Efita Newsletter 944, dated August 3, 2020

Efita Newsletter 944, dated August 3, 2020
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EFITA newsletter / 944 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Lucie Adelsberger – Gedenken an eine Berliner Ärztin und Auschwitz-Überlebende, von Dr. Benjamin Kuntz, Robert Koch-Institut

In Zeiten des wiederaufflammenden Antisemitismus und Rechtsextremismus in Teilen der deutschen Gesellschaft erscheinen die folgenden Zeilen daraus wie eine aktuelle Mahnung: „Ein bißchen Salonantisemitismus, etwas politische und religiöse Gegnerschaft, Ablehnung des politisch Andersdenkenden, an sich ein harmloses Gemengsel, bis ein Wahnsinniger kommt und daraus Dynamit fabriziert. Man muß diese Synthese begreifen, wenn Dinge, wie sie in Auschwitz geschehen sind, in Zukunft verhütet werden sollen. Wenn Haß und Verleumdung leise keimen, dann, schon dann heißt es wach und bereit zu sein. Das ist das Vermächtnis derer von Auschwitz.“
Sehen Aktuel aus und über Berlin – Nummer 105

>>>> Translation in English…
At a time of resurgent anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism in parts of German society, the following lines from her book seem a timely reminder: “A little bit of drawing-room anti-Semitism, some political and religious opposition, rejection of political dissidents – in itself, a harmless mixture until a madman comes along and turns it into dynamite. We have to understand this synthesis if the things that happened in Auschwitz are to be prevented in future. When hatred and defamation quietly germinate, it’s then, at that very moment, that we have to be alert and on guard. This is the legacy of the victims of Auschwitz.”



A fantastic web site!


Biocontrol Latam

24-27 August 2020
Now Delivered as a 100% Virtual Conference & Exhibition
Chile Standard Time (CLT) / (UTC -4) & On-Demand

> 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.
See New Ag International

New Ag International Africa

28 September - 1 October 2020
Now Delivered as a 100% Virtual Conference & Exhibition
See New Ag International

Good old days (?????): Deux paysans plantant des pommes de terre par V. van Gogh (1853 - 1890)


How did we the future yesterday??

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Agrifood Innovation Event – Digital Farming at Food Valley

October 8 - 9, 2020

The 4th edition of the international AgriFood Innovation Event is a focused business, technology and research platform, unique in bringing together European and global companies from the entire agrifood supply chain (from farmer to enduser, with customers, producers, retailers and researchers).

Due to the Corona / Covid-19 situation in 2020 the event is divided in two separate tracks, which will take place at differente locations and in different timeslots. There will be a Digital Farming Track (8-9 October) and a Food Innovation Track (25-26 November).

> 8 October: Vertical Farming Conference

> 9 October: Smart Farming Conference
After mechanisation, the introduction of mineral fertiliser and the industrialisation of production processes, connectivity and data management are now set to unleash the next revolution in the history of farming: Smart Farming / Precision agriculture. It has now reached a point where it is not only possible to collect vast quantities of data but also to control different pieces of equipment or monitor individual animals, the Internet of Things. A growing number of farmers are starting to adopt digital technology and data-driven innovations. What new business models will be successful? Will new players disrupt the traditional farming landscape? How to deal with changes (from traditional farmer to smart farmer)? How to identify and develop innovative methods for sustainable food production?

Focus topics of the conference are:

- Available technologies for Farming 4.0 – drones, sensors, Internet of Things, Multi-spectral imaging, Robotics, Big Data, AI and more
- Precision agriculture
- Plant and crop science for improved resource-use
- Investment in R&D
- New business models
- Cross disciplinary themes
See foodvalley.nl

FIRA, International Forum of Agricultural Robotics

8 - 10 December 2020 - Virtual Event
See fira-agtech.com

Good old days (?????): L'épierrage par George Clausen



New Ag International, new issue

> Biodegradable sensors aim to make farming more efficient

According to the USDA, agriculture accounts for almost two percent of total energy consumption in the United States. Researchers at University of Colorado Boulder are developing sensors that will monitor soil, environment and crop conditions so that inputs like water and fertilizer may be precisely matched to crop needs. New Ag International Editor Janet Kanters speaks with Gregory L. Whiting, mechanical engineering associate professor with University of Colorado Boulder, and leader of the project.

> Airbus launches precision agriculture tool AgNeo
> Mechanical pollination may be solution to bee decline
> Prototype uses light to gauge
> Slugbot aims to put an end to slimy pests
> NIK and Sumi Agro Europe seal deal
> Yanmar leads agricultural robotics project to develop ‘SMASH’ system
See New Ag International

Good old days (?????): A Peaceful Time by Gregory Frank Harris (b.1953)


Kubota Innovation Center Europe: Joint innovation in smart agriculture

The Japanese specialist in agricultural and construction machinery, Kubota, recently opened a European Innovation Center satellite office at Wageningen Campus in the brand new Plus Ultra-II building. A logical step, according to Peter van der Vlugt, General Manager of the Kubota Innovation Center Europe: “We believe open innovation in smart agriculture will be key to solving global issues.”
See foodvalley.nl

Smart & Digital Technology at Food Valley (NL)

