Efita Newsletter 984, dated May 03, 2021

Efita Newsletter 984, dated May 03, 2021
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EFITA newsletter / 985 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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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.

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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.
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Contacts: Ehud GELB and Gilad RAVID
E-mail : ehud.gelb(a)mail.huji.ac.il

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Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Le bucheron de Vincent Van Gogh, d'après JF Millet, Saint-Rémy: February 1890 (Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum)


AgGateway is a global, non-profit organization whose members develop standards and other resources so that companies can rapidly access information

The result:
- Cost savings from more efficient business processes
- Inventory management/traceability
- Interoperability in field operations
- Ability to leverage data to increase profitability and sustainability.
- No other group is doing what AgGateway does: 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

Show us your application drones!

Do you design and build or convert Agriculture Drones/UAVs for applying sprays or fertiliser? Show it to us and we’ll put it in front of Future Farming’s global farming audience.
See futurefarming.com

Autonomous tractors: Autonomous tractors at work for Church Brothers Farms

Bear Flag Robotics equipped Church Brothers Farms with self-driving tractor tech. How does it work?
See futurefarming.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 orchestre sans musicien / A Well-Trained Orchestra
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).

Investments: Global investment in agrifoodtech surged to $22.3 billion

Finistere Ventures expects 2021 to dwarf 2020 numbers as capital continues to flood into agtech.
See futurefarming.com

Apply less, expect more

Since 1999, WEED-IT is the most accurate, fastest and most easy to use weed detection and elimination technology available. By spraying only weeds, it helps you save up to 90% on chemical costs!
WEED-IT works! For you!

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Peasant Watering Her Cow, ca. 1863, by Jean-François Millet (French, 1814–1875), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


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Machinery prices: Machinery prices skyrocket due to parts scarcity

While the demand for new tractors and machinery is high, production is hindered by parts scarcity.
See futurefarming.com

Autonomous vehicles: Horsch autonomous tool carrier plants first corn

Since the end of April, Horsch's autonomous machine has been at work in the field.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: La moisson de Charles-François Daubigny - Musée d'Orsay - Paris - France


Online ag marketplaces: An entry point for farmers into the tech ecosystem, AFN, by guest contributor: Dmytro Lennyi

As internet connections spread further into rural areas and smart devices penetrate the world’s largest agricultural markets, more opportunities to use technology for the benefit of farmers are being unlocked. According to BlueWeave Consulting, the total value of the global digital farming market is expected to reach $10.2 billion by 2025.

With the right combination of solutions, farmers can optimize their daily operations and increase yields more or less hands-free. But are they ready to accept and use these technologies?

Most farmers aren’t aware of the benefits of these types of technologies – so the challenge for agritech companies is not only improvement of existing solutions, but helping farmers learn how to use them. After visiting one of the world’s leading trade fairs for agricultural innovations, Agritechnica, I got an idea for how the agritech industry could change.
See agfundernews.com/

Share of global plastic waste emitted to the ocean, 2019 (per continent)
See ourworldindata.org


8 startups reshaping the global food system, AFN Sponsored Post

When things got tough in 2020, innovators got going. And investors noticed.

Agrifoodtech innovation and investing had a breakout year last year, raking in more than $30 billion. Early-stage ventures did particularly well: dollars committed was up 10% and deal count was up 15% from 2019.

Showcasing the range of agrifoodtech innovators who toiled away in spite of the pandemic (and even started their businesses amid a global lockdown), eight startups will present their products and ideas at F&A Next’s virtual summit on May 26.  Their solutions, which address food waste, remote sensing, new sources of nutrients and proteins, and more, exemplify the creativity and ingenuity that has global investors eager to place their bets on the agrifoodtech sector at large.

Here’s a sneak peak at who they are.
See agfundernews.com/

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Peasants digging for potatoes, a donkey seen beyond by Jean-François Millet



UK-based PlanetWatchers uses synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to monitor and analyze planting operations, cover crops, acreage, crop classification and large-scale weather events throughout the agriculture sector’s crop cycle. “PlanetWatchers SAR analysis provides fast and accurate insight that cannot be achieved through the use of optical data,” explains PlanetWatchers CEO Dominic Edmunds.

The company says that unlike other forms of remote sensing, its SAR imagery can be captured in any weather conditions, night and day, and is suitable for large scale monitoring.
See planetwatchers.com

SAIA Agrobotics

The Netherlands is known worldwide for its high-tech greenhouses. (How else does such a small country become the second largest exporter of fresh food?) Netherlands-based SAIA Agrobotics is working to help growers accelerate the adoption of indoor farming by providing harvesting and crop handling services for greenhouse users.

