Efita Newsletter / 918, dated February 24, 2020

Efita Newsletter / 918, dated February 24, 2020
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EFITA newsletter / 918 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Fight the Virus - Alvin Oon (Excellent!)

'Fight the Virus' by Alvin Oon is a remake of Simon & Garfunkel's classic song 'Sound of Silence'. This song shares information about the current Wuhan coronavirus that has spread across the world and how we can all work together to fight and beat this virus. Share the song! Fight the virus!
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All your pain in one video (Excellent too!)

Monitoring Agriculture & Forestry from Satellite and UAV – How to Derive Accurate Vegetation Insights to Boost Profitability (Webinar by

Thu, Feb 27, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CET (Heure de Paris - Berlin)

Many agricultural and forestry problems such as determining crop health, insect infestation, and drainage patterns have traditionally been approached by performing extensive field work. Today, increased processing power, improvements in algorithms, and the exponential availability of earth observation data means that many of these challenges can be solved faster and at reduced costs.

Remote sensing is a precise and efficient technology to estimate vegetation characteristics and to monitor agricultural and forestry practices over large geographic areas, particularly when expensive and time-consuming field studies are not feasible.

ENVI® is a scientifically proven suite of image analysis software designed for the use of earth observation data including optical, SAR and LiDAR data from satellite, airborne and UAV platforms. It is widely known for its reliable and accurate analytical capabilities - including the use of Deep Learning technologies -, for its customization possibilities using IDL and its interoperability with ESRI`s ArcGIS platform.

Join this live webinar to learn how the ENVI can derive and process vegetation-related information from remotely sensed data in order to create highly flexible solutions for various types of agriculture and forestry applications.

Who Should Attend?
- Agronomists
- Foresters
- Environmental Scientists
- GIS Analysts and Agricultural Analysts
- Agricultural & Environmental Consultants
- Forestry and Forest Research Organizations
- Conservation Trusts
- National Park Organizations
- International Research Organizations
- NGO’s
 - National Mapping Agencies
- Agricultural Organizations & Agencies
- Government agencies
- Insurance & Reinsurance

Presenter: Nicolai Holzer, Sales Engineer EMEA, L3Harris Geospatial Solutions
Moderator: Jodi Lee, James Slater, Senior Channel Management Specialist, L3Harris Geospatial Solutions

Special Issue "IoT for Smart Food and Farming"

The high-impact journal 'Sensors' has planned a special issue on IoT for Smart Food and Farming. In recent decades, IoT has received a lot of attention in this domain and great advancements have been realized in both the academic and industrial worlds.

Yet, we believe that IoT is way from realizing its full potential in agriculture and the food industry. Therefore, this special issue will capture the latest innovations from fundamental scientific concepts to commercially robust IoT-inspired solutions relevant to the development, implementation, and adoption of IoT-based systems in food and farming.

We warmly invite you to submit papers on topics ranging from new sensors through to cloud-based computing, data-driven applications/services, and new business models.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.

More information

Contacts: Cor VERDOUW, Bedir TEKINERDOGAN, Sjaak WOLFERT, Guest Editors
E-mail: cor.verdouw(a)wur.nl

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Agtech acquisition alert! Israel’s ICL acquires Growers to boost digital offering, by Lauren Stine and Louisa Burwood-Taylor

ICL, the $5 billion Israeli fertilizer company, has acquired North Carolina-based Growers Holdings, a data-driven farming platform that aims to provide farmers, agronomists, and other professionals with better decision-making capabilities.
See agfundernews.com


An all-in-one platform to help ag retailers, trusted advisors, and farmers work better together to build the future of agriculture.
We believe the ag community should be united and empowered by data, not confused by it. That’s why we develop agricultural software that’s fast, easy-to-use, and drives a sustainable, profitable future. When agronomists, retailers, or farmers put data into our tool, they can trust they’re making better decisions with their seed, fertilizer, chemicals, and capital.
See growers.ag

Elemental Excelerator is seeking applications for its 9th climate-tech focused cohort

The non-profit program backs growing companies solving key challenges in agriculture with up to $1 million in funding — apply by March 26!
See agfunders.com

Good old days: Glaneuses près des meules par Léon-Augustin Lhermitte (Français, 1844-1925)


Laconik helps farmers save money on fertiliser

Australian company Laconik uses data-driven technology that optimises fertiliser application.
See futurefarming.com

Dutch contractor offers autonomous arable services

Dutch company Smart Agri Technology offers autonomous services to arable farmers using Robottis from AgroIntelli.
See futurefarming.com

Data Marketplace for sharing and monetising data

Agrimetrics’ Agri-Food Data Marketplace enables data-owners safely to share and monetise their data.
See futurefarming.com

Granular monitors labour and equipment expenses

Granular's new functionality helps farmers easily assess the impact of labor and equipment on their profitability.
See futurefarming.com

Where is drone spraying allowed?

A special section of the Future farming website is dedicated to drones. It includes a map, which shows you in which countries drone spraying is allowed.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): Paying the Harvesters par Léon-Augustin Lhermitte

Michelin, Continental and Smag create a joint-venture to develop Rubberway®, the smartphone application designed to map sustainability practices across the natural rubber industry (September 2019)

Michelin, a world leader in tires and sustainable mobility : Continental AG, a technology company and world leader in tire manufacturing : and Smag, a leading software developer for agriculture, have announced the creation of a joint venture specializing in the development and deployment of technological solution for mapping sustainability practices in the supply chain of natural rubber: Rubberway®.

Rubberway® is designed in compliance with the objectives of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR).

The joint venture is due to begin business before the end of 2019 (subject to validation by the relevant antitrust authorities).

Rubberway® is a technological solution that maps and assesses practices and risks regarding environmental issues, social affairs, and Corporate Social Responsibility governance throughout the natural-rubber industry, from rubber-processing plants downstream to plantations upstream. Rubberway® will provide its users (tire manufactures) with  the collected data and enable them to identify and improve sustainability in the natural rubber chain.  .

Indeed, the natural-rubber supply chain—which includes around six million farmers, 100,000 intermediaries and over 500 processing plants—is highly complex.

The technological solution  Rubberway®—produced in collaboration with the software developer Smag—has been operational since 2017 and is already used in some main production countries (including Thailand, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana and Brazil).

In this joint venture, Michelin is bringing the rights of use and exploitation, as well as its user experience of it on the ground.

Continental demonstrates its interest in this solution through its investment in the joint venture and, in doing so, is opening up the path to wider use of the application by other tire-makers and car-parts manufacturers, therefore helping accelerate the rise of responsible practices in the natural-rubber industry.

Smag is sharing all its technological and sector-specific expertise in digital solutions for agriculture.

Through this joint venture, the partners are seeking to make Rubberway® an independent solution that can be easily used by all the other natural rubber players and working towards making the supply chain more transparent.
See michelin.com

The Top Hat (Jewish joke)

Schwartz is sitting in his room, wearing only a top hat, when Steinberg strolls in.

“Why are you sitting here naked?”

“It’s all right,” says Schwartz. “Nobody comes to visit.”

“But why the hat?”

“Maybe somebody will come.”

Climate Change: the proof


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