Efita Newsletter 963, dated December 14, 2020

Efita Newsletter 963, dated December 14, 2020
You can also view the message online

Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 14 December, 2020

EFITA newsletter / 963 - 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)

The informatique-agricole.org site now offers you the possibility of subscribing the RSS feeds of its two newsletters
See RSS feeds to implement to ensure that you continue to receive this newsletter

To unsubscribe this newsletter, please contact me directely: guy.waksman(a)laposte.net if this link Unsubscribe does not work.

Please note that I changed the presentation of the links that are embedded in the name of the web service.

page facebook

To correspond with me (GW), please use this address: guy.waksman(a)laposte.net

To subscribe the efita newsletter (please ask your friends and colleagues to test this link)
Efita Newsletters subscription

Weekly newsletters about ICT in Agriculture in English and French
Both newsletters have around 14000 subscribers.

>>> Last weekly EFITA Newsletters in English (created in 1999) Efita Newsletters

>>> Last weekly AFIA Newsletters in French (created more than 20 years ago in 1997) Afia Newsletters

>>> Statistics for the last efita newsletter

>>> Last issue of the afia newsletter

>>> Last available satistics for the afia newsletter

I met Roger Payne at the Rothamsted station (UK) many years ago!

Q.: Why do I try to gather old paintings related to past rural life and agriculture?

R.: It is because I believe that a large majority of people in our rich countries suffer from social Alzheimer, disease of societies that no longer know anything about their past, creating a climate of anxiety that prevents us from evaluating the present correctly, let alone the future.

515 splendid videos of France (in French)
See French huge diversity of people, monuments, landscapes


Tevel Aerobotics Technologies wins Best Field Robot Concept Award 2020! (do not miss the video! - GW)

Tevel Aerobotics Technologies has won the Best Field Robot Concept Award 2020. The international expert jury selected their fruit picking drone from 22 applications from 11 countries. The public winner from a total of 2,359 individual votes is the Fieldwork Robotics fruit and vegetable picking robot.

This was announced during the international agricultural robot event FIRA.
See futurefarming.com
See video

Presentation at the first session of FIRA 2020 9 December 2020 (Forum International de la Robotique Agricole)
Agricultural robots in the Covid-19 crisis by Guy Waksman and Philippe Gate (Arvalis R&D director)


Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: The Goose-Girl by Helen Allingham (British, 1848-1926)


IT-Supported Sustainable Ag (too late but interesting)

Thursday 10 December / 14:00 CET to 16:30 CET / (7:00 am to 9:30 am US Chicago - Central Time
You are invited to the year-end meeting (conference call) of AgGateway's European Regional Group. Our theme is IT-supported sustainable agriculture.
See aggateway.org

2020 Annual Conference AgGateway

Did you miss a session at AgGateway's Annual Conference that you'd still like to see? Great news!

For a limited time, you can watch the taped sessions at your convenience. All sessions will be available until at least December 31, so catch them now! You will need to be registered for the conference and have paid the registration fee to access the recorded sessions:

If you already registered for the conference, simply go to the conference agenda.

Didn't register but want to see the sessions? Simply register for the conference.
(You may need to wait less than a day for the conference registration to process before access is granted to the site.)

Here are some of the great sessions to access:

> State of the CIO – Roundtable discussion with Agricultural CIOs
> AgGateway in Europe: Linking External Data Repositories for Crop Protection Products; and Precision Ag Interoperability in Europe
> Iain Lennon of Proagrica: Connecting the Dots: Data and analytic solutions that combine agronomic, enterprise and supply chain systems
> Dan Kelly, The Negotiator Guru, Negotiating Software Contracts
> Andrew Kennedy, FDA: New Era of Smarter Food Safety
> Wendy Smith and Jeremy Wilson on AgGateway Strategic Plans, “Create, Engage, Grow”
> Retail and Energy Sales and Digital Connectivity Discussion
> Internet of Things – Parts 1 and 2
> Latin America Meet-Up Discussion
> Making Sense of Sensors & LoRa Implementation
> Crop Protection Unique Identification
> Agrisemantics Workshop
> Seed Messaging Working Group Session
> AgGateway Portfolio Update
> AGIIS Data Privacy Working Group
> Towards Ontology-based Data Integration for Grain Traceability
> Watch them now! www.AgGatewayAnnual2020.com

See aggateway.org

AGIIS Annual Maintenance Activities

AgGateway’s Ag Industry Identification System (AGIIS) provides a repository for industry common data elements that serve as the fundamental building blocks for efficient electronic interactions between agricultural companies. Today, AGIIS contains 5.3 Million entities and 221,000 agricultural products ranging from crop protection chemicals, seed and fertilizer.

