Efita Newsletter 961, dated November 30, 2020

Efita Newsletter 961, dated November 30, 2020
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EFITA newsletter / 961 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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FIRA – 8 till 10 December 2020

Join the leaders of Agricultural Robotics! FIRA 2020 is the expert event dedicated to the agricultural robotics’ leaders worldwide.
- 28 Key Speakers
- 30+ Ag Robots with demos in real conditions
- 50+ Exhibitors
- 2nd Scientific Workshop
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The Art in Science

Special Collections at the National Agricultural Library houses thousands of treasures that are historical, one of a kind, and irreplaceable.

Surprising birthplace of modern data analysis celebrates 100 years (+1)

Today's statistical methods and computerised data analysis can be traced back to an unlikely band of pioneers
See Rothamsted Ag R&D station

Good old days (?????): Shepherd and Flock, by Cornelis Westerbeek, Holland


FIRA 2020: Join the leaders of Agricultural Robotics!

8-10 December 2020 - Virtual
FIRA 2020 is the expert event dedicated to the agricultural robotics’ leaders worldwide.
- 28 Key Speakers
- 30+ Ag Robots with demos in real conditions
- 50+ Exhibitors
-2nd Scientific Workshop
- Business Meetings Register now and get 20% using promo code FF20FIRA20!
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FIRA 2020 - Guy Waksman talk - General overview
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Good old days (?????): Shepherds on stilts in the marshy Landes region of France, 1891; while watching over their flocks, they knitted


How did we the future yesterday??

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Efita 2021 Conference

25 -26 May 2021 - Digital Agriculture Web Conference
The European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA) would like to invite you at the first EFITA International online Conference in 2021. As a way to keep the momentum and engagement of our society, while maintaining the plans for the 2022 physical EFITA conference, this conference and its format are planned as a response to the unpredictable situation created by the COVID-19.
This event is an opportunity to bring together engineers, scientists, technicians, aca-demics and industry people in a new way to exchange knowledge, ideas, to present innovations and to discuss the state-of-the-art and future use of ICT in the agri-food sector and bio-resources production sectors.
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Contact: Dionysis BOCHTIS
E-mail: d.bochtis(a)certh.gr

Good old days (?????): A Shepherd With a Flock of Sheep, by Charles-Emile Jacque, France


Machine Vision for Agriculture

Today's agriculture is facing an increasing number of challenges – high production and labor cost despite the lack of skilled workers is only one out of many. To face these challenges, machine vision has become an integral part of many automation and robotics applications used in agriculture.
> See mvtec.com
> Cultivating farmland precisely
> Efficient Plant Protection with MVTec
> Challenges Australian agriculture can be met by new technologies
> U.S. corn crop’s growing sensitivity to drought revealed

Smarter machines could change nature of farming

Sure, robots are a hot topic, but what could all this autonomous tech really mean for farming?
See farmprogress.com

Good old days (?????): Tending geese, by Otto Weber, 1832-1888


Satellite imagery gets boost from new tech

Planet, long a leader in new-tech satellite imagery, is upping its game with artificial intelligence and enhanced timing.
See farmprogress.com

Farm software startup Agrivi raises $4.8m for major expansion, AFN, by Lauren Stine

Farm management platform Agrivi has raised a €4 million ($4.8 million) round from South Central Ventures, the European Investment Fund, and the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

AgriTech Hub and Fil Rogue Capital also participated in the round.

Launched in 2013, the software-as-a-service company aims to help users make their crop operations more efficient. It claims that its platform is used in 100 countries, with Europe and North America providing the bulk of users.

Farmers can use Agrivi’s platform to manage anything from “creating a crop plan and budget for the season, making weekly or daily plans based on actionable insights from the field, monitoring field operations, tracking farm expenses and sales, [to] understanding the unit cost and profit per field to ensure the full crop production traceability,” said CEO and founder Matija Zulj.

“There are many more processes the platform supports, but full crop production lifecycle management is the core focus,” he told AFN.
See agfundernews.com

Agritech continues to transform the future of food security in Africa, Microsoft, seen in AgFunder Weekly

Microsoft has been partnering with public and private organisations to develop systems that support better policy making around agriculture. One example of this is the organistions work with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives (MALFC) in Kenya to bring state of the art technology to their farming communities.

