Efita Newsletter 975, dated March 8, 2021

Efita Newsletter 975, dated March 8, 2021
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EFITA newsletter / 975 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Lavandières de Pont-Aven, de Gauguin


How to decarbonise heavy industry: From quick wins to long-term solutions

23 March 2021 - Webinar
The steel industry is a major contributor to the overall CO2 emissions worldwide, and, therefore, a significant driver of climate change. The sector generated about 2 billion tons of CO2 in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency, which is double the volume of 2000.

In recent years, we have seen many initiatives - from energy efficiency (waste heat recovery) and circular economy initiatives (eg. slag treatment) to hydrogen - to decarbonise industrial processes and economic sectors where reducing carbon emissions is both urgent and hard to achieve. This includes heavy-duty and long-range transport and energy-intensive industrial processes, such as the iron and steel, chemicals, refining and cement industries.

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss the path towards the decarbonisation of the steel and other heavy industries, where the focus should be in the short- and medium-term, and what are the key enablers that we need to put in place.
See events.euractiv.com

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).

Une scène de pêche à la mouette / Fishing for Seagulls
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).

ShaYoFae (Share Your Farming Experience): A Fantastic Mobile App That Helps Farmers Is Built In Delphi

ShaYoFae is a mobile app which aims to help farmers enrich their knowledge and know-how by sharing and comparing their agricultural practices and it is developed in Delphi. According to the developer, “The application makes it possible to share the agricultural operations carried out and compare them with neighboring farmers.

It is a means of supporting and encouraging the evolution of agriculture for the self-sufficiency of the populations, for a reduced impact on the environment, for motivating income for farmers, for the development of agro-industries. food, to make farmers’ practices visible and transparent. The application differs from other tools by a few elements including the fact of sharing and openly comparing agricultural practices without ambitions of traceability or regulatory status. The principle being to change the course of using WhatsApp or Twitter to share technical actions by adding comparison features.”

See embarcadero.com
Contact: Hervé ESCRIOU
E-mail: herve.escriou(a)betadigitis.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Les meules de Paul Gauguin (Collection Courtauld - Londres)


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Smart Machines: AI technology’s impact on Florida’s business sectors

Artificial intelligence hasn’t quite replaced humans, but the technology is making business better.
- Agriculture: Gaps in Groves; Agroview, citrus tree counter
- The Arts: Dali, Resurrected
- Education & Research: Super Partnership, HiPerGator supercomputer upgrade
- Research: COVID, Cancer & Cats, Predictive health care software
- Health Care: AI-Powered Patient Monitoring
- Real Estate/Development: Real Estate Modeling
- Law: Legal AI, Draft responses software
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Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Champ de blé, avec cyprès, de Vincent Van Gogh


There is a Smarter Way to Count Citrus Trees

Yiannis Ampatzidis, a UF/IFAS Assistant Professor of agricultural and biological engineering, and his research team developed and continue to elevate a cloud-based system known as Agroview. The latest test run results show a computerized method that counted 175,977 citrus trees on a commercial citrus farm in Hendry County at nearly 98% accuracy.
See growingproduce.com

'Farms are going to need different kinds of robots', By Bernd Debusmann Jr

On a lush, green patch of rolling farmland in Australia's Queensland, cows are quietly grazing in a scene that is replicated around the world.

A closer inspection, however, would reveal that these particular bovines are a bit more high-tech than normal.

Behind one ear, each carries a device roughly the size of a matchbox - a tamper-proof, solar-powered, satellite-connected smart "tag" that is constantly transmitting real-time data back to the farmer.

"It tells us where the animal is with GPS, and also what condition the animal is in," explains David Smith, the chief executive of Ceres Tag, the Brisbane-based firm behind the technology.
See bbc.com

Connectivity: AGCO RoGator and TerraGator now connected to Solinftec

Joint solution to reduce idle time, increase revenue-generating activities and quality of service to farmers.
See futurefarming.com

Robot tractors: Manufacturers hesitant to sell robot tractors

A farmer who wants to purchase a ready-to-use autonomous tractor has little choice.
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Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Bretonnes au tournant d'une route, 1888, par Paul Gauguin (1848 - 1903)


Intellias / Agriculture Software Development

Intellias empowers established agribusinesses and AgriTech startups with its agriculture software development services to devise innovative ways for farmers to run their operations.

