Efita Newsletter 962, dated December 7, 2020

Efita Newsletter 962, dated December 7, 2020
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EFITA newsletter / 962 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Do not miss the Virus Jokes in English and French

> Coronavirus 4 Coronavirus 3 Coronavirus 2 Ant joke Coronavirus 1

> Virus et autres sujets Virus 6 Virus 5 Virus 4 Virus 3 Virus 2 Virus 1

> Les dernières histoire de l'oncle Paul (Jamet) (mostly in French)

> Les dernières histoires de Georges Larroque(mostly in French)

> Les dernières histoires de Michel Gil-Antoli (mostly in French)

Hilarious 6-Year-Old Irish Girl Just Wants to Go to The Pub (really excellent, even if I do not really understand! -GW)
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Steven Pinker: What means the progress for you?

Steven Pinker is a Canadian-American cognitive psychologist, linguist, and popular science author. He is Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and is known for his advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind. He is the author of The Language Instinct (1994), How the Mind Works (1997), Words and Rules (2000), The Blank Slate (2002), The Stuff of Thought (2007), The Better Angels of Our Nature (2011) and Enlightenment Now (2018).
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I am a big fan of Steven Pinker (GW)

> Prof. Steven Pinker - The Better Angels of Our Nature: A History of Violence and Humanity

> Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers | Steven Pinker

> Steven Pinker: 'Who, Me Controversial?'

Good old days (?????): Haavakuume (1889) by Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Finland)


FIRA 2020

8 - 10 December 2020 - Virtual
See funny invitation and note that I will give a talk within the first session - GW

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
- Business Meetings
Register now and get 20% using promo code FF20FIRA20!

FIRA 2020 - Guy Waksman talk - "How does agricultural robotics impact on the new deal - economics & social issues?"
8 December 2020 - 9:15 - 10:30
General overview

FIRA 2020 programme

Good old days (?????): Rustic life (1887) by Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Finland)


How did we the future yesterday??

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FAO-ITU Call for Digital Agriculture Good Practices

11 December
The United Nations ITU Office for Europe and CIS and FAO Office for Europe and Central Asia recently launched the Call for Submission of Good practices in the field of digital agriculture in Europe and Central Asia, as part of the “Digital Excellence in Agriculture in Europe and Central Asia” contest.

We would like to ask for your kind collaboration by:

- sharing this initiative with your members, networks, projects who would be interested to apply,

- and/or connecting us with potential cases: entrepreneurs, farmers, researchers, innovation projects, ICT service providers, input suppliers, etc. which are successfully applying innovative methods of ICTs to the agriculture sector. Practices involving smallholder and family farmers are especially welcome.

The deadline for submission is 11 December 2020, 11:59 PM (CET) and interested participants shall apply HERE. Please, refer to this link for more information about the call, its requirements, and categories.

As we understand entrepreneurs and innovators are often too busy to apply, we would be delighted to schedule dedicated sessions with interested applicants to provide support with the application process, as well as to answer any question they might have on the initiative and on the work that ITU and FAO are carrying on in this field.

The winners will be invited to the prize-awarding ceremony and their practices will be widely disseminated through UN channels, greatly increasing their reputation and publicity.
See itu.int

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.
See efita2021.com
Contact: Dionysis BOCHTIS
E-mail: d.bochtis(a)certh.gr

Good old days (?????): De la forêt, par Mykola Pymonenko, 1900, Ukraine


agROBOfood: Business-Oriented Support to the European Robotics and Agri-food Sector, towards a network of Digital Innovation Hubs in Robotics

Europe’s agri-food sector is facing a big challenge: ensuring environmentally-friendly production at lower costs and with a shortage of labourers. The solution requires high-tech modernisation of farming. Robotics can play a big role. The agROBOfood project, a consortium of 39 partners aims to accelerate the sector’s digital transformation through the adoption of robotic technologies. To boost the uptake of robotic solutions, it will establish a sustainable network of digital innovation hubs (DIHs). At the heart of the project are innovation experiments (IEs) that will be organised and monitored by the DIHs. The European robotics community will be involved throughout the project to ensure maximum synergy. This will maximise the return of investments from the digital transformation of agri-food.
See cordis.europa.eu

