Efita Newsletter 951, dated September 21, 2020

Efita Newsletter 951, dated September 21, 2020
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EFITA newsletter / 951 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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13th ECPA conference

19 - 22 July 2021 - BUDAPEST

On behalf of the Organizing committee of the 13th ECPA conference organized in 2021 in Budapest, Hungary I hope this letter finds you in health and busy working on your abstracts!
Please be gently reminded that the deadline for abstracts submission is only 10 days away. This only requires a brief outline of your proposed paper (and presentation) but is important for the Organising Committee to plan for the full paper submissions.

The present COVID-19 pandemic situation is a challenging time for everyone, however we hope all of you are still safe and healthy. We - the organizers - are still optimistic that 13th ECPA in 2021 will provide us the possibility to meet in person and have a fruitful conference concerning Precision Agriculture. Whatever the situation will be without submitting your abstracts the Organizing Committee cannot make decision about inviting it for the full paper submission!
Please keep in mind that the book of abstracts with the invited full papers is referenced in Scopus, and regardless of the conference being on- or off-line the organizers are planning to publish the valuable works, so your efforts of submitting an abstract and – after acceptance – submitting a full paper article are not meanless!

>>> Abstracts

About the submission of abstracts: submission is open please submit your abstracts through the conference website. The timetable remains as follows; submit by 30th of September, assessed and decision communicated to submitting author by 26th October. Full papers (8 pages) are then required by 30th November and Poster summaries by 3rd May 2021.
In order to guarantee the academic quality of the proceedings, a scientific committee is being formed for the peer reviewing of oral communications. This committee is chaired by Dr. John V. Stafford (co-editor of the scientific journal Precision Agriculture) as the Editor of the 13th ECPA proceedings.
>>> Abstract submission guidelines
- The Abstract has to briefly describe the work to be discussed in the paper and also give a concise summary of the findings. Please note that abstracts should have between 2 000 and 2 500 characters (including spaces) and include relevant scientific information (materials and methods, results and discussion, and conclusions).
-  Abstracts must be submitted using the online submission link.
-  All abstracts must be submitted in English (authors whose native language is not English are strongly advised to have their abstracts checked by a native speaker).
-  The names and affiliations of ALL authors should be included in the abstract, i.e. department, institution, city, country
Please visit the following webpage for guidelines and abstract submission: https://ecpa2021.agroinform.hu/abstract-submission/
Please note the conference would encourage papers or abstracts on all aspects of precision agriculture related to any cropping system, from soil and crop sensing, to data management, information systems and spatial decision support systems. Abstracts related to educational activities and outcomes in precision agriculture are also strongly encouraged.
The organizing committee strongly believe that we can meet personally in Budapest, Hungary in July 2021!

Contact: Gabor MILICS, PhD
E-mail: milics.gabor(a)sze.hu

Good old days (?????): Zomers Landschap met Maaiende Boeren, 1906, by Jo Koster van Hattem


Farmer Business Network

Farmers Business Network ® is a global Agtech company focused on helping family farmers maximize their farm’s profit potential. Our game-changing platform leverages technology to help you reduce your cost of production, maximize the value of your crops and make confident decisions to improve your bottom line - all in one place.
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AeroFarms: Our Indoor Vertical Farming Technology

AeroFarms is the commercial leader in fully controlled indoor vertical farming with 390 times greater productivity per square foot annually vs. traditional field farming while using 95% less water and zero pesticides. We use the latest sensing technologies & data science, as well as tools such as machine vision and AI to fulfill our mission: to grow the best plants possible for the betterment of humanity.
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Agrosmart / Brazil

Besides the top technology, we work focusing on guaranteeing each client uses our solutions in the best possible way, fulfilling their goals. For that, we are present in every step, following close from the system implementation until the final results of every harvest.
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Good old days (?????): L'étoile du berger, par Jules Breton



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Short communication: Evaluation of an eating time sensor for use in pasture-based dairy systems, by B.Dela Rue, J.M.Lee, C.R.Eastwood, K.A.Macdonald, P.Gregorini
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How to unleash agtech in the fight against climate change, AFN, by Michael Campos

We’re believers that there’s no comprehensive solution to climate change without major changes to the agricultural system. There will be multiple unicorn-level outcomes as companies begin reshaping the $7 trillion food industry while removing gigatons of carbon from the atmosphere. For those startups and investors fortunate enough to remain standing now, the ag industry just got a lot riper for disruption.
See agfundernews.com

Dendra and its ‘forest-patrolling drones’ close $10m Series A from Airbus, others, AFN, by Jack Ellis

Dendra deploys a combination of artificial intelligence and machine learning tech, data analytics, drones, and ecological expertise to restore biodiverse ecosystems that have been degraded through agricultural, industrial, or other anthropogenic activity.