We help our clients create agriculture software that let farmers make data-driven decisions resulting in higher profitability and sustainable business growth.

With this aim, we’ve established a Digital Lab to develop, validate, and scale agricultural software by providing senior engineering teams and technology expertise in precision farming, GPS guidance systems, remote IoT sensing, AI automation, cloud computing, location and mapping services.
See intellias.com

Indoor farming: "Indoor farming tech market worth $ 24.8 billion by 2026"

Aeroponics is considered to be the future of indoor farming technology.
See futurefarming.com

Autonomous vehicles: Horsch developing autonomous agricultural carrier

Horsch is working on a full-scale autonomous vehicle that will undergo field trials this year.
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The future of AI in the EU: possibilities and challenges

How will artificial intelligence (AI) affect EU farmers? Bernard Ader, vice president of Copa-Cogeca, the united voice of European Farmers and Agri-cooperatives, answers our questions.
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Electric tractors: Monarch wins mainstream manufacturer support

Tech start-up Zimeno has attracted new partners and investors, including CNH Industrial.
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Field robots: Sitia launches hybrid autonomous robot for agriculture

Trektor is able to adapt to various types of crops thanks to its variable heigt and wheelbase.
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Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Glaneuses en avant de vieilles meules, de Léon Augustin L'hermitte (1844-1925)


Retrofit kits: Make your tractor autonomous with these 6 retrofit kits

If you want to upgrade an existing machine to autonomous operation you can choose from 6 suppliers.
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Farmers Edge completes $99m Toronto IPO at $700m valuation, shares jump 18% first day, AFN, by Jack Ellis

This is the first IPO for a digital ag company and in general agtech IPOs have been few and far between. Increasing awareness of the power of data on the farm to increase efficiency, curb greenhouse gas emissions and chemical use, and digitize operations has piqued public market interest in digital ag businesses.
See agfundernews.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): La Moisson de Paul Sérusier (1864-1927), Nantes, musée des Beaux-Arts


Why India’s rural development bank invested in an online butcher’s $15m fundraise, AFN, by Jack Ellis

Last month, TenderCuts — an online grocer selling high-end meat and seafood — raised $15 million funding from Mumbai-based private equity firm Paragon Partners and NABVENTURES, the VC arm of India’s state-owned National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD).

According to the Chennai-based startup, India’s consumer market for meat is worth $100 billion; but 95% of that market is “disorganized.” In other words, the vast majority of meat and seafood in India is sold in open-air markets or at streetside stalls – often by farmers and fishermen themselves, or by small-scale ‘mom and pop’ merchants.

While this gives Indian consumers the flexibility to buy specific, ‘never-frozen’ cuts direct from vendors, it also makes the imposition, maintenance, and regulation of robust quality and hygiene standards a difficult proposition.

As India’s middle class expands — and, along with it, the country’s taste for meat — TenderCuts is bringing an alternative option to market, offering guarantees of quality, safety, and convenience in exchange for a higher price point.
See agfundernews.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Trois robustes paysannes (1917)... Ce n'est qu'une image de propagande !


What if USPS delivered local produce in the mail? (source AFN)

Farmers Post would let people sign up for cheap boxes of fresh produce from their local farms and get them delivered to their door.

A year ago, as COVID-19 spread and states asked people to shelter in place, the food system started to fall apart. With restaurants and schools closed, many farmers suddenly had no place to sell their produce and had to throw it out. Simultaneously, overrun grocery stores had empty shelves, and farmers who sold directly to consumers couldn’t keep up with demand. Grocery delivery services were overwhelmed.

Some of the challenges were temporary. But the situation also highlighted problems that existed long before the pandemic. Food waste is common on farms, partly because it isn’t always easy to find a market for excess produce—even though millions of Americans are food insecure and in need of healthful food.

