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EFITA newsletter / 994 - 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: The Water Carriers, by Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839 - 1924)
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Our World in Data: The total number of vaccine doses administered worldwide surpassed 3 billions
The rate of vaccination has also accelerated substantially — the first half a billion doses took 107 days to administer, while the most recent half a billion were administered in the last 13 days.
Despite this increased pace, less than 1% of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose, compared to more than 45% in high-income countries.
DataConnect Is Now Available Globally Across Six Major Digital Platforms
The collaboration between CNH Industrial, John Deere, CLAAS, and 365FarmNet enables farms to view their vehicles within a single digital platform.
DataConnect, the global initiative to enable viewing mixed-brand fleets in a single platform, is now live with an expanded line of six major digital platforms and available to farm operations around the world. Case IH, STEYR, and New Holland now join John Deere, CLAAS, and the European farm management platform 365FarmNet, which launched the feature late last fall.
4 Steps in the Decision Processes of Digital Farming, by Michael R. Collins, President, Advantage Development
Contributing writer Michael Collins makes sense of the decision processes required in digital farming.
Digital farming is about exercising a digital twin that models a continuum of the growth of a crop/variety; the digital twin is the chronology of cultivation decision points in agriculture. Chronology is the science of arranging events in their order of occurrence. Also, cultivation is the act of growing something or improving its growth, especially crops.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: The Distracted Water Carrier, by Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839 - 1924)
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2021 Mid-Year AgTech Venture Capital Investment Round Up
Here is a breakout of how much venture capital was raised in each AgTech sector.
Bosch, BASF Smart Farming Joint Venture Gets Global Green Light
Smart Spraying intelligence delivers precise weed identification and management.
USDA, FCC, and NTIA Announce Interagency Agreement to Coordinate Broadband Funding Deployment
Broadband Integrity Coordination Act prompted Agency leaders to improve information sharing to best deploy federal broadband funds.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: The Water Carriers, by Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839 - 1924)
Drones: Check out the application drone catalogue
It wasn’t so long ago you could buy any spray drone you wanted – provided it came from China. But in the past few years, as rules regulating aerial applications are being introduced in more countries, that dominance is dwindling, and domestic manufacturers are introducing locally designed and built drones. That is why Future Farming has put together the world’s first application drone catalogue.
Data management: Steyr S-Fleet for machinery monitoring and data management
Steyr’s tractor ranges can now be equipped with S-Fleet telematics. This allows for instant, automatic transfer of fleet and farm data and is to simplify farm management.
John Deere shows platooning electric robot tractors swarm
John Deere is stepping up its developments and vision on the future of farming with a video of a concept for a platooning swarm of fully electric and autonomous agricultural machines.
See futurefarmng.com (Watch the video!)
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: The Water Carrier, by Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839 - 1924)
After overtaking Alibaba, ag marketplace Pinduoduo is focusing on foodtech to hit profitability, AFN, by Jack Ellis
The secret to Pinduoduo‘s gargantuan growth since it launched just six years ago?
It has always been in the right place at the right time, Xinyi Lim tells AFN.
“We were founded in 2015, when a lot of people thought China’s e-commerce landscape was more or less settled with Alibaba and JD,” says Lim, who is Pinduoduo’s executive director for sustainability and agricultural impact.
“But we set out to do something different. We realised that agrifood was this blue ocean space. It was not well served by the incumbents, but everybody buys fresh produce – and the Chinese buyer in particular buys with high frequency and high volume. So we decided, ‘let’s sell something everybody needs.'”
Expert Opinion: Manufacturers eager to take over tech companies
It appears that agricultural equipment and tractor manufacturers are gearing up to meet increasing demand for electric drive and autonomous systems over the next decade.
Agrando raises $14m in Europe’s biggest farmer marketplace Series A to date, AFN, by Jack Ellis
Today, Agrando aims to connect various stakeholders in the ag value chain — including farmers, ag retailers, and suppliers — using “technically optimized trading processes, data-based analyses, and trade-specific, personal advice” to help them “make better decisions and become more profitable,” Bernwieser says.
The Munich-based startup has close to 20,000 farmers registered on its platform, with around 1,000 new members singing up each month. It claims to offer the largest selection of ag inputs across Europe’s German-speaking countries, and expanded into France earlier this year.
