Efita Newsletter 930, dated May 18, 2020

Efita Newsletter 930, dated May 18, 2020
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The ATLAS project

The ATLAS project is funded by the EU H2020 program. It is addressed at achieving the definition of the next generation standards for data-driven agriculture. The partners, agricultural technologies companies and associations, universities and research institutions, and farmers and farmers associations are spread all around Europe.
See atlas-h2020.eu

The project proposes surveys to understand better the driver of data-driven agriculture. The readers are invited to participate

The first one addressed at agricultural machinery manufacturers here:
See 1 umfrageonline.com

The second one for the sensors manufacturers here:
See 2 umfrageonline.com

Furthermore, the project proposes a straightforward pool to identify the most interesting technologies that can find application in agriculture here:
See simple pool

>>> ATLAS project to define the next generation standards for data driven agriculture

Modern agriculture is becoming more and more data driven. Although a multitude of technical solutions already exist, the lack of interoperability demands a careful choice of machines, sensors and data processing platforms and hinders the adaption of these systems to the individual farmer’s specific needs.
Τhe Horizon 2020 project “ATLAS” aspires to overcome these constraints and its overall objective is the development of an open digital service platform for agricultural applications and to build up a sustainable ecosystem for innovative data-driven agriculture. The platform will allow the flexible combination of agricultural machinery, sensor systems and data analysis tools to overcome the problem of lacking interoperability and to enable farmers to increase the productivity in a sustainable way by making use of the most advanced digital technology.
Using the ATLAS platform, the benefits of data driven agriculture will be demonstrated within a multitude of pilot studies. Around these pilots, so called "Innovation Hubs", a network of end-users, service providers, researchers, and policy makers, will be established to exploit the benefits of digital agriculture to a larger audience. Moreover, through seed funding, innovative companies will be attracted to provide their services through the platform.
The ATLAS project will run for 36 months until September 2022 and involves 30 partners from Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain, and Latvia.

Contact: Eugenio CAVALLO, PhD
E-mail: e.cavallo(a)imamoter.cnr.it

Old good days (?????): El segador (después de Millet), para Vincent Van Gogh, Saint-Rémy: septiembre, 1889, Colección privada, Reino Unido, Europa


SmartAgriHubs Webinar: Data sharing in agriculture and the code of conduct

20 May, 2020 – 11h – 12h CEST
The webinar aims to provide DIHs in the agri-food sector with information on the Code of Conduct on agricultural data sharing.

Go to meeting

After an introduction to the current Agricultural data sharing Code of Conduct (CoC) by CEMA, Simone van der Burg (Senior Researcher ethics and responsible research and innovation at Wageningen University) will talk us through new perspectives and insights on data ethics. Also, the participants’ thought process on ethical data sharing will be ignited through discussion points.

Join the webinar on 20 May at 11:00 CEST and ask your questions!

If you have a question about the webinar, you can send us an email at: kristina.karanikolova@tno.nl.

About Simone van der Burg:

Simone van der Burg is a Senior Researcher at Wageningen University. The goal of her research is to contribute to the shaping of technology by means of the enhancement of ethical reflection on its anticipated impacts on human (social) life with stakeholders who are involved in making it by means of research or development, or who are its potential users. The background understanding of ethics that she uses is broad: she primarily contributes to making the values and interests of stakeholders explicit and facilitates their reflection and dialogue on them. The goal is to realize more responsible choices, which are based on a reflective trade-off of the values and interests that are at stake.

>>>About CEMA:
CEMA is the association representing the European agricultural machinery industry. With 11 national member associations, the CEMA network represents both large multinational companies and numerous European SMEs active in the sector.
Contact : Kristina KARANIKOLOVA
E-mail : kristina.karanikolova(a)tno.nl

Académie d’agriculture de France

20 mai 2020 - 14h30 (CEST)

Pour s'inscrire à la conférence : "Agriculture et numérique : grand basculement, intelligence et résilience face à la pandémie de la codiv-19 et au confinement" par Guy Waksman à 14h30

Résumé :
L’informatisation de l’agriculture a commencé dans les années 1980. Dans un premier temps, cette informatisation ne couvrait que des domaines bien limités, surtout la comptabilité et parfois la gestion de production (gestion de parcelles, atelier laitier, etc.). Depuis au moins une dizaine d’années, le numérique en Agriculture s’est diversifié au point de concerner toutes les productions.