Good old days (?????): Dans les champs par Julien Dupré (FR)


Bayer backs drone spraying platform Rantizo in $7.5m Series A round, AFN, by Lauren Stine

The ag drone hype may have dwindled a few years ago. But that didn’t stop Iowa City-based startup Rantizo, which uses the vehicles to spray crops, from going full steam ahead.

“There was a lot of enthusiasm about what drones could do and that tapered off when people saw what they actually could accomplish,” CEO Michael Ott tells AFN. “In the last few years, we’ve really ramped up the productivity, autonomy, and the use cases where application from drones actually makes sense.”

Rantizo has just closed a $7.5 million Series A round led by Leaps by Bayer, with participation from a number of other agtech-focused investors – including Fall Line Capital, Innova Memphis, Lewis & Clark Ventures, KZValve, and Sukup Manufacturing. It brings the company’s total funding to date to $9 million.

Launched in 2018, Rantizo’s software platform integrates with drones and imaging tech to identify crop protection issues and deliver what the startup describes as “precise in-field applications of crop inputs using autonomous drones.”

“Imagery is certainly valuable, but when it comes to agriculture you have to deploy things in the field, whether that be seeds or fertilizer or pesticides. Using a drone to do that autonomously really saves on the labor side and that is the ultimate problem that we are trying to solve,” Ott explains.

Farmers are attracted to Rantizo’s efficiency, he adds – as well as the fact they can avoid soil compaction by letting a drone do the spraying instead of heavy machinery. Drones can also more easily access hard-to-reach spots like steep hillsides or perennially wet areas.

The startup offers its technology through a service model where independent contractors step in to provide the labor. A Rantizo application services contractor can purchase a turnkey system that includes drone equipment, licensing, training, and certifications to operate the startup’s Fly & Apply platform. It charges $150 per hour, per drone.
See agfundernews.com

How White Castle is embracing automation with robot employee Flippy, AFN, by Lauren Stine

If you eat at White Castle in the next few months, there’s a chance that a robot named Flippy will be cooking your burger.

The burger chain has been working with Pasadena, California-based startup Miso Robotics to figure out how innovation may be able to enhance its back-of-house operations. Through AI and automation, Flippy ROAR — which stands for robot-on-a-rail — helps grill and fry food with more precision than the human eye can achieve.

After a trial in one of White Castle’s Chicago outlets, Flippy is set to don the apron at up to 10 additional locations in the coming months.
See agfundernews.com

Good old days (?????): The Harvest by Friedrich Kallmorgen (DE)


Startup Spotlight: Cloud Ag seeks to replace soil sampling by measuring carbon from the air, AFN, by Jack Ellis

The agriculture industry is slowly but steadily switching on to carbon sequestration, its potential environmental impact, and the opportunity for it to provide additional income streams for farmers.

But when it comes to adoption of carbon-storing methods and rewarding those who implement them, there are still plenty of pieces of the puzzle yet to fall into place.

One of the challenges facing would-be ‘carbon farmers,’ and the companies that seek to provide services to them, is actually understanding how much of the stuff is in their soil in order to make decisions about how, why, and where to implement restorative techniques.

To date, the most accurate way of doing this is to take physical soil samples and send them off to labs for testing. This can be expensive and time consuming, requires boots on the ground, and can’t always give a holistic picture of soil health or carbon content.
See agfundernews.com

Good old days (?????): Laundress by the Water's Edge Painting by Daniel Ridway Knight


World’s first robot catalogue with 35 propositions

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

Nexus Robotics’ robot La Chèvre to help farmers weed

The weeding robot La Chèvre pulls out weeds that are very close to crops.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): Garçon avec un corbeau - Akseli Gallen-Kallela


VineScout robot very precisely monitors vineyards

The robot moves through vineyards autonomously and produces maps of relevant production parameters.
See futurefarming.com

Will start-up Farming Revolution keep its word?