Autosteer: New Topcon guidance receivers and correction services
Topcon Agriculture announces new manual guidance and autosteering receivers – the AGM-1 and AGS-2 – and new Topnet Live cellular, satellite and bridging correction services: Realpoint, Starpoint, and Skybridge.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: Early Morning on the Oise river, by Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839 - 1924)
We already have the blueprint to prevent the next pandemic – and it’s on our farms, AFN, by guest contributor: Carel du Marchie Sarvaas
Carel du Marchie Sarvaas is executive director at HealthforAnimals, a nonprofit NGO representing the global animal health industry based in Brussels, Belgium. The views expressed in this guest article marking World Zoonoses Day are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of AFN.
Finally, modern diagnostic technologies — including cutting-edge analysis tools driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning — have helped prevent cases of illness from becoming an outbreak, an epidemic, or a pandemic, by effectively identifying and treating illnesses and diseases early, before they become uncontrollable.
Drones: American Robotics and FAA to advance BVLOS drone operations
American Robotics will work with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to advance Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) drone operations.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory (?????): The Water Carriers, by Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839 - 1924)
Agro.Club raises $5m Series A to expand overseas, grow fintech offering, AFN, by Lauren Manning
The New York-based, Europe-focused startup links key players in the global agricultural value chain including growers, crop buyers, food companies, and input suppliers through a digital ecosystem that is geared towards helping its members to do business more efficiently.
Suppliers offering seeds, crop inputs, and animal nutrition products among other things use the platform to manage their sales and marketing campaigns.
As digital agribusiness marketplaces extend their reach, many are diversifying by adding new services like fintech. Agro.Club founder and CEO Egor Kirin points out that it’s important to scale smartly.
Satellite imagery startup Satellogic to go public via SPAC valuing the company at $850M, TechCrunch, by Darrell Etherington (source AFN)
The space SPAC frenzy might have died down, but it isn’t over: Earth observation startup Satellogic is the latest to go public via a merger with CF Acquisition Corp. V, a special purpose acquisition company set up by Cantor Fitzgerald.
Satellogic already has 17 satellites in orbit, and aims to scale its constellation to over 300 satellites to provide sub-meter resolution imaging of the Earth updated on a daily frequency.
P&P Optica gets Series B funding to bring hyperspectral imaging to the meat industry, AFN, by Lauren Manning
The Waterloo, Ontario-based company’s Smart Imaging System uses hyperspectral imaging to gather data on every item that it inspects. It can assess quality-related metrics like fat-to-lean ratio in bacon and sausage, or tenderness of steaks – as well as identifying muscle myopathies like ‘woody breast‘ in chicken. And by examining chemical signatures it can identify contaminants that existing methods like x-rays and metal detectors are prone to miss.
These allow users to see inside of food, but the x-ray can’t pick up density information from an object. The general rule in the industry is that if something can float in water, it’s unlikely that an x-ray will be able to detect it, according to Pawluczyk. This means that certain types of bones, and items made from most plastics, cardboard, wood, and rubber — things that are always very present in food processing plants — are not detectable by x-rays.
Metal detectors are also commonly used to identify things like shavings from augers, but only certain types of metals can be identified. This means that human inspectors have to screen for these contaminants.
Data management: DataConnect expands with Case IH, Steyr and New Holland
DataConnect, the global initiative to enable viewing mixed-brand fleets in a single platform, is now live with an expanded line of six major digital platforms and available to farm operations around the world. Case IH, Steyr and New Holland now join John Deere, Claas and the European farm management platform 365FarmNet, which launched the feature late last fall.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: A halt, by Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839 - 1924)
Food Science Babe: Food shaming is not ‘just an opinion’, by Food Science Babe
Food shaming under the guise of “just sharing my opinion” is an issue that is rampant across many social media platforms.
I came across a TikTok video a few weeks ago from a personal trainer falsely claiming that Premier Protein drinks are “bad” and “unhealthy.” There was no other explanation in the video other than “these ingredients are bad, therefore you should not consume this product.” Oftentimes, when these people get pushback on their inaccurate posts, the standard response is that it’s merely an opinion and they’ll have to “agree to disagree.”
This is problematic for so many reasons.
