Catcher is almost ready for marketing. The machine catches 70% or more of colorado beetles and larvae from an infestet potato field. Because of its mechanical working principle (as opposed to chemicals) the Catcher is first and foremost interesting for organic growers.

Crop inputs: New tool to help farmers make input decisions

A new tool developed by a University of Minnesota research team allows farmers to create a budget balance sheet of any nitrogen reduction plans and see the economic and environmental cost, return and margins, all customised to fields under their management.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Harvest at La Crau, with Montmajour in the Background, 1888, by Vincent van Gogh


Maintenance: Right to repair / Dealers and farmers seeking policy balance

Farmers are becoming increasingly dependent on data and software. This has its downsides, such as the discussion about the right to repair. Do farmers have the right to fix equipment when break downs occur, either by themselves or by those not certified by the original manufacturer? Future Farming looked at how dealers and farmers are seeking policy balance in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Biofertilizers: Algae biofertilizer rises plant performance up to 10%

Brazilian blue-green algae can be produced without harming the environment.

Data management: How to make data work for farmers

Has Farmers Business Network found the holy grail of making data work for farmers?

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Lavender Fields With Rising Sun By Vincent Van Gogh


Support systems: AGCO PAL connects farmers with precision ag experts

AGCO announced the pilot of its Precision Ag Line (PAL) program, a tool designed to streamline support services for farming customers using AGCO solutions with mixed-fleet operations.

Farming is finally ready for robots, by Kevin Dunlap, Calibrate Ventures

As an investor in the ag-tech space for the last decade, I would argue that 2020 was a tipping point. The pandemic accelerated a shift that was already underway to deploy automation in the farming industry. Other venture capitalists seem to agree. In 2020, they invested $6.1 billion into ag-tech startups in the US, a 60% increase over 2019, according to research from PitchBook. The number is all the more staggering when you consider that, in 2010, VC investment in US ag-tech startups totaled just $322 milion. Why did 2020 turn the tide in ag-tech investment, and what does that mean for the future of farming? Which ag-tech startups are poised to become leaders in the multi-trillion-dollar global agriculture industry? I’ll delve into those questions below.

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AgTech NEXT launches 3-part conference series to tackle climate change

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has announced AgTech NEXT 2021, a three-part conference series that will discuss three powerful intersections where ag innovation can move the needle on climate change. For the first time, AgTech NEXT is offering registration for free.

“We’ve made it 100% complimentary with the hopes of attracting people who are interested in this conversation but may not have been able to participate otherwise. We’re really excited about the possibility to reach more people,” says Stephanie Regagnon, executive director of innovation partnerships at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

Launched in 2020, AgTech NEXT has taken on a variety of topics in agricultural innovation including how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted agrifoodtech investing, corporate partnerships, and the rapid rise of plant-based proteins.

For this year’s program, AgTech NEXT is laser-focused on climate change. It doesn’t want to simply talk the talk, however. This conference is all about action.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Gleaning by Hicks, George Elgar (1824-1914)


ClimateAi raises $12m Series A from Robert Downey Jr fund, others, by Louisa Burwood-Taylor

Without a doubt, the biggest challenge the majority of farmers face the world over is the weather. Forever unpredictable, it’s now more erratic than ever as global warming creates more extreme weather events such as severe flooding, drought, storms. And with the World Meteorological Organization predicting a 90% likelihood that a year between 2021 and 2025 will be the hottest on record, it’s only going to get worse.

This could cause significant disruption to farming and the world’s food supply.

But what if farmers, their advisors and their supply chains, could predict the weather; would that help?

ClimateAi, a predictive weather analytics startup out of San Francisco, says it can and it just raised $12 million in Series A funding to do so.

How Silicon Valley Set Agtech Back A Decade

In agriculture, the vast majority of the value accrues in the middle of the supply chain, with the traders, manufacturers, brands & retailers that transform food from farm-gate to consumer. These players can afford to bear the costs of change, and have the incentives to innovate, given they will realize the benefits of digital transformation.


Small farms vanish every day in America’s dairyland: ‘There ain’t no future in dairy’, by Summer Sewell in Monroe, Wisconsin

Farming families are facing a choice: compete with high-production outfits, if they can, or abandon generations of dairy farming
He works up to 80 hours a week, getting up at five in the morning, an hour after 3,500 gallons (13,200 litres) of milk is picked up from his farm every day and taken to a local processor to be made into cheese for retail (which cushioned him from pandemic-specific blows to dairy farmers who sell to cheese processors for restaurants and schools). Green county’s dairy farmers sell directly to cheese makers or co-ops, no one sells fluid milk.

Truttmann’s three kids aren’t interested in farming, but he’s hopeful that a nephew may be. He knows it’s a hard sell – in good times, profit margins are about 10%. “When feed costs are high or hauling costs are shifted, all of a sudden there’s nothing left,” he said.

His favorite job on the farm is getting hours-old calves to bottle feed. He marches into a pen cradles the calf and patiently gets her to suckle – the trick is putting her nose on his wrist, which makes her mouth open automatically. He wants her to get used to him, to understand this is her caregiver from day one.

Back in his house, out of his rubber boots with his ankles crossed, he said, “I don’t think we’re different from any other industry where as times change, you either change with them or get left behind. And that’s the sad, hard reality of it. And even those that modernize are still at some risk of being washed out. It’s always a gamble.” He paused. “Hope sustains the farmer. That’s what the sign says on my back door.”

Americans' Life Ratings Reach Record High, by Dan Witters and Sangeeta Agrawal

There were two surprising things about a recent Gallup survey into life satisfaction in the US.

The first was that more Americans consider themselves to be thriving that at any point for more than a decade. Despite more than half a million Covid deaths, drought, heatwaves, wildfires and resurgent inflation, three in five Americans say they are pretty happy with their lot.

The second surprise was how little media coverage this received. (Though perhaps this is not so surprising, for we are well accustomed to newsrooms ignoring the positives.)

Adolescent fertility rate and Girl Secondary completion rate (taux de mineures enceintes et taux de filles en cycle secondaire)

Around the world, girls in their teens have fewer children and are more likely to complete secondary education. As a smaller share of teenaged girls become mothers, many are better able to pursue education.

Sugar was once a luxury that few could afford.

In medieval London, it took a skilled tradesman 80 hours of work to afford a pound of the stuff. Today, it takes under two minutes.
So how did sugar become so abundant?
Find out here.

The rate of U.S. traffic deaths is now lower than it was in 1921, back when less than 10% of the population had cars

Blood test to detect 50 types of cancer ‘accurate enough to be rolled out’, by Nilima Marshall

A simple blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer before any clinical signs or symptoms of the disease is accurate enough to be rolled out as a multi-cancer screening test, according to scientists.

The test, which is also being piloted by NHS England, is aimed at people at higher risk of the disease, including patients aged 50 years or older.

It is able to identify many types of cancer that are difficult to diagnose early, such as head and neck, ovarian, pancreatic, oesophageal and some blood cancers.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Working in the fields, by Fernando Cueto Amorsolo (The Philippines 1892-1972)


A prince under a spell

A prince was put under a spell so that he could speak only one word each year. If he didn’t speak for two years, the following year he could speak two words and so on.

One day, he fell in love with a beautiful lady. He refrained from speaking for two whole years so he could call her “my darling.” But then he wanted to tell her he loved her, so he waited three more years. At the end of these five years, he wanted to ask her to marry him, so he waited another four years.

Finally, as the ninth year of silence ended, he led the lady to the most romantic place in the kingdom and said, “My darling, I love you! Will you marry me?”

And the lady said, “Pardon?”

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