Efita Newsletter 938, dated June 29, 2020

Efita Newsletter 938, dated June 29, 2020
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EFITA newsletter / 938 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Good old days (?????): Resting Harvesters, by Camille Pissarro in Montfoucault


Rural broadband, Challenges and opportunities

9 July 2020 | 9:30 – 11:30 CET - Virtual Conference
The economic competitiveness of regions, and notably rural regions, depends on good connectivity. This means not just roads and railways, but also internet highways. Connectivity to fast internet in rural areas is still almost half of what it is on average in the EU. Despite some progress, the gap is not narrowing. Things are moving in the right direction, but the European Commission's objective to have 100% of Europeans, including in rural areas, connected to fast internet by 2020 will not be met.

Join this EURACTIV two-panel Virtual Conference to discuss how the urban-rural broadband gap can be narrowed more quickly. The second panel will be devoted to how rural broadband can help the agricultural sector grow and become more competitive in a sustainable way.

- Janusz Wojciechowski, EU Commissioner for Agriculture
- Franc Bogovič MEP, Chair, RUMRA & Smart Villages Intergroups; Member, REGI Committee, European Parliament
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Accelerating biocontrol product development in Latin America: connecting the dots between discovery, regulation and commercialization.
Environmental Considerations. Regulatory Requirements and Changes. Mechanisms of Action. Emerging Technologies. Biocontrol. Biopesticides. Biological products.
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Good old days (?????): Paysanne avec râteau, par Vincent van Gogh, d'après JF Millet



ICT in Agriculture: Perspectives of Technological Innovation
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Contact: Ehud GELB
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Good old days (?????): Jardin potager à L'Hermitage, Pontoise par Pissarro Camille


Field robots: Eastern Canada gets its first working DOT Power Platform

Operators of Eastern Canada’s first DOT Power-Platform are very enthused with its performance so far.
See futurefarming.com

Tools & Data: Farmers Edge: automated hail detection and reporting

Farmers Edge’s new tool uses weather data, satellites imagery and AI to automate claim detection.
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Events: FIRA 2020 robotics event goes virtual

FIRA will provide participants with online live access to speakers, stand tours and interactions with exhibitors.
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Apps: App lets Kenyan farmer profit from full farm potential

Apollo Agriculture raised $6 million to continue its mission to make smart farming widely available.
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Tools & Data: Money-back warranty for farmers deploying agtech

Growers Edge and Arva Intelligence provide farmers with a product warranty for crop inputs and new ag technologies.
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Good old days (?????): Peasant Gathering Grass by Camille Pissarro (1881)


Level playing field for new farming technology? No!

How fast new precision farming technology is being developed and adopted, depends on the country you‘re farming in.
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Multi-test: Which Isobus system is the best?

We put the Isobus functions through their paces in a large-scale multi-tractor test. It was a somewhat lengthy software-focused process. To cut a long story short, it works perfectly well in each tractor – the greatest difference being in the displays.
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F2F: Farm to Fork: F2F special podcast, increased CAP spending, digital farming revolution by Gerardo Fortuna and Natasha Foote
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New AG International, the world's leading publication on high tech agriculture
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Airbus launches precision agriculture tool AgNeo

AgNeo is Airbus’s new integrated solution for precision agriculture, offering best-in-class services from Airbus for deriving in-season actionable information utilising satellite imagery. From timely directed scouting alerts to advanced biophysical parameters, Airbus has the reliable crop imaging solutions you need.
See intelligence-airbusds.com

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Biodegradable sensors

Matching inputs to crop needs using new soil sensor.
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Farmers, agritech to enjoy “big push” from India’s latest rural reforms, says agriculture secretary

A set of new laws aimed at reforming India’s agricultural sector will be a boon to smallholder farmers and agritech startups alike, the country’s agriculture secretary told AFN.

