Efita Newsletter 964, dated December 21, 2020

Efita Newsletter 964, dated December 21, 2020
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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 21 December, 2020

EFITA newsletter / 964 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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An invited editorial interview with Professor Nick Sigrimis, of Agricultural University of Athens, on Smart Agriculture and the digital revolution. Biosystems Engineering, 198(2020), 350-354.
Interview by Bill Day, Biosystems Engineering

They discussed the hot topic of AI in Agriculture and stressed that many Articles and Webinars are deliberating the lead forward and the pitfalls that may happen with immature IOT applications. They stressed the need for well thought Technical Governance, International Standards and for ICT people to consult with, and cooperate with, domain experts.

Dr Sigrimis is preparing an IEEE special issue for the purpose.

The Interview is currently, and for limited time, Open to download here
Contact: Nick SIGRIMIS
E-Mail: ns(a)aua.gr

Hello Guy!

You have much power to be able to supply us with your nice news every week. Most important is the jokes!! you nicely set in front, that we all need at this case of lockdowns and bad news from COVID.
Guy be safe! as France is also at peak of COVID infections.
Best wishes (and more Jokes!!).
Contact: Nick SIGRIMIS
E-Mail: ns(a)aua.gr

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Secerători, par Elena Popea (RO)

Rumanian paintings signaled by Alexandru NAGHIU, University of Agricultural Sciences Cluj-Napoca, Romania
E-mail : alexnaghiu11(a)yahoo.com


Future Farming web site

> Efficient Plant Protection
Plant protection is an important component of crop cultivation to ensure high yields and best quality. With the help of machine vision, it is possible to distinguish between crops and weeds in real time and to precisely apply the agent. Curious? Learn more and watch MVTec’s application example.
See futurefarming.com

> Self-watering soil to reduce water usage in agriculture
See futurefarming.com

> Agtech market value to reach $22.5 billion by 2025
See futurefarming.com

Robotisation: implement makers ahead of tractor manufacturers

The prospect of autonomous tractors performing field operations autonomously is still just a promise for the vast majority of farmers around the world. But, once the economics are right and legislators allow it, things may rapidly change.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Cosasi odihnindu-se (Resting Reapers) par Camil Ressu (RO)


How did we the future yesterday??

See the incredible collection developed by Alain Fraval

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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.
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: Secerisu tot la sat a aparut par Sisu Vicentiu (RO)


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

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Culegătorii de cartofi par Camil Ressu (RO, 1880 - 1962)


Iowa farmers invest in research, technologies & startups to boost innovation, AFN Sponsored Post

Innovation has always been at the heart of agriculture in Iowa, with many ideas and inventions getting their start on the farm. Farmers are well-known for developing their own fixes to make equipment run more smoothly, or building their own solutions to address a challenge. Sometimes those ideas are small improvements that benefit one farm, while others have grown into some of the largest and most recognized brands in agriculture, including John Deere, Sukup, and Renewable Energy Group (REG).
See agfundernews.com

CTF: Controlled traffic farming to increase root growth of crops

Implementation of controlled traffic farming can benefit production of vegetables, research shows.
See futurefarming.com

Crop analysis: Portable NIR scanner analyses crops in under a minute

Grandeo's device uses infrared to scan and analyse soil and crops in the field.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Dimineața la arat par Camil Ressu (RO)


Machine Vision is Key for Agriculture 4.0

Did you know that machine vision is part of many automation and robotics applications used in agriculture? The software products of MVTec enable innovative technologies and best-in-practice solutions.
See futurefarming.com

Weed control: Crop.Zone electrophysical weeder enters European markets

Crop.Zone receives funding to enter ag market in Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): Culegătorii de cartofi par Camil Ressu (RO)


Satellite imagery: ClearSky Vision uses AI to let satellites look under clouds

The Danish start-up ClearSky Vision has won the BayWa Smart Farming Challenge 2020.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Clacă la porumb par Camil Ressu (RO)


PickTrace (seen thanks to AgFunderNews.com)

Workforce & harvest management tools for sizeable operations
See picktrace.com

Arable (seen thanks to AgFunderNews.com)

Arable is the complete system that connects your decisions, plant insights, and weather observations to outcomes.

Arable’s unique dataset, powerful agronomic models, and intuitive design help businesses across the agricultural spectrum optimize decisions, improve efficiency, and deliver sustainability. How can we help you?
See arable.com

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Planting the seeds of digital agriculture: Startup bets the farm on Microsoft’s new ag tech platform, by Alan Boyle (seen thanks to AgFunderNews.com)

Microsoft’s cloud-based platform for data-driven farming, Azure FarmBeats, had its official coming-out party this week at the company’s annual Ignite conference for developers, but Steve Mantle has already been using FarmBeats’ tools to grow his business — and help farmers grow their crops.