Using high-resolution data capture and AI that has been drilled in ecological science, the startup maps environmentally degraded parcels of land. It then assesses the data it has collected to tailor restoration plans for each site it has scrutinized.

Where tree-planting for carbon capture is part of the plan, Dendra can call upon its fleet of customized drones to sow 120 seeds per minute – which the company claims is 150 times faster than manual planting.
See agfundernews.com

Good old days (?????): Ausruhende Bäuerin während der Heuernte par Julien Dupré


China’s consumer digital revolution now reaches ‘back into the supply chain and the farm’: Local VC, AFN, by Jack Ellis

The US continues to dominate investment in agritech innovation. According to AgFunder research, US startups netted $8.7 billion in funding across 683 deals last year.

That’s just over a third of all 1,858 agrifoodtech venture deals worldwide – and closer to half of of total global funding in dollar terms, at $19.8 billion.

But China isn’t far behind – and, as the consumer digital revolution that has gripped the country in the past decade moves up the supply chain to the farm gate, it’s only going to close the gap with the US farther. That’s the view of Matilda Ho, founder and managing director of Shanghai-based VC firm Bits x Bites.

The next largest market after the US in 2019 was indeed China, with $3.2 billion going to 181 discrete transactions.
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Drip irrigation definitely viable for large farms

Drip irrigation efficiency, for example, is well known for its use on small plots where it requires an investment in infrastructure, but is it also profitable for large areas?
Brazil is a good place to check this out
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): La laitière et les vaches par Julien Dupré


Management Tools: Syngenta launches AI-driven seed selection platform

Syngenta introduces Cropwise Seed Selector for artificial intelligence-driven seeds recommendations.
See futurefarming.com

Irrigation: World’s biggest drip irrigation project in India

India’s Karnataka state has developed the world’s biggest automated single drip irrigation project.
See futurefarming.com

Machinery: Jacto launches hybrid self-propelled seed drill

Uniport Planter 500 can cover 22 ha per hour in regular conditions and improves energy efficiency by 95%.
See futurefarming.com

Water management: Ellingson launches farm data and water management app

Minnesota-based Ellingson launches a new app that provides access to farm data and water management tools.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): Les Blanchisseuses de la Plage d'Étretat par Eugène Boudin (1894)


Machinery: Case IH Quadtrac and Steiger tractors ease data transfer

Case IH focused on making data capture simple and data transfer seamless.
See futurefarming.com

Irrigation: Manna and Pessl launch irrigation scheduling solution

Manna and Pessl Instruments introduce a virtual station based irrigation scheduling station.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): La bergerie par Charles Émile Jacque (1813-1894) - Musée départemental de l’École de Barbizon


Farms Can’t Save the Planet, The New Republic, by Charlie Mitchell

U.S. senators, McDonald's, Microsoft, and the agribusiness lobby are pushing the dangerous myth that carbon storage in American farmland will stave off climate catastrophe.
See newrepublic.com

To stop the coronavirus, the most successful countries slammed their doors shut to visitors. It worked. Until they let outsiders back in.

Woodward talked to Trump about a book, The Guns of August, by the historian Barbara Tuchman, about the causes of the first world war.

“I raised the book and Trump didn’t know what I was talking about. But I said she makes the point that before world war one, the old order was dying in a blaze and I said to him I think in 2016 the old order was dying: the Republican party, the Democratic party were not in tune with what was going on in this country.

