Efita Newsletter 982, dated April 19, 2021

Efita Newsletter 982, dated April 19, 2021
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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 19 April, 2021

EFITA newsletter / 982 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Do not miss the Virus Jokes in English and French

Blagues de janvier – février 2021
Coronavirus 1 
Coronavirus 3
Ant joke

Virus 1
Virus 3
Virus 5 
Histoires drôles de l'oncle Paul (Jamet)
Dernières histoires de Michel Gil-Antoli
Et encore... 

Coronavirus 2
Coronavirus 4
Virus et autres sujets
Virus 2
Virus 4
Virus 6
Histoires drôles de Georges Larroque
Les dernières histoires de Jean Pinon
Et encore, encore Avec des nouveautés
Tout sur le vaccin Nouveauté

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Birds can dance!

Phenomenal colourful Birds performing a wonderful Walz by Johann Strauss
The most amazing dancing birds’ performance you will ever see!
Contact : Georges LARROQUE
Mél : larroque.georges(a)orange.fr

FT Coronavirus tracker: the latest figures as countries fight the Covid-19 resurgence | Free to read

Total excess deaths since 100 confimed cases in the country

See FT

Brazil +28%
Russia +27%
UK +20%
Poland +20%
US +19%
Spain +19%
Portugal +18%
Belgium +16%
Sweden +14%
Switzerland +14%
Israel +11%
France +10%
Germany +4%



Inside the Notre-Dame Paris cathedral today - restauration work in progress to be finalized in 2024


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

Dionysis BOCHTIS
E-mail: d.bochtis(a)certh.gr


May 2021 EFITA Web conference participants: questionnaire about ICT in Agriculture (distributed since the 1997 Efita Conference)

The 2021 replies with the earlier collated insights will enable finalising our 25 years questionnaire overview - planned to be presented at the EFITA  2022 conference.
See Questionnaire
Contacts: Ehud GELB and Gilad RAVID
E-mail : ehud.gelb(a)mail.huji.ac.il

13th European Conference on Precision Agriculture (ECPA) Conference invitation

19-22 July 2021 - BUDAPEST
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 13th European Conference on Precision Agriculture (ECPA) to be held on 19-22 July 2021 in Budapest, Hungary, under the auspices of the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture.

The theme of the Conference is the adoption of innovative precision agriculture technologies and solutions.

The Conference will be organised in a hybrid form: on-site and online parallel.

The conference program includes 116 high-level papers and 60 posters.
See here the draft program of the Event

We are very proud to announce that all of our keynote speakers accepted our invitation and will give us a high-standard talk in-person or online. You can check our website to learn more about our keynote speakers.

The second day of the Conference is a Technical Tour, where our participants will gain insight into precision agriculture technology solutions adopted and applied on the field through the example of a large Hungarian farming company, KEVE Zrt. The technical tour begins in the outskirts of Baracska, near Budapest (the capital city), where the technologies of the hosting company are presented through various stations.

We would like to give you an update about the Covid situation in Hungary. The number of vaccinated people will reach 2.5 million this week, which is more than 25% of the whole population and it is much higher than the general EU rate. The vaccination is at full speed everywhere in the country, so we hope to welcome our participants in a safe and “healthy” venue.

Registration is open to all who are interested in Precision Agriculture.
ECPA 2021 registration – ECPA 2021

For up-to-date information please check our website
ECPA 2021 – European Conference on Precision Agriculture 2021

Finally, we would like to encourage all of you to come to Budapest and let your colleagues and the society know about this event.

We are looking forward to meeting you at the first hybrid ECPA Conference.

13th ECPA Organizing Committee

Contact: Dr. Milics GÁBOR
E-mail: ecpa2021(a)ecpa2021.hu

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IOF2020 would like to thank you for your attendance and contributions

The Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020) project came to an end on 31 March 2021. Hence, we celebrated its legacy with a final digital event, gathering partners, experts and members of the European institutions. The event addressed three main aspects, which are relevant for the project and the agricultural sector alike: state of the art technology, lessons learned during the project’s research, self-sustaining ecosystems of research and innovation alongside policy recommendations for the digitalisation of agriculture.
See iof2020.eu

ADAS proud to sponsor 2021 British Farming Awards

ADAS is proud to announce we are sponsoring the Agri-tech Innovator of the Year award at the 2021 British Farming Awards.
This category recognises pioneering farmers who utilise technology and precision data to improve efficiency. We want to shine a light on the farming leaders in agri-tech - those who are key enablers of sustainable food production and are driving net-zero carbon emissions in farming.
See britishfarmingawards.co.uk

Enter the British Farming Awards!

