Efita Newsletter 970, dated February 1, 2021

Efita Newsletter 970, dated February 1, 2021
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EFITA newsletter / 970 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Do not miss the Virus Jokes in English and French

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

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

> Les dernières histoires de Jean Pinon et Luc Becker (mostly in French)

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Legal framework for autonomous cropping equipment – Status quo and economic analysis

17 February 2021 - 15:00-16:00 CET - Virtual
To start off the new year, we would like to invite you to an English-language lecture as part of our “digital workshop talks“-series.

Under the direction of Prof. James Lowenberg-DeBoer (Harper-Adams University, United Kingdom) and as part of a European team of authors, the Digitilization division of the Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Animal Husbandry at the Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture contributed to a paper about the legal background of field crop robots. The paper further presents the economic, farm level consequences of such regulation. During the “digital workshop talks“ on 17 February 2021 (time: 15:00-16:00 CET), Professor Lowenberg-DeBoer will provide first insights into the findings

You can register until February 15 by sending an e-mail.

We look forward to your participation!

Contacts: Olivia SPYKMAN and Markus GANDORFER

Digital Farming Group
Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Animal Husbandry,
Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture
E-mail: Markus.Gandorfer(a)lfl.bayern.de

Innovation and SME Forum: Data-Driven Innovation in the Agritech Sector

10 - 12 March 2021
You will dive deep into the world of data-driven innovation with a mix of high-level keynote presentations and hands-on sessions to discuss and interact with other companies, academics and ELIXIR partners. All this with an interactive virtual platform to offer you an immersive online experience.

Programme topics:
Day one: Data integration and data management in the agritech sector
Day two: From genotype to phenotype
Day three: Data-driven precision farming
See elixir-europe.org

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: The milkmaid, c. 1658, by Johannes Vermeer (Dutch painter, 1632- 1675)


The EIP-AGRI Seminar ‘Healthy soils for Europe: sustainable management through knowledge and practice’

13-14 April 2021 – Online
The call for participants is open until 14 February 2021.

The seminar was originally planned as a face-to-face meeting to be held in October 2020 in Portugal. However, in view of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, the event was initially postponed and then finally converted into a virtual event.

Healthy soils are fundamental to the sustainable production of food, feed and fibre. In addition, healthy soils provide many other functions that contribute to human well-being such as water filtering, carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling and biodiversity conservation. Soil health is affected by unsustainable management practices. This includes frequent tillage, which accelerates soil organic matter loss, incorrect use of agrochemicals, which leads to soil and water pollution, and irrigation practices causing salinisation problems.

Climate change may also affect soils in different ways. More frequent heavy rainfalls and drought periods can increase erosion, nutrient and pollutant leaching, soil carbon losses and soil salinisation. On the positive side, practices improving soil health can mitigate or even reverse these negative effects, including the impacts of climate change.
See ec.europa.eu

En 1899, 1900, 1901 et 1910, un groupe d'artistes, dont notamment Jean-Marc Côté, a réalisé une série de cartes et de dessins d'anticipation sur le thème de l'an 2000 (Bibliothèque Nationale de France).

Le barbier du futur / The New-Fangled Barber
In 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, a group of artists, including notably Jean-Marc Côté, produced a series of anticipatory drawings on the theme of the year 2000 (BNF).

Recognizing a quiet revolution: large round baler

It was 50 years ago that Gary Vermeer created that first large round baler. That one concept was the start of a new way to make feed and solidified the future of the company.
See farmprogress.com

Are farmers interested in electric equipment?

The latest Farm Progress PANEL offers insight into a topic that may get more interest in the years to come – zero-emission equipment.
See farmprogress.com

Calculator assesses corn vs. soybean planting mix

Corteva’s free calculator uses Granular software to help sort out the most profitable acreage mix.
See farmprogress.com

How to digitise the farm?

Those encountering barriers when trying to digitise the farm might need to look at different types of tools, set up their own networks, and according to one Canadian tech enthusiast-turned farmer, just think about data technologies in a different way.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Still Life with Bread, Wine and Walnuts, by Albert Samuel Anker (Swiss painter, 1831- 1910)


How did we the future yesterday??

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Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Still Life with Hare, Duck, Loaf of Bread, Cheese and Flasks of Wine, by Jean Baptiste Oudry (french painter, 1686- 1755)


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: Still Life, by Lubin Baugin (French painter, 1610- 1663)


Autonomous tractors: Show us your robot tractor or autonomous kit!
Do you have a robot tractor or autonomous kit for 2021? Show us and we‘ll showcase show yours!
See futurefarming.com

Weed control systems: ecoRobotix launches ARA high-precision mounted sprayer

ARA uses artificial intelligence to apply products in plane fields and row crops.
See futurefarming.com

Satellite imagery: BASF and VanderSat offer farmers cloud-free biomass images

Farmers gain access to daily, accurate biomass images enabling consistent crop growth monitoring.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: The bakers cart, 1656, by Jean Michelin (Dutch painter, 1616- 1970)


Crop inputs: U.S. farmer launches crop input program

Advanced Yield Select Crop Inputs to help growers achieve higher yields with a better ROI.
See futurefarming.com

AI: Predicting yield, quality and timing of grape harvest

AI helps Pernod Winemakers to predict grape yield, quality, harvest timing and procurement costs.
See futurefarming.com

Weed control systems: Nufarm and crop.zone launch Hybrid Electric Crop Protection

