Efita Newsletter 935, dated June 8, 2020

Efita Newsletter 935, dated June 8, 2020
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EFITA newsletter / 935 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Good old days (??????): Street in Câmpulung - Theodor Aman - 1875 (1831 - 1891 – Română/ Rumania)


Message from Rumania

Dear Mr. Waksman,

My dear friend (I hope that I can call you so, after so many years being in touch!). I am writing to congratulate you on your wonderful work! You style is wonderful and of high quality! Go on !!!!!!!!
In attachments I am sending to you some famous paintings od Romanian painters (N. Grigorescu, Th. Aman, Luchian – all of them participated in the Paris painting school).

With the best wishes,


prof.dr.ing. ALEXANDRU NAGHIU, University of Agricultural Sciences Cluj-Napoca Romania
E-mail: alexnaghiu11(a)yahoo.com

How we saw the future yesterday?

The Stream Ploughman, in The Illustrated London News for April (date obscured) 1853


Extrait de la collection d'Alain Fraval


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Agricultural Internet of Things and Decision Support for Precision Smart Farming
Editors: Annamaria Castrignano, Gabriele Buttafuoco, Raj Khosla, Abdul Mouazen, Dimitrios Moshou, Olivier Naud
See elsevier.com

How can robotics startups respond to the urgent need for automation on the farm?

Webinar 10 June 2020 09:00 AM – PT

Another week, another part of the agrifood supply chain that's struggling from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Last month, the challenge facing the meat industry was top of the headlines, as large processing plants were forced to shut after numerous workers contracted the virus.

This month, we're seeing whole workforces in the produce industry come down with the virus, threatening the summer harvest of fruits and vegetables. Other parts of the world are experiencing similar labor shortages; the #PickforBritain campaign in the UK is a case in point. But labor shortages are nothing new for agriculture -- the West Coast of the US has been struggling with this challenge for years; Covid-19 is merely exacerbating this existing problem. Is it sustainable and efficient to import labor from other countries like the US and the UK do?

The need for automation in the food and agriculture industry is now. But are the robots ready to be unleashed?


Join AgFunder's Rob Leclerc and Louisa Burwood-Taylor in conversation with Josh Lessing, cofounder and CEO of Root AI (AgFunder portfolio company), and Igino Cafiero, cofounder and CEO of Bear Flag Robotics to find out where robotics innovation is today, the challenges to scaling it, and the opportunities for investors.
See agfundernews.com

Digital Disruption: Will Online Agribusiness Marketplaces Make the Future Agri-Food Supply Chain More Resilient?

Webinar, June 16, 2020 8-9 am US PT

> Charles Baron, Co-Founder, FARMERS BUSINESS NETWORK, USA

> Ivan Moreno, CEO, ORBIA, BRAZIL

> Maximiliano Landrein, Co-Founder and CEO, AGROFY, ARGENTINA
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Good old days (??????): Car cu boi - Nicolae Grigorescu - 1897 (1838 – 1907 - Română/ Rumania)


Special Issue " Sensors for Autonomous Agricultural Robotics” (Open Access Journal "Sensors" by MDPI)

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2020

The potential of autonomous field robotics with respect to economic, ecologic as well as social aspects has come into focus. This does not only affect the processes itself—such as weeding or harvesting—but includes the integration into the farm (examples are field logistics or remote service) and the supply chain network. However, the transfer from research to products is hampered by the non-availability of robust sensor solutions. Agricultural machinery do not only navigate (such as in automotive applications), but have to work under complex varying conditions; therefore, sensors for agricultural processing, safety issues, and navigation are innovation drivers for autonomy. Thus, this Special Issue is aimed to the research and technology transfer of intelligent sensors for autonomous agricultural robotics.