Ici il ne sera pas question de technologies : drones, capteurs, robots, automates, objets connectés, analyse d’images, intelligence artificielle, information géographique, etc., mais de la réaction du monde agricole et rural au choc de la pandémie et du confinement, faisant preuve grâce au numérique d’une étonnante réactivité, d’une grande intelligence et au final d’une résilience bienvenue.

Sans perdre de vue les dimensions économiques, sociologique, en bref humaines, nous allons faire un tableau certainement non exhaustif de ce qu’on verra rétrospectivement comme le grand basculement vers le numérique, basculement préparé depuis des années, mais qui aura tardé à se concrétiser, comme dans d’autres domaines : l’enseignement ou la médecine par exemple. Ce tableau inclura les points suivants :
1. Télétravail
2. La vente directe de produits agricoles par Internet
3. Achats des intrants agricoles sur Internet
4. L’emploi
5. La formation à distance
6. La télémédecine en milieu rural
7. Sociabilité
8. Galileo, c’est pour quand ? (seule partie un peu technique, mais qui peut concerner Mme et M. Tout le monde)
9. Sans oublier, ceux qui savent saisir les occasions de faire parler d’eux (avec talent)
10. Quid des réseaux, 4G, Adsl, fibre, satellite, radio..

Old good days (?????): El Puente de Gleize sobre el Canal Vigueirat, para Vincent van Gogh, Arles, Francia: marzo, 1888, Colección privada, Tokio, Japón, Asia


COVID-19 - Pandemic will push digitisation of farms

Future Farming asked Wade Barnes, CEO of Farmers Edge, 5 questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on farming. "A connected farm has the digital tools to make better informed, long-lasting decisions during this time," says Barnes.
How technology can help you better plan for shortages?
See futurefarming.com

California dreamin’: a French weeding robot in America

Naïo Technologies is currently running its Dino autonomous vegetable weeding robot in California.
See futurefarming.com

DTN acquires ClearAg to boost agronomic offerings

The acquisition is to boost the company's agronomic offerings. Read more
See futurefarming.com

Septentrio launches new GNSS/INS receiver for drones

The AsteRx-i D UAS multi-frequency receiver combines reliable centimeter-level positioning with 3D orientation. Read more
See futurefarming.com

Blueprint for Australian seaweed industry developed
The goal is to establish seaweed ocean farms and develop high value products from seaweed.
See futurefarming.com

Tools & Data

Why you need more than 5 image data points per season.
In-season timing, potential of use cases during the whole season, analytics, and weather are the main reasons.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): La faneuse par Émile Claus


AGR-AI, AI at the cutting edge of the living world (Part 1) by Marc Rameaux (2019)
See europeanscientist.com

AGR-AI, AI at the cutting edge of the living world (Part 2) by Marc Rameaux (2019)
See europeanscientist.com

How should agtech startups approach exits? 5 tips from AgTech:Acquired webinar, by Sarah Nolet

Agtech is about creating value for end users, whether farmers or other players along the value chain. Startups that stay laser-focused on their customers, in most cases, will succeed.

But for companies that raise money, they must also focus on returns for their investors. That means keeping a path to exit on the radar. Where will these exits come from and when? How can startups get acquisition-ready? And how is the landscape changing with Covid-19?

Last week, our AgTech: Acquired conversation with Derek Norman and Jim Chambers revealed five key takeaways and tips for startups thinking about how to exit and when.
See agfundernews.com

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Climate Change Is Messing With Your Dinner, by Agnieszka de Sousa and Hayley Warren (2018)

The world’s dinner tables are seeing the impact of climate change.

As cold regions become warmer, and warm places hotter still, farming and fishing are shifting. An evolving climate means big changes for people who grow, catch and rear for a living, and everyone else who buys and eats what they produce.