AGIIS is a “living” directory that is constantly being updated and enhanced. It features a
Web interface that allows AGIIS subscribers to easily add and maintain products.

Each December, we perform a series of AGIIS maintenance activities in order to maintain data integrity within the database. These activities may update entity demographics, so it is important for AGIIS subscribers to understand when each maintenance activity is being performed so that any resulting changes to entity demographics can be applied to their internal systems.
See aggateway.org

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: The Furrow by Edouard Debat-Ponsan, French (1847-1913)


How did we the future yesterday??

See the incredible collection developed by Alain Fraval

Archives of our newsletters in French and English
Voir Afia
Voir Efita


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

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: La vache bien gardée par Edouard Debat-Ponsan


The Significance of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Stuart Smyth December 1, 2020

The year is coming to an end, and 2020 has popped a balloon filled with myths, untruths and lies deliberately spread by eNGOs on gene editing. This fall the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for the discovery of the gene editing technology CRISPR/Cas9, popping the negative balloon full of mistrust for such technology. This gene editing advancement, co-discovered by Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, is a transformative innovation that is demonstrating the staggering potential for improving global food security and human health. Early field trials of crop varieties developed by gene editing are reporting significant yield increases (such as 20% in rice), and we expect CRISPR/Cas9 to continue these advancements. In terms of improving human health, virtually all of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines in development are utilizing gene editing technology.
See saifood.ca

New CRISPR-based test for COVID-19 uses a smartphone camera, by Gladstone Institutes

"We knew the assay we were developing would be a logical fit to help the crisis by allowing rapid testing with minimal resources," says Fozouni, who is co-first author of the paper, along with Sungmin Son and María Díaz de León Derby from Fletcher's team at UC Berkeley. "Instead of the well-known CRISPR protein called Cas9, which recognizes and cleaves DNA, we used Cas13, which cleaves RNA."

In the new test, the Cas13 protein is combined with a reporter molecule that becomes fluorescent when cut, and then mixed with a patient sample from a nasal swab. The sample is placed in a device that attaches to a smartphone. If the sample contains RNA from SARS-CoV-2, Cas13 will be activated and will cut the reporter molecule, causing the emission of a fluorescent signal. Then, the smartphone camera, essentially converted into a microscope, can detect the fluorescence and report that a swab tested positive for the virus.

"What really makes this test unique is that it uses a one-step reaction to directly test the viral RNA, as opposed to the two-step process in traditional PCR tests," says Ott, who is also a professor in the Department of Medicine at UCSF. "The simpler chemistry, paired with the smartphone camera, cuts down detection time and doesn't require complex lab equipment. It also allows the test to yield quantitative measurements rather than simply a positive or negative result."
See medicalxpress.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Le dépiquage au rouleau de pierre par Edouard Debat-Ponsan (1847-1913)


EIP-AGRI: making EU agriculture and forestry future-proof since 2013

Sustainable Agriculture - New Ag International eBook Series

How do you define sustainable agriculture? For us it’s about agricultural practices, products and inputs that benefit farmers without causing a harmful impact to the environment. At the same time, it’s also about balancing environmental impact with economic factors.

Throughout the latest edition of the New Ag International eBook Series we hear from agri leaders, farmers and educators who are passionate about sustainable agriculture. Discover why sustainable agriculture is of critical importance to AlgaEnergy and what we can be doing as an industry to support the development of sustainable solutions for the next generation of farmers.
See New Ag International

Digital fertilizer trading platform Fertilizer Exchange to launch in Q1 2021

The first blockchain-enabled, digital global platform specifically designed to trade physical fertilizer is set for commercial launch.
See newaginternational.com

SeeTree closes $30m Series B round to adapt tree monitoring tech for new crops, AFN, by Jack Ellis

As part of the deal, Netafim — Orbia’s Israel-based precision agriculture business — will incorporate SeeTree’s solutions into its digital farming offering and support the startup’s continued development.

The Tel Aviv-based startup provides tree health insights using a combination of military-grade drones, ground sensors, artificial intelligence, multispectral imaging, and in-field data collection. Fruit growers can leverage these insights to assess and continually monitor the health and growth rate of their orchards and groves, with SeeTree producing personalized cultivation plans for each tree or cluster of trees.