“Barbara Tuchman talks about history’s clock and I said to Trump, ‘You seized history’s clock. You got it. You knew what was going on, and what was going on is that people were disgusted with people like me from the Washington Post, and there’s an elitism and a smugness and a self-satisfaction that people don’t like and I don’t like it.’”
See theguardian.com

Good old days (?????): Une lessive à Metzeral par Frédéric Lix


Pharma Companies Plan Joint Pledge on Vaccine Safety, By Katie Thomas, Noah Weiland and Sharon LaFraniere

The statement is meant to reassure the public that the companies will not seek a premature approval of vaccines under pressure from the Trump administration.
The manufacturers that are said to have signed the letter include Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi.
See nytimes.com

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The best defense against Coronavirus is optimizing metabolic health by Dr. Aseem Malhotra / Jean-Paul Oury

Winter is coming and the current spate of Coronavirus-related news is not encouraging: the pandemic is ravaging Europe, efficient cures are still just over the horizon, and many are prophesizing that the second wave will hit us even harder than the first one. But amidst this doom and gloom, Dr. Aseem Malhotra’s book, The 21 Day Immunity Plan, is a much needed breath of fresh air.

Malhotra is a familiar name for European Scientist readers – in one of our most read articles of the year, Covid-19 and the elephant in the room, Dr. Malhotra excoriated the mainstream media for their failure to notice the role nutrition has in the outcome of Covid-19 cases. Obesity, diabetes and other metabolic diseases led to increases hospitalization rates, overwhelming the NHS:

The government public health message enhanced by the media to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives has been powerful and effective. Given the speed at which health markers for metabolic disease improve from dietary interventions, an equally strong if not more significant population health message should now be to “eat real food, protect the NHS and save lives.”
See europeanscientist.com

Good old days (?????): Les plumeuses d’oies (1871-72) par Max Liebermann


In praise of the EU’s decision-making process, by Gabriel Waksman

In this era of headlines-seeking media and twitter-like attention span, the decision-making process by the European Union (EU) is constantly being criticized, dramatized, and derided. Let’s write instead in praise of this uniquely consensual process that is not only a valuable model of decision-making for all aspects of personal, collective, economic and cultural activities, but also reflects the most fundamental values and principles of our democratic societies.

>>> How does the eu decision-making process work?
First, let’s describe what the EU’s decision-making process is. The process was made very clear to all during the latest meeting of the European Council on 17-21 July 2020. While some decisions can be made by a simple majority of 14 states and some others by a majority of 55% of member states representing 65% of the population, all decisions of significant importance must be adopted in unanimity, all heads of state negotiating a final consensus that they must all approve. The issues debated during the 17-21 July meeting were of fundamental importance and therefore required unanimity.
See europeanscientist.com

Good old days (?????): Man with a Scythe, by Harry Becker


The Pandemic Was Supposed to Be Great for Strongmen. What Happened? By Ivan Krastev

From Trump to Lukashenko, authoritarians are discovering that this isn’t their kind of crisis.
At the same time, the pandemic has eroded the power of authoritarians and the authoritarian-inclined. The instinctive reaction of leaders like Mr. Lukashenko in Belarus, Vladimir Putin in Russia, Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and Donald Trump in the United States was not to take advantage of the state of emergency to expand their authority — it was to play down the seriousness of the pandemic.

Why are authoritarian leaders who thrive on crises and who are fluent in the politics of fear reluctant to embrace the opportunity? Why do they seem to hate a crisis that they should love? The answer is straightforward: Authoritarians only enjoy those crises they have manufactured themselves. They need enemies to defeat, not problems to solve. The freedom authoritarian leaders cherish most is the freedom to choose which crises merit a response. It is this capacity that allows them to project an image of Godlike power.
The ubiquity of the disease also poses challenges for authoritarians. Because the pandemic affects every country in the world, citizens can compare the actions of their governments with those of others. Success or failure at flattening the curve provides a common metric, making cross-national comparisons possible and putting pressure on governments that had previously succeeded in insulating themselves from public criticism.

In this context, Covid-19 has become deadly dangerous for ossifying authoritarian regimes like Mr. Lukashenko’s in Belarus. It is still possible that the patient will survive if it is put in an artificial coma in Mr. Putin’s emergency room. But it is now clear that the virus is a curse rather than a blessing for authoritarians like him.



The Ballycashel Echo (Irish joke)

"Is that the Ballycashel Echo?" asks Mick.

"How much would it be to put an ad in your paper?"

"Five pounds an inch," a woman replies. "Why? What are you selling?"

"A ten-foot ladder," said Mick before slamming the phone down.

Good old days (?????): Les Moissonneurs, vers 1898 par René Seyssaud (1867-1952)


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