“Quality labour in fresh food production is globally increasingly hard to come by,” says SAIA CEO Ruud Barth. “This is becoming a bottleneck to meeting the rising [food] demand from a growing middle class and population.”
See saia-agrobotics.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Glaneuses, 1857, de JF Millet


Aspiring Universe Launches FarmScreen for Ag Investors

Aspiring Universe has announced it has applied its breakthrough remote sensing technology to create unique and rigorous insights for cropland investors. Driven by proprietary models reading data streams from 20+ satellites and leveraging historical ground and aerial data, the product offers unprecedented accuracy at scale. Until now, the diligence process for land purchases has relied on in-person on-site verification, limited historical records, and customized drone or airplane flights. These analyses are time-consuming and not directly comparable across properties, limiting the number of opportunities that can be reasonably and efficiently screened.

Aspiring Universe has solved these problems by creating a 20-year daily database at 100-foot resolution for every plot of farmland across the globe. The company integrates multiple remote sensing data layers, and uses biophysical-based process models, combined with artificial intelligence and supercomputing, to efficiently assess crop performance, water availability, management practices, nutrient use, and carbon retention.
See precisionag.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): The Diggers, 1889, by Vincent Van Gogh


The Rise of Real-Time Data

New precision technologies, techniques, and tools are shifting farmers’ agronomic expectations from year-over-year improvement toward an in-season, just-in-time approach.
Things are already moving fast, but there’s a lot more potential coming down the pike. Increased adoption of the current technologies will lead to smarter, faster machines. Eller says patience will be key.

“Last year, we started working with drones that are using artificial intelligence to find crop disease and identify nutrient deficiencies; I was really impressed with what we were able to do,” he says, noting that he’s also particularly excited about how this information can be used with autonomous sprayers and tillage equipment.

“I’m already looking ahead and starting to work toward those goals today,” Eller says. “Patience isn’t my big thing, but I’m trying to do it patiently because those things will be coming out in the near future.”

See precisionag.com

Share of global plastic waste emitted to the ocean, 2019
See ourworldindata.org


How Computer Vision Is Fast Becoming the Backbone of Next-Generation Agronomy

Visual sensors and computer vision will be crucial to help the entire industry meet the food demands of a growing global population, by Raviv Itzhaky, CTO / Prospera Technologie

Computer vision has experienced a real boom. Insights gathered through data from drones, satellites, and planes gather data from the sky. Equipment-mounted sensors are able to measure changes in plant characteristics or soil parameters with optical reflectance sensing. LiDAR sensors are now able to measure the structure of plants in 3D.

Beyond helping agronomists with data, computer vision is also at the core of enabling autonomous machines in the field, helping machinery react to situations on the field or even detect obstacles. Technology even enables us to react to hyper-accurate location data from satellite imagery, which is able to bring centimeter-level detail. With all this technology at our disposal, are human eyeballs even needed?
See precisionag.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory:
La Fileuse, 1889, par Vincent Van Gogh d'après JF Millet


Valmont to Acquire AI Company Prospera Technologies

Creates the largest global, vertically-integrated artificial intelligence (AI) company in agriculture.

Valmont Industries, Inc. has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Prospera Technologies Inc., a leading privately-held Israeli-based AI company, focused on ML and CV in agriculture. The transaction, valued at approximately $300 million, is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021.
See precisionag.com

Share of mismanaged plastic waste, 2019
See ourworldindata.org


BlockApps and AWS Collaborate to Accelerate TraceHarvest Network Scalability and Customer Success

BlockApps, an enterprise blockchain platform provider, has announced the expansion of the TraceHarvest network with Amazon Web Services (AWS). BlockApps’ TraceHarvest blockchain solution will leverage AWS to provide TraceHarvest’s agribusiness customers fast, flexible access to the cloud.

TraceHarvest allows customers to track and trace the full lifecycle of agricultural products starting at the seed source using blockchain. BlockApps began working with AWS on TraceHarvest in late 2020 and is already expanding services and capabilities utilizing AWS’s cloud and technology services.

Leveraging the speed and elasticity of AWS, BlockApps will accelerate its customers’ journeys to more streamlined, sustainable supply chains. BlockApps will support customers across the agriculture industry to create a healthier, transparent, and more inclusive food system. Specifically, AWS will support TraceHarvest customers in their adoption of cloud services, bring technical and industry expertise to the TraceHarvest community, and co-invest in building tools to automate the customer on-boarding process to TraceHarvest, allowing customers to accelerate realization of seed and crop insights.
See precisionag.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory:
Enclosed Field with Ploughman, 1889, by Vincent Van Gogh


5 Ag Tech Trends to Watch in 2021

It’s going to be a busy year in precision and agriculture technology. Here’s our take on the biggest drivers, and what’s moving them.
See precisionag.com

BovINE network

Beef farmers across Europe have been engaged with the BovINE network over the past year via national and international meetings, supported by exchanges with its national Network Managers (NMs), to express and share their needs for information, tools, and practical guidance to help secure sustainable improvements in their practice and business operations.