This multi-channel platform enables SeeTree to offer what it describes as a “more holistic” approach compared to competing services that focus on specific aspects of tree health.
See agfundernews.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Un gué à Salies, 1899, par Edouard Debat-Ponsan (1847-1913)


FarmLab thinks it can get 1m farmers to sequester 1bn tonnes of CO2 by 2025. Here’s how, AFN, by Jack Ellis

Do you reckon 1 million farmers globally can sequester 1 billion tonnes of carbon — removing the rough equivalent of 217 million cars from the road — and all within the next five years?

Given the seemingly sluggish development of carbon credit markets and regulations to govern them, the persistence of climate change skepticism, and the fact that the world has its mind on other things at the moment, no-one would blame you for feeling that may be a little over-optimistic. No-one, perhaps, apart from FarmLab co-founder and CEO Sam Duncan and his team.
See agfundernews.com

The 8 F’s of Indian agritech investing, AFN, by guest contributors: A B Chakravarthy & Aditya Jahagirdar

Last year, agrifoodtech investments in India were worth $1.1 billion in total, according to research from AgFunder. Back in 2013 this figure was only $89 million. Given that agriculture contributes 15% of India’s GDP and employs close to half of its workforce, agritech came as a rather late entrant to mainstream venture funds’ portfolios.
See agfundernews.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): Les laveuses au bord du Lot par Sarkis Diranian


Singapore offers $9m boost to blockchain projects, starting with farmer finance, AFN, by Jack Ellis

Singapore has established a S$12 million ($8.97 million) scheme to strengthen its capabilities in blockchain technology – and its first project is focused on farmer finance.

Government agencies Enterprise Singapore, the Infocomm Media Development Authority, and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are launching the Singapore Blockchain Innovation Program (SBIP) with the support of the city-state’s central bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The program’s funding is coming from the NRF.
See agfundernews.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Harvesting in Glaisdale by John Atkinson (1863 - 1924)


Facial recognition for pigs: Is it helping Chinese farmers or hurting the poorest? The Guardian, by Sandy Milne (seen in the AgFunder newsletter)

Automation is revolutionising China’s pork farms but leaving independent farmers behind.
See theguardian.com

Digital platforms: John Deere launches digital farming hub

The new John Deere Digital Agriculture Hub will offer digital information, insights and learnings.
See futurefarming.com

Spreader monitors: Bogballe launches intelligent monitor for spreaders

Calibrator Totz offers automatic calibration, GPS section control and use of application maps.
See futurefarming.com

The Efita newsletter is sponsored by:
page facebook

Precision planters: Horsch offers greater choice of precision planters

Horsch launched newly designed seeding units with a choice of air vacuum or pressure operation.
See futurefarming.com

Irrigation management: Wilbur-Ellis acquires Probe Schedule irrigation management

Probe Schedule's technology calculates accurate crop water usage and soil moisture.
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 futurefarming.com

Driverless technology: Raven AutoCart available for pre-order

Raven accepting pre-orders for its first commercially available Driverless Ag Technology: AutoCart.
See futurefarming.com

Field robots: AgXeed robot tractor test drive: first impression

Future Farming were the first to see the new AgXeed robot tractor at work. Watch the video!
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: The Potato Pickers by Fredrick William Jackson (1859-1918)


My point of view about the next link (GW)

I believe that the hereafter link / paper is deeply wrong. It is written by researchers who never practice advisory activities that have really nothing or nearly nothing to do with research activities. And the researchers are not often among the good ag advisors… Let the researchers do a good job within their areas of competence and let people, who really know the farmers, develop really relevant advisory services!

Ending hunger: science must stop neglecting smallholder farmers, in Nature (seen in the AgFunder newsletter)

Policymakers urgently need ideas on ways to end hunger. But a global review of the literature finds that most researchers have had the wrong priorities.

How can research help to end hunger? One way to answer this question is to assess published research on hunger, and determine which interventions can make a difference to the lives of the 690 million people who go hungry every day.

That’s what an international research consortium called Ceres2030 has been doing1. And the results of its 3-year effort to review more than 100,000 articles are published this week across the Nature Research journals2. The consortium’s findings — coming just days after this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Programme — are both revealing and concerning.
See nature.com


Harnessing nature for faster mRNA vaccine manufacturing (seen in the AgFunder newsletter)

Manufacturing capacity is often decried as a major bottleneck in administering COVID-19 vaccines to a global population of 7.8 billion. For mRNA vaccines, which can make 1 million doses in a 2-liter bioreactor, the bottleneck is the availability of raw materials, not bioreactors.

