Efita Newsletter 990, dated June 24, 2021

Efita Newsletter 990, dated June 24, 2021
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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), June 14, 2021

EFITA newsletter / 990 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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Blagues de janvier – février 2021
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Virus 1
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Histoires drôles de l'oncle Paul (Jamet)
Dernières histoires de Michel Gil-Antoli
Et encore... 
Et celles de mars-avril 2021
Special "Biblical studies" Vraie nouveauté ! New!
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Virus et autres sujets
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Histoires drôles de Georges Larroque
Les dernières histoires de Jean Pinon
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Tout sur le vaccin
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Celles de juin 2021 Vraie nouveauté !

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Michel Portal is a legend in the improvised and creative music in Europe for decades and one of the best bass clarinet players of all time
Hear Michel Portal, my heroe

Farmer Derek parody: ‘I Farm It Like That’

Finally, we get to hear Farmer Derek Klingenberg sing a Cardi B song! OK, maybe this wasn’t the latest ag industry news that we were all expecting, but Cardi B’s charting hit “I Like It” seems like a perfect song for Derek to have his farm fun with.

Derek’s version is “I Farm It Like That,” and he does all of his usual video parody antics — only, this time, he’s sporting an, um, eye-catching, neon green suit. His daughter also makes a fun cameo for one of the verses.

This is a parody you gotta see!
See agdaily.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Cueillette des pois par Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903)


Stop the nostalgia. Now is the best time of all

Upside readers weigh in on when it was best to be alive, plus all the week’s reasons to be hopeful.

“THIS VERY MOMENT,” wrote Utta Hogan, from Ireland. “It’s unique, brand new, has never been here before. How exciting is that!!!”

“I have to say that now is the golden age,” said Sally Johnson from the US, citing longevity, emancipation, maternal mortality rates and other metrics that argue in favour of the current era. “Yes, we have challenges galore … but those challenges spark imagination, creativity, courage and cooperation (if we are smart enough to rise to the occasion).”

Susan Hayes was more dismissive. “What a silly question. The best time to be alive is today, this moment, right now!”

Around half of respondents agreed. You can read more from them in the section below entitled “What we heard”.

See theguardian.com

Igls Forum 2022: 16 th International European Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks (Source: our friend Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schiefer, Intern. Center for Chain and Network Research)

14-18 February 2022 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a small city south of MUNICH at the Northern edge of the Alps.

The Forum is endorsed by EAAE (European Association of Agricultural Economists) as its 180th seminar, by IFAMA (International Food and Agribusiness Management Association) and other scientific associations. The call for papers is enclosed. Abstract submission deadline is October 15, 2021. Abstract submission and pre-registration of participants without presentation interest is through an informal e-mail to mailto:fooddynamics@uni-bonn.de.

It is the objective of the Forum to provide an interdisciplinary and creative discussion environment that generates new ideas for innovative and multidisciplinary research dealing with management, market, consumer, policy, organization, engineering, and related domains. Participation is limited to allow for a fruitful discussion environment. We hope to meet many of you at this annual event for the intensive discussions it is known for.

It is our firm commitment to meet 2022 as planned in Garmisch. However, in case the Pandemic situation will unexpectedly deteriorate again, the conference will be changed to a virtual format as experienced in 2021. Final decision will be made in October 2021. In case a change to a virtual format is necessary, information about change and the fee for the virtual conference will be provided to those who have pre-registered.
See the 16 th International European Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks
See the "International Journal on Food System Dynamics"

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 avion à torpilles / A Torpedo Plane
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).

5 tips to avoid downtime with RTK GPS

GPS is an ingenious piece of technology that allows you to determine your position on earth. If you know where you are and where you want to go, GPS helps with navigation. It is also helpful in tracking, mapping and timing. But if RTK GPS, fails, the fists are clenched. Downtime! And we don’t want that.
See futurefarming.com

Displays: New Hexagon display offers more precision ag solutions

Hexagon equips its new AgrOn Ti10 display with 10.1-inch HD display and high-performance processor.
See futurefarming.com

The price of batteries has declined by 97% in the last three decades

Large reductions in the cost of renewable technologies such as solar and wind have made them cost-competitive with fossil fuels. But to balance these intermittent sources, and electrify our transport systems, we also need low-cost energy storage. Lithium-ion batteries are the most commonly used.