Farming Revolution claims to have the largest plant image database in the world.
See futurefarming.com

AgXeed robot tractor test drive: first impression

Just two months ago, Dutch start-up AgXeed premiered its robot tractor for Future Farming. A robot that growers have been waiting for, they say. We had the opportunity to be the first to see it at work: autonomously subsoiling and spading a field.
See futurefarming.com

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Data transfer: How farmers use John Deere Operations Center
John Deere is not only staying with, but also expanding, its Operations Center on-line system.
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Robot concepts: Vote for your most promising Field Robot Concept!

What is the most promising field robot concept? Take part in the poll and cast your vote!
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Field robot catalogue: World’s first robot catalogue with 35 propositions

In our robot catalogue you will find 35 field and harvest robots that are available in 2021.
See futurefarming.com

Good old days (?????): The harvest (De oogst) by Gerrit Willem van Blaaderen, NL (1873-1935)


Field robots: SwarmFarm will produce one robot per week

Australian SwarmFarm Robotics has raised AUD $4.5 million (US$ 3.28m) to scale up its production.
See futurefarming.com

Blockchain: Bayer Crop Science and BlockApps launch TraceHarvest Network

The BlockApps TraceHarvest Network tracks and traces the full lifecycle of agricultural products.
See futurefarming.com

E-tractors: Ideanomics increases stake in e-tractor company Solectrac

The recent investment of $1.3 million increases Ideanomics ownership to 24%.
See futurefarming.com


Singapore Becomes First Country to Approve Sales of Lab-Created Meat, by Leslie Patton
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European Soil Data Centre
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What would happen in a world without vaccines?
See weforum.org

The world before vaccines is a world we can’t afford to forget

Measles is now resurgent in the United States and many other countries. Historical amnesia is partly to blame.
See nationalgeographic.com

Good old days (?????): La Fille et le Coq par Akseli Gallen-Kallela, 1886


How covid-19 unleashed the NHS (UK)

The pandemic has brought forth a wave of innovation.

The dawn of digital medicine

The pandemic is ushering in the next trillion-dollar industry.

Carbon Cycle and climate change
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Charitable giving by Americans (who are far more charitable than we, French people! - GW)

As the United States celebrated Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday last week, it is worth noting that Americans are among the most charitable individuals on the planet. In 2019, the U.S. giving fell just short of $450 billion, which amounted to about 2.1 percent of the nation's GDP.

Heroes of Progress: Edward Jenner, By Alexander C. R. Hammond

Before it was eradicated in 1979, smallpox was one of humanity’s oldest and most devastating scourges. The virus, which can be traced back to pharaonic Egypt, is thought to have killed between 300 and 500 million people in the 20th century alone.

The “speckled monster,” as it was known in 18th century England, smallpox was highly contagious and left the victim’s body covered with abscesses that caused immense scarring. If the viral infection was strong enough, the immune system of the patient collapsed, and the person died.

The mortality rate for smallpox was between 20 and 60 percent, and of those lucky enough to survive, a third were left blind. Among infants, it was 80 percent.
Voir humanprogress.org

Good old days (?????): Lost, 1886 by Akseli Gallen-Kallela


First short joke

My friend said he knew a man with a wooden leg named Smith.

So I asked him "What was the name of his other leg?"

Second short joke

A man goes to the doctor and says, "Doctor, wherever I touch, it hurts."

The doctor asks, "What do you mean?"

The man says, "When I touch my shoulder, it really hurts. If I touch my knee - OUCH! When I touch my forehead, it really, really hurts."

The doctor says, "I know what's wrong with you - you've broken your finger!"

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