The NUCROP solution combines chemical and physical processes to create a sustainable method of weed control.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): Arend OOsterwaert and his wife, by Jan Havickszoon Stee (Dutch painter, 1626- 1679)


How America's food system could change under Biden, The New York Times, by Kim Severson (from AFN)

New school meal standards? Help for small farmers? Maybe, but first the new administration has to deal with hunger, food safety and a diminished U.S.D.A.
Mr. Vilsack is returning to a vastly different department from the one he ran in the Obama era, when it landed on the Forbes list of America’s best employers. Morale is low and many positions are unfilled, especially in agencies that provide the data and scientific research on which policy decisions are made.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: The baker, by Job Berckheyde (Dutch painter, 1630- 1693)


Tevel’s flying fruit-harvesting bots raise $20m from Asian ag giants, AFN, by Jack Ellis

Tevel Aerobotics Technologies, which is developing autonomous flying robots that can pick fruit, has raised $20 million in fresh funding.

Among the investors in this round were two major Asian ag equipment manufacturers: Japan’s Kubota and China’s Forbon. Participating alongside them were a host of VC firms including Maverick Ventures Israel, its compatriot OurCrowd, and US-based AgFunder.
See agfundernews.com

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Data in dairy: 7 questions with Kate Campbell, Organic Valley’s new data science chief, AFN, by Lauren Manning

When Kate Campbell was born in a small town about 20 minutes from the Organic Valley headquarters in La Farge, Wisconsin, she started a life-long journey that would bring her right back to her rural roots.

Campbell studied mathematics in college, and dabbled in software engineering and computer science. But found herself dreaming of the green hills back home in southwestern Wisconsin. She returned to join Organic Valley, beginning a 17-year long career with the organic dairy farming cooperative.

“It was really exciting to be able to start working in an area where I could apply those skills and make a really decent living in rural Wisconsin,” Campbell told AFN.

Recently, she was appointed as Organic Valley’s vice president of business insights and data science. Her task is to leverage data to help the co-op make forward-looking decisions and stay ahead of the curve.
See agfundernews.comv

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: The baker, Job Berckheyde (Dutch painter, 1630- 1693)


Farmers on the frontline - Follow the Food, BBC (from AFN)

The way we produce food has accelerated climate change, but can sustainable production methods help to reverse it?
See bbc.com

Phospholutions raises $10.3m Series A for sustainable fertilizer tech, AFN, by Lauren Manning

Fertilizer is one of the most widely sought inputs for agriculture. In 2019, US fertilizer consumption totaled 20.8 million tons, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.

But for all the growth-related benefits it brings, there are plenty of problems, too. Fertilizer runoff from US cropland has traveled down the Mississippi River and into the Gulf of Mexico, creating an algae bloom the size of Connecticut, for example. The algae thrives off the waters, nutrient-enriched by the runoff. When the algae dies and sinks to the ocean floor, it creates an oxygen-depleted dead zone, making it impossible for marine life to survive.
See agfundernews.com


Invertir en la conectividad de las mujeres rurales mejorará el mundo

Un 32% de la población de América Latina y el Caribe carece de acceso a Internet, las más afectadas son las campesinas
Ver elpais.com

Autonomía a golpe de clic para las mujeres rurales

Digitalizadas es un proyecto que facilita a este grupo de personas formación gratuita en competencias tecnológicas para promover su independencia y participación.

Con medios y apoyo, de la vulnerabilidad también se sale. Cuenta Rebeca que ver cómo las mujeres que pasan por sus talleres acaban emprendiendo pequeños negocios, o acceden a herramientas que antes ni siquiera conocían y que facilitan tanto sus vidas, a ella le ha hecho recuperar muchas cosas. “Digitalizadas me ha dado más confianza en mí misma, me aporta muchos valores que me dan las mujeres que vienen a buscar ayuda y, sobre todo, las gracias que me dan al final: ‘Me has ayudado’. Para mí es lo más importante. No hay palabras para describirlo”.

Y la rueda aprender-enseñar sigue rodando. “Yo siempre digo que tú no sabes lo que sabes hasta que no se lo enseñas a otra persona. Y eso es algo que muchos de los cibervoluntarios me dicen. Pensaban que no tenían conocimientos, pero cuando han dado lo poco o lo mucho que tienen a otro, les ha cambiado la vida”. Al contarlo, a Yolanda Rueda, que un día descubrió que había más mundo a través de una ventana de Internet, la sonrisa se le ilumina.
Ver elpais.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory:
The bakery, Job Berckheyde (Dutch painter, 1630- 1693)


Identical twins are not so identical, study suggests (we have 4 children including two identical twins - GW)

Research finds they differ by an average of 5.2 early mutations, adding new perspective to nature-versus-nurture debates.
See theguardian.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Still-Life with figs, Luis Eugenio Melendez (Spanish painter, 1716- 1780)


Mr. and Mrs. Brown had two sons

One was named Mind Your Own Business & the other was named Trouble.

One day the two boys decided to play hide and seek. Trouble hid while Mind Your Own Business counted to one hundred.

Mind Your Own Business began looking for his brother behind garbage cans and bushes.

Then he started looking in and under cars until a police man approached him and asked, "What are you doing?"

"Playing a game," the boy replied.

"What is your name?" the officer questioned.

"Mind Your Own Business."

Furious the policeman inquired, "Are you looking for trouble?!"

The boy replied, "Why, yes."

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