From personalized nutritional advice to targeted crop breeding. IT, artificial intelligence, sensors, genomics, nanotechnology and other key technologies are accelerating innovation. However, there remain so many opportunities to deploy them in the agrifood sector. In the Smart & Digital Technology Innovation Theme, companies and knowledge suppliers, in the Netherlands and abroad, are working to rapidly translate technological advances into marketable products, solutions and services. This will shorten the time needed to realize a truly sustainable food chain.
See foodvalley.nl

How to avoid drift during drone spraying

Independent, in-depth research in the USA shows that spraying from drones can be safe and effective, provided operators pay close attention to the correct set-up and operation.
See futurefarming.com

Expert Opinion: AI to help create a smarter post-COVID-19 agriculture

AI is well on its way to helping create a post-COVID-19 agriculture world that’s more efficient. Read more
See futurefarming.com

Data management: NEXT Machine Management includes live telemetry

NEXT Machine Management, a module that enables compatibility between machinery and equipment from different manufacturers, has been enhanced with a live telemetry tool.
NEXT Machine Management was developed by BayWa AG subsidiary FarmFacts, in cooperation with machinery manufacturers AGCO, Krone, Kuhn, Lemken, Rauch and Pöttinger. The module enables automatic documentation and transfer of data between machinery of different brands. The data is being stored in the cloud-based farm management system NEXT Farming LIVE.
See futurefarming.com

Management Tools: AgroFresh launches fruit harvest management tool

FreshCloud Harvest View to extend harvest window, improve fruit quality and optimise labor management.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): La récolte des pommes de terre par Camille Pissarro


Connectivity: CNH: Connectivity for all Brazilian farmers next step

CNH Industrial aims to expand connectivity to 13 million hectares in Brazil by 2021.
See futurefarming.com

Machinery: Kverneland refines variable rate control for spreaders

Kverneland launches a more sophisticated Variable Rate Control for fertiliser spreading systems.
See futurefarming.com

A mini guide to Latin American agrifoodtech in 2020, by Sofia Ramirez

The year 2019 was a breakout year for Latin American agrifoodtech and 2020 is already shaping up to beat those records, in spite of the global pandemic.

See agfundernews.com

Southeast Asia’s ag, food startups raised $423m last year: ASEAN Agrifoodtech Investment Report 2020, by Jack Ellis

A total of $423 million was invested into Southeast Asian agrifoodtech startups in 2019, across 99 deals. Reflecting the fact that the region’s ecosystem is yet to reach the maturity of markets such as North America, Europe, and China, the majority of dealmaking activity took place at seed stage.

There were 63 agrifoodtech seed fundings in the region last year, raising a total of $39 million. By contrast, startups raised $95 million at Series A across 20 deals. Series B and Series C saw just two deals apiece, and there was one investment at Series D.
See agfundernews.com

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What are the Top 5 most promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates? By Mark Lynas (July 20, 2020)

More than 160 vaccine efforts are currently underway in the global push to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the World Health Organization. Which are most likely to work? And how long will it take? We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 most promising candidate vaccine platforms, with a brief summary of relevant details. We’ll keep this page updated so come back regularly to learn the latest developments.
See allianceforscience.cornell.edu

Good old days (?????): La récolte des pommes de terre par Camille Pissarro


Diane Francis: The disturbing world of deep fakes, by Diane Francis

We live in a world in which anyone can insert false or slanderous words into anyone else’s mouth using any video that’s available online.
See financialpost.com
Cobtact: Luc BECKER
Mél : luc.becker(a)wanadoo.fr

Good old days (?????): La récolte des pommes de terre à Saint-Guénolé


There are many reasons the United States has done a terrible job stopping Covid-19. Here’s a new one: We’re perfectionists.

No, I’m not completely insane. That’s basically the case that Aaron Carroll, a doctor and contributing opinion writer, makes in his Op-Ed today, and I think it’s a persuasive one.

For months, we didn’t cover our faces, because we thought only the most effective, hospital-grade masks were worth wearing, and there weren’t enough of those to go around. Now, we’re trying to give everyone the gold-standard of Covid-19 test even though, as Aaron points out, “the swab is uncomfortable, the test is slow, and the supplies to perform it are in short supply.”

There are, it turns out, alternatives. We could test saliva. We could test samples from groups of people at the same time, and retest individuals only if a batch comes up positive. We could even let people test themselves. These tests aren’t perfect, he says. They would miss some sick people. But they would let us identify far more infections far more quickly, which is the only way short of a vaccine to stop this pandemic.


9 Things Experts Have Learned About Covid-19 So Far

The disease has not changed, but scientific understanding has evolved dramatically.

The first documented case of Covid-19 in the United States was reported half a year ago, days before early warnings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that a “very serious public health threat” loomed. Yet health officials had only a rough idea of how the novel coronavirus spread, who the disease affected most, and how to best combat transmission and provide treatment.
Public messaging on the seriousness of the virus was at times conflicting and confusing, including the early advice not to wear masks. Six months later, scientists have a firm handle on how the virus spreads and what should be done to get the pandemic under control.
Here are nine things we know about Covid-19 now that we didn’t know then.
See medium.com

Good old days (?????):
Shepherdess by Anton Mauve (1838-1888, NL)


Getting directions

Billy stops Paddy in Dublin and asks for the quickest way to Cork.

Paddy says, “Are you on foot or in the car?”

Billy says, “In the car.”

Paddy says, “That’s the quickest way.”

Good old days (?????): Milking Time by Anton Mauve (1875)




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