In our latest article we show that lithium-ion batteries have also seen an impressive price reduction — since 1991, prices have fallen by around 97%. Even more promising is that this rate of reduction does not yet appear to be slowing down.

See ourworldindata.org/battery-price-decline


Robotics: Penn Sate develops mushroom picking and trimming robot

The prototype is capable of both picking and trimming mushrooms growing in a shelf system.
See futurefarming.com

Terminals: EasySet-2 in-cab terminal for Amazone ZA-X and ZA-M spreader

EasySet 2 electric control unit enables a constant fertiliser application rate to be maintained.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Ramasseuses d’herbes par Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903)


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Crop health:Simulation tool predicts pests and disease spread in crops

Pest or Pathogen Spread Forecasting Platform (PoPS) developed by North Carolina State University.
See futurefarming.com

Field robots: Virtual field robot contest uses NASA technology

The International Field Robot Event will take place virtually in a robotic simulator environment.
See futurefarming.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Femme avec une brouette par Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903)


Pest control: BASF and Pessl partner in pest recognition and monitoring

Pest recognition and monitoring service for grapes and pome fruit will be available from 2022.
See futurefarming.com

Croptimistic Technology Raises $5.2M in Series A Funding

Since the first year of operations in 2018, Croptimistic has grown to 18 staff across Canada, the U.S., and South Africa.
See precisionag.com

The argument for a carbon price

Without a monetary price on carbon, it is those who have the smallest emissions that suffer the largest costs from climate change. A carbon price, in contrast, means that those who cause the emissions also pay for them.

In this article we make the case that a carbon price is one of the most important policy options we have to achieve a better future.

See ourworldindata.org/carbon-price


Semios Acquires Farm Automation Platform Altrac

Platform enables farmers to monitor and control ag systems required to produce high-value crops from their computer or mobile device.

“Semios’ success is founded in helping farmers manage their risk and optimize yields through data, AI-driven insights and technology,” said Dr. Michael Gilbert, CEO of Semios. “Partnerships are a fundamental part of our strategy and last year we partnered with Altrac to combine the power of our per-acre, in-canopy climate sensors with Altrac’s industry-leading frost fan automation devices to manage the potentially devastating impacts of frost on crops. Our customers were really excited about the results, which motivated us to make this investment in Altrac. We look forward to unlocking more opportunities together.”

Farmers have long struggled to keep up with the growing number of precision agriculture tools available to address critical issues threatening crops. The acquisition of Altrac is a pivotal first step in Semios’ ambitious strategy to consolidate crop management solutions into one, easy-to-use platform. Bringing independent applications into one dashboard with a single login makes them more accessible and beneficial to farmers.
See precisionag.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Femme bêchant par Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903)


Bushel: Helping Grain Move from Paper to Digital

Bushel is an independently owned software company and provider of software technology solutions for growers, grain buyers, ag retailers, protein producers and food companies, headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Founded in 2017, Bushel provides a platform that now powers nearly 2,000 grain facilities across the United States and Canada with real-time business information for their producers. About 60,000 producers use Bushel products and services each month.
See aggateway.org

Defining and Ranking the Five Levels of Ag Data Transparency

Agribusiness Lawyer Todd Janzen, administrator of the Ag Data Transparent certification program, reflects on the state of data use agreements as he identifies five levels of ag data transparency. Learn all five levels, from least transparent to most.
See precisionagalliance.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Femme cousant par Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903)


Australia Plans First Completely Hands-Free Robot Farm

Robots and AI could help close the labor gap, literally doing the jobs people used to do.