On an international scale, Microsofts Global Entrepreneurship Programme is supporting the most capable agritech start-ups from around the world. In helping small-scale farmers create economic identities for themselves, access profitable markets and limit damage to their crops, it is rallying together in an effort to get another step closer to fulfilling Africa’s agricultural promise.
See news.microsoft.com

Good old days (?????): A Shepherd and His Dog Guarding a Flock of Sheep, by Cornelis van Leemputten, Belgium


Automation from farm to table: Technology’s impact on the food industry, Brookings Institution, seen in AgFunder Weekly

Concerns about the pandemic and the necessity of maintaining our food supply chains have pushed many businesses in these industries to increase their investments in automating or artificial intelligence technologies. In many cases, this is just an acceleration of preexisting trends. Tyson Foods, producer of roughly 20 percent of US produced chicken, beef, and pork, invested more than 500 million in automation and related technological advancements in the last three years alone.

Of course, given that agriculture, food, and related industries employ a significant fraction of the workforce (10.9 percent of U.S. employment), movement toward automating technologies may be alarming to some. It is important to recognize, however, that the net effect of labor displacement depends on the nature of the new technology. It is instructive to survey which automating technologies are being adopted at different points of the food supply chain to better understand their impacts on this sector.

The industrial agriculture and food (agri-food) industry is responsible for feeding the US and many of its trading partners. In a push towards greater efficiency and scale to meet the needs of the future, industry leaders have invested in robotics and automating technologies. Some key areas of development include automated irrigation, fertilizer, harvesting, and breeding systems. These process improvements are aimed at reducing production costs and conserving water, fuel, and fertilizer.

Many of these technologies are not only efficient, they are labor replacing. Spurred in part by the shortage of workers to pick fruit, some large commercial firms have employed harvesting robots that can cover the acreage of multiple workers. Given the impact of COVID–19 on borders and worker flows into and across the US, many firms have strong incentive to continue to invest in these technologies, further reducing the need for human labor. The advent of driverless tractors and sprayers will further reduce the need for large day-to-day staffs.
See brookings.edu

Good old days (?????): La Barateuse de Jean François Millet (Woman Churning). 1855 Barbizon School


Spotify’s early investors have just raised Europe’s largest agritech fund, Sifted, by Connor Bilboe, seen in AgFunder Weekly

The fund will focus on European and American startups in agriculture, food and oceantech. How will it shake up the $14bn agritech market?

Belgium-based venture capital firm Astanor Ventures today announced the launch of its $325m fund dedicated to agriculture and food, Europe’s largest fund of its kind to date.

The fund is the VC’s first and will focus on startups in Europe and North America working towards their Series A-C rounds in agriculture, food and oceantech, with a particular consideration towards health and nature.
See sifted.eu

Good old days (?????): Harvest in Ukraine, 1886 by Nikolai Kornilovich Pimonenko


World’s first robot catalogue with 35 propositions (Do not miss it!)

In Future Farming’s very first robot catalogue you will find 35 field and harvest robots, which you will be able to buy, lease or hire in 2021. Their manufacturers already have close to 2,000 units out in the field at prices ranging from € 9,995 to a stunning € 590,000.
See futurefarming.com

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WEED-IT: Full coverage spraying and stepless nozzle control

WEED-IT launches full coverage spraying and stepless nozzle control for optimal application rate.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): Flax harvest by Modest Huys (1874 - 1932)


Agtech market: Agtech market value to reach $ 22.5 billion by 2025

According to Juniper Research the global agtech market will grow 150% over the next five years.
See futurefarming.com

Farmers are Installing Drainage Pipe and it is Simple
Farmers are installing their own drainage pipes. Soil-Max offers a variety of plow sizes to fit a variety of tractors. Using RTK GPS and Ag Leader grade control, farmers can install drainage pipes in their fields for a fraction of the cost. The GPS controlled tile plow offers freedom and flexibility to farmers.
See soilmax.com

Digitisation: Bayer: Promising future for digital agricultural data

Bayer is keen to play a role in the ongoing digitisation of agriculture.
See futurefarming.com