- sensor and multisensor systems for processing, navigation, and safety
- computer vision, machine learning, and artificial intelligence
- robustness of sensors and algorithms
- low-cost sensor solutions
- development and simulation methods (such as digital twins, test stands, and reference environments)
- certification, standardization, and measurement methodologies
- applications in agriculture contexts such as crop production, livestock farming, horticulture, or forestry

Sensors is a leading journal devoted to fast publication of the latest achievements of technological developments and scientific research in the huge area of physical, chemical and biochemical sensors, including remote sensing and sensor networks. Both experimental and theoretical papers are published, including all aspects of sensor design, technology, proof of concept and application. Sensors organizes Special Issues devoted to specific sensing areas and applications each year.
See mdpi.com

Contact: Prof. Dr. Arno Ruckelshausen
Hochschule Osnabrück / University of Applied Sciences Osnabrueck
Fakultät Ingenieurwissenschaften und Informatik / Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science
E-mail: a.ruckelshausen(a)hs-osnabrueck.de

FIRA. International Forum of Agricultural Robotics

8 - 10 December - Virtual event
See fira-agtech.com

Good old days (??????): Ciobănaș cu câine și turmă – Nicolae Grigorescu (1838 – 1907 - Română/ Rumania)


Market insight into moisture meters and a glimpse of the future

As risk of drought increases in many parts of the planet, farmers are turning to irrigation to ensure an adequate harvest, but they need to minimise costs. We took a close look at the newest soil moisture sensors, what they cost and where the technology is headed in the years to come.
See futurefarming.com

Get valuable tips for investing in soil moisture sensors
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Canadians looking for more home-grown tech solutions

Criticisms regarding the practicality of adopting automation technology are being raised.
See futurefarming.com

XAG rice seeding drone to mitigate labour shortage

Drone manufacturer XAG is scaling up drone applications in China that enable night-time seeding at peak period.
See futurefarming.comv

ATLAS Horizon 2020 looking for agtech projects to fund

The ATLAS Horizon 2020 project will fund 5 to 10 business entities by allocating € 1,050,000.
See futurefarming.com

Report: Taiwan prime target for agtech exporters

Taiwan could be a prime target for Queensland agtech exporters
See futurefarming.com

Installing drainage systems yourself with Soil-Max
As agricultural technology continues to advance, we also continue to be reminded of the importance of well-drained soils.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (??????): Ferma la Barbizon – Nicolae Grigorescu (1838 – 1907 - Română/ Rumania)


Jokes provided by friends of mine, mainly Paul Jamet (paul.jamet(a)free.fr)

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Good old days (??????): Prichindeii, Stefan Luchian (1868 – 1916 - Română/ Roumanie)


Compact2025 - end hunger and undernutrition
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Compact2025 - Knowledge & Innovation Hub resources page
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How Fostering Empathy for the People Who Feed Us Could Change Our Food System

Experts weigh in on how we can best support food and agriculture workers during the pandemic—and beyond.
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Good old days (?????): Camille Pissarro - Cows Drinking in a Stream, Osny [1886]




Why is no one talking about agriculture as a solution to climate change?

While conventional farming practices disturb soil and release carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change, some relatively simple changes to the way we grow food have shown promise in turning some of the world’s farmland into carbon sinks. Studies have projected that better land management practices could increase the amount of carbon stored in croplands by 1.89 billion tons annually, which may be conservative, and that farmland and rangelands could sequester over 600 billion tons from the atmosphere. The good news is, simple practices, such as no-till farming, crop rotation, crop diversity and rotational grazing, are relatively easy to put in place, and have the added benefit of leading to more nutritious and abundant food, and more resilient ecosystems.
See agfundernews.com


Old lonely man (and old joke too!)

A senior citizen said to his eighty-year old buddy, 'So I hear you're getting married?'


'Do I know her?'


'This woman, is she good looking?'

'Not really.'

'Is she a good cook?'

'Naw, she can't cook too well.'

'Does she have lots of money?'

'Nope! Poor as a church mouse...'

'Well, then, is she good in bed?'

'I don't know.'

'Why in the world do you want to marry her then?'

'Because she can still drive!'

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