At the World Wildlife Fund’s Market Institute, which looks at market trends and new business opportunities that could impact food systems, the pandemic sparked an idea: What if the U.S. Postal Service delivered boxes of affordable produce from farms to nearby homes?
See fastcompany.com

Brazil’s KPTL invests in poultry management platform Agrisolus, AFN, by Lauren Manning

Brazil is the second-largest poultry producer in the world behind the US, and the top poultry exporter. Brazilian production is only expected to increase in the coming years due to heightened demand from China.

But the industry is lagging behind when it comes to adopting technology to improve operations, according to Renato Ramalho, executive partner and CEO of São Paulo-based VC firm KPTL.

“Agrisolus is the first company providing a complete solution to the entire supply chain – from the slaughterhouse to the poultry farms,” Ramalho told AFN. “There are no other startups here providing this kind of technology.”
See agfundernews.com

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Heroes of Progress: Johannes Gutenberg
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Urine test to detect glyphosate weedkiller is a marketing ‘hoax,’ French farmers say
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Breakthrough research finds keys to a major boost for hybrid wheat breeding
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Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: The Breton Cook, by Paul Serusier


“The decline of rural America” ???

In 2019, Time magazine said that “[t]he disappearance of the small farm will hasten the decline of rural America.” This view is fairly common today but gets a number of big things wrong. Traditional small farms trapped large numbers of Americans in deep poverty, which has been alleviated on a large scale by innovation in modern agriculture. Thanks to agricultural innovation, America’s large modern farms have learned how to grow more while using fewer inputs, helping to enrich farmers and consumers alike.

In part one of his two-part series on modern farming, Robert Paarlberg explores misconceptions about the history of American rural farms and their relationship with wealth and innovation throughout the past century. Part two, coming next week, will delve into the environmental implications of agricultural modernization.
See humanprogress.org

The COVAX facility

Known as “the pharmacy of the developing world”, India is producing huge quantities of the AstraZeneca jab, under the name “Covishield”. This is the number one vaccine sent around the world under the Covax program. It brings vaccines to the EU’s closest neighbours, including Serbia and Ukraine, to name just two.

And strange as it may seem, as the EU is unable to get its AstraZeneca vaccines produced in Belgium, because they go elsewhere, it is planning to import the substitute…  from India.

From an Indian perspective, at a time when the EU is unable to issue reassuring messages to its own population and to the rest of the world, the pharmacy of the developing world could just be in a position to come to the rescue.

The COVAX facility aims to distribute 2 billion doses to 92 poorer subscribing countries, but only by the end of 2021. Estimates suggest it could take up to seven years to vaccinate three-quarters of the world’s estimated 7.8 billion people. The EU and India should join forces to drastically speed up the global roll-out.
See euractiv.com/


Tony Blair: “Si el Reino Unido siguiera en la UE, no se habría dejado arrebatar el control de las vacunas”

El ex primer ministro del Reino Unido celebra que el Partido Laborista británico esté regresando al centro.
El futuro es demasiado complejo como para mantener vivos los rescoldos del Brexit. “Siempre va a haber motivos para señalar desde el Reino Unido que la UE está haciendo mal las cosas, y siempre habrá razones para justificar por qué a los británicos les va peor y que el Brexit fue un error. Vamos a necesitar altura de Estado por parte de los líderes de ambos lados, porque urge la cooperación contra futuras pandemias, contra el cambio climático, o en asuntos como la energía o la defensa. Nuestra relación política, legal o económica puede cambiar, pero no nuestra geografía, nuestra historia o nuestros principios. No podemos seguir jugando de cara a la galería”, señala.
Ver elpais.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory:
Jeune bretonne au bord de la mer, de Paul Gauguin


Tiger Woods joke

On a golf tour in Ireland, Tiger Woods drives his BMW into a petrol station in a remote part of the Irish countryside.

The pump attendant obviously knows nothing about golf, greets him in a typical Irish manner completely unaware of who the golfing pro is.

Top of the mornin’ to yer, sir” says the attendant.

Tiger nods a quick “hello” and bends forward to pick up the nozzle.

As he does so, two tees fall out of his shirt pocket onto the ground.

“What are dose? asks the attendant.

“They’re called tees” replies Tiger.

“Well, what on the god’s earth are dey for?” inquires the Irishman.

“They’re for resting my balls on when I’m driving”, says Tiger.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Les batteurs de blé, de Paul Sérusier


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