Have you pioneered a tech solution to improve farming practices or know someone who has?
Entries are open now for all award categories until 25 June 2021!
See britishfarmingawards.co.uk

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: La meule, 1826, Charles-François Daubigny - Musée de Pontoise


Research on soil moisture aims to improve irrigation models

Irrigated agriculture is the planet's largest consumer of freshwater and ultimately produces more than 40 percent of food worldwide. Yet the exact amounts of water actually being used in irrigation remains largely unknown.
See newaginternational.com

Raven Industries acquires intellectual property portfolio of Jaybridge Robotics

Raven Industries, Inc. has purchased all of the intellectual property and patents of Jaybridge Robotics, an early developer of automated agriculture technology.
See newaginternational.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).

Un tailleur moderne / A Tailor of the Latest Fashion
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).

Knowledge is Power in Precision Farming

Yield Editor is downloadable software that provides more reliable and defensible yield maps. ARS’s Scott Drummond and Ken Sudduth designed Yield Editor for their research projects, but as other researchers and early precision farming adopters saw the importance of the tool, they released the first edition of the software to the public in 2003.

Farmers have downloaded Yield Editor more than 12,000 times, with ever-increasing monthly totals, Drummond said. The software runs on any Microsoft Windows machine.

“Yield Editor was created to help remove common systematic errors from yield data,” Drummond said. “It’s typically used when working with data collected from the combine’s yield monitor system. While it is primarily a tool for grain crops, some folks have used it for cotton harvest, silage harvest, and a few other similar tasks.”
See tellus.ars.usda.gov

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: La petite cuisinière, par Pierre Edouard Frère (1819 – 1886, FR)


How did we the future yesterday??

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FAO: New ebook “Farm data management, sharing and services for agriculture development” is now published

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has developed in partnership with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) and the Pan African Farmers Organization (PAFO) the ebook on Farm data management, sharing and services for agriculture development. The publication aims to strengthen the skills of professionals who use, manage data for the benefit of farmers and farmers organizations by exposing them to the topics of importance of data in the agriculture value chain. The book also wants to explain how new and existing technologies, products and services can leverage farm level and global data to improve yield, reduce loss, add value and increase profitability and resilience.
The areas covered in this book include the value and the different types of data, services, and applications; data sharing information and the using of data principles; the strategies related to farmer profiling and how and where to find open data; how to expose data with some basics of licensing, copyright, and database rights. The publication raises awareness about data on and for farmers as well as the products and services that have become a growth area, driving expectations and investments including e-extension, precision agriculture and digital financial services.
See aims.fao.org

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: La vache rouge, 1889, par Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)


17 Most Important Crop Farm Machines and Implements for Big Farms, by Theresah Kankam

Machines make very difficult tasks much easier. The case is not different for crop farm machines and implements. Crop farm machines and implements are used to make easier farm activities from land preparation, through planting to harvesting and even sorting of produce. Mechanization is not very common amongst the majority small-holder farmer population. However, with […]
See nobowa.com

"More autonomous performance with less sensor costs"

Trimble and VayaVision aim to bring advanced perception technology to the agriculture market. Together, the companies will optimise path planning, obstacle avoidance and situational awareness for autonomous vehicles.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Paysannes bretonnes, 1894, par Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Musée d'Orsay


WeLASER robot to kill weeds using a powerful laser

The EU-funded project WeLASER is developing an autonomous field robot that kills weeds using a powerful laser.
See futurefarming.com

Faster grape virus detection

Canada’s wine industry pushing to implement more effective virus-testing tool.
See futurefarming.com

AppHarvest acquires robotics and AI company Root AI

AppHarvest sees the data that Root AI's harvesting robot Virgo gathers as game-changing.
See futurefarming.com

App creates fertiliser prescriptions for different cultures
AdubaTec app tells Brazilian growers how much fertiliser to use and is to serve as a database for soil maps.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Fenaison en Bretagne par Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)


New investment to accelerate robotic harvesting

Fieldwork Robotics has secured € 780,000 to bring its raspberry harvesting robot to the market.
See futurefarming.com

India and United States collaborate on AI in agriculture

The United States allows India to use its AI technology in order to increase foodgrain production.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): The sower by G. Myasoedov


This startup says its new laser-armed weeding robot is already sold out for 2021, AFN, by Lauren Manning

Autonomous robotics company Carbon Robotics today debuted its third-generation weeding robot which combines AI and laser technology to take care of one of farmers’ least-favorite jobs.

“After meeting with a bunch of farmers and talking about their costs and biggest struggles with automation, weed control really kept popping up,” the startup’s founder and CEO Paul Mikesell tells AFN.

“So, we built an autonomous robot that drives itself and uses computer vision to kill weeds with a really high-powered laser.”