Grain storage: TeleSense: Taking the guesswork out of grain storage

TeleSense delivers affordable and easy-to-use grain monitoring solutions. How does it work?
See futurefarming.com

Guidance systems: John Deere AutoPath for more accurate row guidance

Data from the first pass is used to establish precise row guidance for all subsequent field passes.
See futurefarming.com

Investments: Finistere: AgriFood Tech investment continues to climb

2020 will be a tremendous year for AgriFood tech investment, according to a new report by Finistere.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): Moisson par Modest Huys


Obama : Trump ha hecho mucho daño en EE UU y en el resto del mundo
Ver elpais.com

Lo tecnológico nunca puede suplir el que yo interactúe de verdad con un niño, lo mire y le cuente un cuento

Tamara Chubarovsky, pedagoga y experta desarrollo infantil, alerta en el Día Universal de Niño sobre los peligros del abuso de las pantallas en la evolución social, emocional y cognitiva de los más pequeños.
Ver elpais.com

La Segunda Guerra Mundial de Antony Beevor se libra ahora en dibujos

Eugènia Anglès adapta la monumental obra del historiador británico a una versión gráfica con 2.000 ilustraciones de episodios seleccionados por el editor Gonzalo Pontón
Con la presencia en la introducción del desgraciado soldado Yang –símbolo para el historiador de cómo jugó el destino con la gente común durante la contienda–, el coreano que reclutado por los japoneses fue capturado por los soviéticos e incorporado al Ejército Rojo y luego hecho prisionero por los alemanes y enviado a servir con la Wehrmacht en Normandía, donde lo atraparon los Aliados.
Ver elpais.com

Is this the beginning of an mRNA vaccine revolution? By Adam Finn, professor of paediatrics at the Bristol Children’s Vaccine Centre, University of Bristol

Whether or not mRNA now becomes the preferred way to make novel vaccines, it is clear that a global disaster on the scale of the pandemic spurs innovation at a much faster rate. This is not just the consequence of all the resources and funding made available to those with solutions that might usually be regarded with more scepticism; it is also driven by the remarkable things that humans can achieve when thrust together by circumstances and given a common purpose. While we like to lionise individual heroes and leaders, scientific advances like mRNA vaccines are always the product of the collaborative efforts of many people with diverse skills and backgrounds. Bringing vaccines to the clinic also requires large numbers of brave and altruistic volunteers to take part in clinical trials.

Stepping back, one fact stands out. At the beginning of November, we still did not know whether or not any vaccine would be able to help us overcome this terrible disease. As the month draws to its close, we’re certain that they can. However mRNA vaccines go down in the history books, that in itself is something to marvel at. Human ingenuity, invention and sheer hard work mean we are finally on the road out of this disaster.
See theguardian.com

Good old days (?????): The haying Brakel par Modest Huys



Girl: You would be a good dancer except for two things.

Boy: What are the two things?

Girl: Your feet.

A family of mice were surprised by a big cat

Father Mouse jumped and and said, "Bow-wow!" The cat ran away.

"What was that, Father?" asked Baby Mouse.

"Well, son, that's why it's important to learn a second language."

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Mél : maugueg(a)laposte.net

One of the most famous poem
in French literature
The Sower by Victor Hugo

Saison des semailles. Le soir,
de Victor Hugo (1802-1885) dans " Les chansons des rues et des bois " (1865)

C'est le moment crépusculaire.
J'admire, assis sous un portail,
Ce reste de jour dont s'éclaire
La dernière heure du travail.

Dans les terres, de nuit baignées,
Je contemple, ému, les haillons
D'un vieillard qui jette à poignées
La moisson future aux sillons.

Sa haute silhouette noire
Domine les profonds labours.
On sent à quel point il doit croire
A la fuite utile des jours.

Il marche dans la plaine immense,
Va, vient, lance la graine au loin,
Rouvre sa main, et recommence,
Et je médite, obscur témoin,

Pendant que, déployant ses voiles,
L'ombre, où se mêle une rumeur,
Semble élargir jusqu'aux étoiles
Le geste auguste du semeur.

The sawers by
Vincent Van Gogh

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