Mantle, the founder of Innov8 Ag Solutions in Walla Walla, Wash., is leading the development of a data analysis service that provides agricultural insights to dozens of apple growers, as well as farmers who grow other crops ranging from wheat and barley to grapes. He’s even signed up a few wineries for Innov8 Ag’s services, which leverage Azure-based cloud components.
See innov8-ag-microsoft-azure-farmbeats

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Secerătorii par Amedeo Preziosi (RO)


Loftus Labs (seen thanks to AgFunderNews.com)

Born out of a 100-year farming tradition at Loftus Ranches and decades of combined experience in analytics, we develop the solutions and services agriculture companies need in data analytics, engineering, and modeling.

We work with companies of all sizes, and at any stage of the data journey.

Whether it's building a data warehouse, creating dashboards and reports, or developing advanced models, we can help you with your toughest data issues.

>> Discuss Your Data Strategy
Do you have an existing analytics strategy and need feedback, or are you starting from the beginning?
Set up time with us today at no cost to discuss how to get the best return on your data.

>> Learn About Data in Ag
Want to know how others in the industry are using their own and third-party data to improve management decisions?
We'd be happy to walk you through our experience and the most common use-cases we see.

>> Get Help with Data Problems
Do you have an issue with your ETL? Struggling to get a report built in your BI tool? Having a hard time getting useful data out of a system?
Schedule a free session with us, and we will solve your data problems together!
See loftuslabs.com

The New Data Wave In Agriculture by Dan Maycock, Forbes Councils Member
See forbes.com


Temasek acquires micro-irrigation firm Rivulis, AFN, by Jack Ellis

Temasek has acquired a majority stake in Israeli irrigation tech company Rivulis. The Singapore sovereign fund now owns approximately 85% of Rivulis, having taken control of stakes previously held by Israel’s FIMI Opportunity Funds and the US’s Paine Schwartz Partners.
See agfundernews.com

Student-led startup seeking funding? Apply to Rabobank & MIT's $30,000 Food & Agribusiness Prize, MIT Food & Agriculture Club

Now in its 6th year, the Rabobank - MIT Food and Agribusiness Innovation Prize, sponsored by Rabobank and supported by MIT J-WAFS and the MIT Food and Agriculture Club, is the premier business plan and pitch competition for U.S. university and graduate students developing new products or technologies to improve sustainability in our food system. Past winners have included Antithesis Foods, Gramhal, EatWell Meal Kits, and Cambridge Crops.

The competition will take place in two stages. First round applications are due in January. Finalists teams will then be paired with mentors to further develop their ideas. This year at the virtual final pitch event in April, finalists will present their business plans and compete to win $30,000 in total prize money and invaluable mentorship and networking opportunities to help expand their businesses.
See food-ag.squarespace.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory:
Ernte Landwirte von Willy Krug (DE)


Steven Pinker: Hab keine Angst, vertrau der Statistik! | Sternstunde Philosophie | SRF Kultur (20 Nov 2018)
Sehen Hab keine Angst, vertrau der Statistik

Steven Pinker über Fortschritt: „Man muss hinter die Schlagzeilen schauen“ (26 Sept. 2018)
Sehen deutschlandfunkkultur.de

Self-reported Life Satisfaction vs GDP per capita, 2017


AgGateway: 200 member companies

We provide a unique, global forum across industry sectors, so that companies can meet to solve digital challenges for agriculture and related industries.
See aggateway.org

AgGateway Europe's Year-end conference last Thursday December 10, 2020 (1)

For AgGateway-members, the presentations of the speakers are to be found here
Contact: Conny GRAUMANS
E-mail: c.graumans(a)chello.nl]

AgGateway Europe's Year-end conference last Thursday December 10, 2020 (2)

For non-members, please click the links for each of the speakers in the program below.

> Syngenta owards automated monitoring of biodiversity. By Kiran Joseph (CHBS, Syngenta)
For the presentation click here

> BASF Enabling a sustainable feed/animal protein value chain with data interconnectivity. By Tom Battagliese (BASF Nutrition & Health, USA)
For the presentation click here

> New digital services directly on the machine. TOGETHER for consistent sustainability and traceability. By Thomas Kirste (Bosch Management Consulting, NEVONEX)
For the presentation click here

> Guaranteeing FAIR data in H2020 Green Deal Bids. By Matthew Smith (Agrimetrics)
For the presentation click here

> Integrating farm management applications. By Klaus-Herbert Rolf (365FarmNet Group)
For the presentation click here

In France, Coronavirus tests are free of charge and available for all people who are wishing to be tested…


Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): Bauern auf dem Feld von Hugo Mühlig (DE)


Old man Murphy… (Irish joke)

Old man Murphy and old man Sean were contemplating life when Murphy asked, “If you had to get one or the other would you rather get Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s?

”Sure, I rather have Parkinson’s”, replied Sean

“’Tis better to spill a couple of ounces of Jameson whiskey than to forget where you keep the bottle!”

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