The result is the selection of eight new Priority Topics for BovINE to concentrate on during 2021, two for each of the four project thematic areas - Socio-economic Resilience, Animal Health & Welfare, Production Efficiency & Meat Quality and Environmental Sustainability. The four Technical Working Groups (TWGs) of the project – one for each of the Themes – led by researchers from leading agricultural research institutions will be supported by expert groups and NMs from Farmer Associations to identify existing literature, policy and practice recommendations, validated visual material, and on-farm good practices to produce solutions to these farmer-led grass roots needs.
See bovine-eu.net
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Will glyphosate price continue to rise? - Dialogue with suppliers and buyers, By Christina Xie and Erwin Xue

Recently, the price of glyphosate has continued to soar and it remains in short supply, having aroused lively discussions within the industry. The price of glyphosate technical rose from Yuan22,000 per ton in August 2020 to Yuan36,500 per ton currently, an increase of 66% over 10 months.

AgroPages was asked by many customers to offer news on glyphosate and whether its price will continue to rise going forward. Concerning glyphosate's price rise and short supply, we communicated with suppliers and buyers. Based on this, we would like to provide industry players with some references to support their judgement on glyphosate’s price trend, as well as its supply and demand situation.
See news.agropages.com

Here’s What’s So Funny About the Regenerative-Agriculture Trend

Everyone is so excited about regenerative agriculture. The term is a little amorphous, but its focus is soil health. If we can improve soil health, we can grow higher-yielding crops, reduce inputs like fertilizer and pesticides, and sequester carbon. So practices like no-till, cover crops, and crop rotation are emphasized to build healthy soils.

None of that is particularly ground breaking. Farmers understand that soil health is key to maximizing yields and profits. And soil health has become almost an obsession over the past 15 years or so. Even in our own family, my brother regularly researches and studies the latest methods of restoring depleted soils (some of our farmland grew fruit, which is particularly hard on the soil).

The public’s fascination with regenerative agriculture is relatively new. But many people seem to think it’s a way to “fix” agriculture (even though there’s nothing to fix). Companies are making million-dollar investments. We’re seeing labels popping up for brands implementing the trend. And influencers are embracing and heralding this “new” perspective as game changing. Even UDSA’s Secretary Tom Vilsack is pushing a shift to regenerative agriculture.
See thefarmersdaughterusa.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory:
Lieuse de gerbes par JF Millet


What the data says (and doesn’t say) about crime in the United States, by John Gramlich

In 20 of 24 Gallup surveys conducted since 1993, at least 60% of U.S. adults have said there is more crime nationally than there was the year before, despite the generally downward trend in national violent and property crime rates during most of that period.

While perceptions of rising crime at the national level are common, fewer Americans believe crime is up in their own communities.

Germany pledges to become carbon-neutral by 2045, by Nikolaus Kurmayer

Germany pledges to become carbon-neutral by 2045. Germany has announced plans to become carbon neutral by 2045, in a landmark shift in climate policy driven by a recent constitutional court ruling demanding better-defined emissions targets after 2030.
See euractiv.com


Women, Business and the Law: Safeguarding Women’s Economic Opportunity in Times of Crisis

No economy can grow to its full potential unless both women and men participate fully. As half the world’s population, women have an equal role in driving economic growth. Yet despite recent progress, women around the globe continue to face laws and regulations that restrict their economic opportunity. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges to their health, safety, and economic security.

The World Bank has stepped up its support to countries as they tackle the unprecedented threats posed by the COVID-19 crisis and is paying special attention to the pandemic's different impact on men and women. By using the findings of the new Women, Business and the Law 2021 study, this event will discuss what can be done to improve women’s economic opportunities and empower them in the world of work and at home, especially in the context of the global pandemic.
See wbl.worldbank.org

humanprogress.org : Episode 23 of our Heroes of Progress video series features Willis Carrier, the father of modern air conditioning.

In 1902, Carrier designed the first air conditioning unit, and by the 1950s, his invention had spread around the world.

Thanks to Carrier's work, humans in hot climates are healthier, more comfortable, and much more productive.

See full article about Willis Carrier
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humanprogress.org : Virginia Apgar for her Apgar Score (Heroes of Progress / Ep. 22)

Our Hero of Progress is Virginia Apgar, an American anesthesiologist and medical researcher who created a test that is used to quickly assess the health of new-born babies and to determine whether infants need immediate neonatal medical care. The test, which is named the ‘Apgar Score’ continues to be used as a standard practice across the world and it is credited with saving the lives of millions of babies since 1952.
See vidéo

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Bergères assises à l'ombre par Jean-François Millet


The (loving) Jewish mothers’ joke

Three Jewish mothers are sitting on a bench, arguing over which one’s son loves her the most.

The first one says, “You know, my son sends me flowers every Shabbos.”

“You call that love?” says the second mother. “My son calls me every day!”

“That’s nothing,” says the third woman.

“My son is in therapy five days a week. And the whole time, he talks about me!”

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Paysage estival avec paysan au travail par Simon van Gelderen



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