A New Model for the Biodiesel Market
On December 30, 2020, the Brazilian National Biodiesel Production Program (CNPE) issued Resolution #14 with guidelines to implement a new market environment for biodiesel trade, which should replace the current biodiesel public auctions. The National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) announced that the new model would allow biodiesel producers and distributors to settle over-the-counter (OTC) contracts to guarantee 80 percent of biodiesel supply for a two months period. ANP reported that imported biodiesel would be allowed in the country as of January 2023. ANP has also been working on a custody chain approach, which will likely include a mass balance method to overcome some of the obstacles faced by biodiesel and corn-ethanol producers to get certified under Brazil's National Biofuels Policy (Renovabio).
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: A Moment's Rest, 1881, by Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839 - 1924)
Social evolutions (1): The New York mayor’s race offers national lessons for Democrats. Are they willing to listen? By David Leonhardt
>>> The Squad’s image
Much of the recent political energy in the Democratic Party has come from solid liberals. They are active on social media and in protest movements like the anti-Trump resistance. They played major roles in the presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, as well as the rise of “The Squad,” the six proudly progressive House members who include Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
All six of those House members, notably, are people of color, as are many prominent progressive activists. That has fed a perception among some Democrats that the party’s left flank is disproportionately Black, Hispanic and Asian American.
But the opposite is true, as the Pew data makes clear.
Black, Hispanic and Asian American voters are to the right of white Democrats on many issues. Many voters of color are skeptical of immigration and free trade. They favor border security, as well as some abortion restrictions. They are worried about crime and oppose cuts to police funding. They are religious.
Just consider the name that Pew chose for the most conservative of the nine classifications that still leans Democratic: Devout and Diverse.
Social evolutions (2): Britain's generational divide is ever starker, which is a headache for the left, by Owen Jones
That younger people increasingly stridently assert their values and challenge the cultural norms of an establishment dominated by older Britons has led to moral panic. Talk of “snowflakes”, “woke” intolerance and “cancel culture” reflects a fear, and sometimes loathing, of younger Britons: a sense that they threaten to trash the established order, that their repudiation of intolerant attitudes towards minorities amounts to a Stalinist purge of public life. Even though most newspapers reflect the sensibilities of conservative older voters, any concessions to the moral outlooks or social demands of younger Britons – however superficial – cause terror among an insecure old order. It is hard to not to interpret the establishment of GB News – whose chairman has complained that “the direction of news debate in Britain is increasingly woke” – as an attempt to build higher walls to stave off the rising tide of a younger generation.
These represent divisions on the left, too: polling that shows young Labour voters would decisively prefer Jeremy Corbyn to Keir Starmer as Labour leader, unlike their older peers, is hardly unsurprising. This septuagenarian and his politics always had greater appeal among a disenfranchised youth. Starmerism is, in part, a reassertion of the dominance of Generation X – far more wedded to Blairite-style Third Way politics – in Labour’s electoral coalition.
All of this represents a serious challenge for progressive politics. Older, white, affluent Britons are of course the most likely to vote, and the Conservatives are keen to rig the electoral system further in their favour. Can any Labour leader successfully peel off enough economically secure, socially conservative older voters without alienating their younger supporters in order to build an electoral coalition? That question remains unanswered. But as the response to Meghan underlines, a seismic rift has opened up between the generations: it is only likely to widen further.
USA: Share of U.S. Federal Revenue from Different Tax Sources (Individual, Payroll, and Corporate) 1950 – 2010 (source Wikipedia)
USA: Relationship between a state’s Covid death rate over the past week and its overall vaccination rate (source NYT)
Die TAZ, der Skandal und die flexible Moral
Heute will ich mal ein wenig Journalisten-Bashing machen. Anlass ist ein Artikel der TAZ, in der sich ein Journalist der TAZ darüber aufregt, dass die Vorwürfe gegen die Kanzlerkandidatin der Grünen eine “gezielte Infantilisierung” sei.
Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory: High Tide, Étretat, by Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839 - 1924)
In Brussels, the Manneken-Pis is fed up! (Do not miss it!)
This got me to relax … not new, but always funny … the Manneken-Pis in Brussels is getting fed up with all these tourists!
A police officer stops a car going 75 when the speed limit is 65. The officer asks the man driving if he realizes he was speeding.
The man replies, "Look right there -- that sign says the speed limit is 75."
The officer explains that that's the highway number, not the speed limit. As he says this, he looks in the back of the car and sees an elderly woman breathing very heavily.
The officer asks her if she's O.K., and she says, "Yes, we just got off of Highway 155."
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