A single robot can weed up to 16 acres per day, replacing several hand-weeding crews, according to the Seattle-based startup. Each one weighs about 10,000 pounds and is the size of a medium tractor, using a hydraulic diesel system for power.
See agfundernews.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Récolte de pommes de terre à Barbizon, par Max Liebermann (allemand, 1847 - 1935)


Future Farmers of America

No organization celebrates the next generation in agriculture quite like the FFA does. This organization, long called the Future Farmers of America, today focuses on young people throughout agriculture its and related industries, helping them to develop leadership and career skills, as well as nurturing an individual’s personal growth.

There are 8,630 local chapters across the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Those local chapters work with more than 760,000 members ages 12 to 21, while FFA also offers opportunities at the state and national levels. Though recognized in formal settings by their blue corduroy jackets (and the emblem on it), FFA members come from all walks of life and have a variety of aspirations and goals.
See agdaily.com

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Farm Babe: Life unfolds in unexpected ways, by Michelle Miller, Farm Babe

Michelle Miller, the Farm Babe, is a farmer, public speaker and writer who has worked for years with row crops, beef cattle, and sheep. She believes education is key in bridging the gap between farmers and consumers.
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Earth Optimism

The Smithsonian Conservation Common’s Earth Optimism initiative is changing the conservation narrative from one that focuses on problems and perils to highlighting impactful solutions. By celebrating what’s working in conservation we seek to inspire action and move the global community from a sense of loss to one of hope and finding solutions to save our planet.

Earth Optimism engages millions through social media, workshops, webinars, and our annual Summit. Partnerships and scientific collaboration also allow us to change how science is communicated.

We encourage you to join the #EarthOptimism movement and help us move the conservation conversation forward. Together we can make a lasting impact.
See conservationcommons.si.edu

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory:
Dans le champ, 1890, par Max Liebermann (allemand, 1847 - 1935)


The Green Brief: Europe’s anti-nuclear madness, by Frédéric Simon and Kira Taylor

The European Commission’s in-house scientific body, the Joint Research Centre, released its much-awaited report on nuclear power on Friday 2 April, just before the Easter break.

Its conclusions were clear: nuclear power is a safe, low-carbon energy source comparable to wind and hydropower, and as such, it qualifies for a green investment label under the EU’s green finance taxonomy.

All clear for a nuclear renaissance in Europe, then? No. First, the fundamental issues with nuclear remain. Europe’s ageing fleet of nuclear plants needs to be replaced, but with renewables now clearly winning the race for the cheapest kilowatt-hour on the market, governments are reasonably turning to wind and solar as a more affordable source of low-carbon electricity.

In France, Britain and Finland, construction of next generation EPR nuclear reactors have experienced years of delays and ballooning costs, making nuclear unattractive for governments seeking a quick clean energy fix. And the safe disposal of nuclear waste remains a nagging and costly issue for the industry.
See euractiv.com


Mauro Guillén: “Whoever wants to see the future of the world has to travel to Africa”

Economic prospects trials are almost a genre unto themselves. These are, in many cases, futurology treatises in which the probability is less remote. Others, however, have expectations more anchored to reality and not to distant probabilities. That is the case of 2030: traveling towards the end of the world as we know it (Deusto), in which Mauro Guillén (León, 1964), professor at the Wharton business school (Pennsylvania, USA) and as of September dean of the Cambridge Judge Business School (UK), tries to show that not only the economist lives with groundbreaking forecasts and that it is possible to draw a credible projection for 10 years. By then, he says, there will be more grandparents than grandchildren, more industrial robots than traditional workers, more computers than human brains, more sensors than organic eyes, and more currency than states.
See pledgetimes.com

I el mismo en español…

Mauro Guillén: “Quien quiera ver el futuro del mundo tiene que viajar a África”

El profesor en Wharton avisa de los cambios que transformarán el mundo en una década: habrá más abuelos que nietos, más robots que obreros y más divisas que Estados
Ver elpais.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: La récolte des pommes de terre, 1907, Lucien Simon (1861-1945), Musée des beaux arts de Quimper


Short jokes

The waiter joke (Jewish joke, that could be a French one)

A group of five Jewish women are eating lunch in a busy cafe.

Nervously, their waiter approaches the table.

“Ladies,” he says. “Is anything okay?”

The Perfect Son

A: I have the perfect son.

B: Does he smoke?

A: No, he doesn't.

B: Does he drink whiskey?

A: No, he doesn't.

B: Does he ever come home late?

A: No, he doesn't.

B: I guess you really do have the perfect son. How old is he?

A: He will be six months old next Wednesday.

The dancer

Girl: You would be a good dancer except for two things.

Boy: What are the two things?

Girl: Your feet.


A: Just look at that young person with the short hair and blue jeans. Is it a boy or a girl?

B: It's a girl. She's my daughter.

A: Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I didn't know that you were her father.

B: I'm not. I'm her mother.

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Staging Post, by Lucien Simon (1861–1945), Glasgow Museums Resource Centre


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