There are winners and losers. There are rich-world problems (less cod, more lobster) and poor (drought and pestilence). There are threats to the quality of the world’s basic staples including wheat and corn, as well as such nation-defining luxuries as Bordeaux wine and Java coffee. And whether through dearth or deluge, supply shocks can shake up prices.
See bloomberg.com

The Best and the Worst Cities for Remote Working
See not especially useful but curious ranking

Where are GMO crops grown? GLP infographics document the global growth of agricultural biotechnology innovation
See geneticliteracyproject.org

Good old days (?????): Hay stacks by Emile Claus


Cargill unveils PlantEver plant-based brand for Chinese consumers, expands B2B offering, by Jack Ellis (Bad idea for me - GW)

Cargill will begin offering its plant-based meat alternatives directly to consumers in China next month, after trialling the products with enterprise customers in the country.

PlantEver is the name under which the US agribusiness giant’s fake meat will be marketed to shoppers. PlantEver products will be available to buy both in brick-and-mortar stores and via online retailers from the end of June.

The unveiling of Cargill’s consumer-facing brand for its meatless protein offering follows a limited trial run in collaboration with restaurant operator Yum China last week.
See agfundernews.com


How Much Do You Have to Run to Improve Health? By Michael Hunter
See medium.com

UPS to deliver medicine by drone to large Florida retirement community
See ajc.com

Good old days (?????): Orchards in Flaners by Emile Claus


COVID-19 - AgFunder Digitalk #3: How Covid-19 is accelerating innovation across the food system with S2G Ventures

For the third episode of our new What The Fork? Digitalks by AgFunder series, AgFunder was joined by S2G Ventures, the world’s most active foodtech and agtech venture capital investor, to exclusively discuss new research conducted by the firm.

S2G recently published a report looking at how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting the global food supply chain, and the role that technology can play in creating a more resilient agrifood ecosystem.
See agfundernews.com

COVID-19 - Unproven herbal remedy against COVID-19 could fuel drug-resistant malaria, scientists warn, by Linda Nordling
See sciencemag.org

COVID-19 - Artemisia annua (Sweet wormwood, Sweet Annie, Qing hao) extract marketed as Arthrem: risk of harm to the liver
See medsafe.govt.nz

COVID-19 - Israel Isolates Coronavirus Antibody in ‘Significant Breakthrough’: Minister

COVID-19 - How Covid Is Shifting Human Behavior Around the World: What you need to know
See bloomberg.com

Good old days (?????): Paysanne dans un champ par Camille Pissaro (1882, Musée National des Beaux-Arts, Buenos Aires)




Heroes of Progress: Desiderius Erasmus
See Erasmus

Quiz: How have homicide rates changed worldwide?
See quiz on homicides

Economic Growth from Octavian to Obama, by Marian L. Tupy (April 2018)

Put differently, in the 18 centuries that separated the reigns of the first Roman Emperor and the last French king (Louis Phillipe), incomes rose by a paltry 50 percent. The Industrial Revolution, a British import, changed French fortunes considerably. Between 1831 and 1881, incomes rose by 100 percent ($3,067). As such, France made twice as much economic progress in 50 years as it did in the previous 1,800 years. In 2016, French GDP per capita stood at $38,758, meaning that a modern Frenchman is roughly-speaking 24 times better off (in real terms) than his ancestor 200 years ago. Remarkable.

See humanprogress.org



An Irish rural dean once went to visit one of his local priests

He could see the priest looked sad, so he asked what the matter was. The priest replied, “I have had my bicycle stolen, and what is worse, I think it has been stolen by one of my congregation.”

The wise rural dean thought for a second and said, “Ah, what you need to do.. is preach a sermon on the 10 Commandments. When you get to “Thou shalt not steal” look sternly at all the congregation. The person who looks embarrassed will be the one who stole it.”

A few weeks later, the rural dean visited the priest again and he was much happier. The priest told. him he had got his bike back. The rural dean said, “Did you preach on the 10 Commandments?”

“Yes.” replied the priest

“And did you find out who took it?”

“Er, not exactly. When I got to “Thou shalt not commit adultery”, I remembered where I left it.”

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