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EFITA newsletter / 952 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment
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A curiosity: Scholars target ‘problematic’ common animal names: slavemaker ant, gypsy moth, rape bug and dozens more, Charles Hilu - The University of Michigan
RootWave uses electricity to boil weeds inside out from the root upwards
Small Robot Company is automating weeding in agriculture using robotics and RootWave technology to precisely zap weeds in arable crops
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Dutch start-up AgXeed premieres ‘robot tractor 2.0’
This week, Dutch start-up AgXeed premiered its robot tractor. A robot that arable farmers have been waiting for, they say. Their secret? Vision, experience in agriculture, a small organisation and the right partners.
Autonomous vehicles: Jacto 400 JAV: Autonomous solution for precision spraying
The Jacto 4000 JAV sprayer can operate autonomously. Laser-scanning ensures optimised application.
Management Tools: Development of farm-efficiency and traceability platform
A new platform is being developed to increase the efficiency of farmer decision-making in Canada.
GPS: Trimble expands VRS navigation network
Trimble TRMB acquired MidStates VRS from Butler Machinery and Frontier Precision.
Scientists develop harvesting robots that could revolutionize farming practices & Robots soft on fruit in New Ag International (Page 8)
Caring for soil is caring for life
“Caring for Soil is Caring for Life” is the title of the mission proposed by the Soil Health and Food Mission Board. The mission’s goal is to “ensure that 75% of soils are healthy by 2030 and are able to provide essential ecosystem services”, such as the provision of food and other biomass, supporting biodiversity, storing and regulating the flow of water, or mitigating the effects of climate change. The tarrget corresponds to a 100% increase of healthy soils against the current baseline. This interim report sets out the vision and the blueprint to reach this ambition through a combination of research and innovation, training and advice, as well as the demonstration of good practices for soil management using “Living labs” and “Lighthouses”.
Good old days (?????): The young cook by Pierre Édouard Frère (French, 1819-1886)
Are carbon markets for farmers worth the hype? by Gosia Wozniacka, Civil Eats (read in the weekly agfundernews.com newsletter)
Farmers, take note: Carbon stored in soil could soon become its own commodity crop. That’s the message from developers, corporations, and legislators pushing for new carbon markets specifically tailored to agriculture
Plant Packs More Punch Against Malaria
Good old days (?????): La laitière par Jean-François Millet
Trump is losing farmer support in the climate crisis. Will they swing the election? by Leanna First-Arai (read in the weekly agfundernews.com newsletter)
In a push to capture the rural vote, 62 percent of which went to Trump in 2016, both the Trump and Biden campaigns are ramping up efforts to appeal to farmers and ranchers.
Good old days (?????): Retour à la ferme par Julien Dupré
The “Next Big Thing” in Technology : 20 Inventions That Will Change the World
The boring, expected stuff (2022 technologies)
3. Affective AI / Affective computing
4. AI Cloud Services / Data-as-a-service / AI PaaS
5. Connected Homes / Smart Homes
7. Mega-constellations of satellites / Low-earth orbit satellite systems
The pretty OK stuff (2025 technologies)
8. Autonomous Vehicles
9. Quantum computing
10. Genetic predictions
12. Human Augmentations / enhancements
The Very Exciting Stuff (2030 Technologies)
14. Edge Computing / Intelligent Edge
15. Micro-chips / Bio-chips
17. Smart tattoos
18. Green Tech
19. Hydrogen fuel cells
20. Meatless Meat
Technology has a tendency to hold a dark mirror to society, reflecting both what’s great and evil about its makers. It’s important to remember that technology is often value-neutral : it’s what we do with it day in, day out that defines whether or not we are dealing with the “next big thing”.
Good luck out there.
Virginia Attorneys Sentenced for Attempting to Extort a Multinational Chemicals Company (Timothy Litzenburg: well-known author of the Monsanto papers)
Two Virginia attorneys were sentenced today on federal extortion charges for 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, was sentenced to 24 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon of the Western District of Virginia. Daniel Kincheloe, 41, of Glen Allen, Virginia, was separately sentenced to 12 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release by Judge Moon. Both defendants had previously pleaded guilty to one count of transmitting interstate communications with the intent to extort.
Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know
As Bailey and Tupy note, the world has been changing in ways that most people often fail to notice or fully appreciate. The global population, for example, will peak at about 9 billion before the end of this century, as the global fertility rate continues its fall from 6 children per woman in 1960 to the current rate of 2.4. Similarly, the global absolute poverty rate has fallen from 42 percent in 1981 to 8.6 percent today. Satellite data show that the forest area has been expanding since 1982. Natural resources are becoming ever cheaper and more abundant. Since 1900, the average life expectancy has more than doubled, reaching more than 72 years globally.
Of course, concerns such as climate change, marine plastic pollution and declining wildlife populations are still with us, but many of these problems are already being ameliorated as a result of the favorable economic, social, and technological trends that are documented in the Ten Global Trends.
Finally, the three authors turn to the future and discuss some of the limitless possibilities for technological, scientific, and medical progress that humanity could experience in the coming decades. The full video discussion can be found here.
Good old days (?????): Porteuses de charbon par Vincent van Gogh, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (Pays-Bas)
30 Brazilians died from Covid-19
Donald Trump was talking to members of his staff. One of them said, “This morning, thirty Brazilian people died from Covid-19”.
Trump's face went egg-shell white with shock. The blood drained from his face and to everyone's amazement he collapsed on the floor.
Minutes passed and, to everyone's relief, Trump got up shakily and sat back on his chair.
His staff was stunned at such a display of emotion from Donald Trump, nervously watching as he sat, head in hands.
Finally the President looked up and with a shaky quivering voice asked his advisors : “How many people is a brazillion? ”
Contact: Paul JAMET
Good old days (?????): Paysannes travaillant dans les champs, Pontoise, par Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)
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Good old days (?????): Faucheurs par Jo Koster, 1908
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