GreenLight Biosciences’ proprietary biological mRNA manufacturing method eliminates that constriction by using a natural, biological approach. The method isn’t being used for the vaccines being manufactured now, but it could be important in vaccine rollouts in 2021 and later.
See biospace.com

Biden agriculture pick likely to reassure farmers, disappoint activists, Reuters, by Jarrett Renshaw & Christopher Walljasper (seen in agfundernews.com)
See reuters.com

We need a Secretary of Food, The New York Times, by José Andrés (seen in agfundernews.com)

About Pornhub (NYT)

We don’t talk much about Pornhub in polite society, but it’s one of the biggest websites in the world. Every month it attracts more visitors than Netflix, Yahoo or Amazon, and its corporate owners rake in vast sums of money. What most people don’t know about it is that it’s infested with rape videos.

Anybody can upload a video to Pornhub, making it a bit like YouTube for sex. The majority of the videos depict consenting adults, but others show sexual assaults on children or on unconscious women — and that’s the topic of a special investigative report I’ve written for the Sunday Times, released online now.
See nytimes.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Wheatfield (Noonday Rest) by Léon Augustin Lhermitte - musée des Beaux-Arts de Boston


¿Cuánto hemos crecido? La mala nutrición genera una brecha de hasta 20 centímetros de altura entre países

Un estudio analiza la talla de 65 millones de niños y jóvenes de 5 a 19 años en 193 naciones de todo el mundo desde 1985 hasta 2019.
Ver elpais.com

Lo que yo pienso (GW): El estado mental de los periodistas de El País es tanto pesimista i deprimido como mucha gente en Francia porque le título del articulo debería ser:
"La buena nutrición genera una subida de hasta 20 centímetros de altura entre países".
Sería más cerca de la verdad.
Esta subida de la talla humana en casi todo el mundo es la prueba que hay menos hambriento, que la población mundial tiene una mejor salud, y tiene una mejor alimentación.

Algunos enlaces para entender el pensamiento de Steven Pinker y su optimismo

>>>> Tenemos motivos de sobra para ser optimistas (4 FEB 2018)

Una corriente de pensamiento en alza promueve la fe en el constante avance humano. Steven Pinker ofrece sorprendentes indicadores para medir el progreso
Ver elpais.com

>>>> Steven Pinker: “Los populistas están en el lado oscuro de la historia” (17 JUN 2018)

Para vencer al populismo se debe además reconocer el valor del progreso
Ver elpais.com

>>>> Los aprendizajes extraídos de la pandemia centran la primera jornada de EnlightED (20 Oct 2020)

El profesor Steven Pinker llama a la defensa del progreso y al optimismo basado en datos
Ver elpais.com

>>>> Steven Pinker: “El Partido Demócrata debe distanciarse de la palabra socialismo” (8 NOV 2020)

El ensayista y profesor de Harvard, uno de los grandes psicólogos cognitivos del mundo, apunta que muchos norteamericanos votaron a Trump porque las políticas de identidad de la izquierda y la corrección política crean aversión.
Ver elpais.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): Mujeres en la fuente para Léon Augustin Lhermitte - musée Soumaya, Mexico (Mexique)


A worldwide survey was conducted by the UN (a very old joke created during the Cold War in the fifties of the previous century ?)

The only question asked was: "Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?"

The survey was a huge failure.

In Africa they didn't know what "food" meant.

In Eastern Europe they didn't know what "honest" meant.

In Western Europe they didn't know what "shortage" meant.

In China they didn't know what "opinion" meant.

In the Middle East they didn't know what "solution" meant.

In South America they didn't know what "please" meant.

And in the USA they didn't know what "the rest of the world" meant.

The distribution of this efita newsletter is sponsored by vitisphere.com

Please, contribute to the content of your efita newsletter, and advertise your events, new publications, new products and new project in this newsletter. Without your support, it will not survive!
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
E-mail: guy.waksman(a)laposte.net

To read this newsletter on our web site
See Afia

The archives of this newsletter

See Afia

About the EFITA mailing list

You can use the efita moderated list (> 15000 subscribers) to announce any event / product / web site / joke (!) related to IT in agriculture, environment, food industry and rural areas.
If you want to subscribe a friend, please fill in his form.
If you do not wish to receive our messages, please fill in the following form...

Laisser un commentaire

Votre adresse de messagerie ne sera pas publiée. Les champs obligatoires sont indiqués avec *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>