Sanjay Agarwal, secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, said in an interview that three ordinances being introduced by the Indian government represent a “major, major change” to the way farmers interact with the wider agri-commodities market.
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Good old days (?????): Paysanne arrachant des pommes de terre par V. van Gogh, août 1885, Anvers, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten


Agricultural “Green Deal”: A short-sighted and old-fashioned vision of ecology, by Philippe STOOP

The current health crisis has raised global awareness of the fragility of our interdependent economies and its consequences for our food security. For agriculture, its most obvious and consensual consequence is that it reinforces the many voices, which have long been pushing for a relocation of agricultural production, for economic and ecological reasons, and for the sovereignty stakes involved.

Agriculture was one of the first areas for which the European Union presented, as early as May 20, the main lines of its “Green Deal” for an ecological revival of the European economy [1]. This speed bodes well for the future… but on reading the outlines already presented, one quickly realizes that it is in fact only the implementation of the “Farm to Fork” program, which has been under consideration for a long time. However, the stated priorities do not take into account the new situation revealed by Covid-19… or even any understanding of the recent changes in environmental issues surrounding agriculture! To understand this, we must first recall how the vision of agriculture’s role in environmental issues has evolved over the last 20 years...
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The killer of Monsanto pleaded guilty today to federal extortion charges, admitting his role in a scheme to extort a multinational chemicals company (not Monsanto!)

Virginia Attorneys Plead Guilty for Orchestrating a $200 Million Extortion Scheme Targeting a Multinational Chemicals Company

Two licensed Virginia attorneys pleaded guilty today to federal extortion charges, admitting their roles in a scheme to extort a multinational chemicals company by threatening to inflict substantial financial and reputational harm on the company if their demands for a $200 million payment disguised as a purported “consulting agreement” were not met.

Timothy Litzenburg, 38, of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Daniel Kincheloe, 41, of Glen Allen, Virginia, each pleaded guilty today to one count of transmitting interstate communications with the intent to extort, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel C. Hoppe of the Western District of Virginia. Litzenburg and Kincheloe will be sentenced on Sept. 18, 2020, before U.S. District Court Judge Norman K. Moon.
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Good old days (?????): Étude pour les Faucheurs de Luzerne, par Julien Dupré


European Soil Data Centre Newsletter No.121 (Mar - Apr 2020)
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Uganda field trial shows extreme resistance to late blight by GM potato

In Uganda, about 300,000 smallholder households grow potatoes for their subsistence living and for income. Loss due to late blight can be up to 60% in Uganda forcing farmers to spray fungicides often up to 15 times to protect their crops. This represents between 10-25% of their revenue from potato. Recently, a new population of the pathogen is sweeping through Uganda that appears to be more difficult for farmers to manage. Hence, the pressure on farmers to grow resistant varieties is escalating.
See potatopro.com

COVID-19: Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)


How I Dealt With My White Husband’s “Racism Fatigue”

Married ten years to a Haitian woman, I could not help but see that the subject of racism had gradually become a source of alienation between us. I present her story here, in her own words, as a way to give voice to her concerns and, perhaps, to come to grips with my difficulty in more deeply sharing her experience as a woman of color.
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Why Securing Supplies Creates Insecurity
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Dead Wrong® with Johan Norberg - Global Society According to the UN
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Science’s diverging messages: why did the “guided by the science” mantra lead countries down different strategic paths? By Gabriel Waksman

For those who believe that science is a universal language, something disturbing occurred during this Covid-19 crisis: while all governments claim to be guided by “THE” science, each country seems to be guided by a different science. How come? We believe in Science Science is based on data collected by trained people, the scientists, following […] The post Science’s diverging messages: why did the “guided by the science” mantra lead countries down different strategic paths?
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Good old days (?????): Récoltes en Provence by Vincent Van Gogh (1888)


Sunday: a day of rest (Irish joke)

Liam had left Dublin to go up to Belfast for a bit of skydiving. Late on Sunday evening, he was found in a tree by a farmer.

“What happened?” said the farmer

Liam replied, “My parachute failed to open!”

“Well!” said the farmer, “if you had asked the locals before you jumped, they would have told you nothing opens here on a Sunday!”

Good old days (?????): Femme a la Brouette par Julien Dupré (1851 - 1910)




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