The idea: Robots and AI could help close the labor gap, literally doing the jobs people used to do. The tech could also help farmers optimize their operations, allowing them to produce as much food as possible on their land. “It won’t be too many years before technology will take farmers out of the field and immerse them in the world of robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence,” Richard Norton, CEO of the Food Agility research center, predicted in a press release.
See precisionag.com

Potato Companies Seek to Improve Sustainable Quality through Traceability, by Conny Graumans, AgGateway Europe Regional Director

Large potato processors, such as McCain and Lamb Weston, want to learn about the performance of specific potato varieties grown and stored under different conditions: different soil types, the application of different fertilizers and crop protection products, irrigation practices, etc.
See aggateway.org

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): Femme et enfant au puit par Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903)


FarmQA Adds Map Layers to Expand Suite of Digital Tools for Agronomists

Crop advisors and growers gain timely advice via advanced visualizations.

FarmQA, an ag tech company that builds digital tools for agronomists, has announced the general availability of map layers for the FarmQA suite.

The map layers feature provides advanced spatial layer visualizations within FarmQA. This capability allows users to easily import spatial data layers generated from other precision ag tools, such as Planet satellite imagery, into FarmQA. Once imported, the visualizations can be viewed with the FarmQA web or mobile app, equipping agronomists and soil consultants with more of the data they need to diagnose challenges and problems.
See precisionag.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Femme gardant une vache par Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903)


Sentera closes $25m Series C round to scale its digital platform for agronomists, AFN, by Lauren Manning

Sentera today announced a $25 million Series C financing co-led by Canadian pension fund manager Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and US agrifoodtech VC S2G Ventures.

Also joining the round were new investors Baltimore-based Akroyd LLC and Mexico City-based KuE Capital, as well as existing investors Continental Grain Company, iSelect Fund, and Middleland Capital, all from the US.

“We were at an inflection point where we historically had been an imagery-based analytics software platform. Our desire was to broaden that and bring other sources of agronomic data into our platform,” CEO Eric Taipale tells AFN.

“If we are going to be able to afford that and execute that strategy, we had to do a raise. The timing was perfect for us.”

The Minneapolis-based startup supplies integrated remote sensing, analytics, and IoT solutions to agronomists through a subscription-based service. It claims that its technology makes it easier for users to integrate field data, as well as data from satellites, drones, and soil and weather sensors, with a variety of different digital ag platforms – including those used by 80% of growing operations across North America.

See agfundernews.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory:
Femme lavant une casserole par Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903)


Move over leafy greens: Seedo Corp is cultivating saffron indoors, AFN, by Lauren Manning

Often said to be more valuable than gold, saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world. Comprising the dried stigma and styles of the Crocus sativus flower, it can sell at over $500 per ounce at times – while the global saffron market was valued at $881.7 million in 2019. There’s a black market for fake saffron, too, where spice hustlers attempt to pass off everything from corn silk threads to coconut filaments as the real deal.

Part of what makes saffron so pricey is the intensive labor required to cultivate and harvest it, as well as the plant’s pickiness about where it will grow. Typically, it only flowers once a year, making for longer turnaround times.
See agfundernews.com

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Swedish seaweed startup Volta Greentech raises $2m to grow low-emissions livestock feed, AFN, by Lauren Manning

Whether due to its sustainability credentials or its ability to regulate methane emissions, algae is often heralded as a way of mitigating the environmental impacts of cattle farming by using it in feed.

Sweden’s Volta Greentech believes that it has cracked the seaweed supplement question thanks to a special variety of the green stuff.

“The specific strain that we’re using has never been commercially produced before. Now the science is there and a lot of animal-based trials from around the world have shown that it works,” CEO and co-founder Fredrik Åkerman tells AFN.

Volta Greentech licenses its technology from Australia’s national R&D agency, CSIRO, which has shown that macroalgae in the Asparagopsis genus is effective in reducing cattle methane emissions by as much as 80% when incorporated into the animals’ feed.
See agfundernews.com

Legality of homosexuality / number of countries, 1791–2019

“New genomic techniques”: where is Europe going? By Marcel Kuntz
See europeanscientist.com

7 steps for effective harvest management of oilseed rape

After a cool spring with variable crop development, warm weather means we can finally start to look ahead to harvest. Managing oilseed rape ripening with glyphosate is a valuable tool to plan harvest operations and control weeds ahead of autumn.
>>> Pick the rate according to weed spectrum to choose rate
Use higher rates when perennial weeds needs to be controlled:
> Desiccation + perennial weeds: 1440g/ha glyphosate
> Desiccation + annual weed control: 1080 g/ha
A medium–coarse spray produces coarse the right size droplets for good canopy penetration. In thicker crops, higher water volumes of 200l/ha can improve coverage.
See farmersguide.co.uk

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Gardeuse de Vache, Cote des Grouettes, Pontoise, 1882 par Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903)


USDA Releases 90-Day Progress Report on Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry

With the right tools and partnerships, American agriculture and forestry can lead the world in solutions that will increase climate resilience, sequester carbon, enhance agricultural productivity, and maintain critical environmental benefits,” said Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. “At this pivotal time, President Biden has called upon USDA to develop a strategy for climate smart agriculture and forestry as part of a whole-of-government effort to addressing the climate crisis. Central to USDA’s approach is the concept that to be effective, whatever we do must work for farmers, ranchers, and landowners.”
See usda.gov

Top 10 ways to get future generations interested in FFA (Future Farmers of America)

The only way to ensure the future of agriculture is not found in the latest technology, but rather by sparking an interest in agriculture in the minds of upcoming generations. The National FFA Organization is one of the many organizations that is dedicated to doing just that.

With more than 760,000 FFA members in over 8,700 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, the National FFA Organization is the largest student-led organization in the nation. However, in order for the agriculture industry to continue to grow, the next generation with a passion for agriculture also needs to grow.

A great way to ensure that growth is to spark an interest in our industry at a young age. Who better to do that than FFA members who have found their passion for agriculture?

1. Petting zoo
2. Read a book
3. Day on the Farm
4. After-school tutoring
5. Advocate for a middle-school program
6. Ag in the classroom
7. Farm safety days
8. Make a meal
9. Visit a local farm
10. Be involved in career day
See agdaily.com

Are GMOs Making You Sick? 26 Years Later, The Answer Is Still 'No' | American Council on Science and Health
See acsh.org

If I Wanted to Shill, I Could (But Not How You Think) - The Farmer's Daughter USA
See thefarmersdaughterusa.com


Against Environmental Anti-Humanism, by Marian L. Tupy

On April 25, British Vogue published an article titled “Is Having a Baby in 2021 Pure Environ­mental Vandalism?”
This isn't a new question.
Radical environmentalists have wanted to limit population growth for decades, and their ideas date back centuries.
What’s needed to address current and future problems are freedom, brainpower, and rational optimism, not hysteria, fatalism, and anti-human nihilism.
See humanprogress.org

US to give ransomware hacks similar priority as terrorism

[World] The US Department of Justice is elevating investigations of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack and mounting damage caused by cyber criminals, a senior department official told Reuters. Internal guidance...
See euractiv.com

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Jardin potager à L'Hermitage, 1879


You know you're a Floridian if... (Humor about Florida and Floridans)

Socks are only for bowling.

You never use an umbrella because the rain will be over in five minutes.

A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.

Your winter coat is made of denim.

You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.

You're younger than thirty but some of your Friends are over 65.

Anything under 70 degrees is chilly.

You've driven through Yeehaw Junction.

You know that no other grocery store can Compare to Publix.

Every other house in your neighborhood had blue roofs in 2004-2005. You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn't worth waking up for.

You dread love bug season.

You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren't Hurricane Charley or Hurricane Frances. You know them as Andrew, Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Wilma...Irene...Cheryl...Rita, Mary… Alison

You know what a snowbird is and when they'll leave.

You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average.

'Down South' means Key West.

Flip-flops are everyday wear. Shoes are for business meetings, church, but you HAVE worn flip flops to church before.

You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt.

You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.

A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.

You know the four seasons really are: Hurricane season, love bug season, tourist season and summer.

You've hosted a hurricane party.

You understand why it's better to have a friend with a boat, than have a boat yourself.

You were 25 when you first met someone who couldn't swim.

You've worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas and New Years.

You recognize Miami-Dade as ' Northern Cuba .'

You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee, Thonotosassa, Micanopy and Withlacoochee

You not only forward this but you understand it.

Map of Florida

Finally, a true map of Florida that explains this weird, but wonderful state. Those of you who live in Florida will recognize it, and those who don't have been warned!!!


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