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									Paris, 5 January 2004

EFITA newsletter / 141 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Happy New Year!

ACTA Informatique newsletter (in French) > 20000 subscribers
The weekly newsletter edited by ACTA Informatique has now more than 20000
subscribers. We started this newsletter in 1997 within the framework of the
EU project called AGRIMMEDIA, that ended in 2000.
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN

Wanted: Information about e-Commerce in Agriculture
Do you have an idea about the increase of farm input ordered through the
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN

The improved WAICENT Portal gives users access to over two hundred selected
sites across 15 agricultural and development categories. Clicking on a site
link takes the user to a page showing sub-categories where the search can
be narrowed using Google.
Contact: Anton MANGSTL (GILD)

Library and Documentation Systems Division (GIL)
The Library and Documentation Systems Division (GIL) Web site is covering
the main activities of the Division and offering up-to-date information on
GIL-related news and events. The site contains links to the Division's main
areas of work.

Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK)
This is a partnership-based e-learning initiative to provide continuous
capacity building and on-the-job training for agricultural information
management professionals.

Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA)
Students, researchers and academics in some of the world's poorest
countries will gain free or low-cost access to a wealth of scientific
literature under a new initiative announced this year by FAO and a range of
public and private sector partners.

FAO Country Profiles and Mapping Information System
The FAO Country Profiles and Mapping Information System is a pioneering
information retrieval tool which groups the organization's vast archive of
information on its global activities in agriculture and development in a
single area and catalogues it exclusively by country.

Bridging the Rural Digital Divide
FAO recognises that knowledge and access to information are essential for
combating hunger and poverty effectively. Bridging the Rural Digital Divide
was the main message the Organization presented at this year's World Summit
on the Information Society held in Geneva 10-12 December 2003. FAO and its
partners are working to bridge the rural digital divide by strengthening
human and institutional capacities to harness information and knowledge
more effectively.

Consultation on Agricultural Information Management (COAIM)
The Consultation on Agricultural Information Management (COAIM) is a
biennial intergovernmental process for FAO´s member countries to discuss
and set policies related to management of and access to agricultural

Online presentations of Akuter e-learning tools
Contact: Didier BOURGEOT

(After) Christmas Story
The teacher, Mrs. Jones, decided to ask her students how they celebrated

She called first on young Patrick Murphy.
"Tell me, Patrick, what do you do at Christmas time?"

Patrick addressed the class: "Me and my twelve brothers and sisters go to
midnight Mass and we sing hymns. Then we come home very late and eat mince
pies and hang up our stockings. Then we go to bed and wait for Father
Christmas to come with all our toys.

"Very nice, Patrick", said Mrs Jones "Now, Jimmy Brown, what do you do at

"Me and my sister also go to church with Mum and Dad, and we sing carols.
When we get home, we put cookies and milk by the chimney and hang up our
stockings. We hardly sleep waiting for Santa Claus to bring our toys".

"That's also very nice, Jimmy", she said.

Realizing that there was a Jewish boy in the class and not wanting to leave
him out of the discussion, she decided to ask him the same question.

"Now, Isaac Cohen, what do you do at Christmas?"
"Well, we also sing carols", Isaac responded.

Surprised, Mrs. Jones questioned further.
"Tell us what you sing".
"Well, it's the same thing every year. Dad comes home from the office. We
all pile into the Rolls Royce and drive to his toy factory. When we get
inside, we look at all the empty shelves and sing:
"What a friend we have in Jesus".
Then we all go to the Bahamas!!
Contact: Mick HARKIN
Paris, 12 January 2004

EFITA newsletter / 142 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Swiss precision!
In Switzerland there were in 2001, 68784 farmers, whose 48148 were fulltime
In 2003, on the basis of 300 interviews, we observed that 63% had a PC and
47% were connected to the Internet.
Contact: Jakob BRÄNDLI

10 December 2003, Rome/Geneva -- The information revolution has completely
bypassed nearly one billion people, creating a digital divide that hinders
development, FAO warned
On the opening day of the first ever Global Summit on the Information
Society, in Geneva, the Organization said that most of the estimated one
billion people who have not benefited from the transformation of global
information systems were the rural poor, many of whom survive on less than
a dollar a day.
"There is a rural digital divide that needs to be addressed. It is
imperative that the World Summit on the Information Society focuses on the
needs of the world's poor living in rural areas," said Anton Mangstl,
Director of FAO's Library and Documentation Systems Division.
"More than three quarters of the poorest people on the planet, those who
have been left behind by the information transformation, are directly or
indirectly involved in agriculture," he added.
Bridging the rural digital divide has become a priority for FAO, and will
be the main message the Organization will be taking to this year's Summit
to be held in Geneva 10-12 December 2003.
The World Summit on the Information Society will bring together Heads of
State, UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and civil
society, the private sector and the media.
The Summit aims to foster a clear statement of political will and a
concrete plan of action to shape the future of the global information
society and to promote urgently needed access for all countries to the
information, knowledge and communication technologies needed for
According to FAO experts, the digital divide excludes countries and
specific populations, above all rural people, from vital knowledge and
information on agriculture, forestry, fisheries, nutrition and other
aspects of rural development.
Such exclusion is a major constraint to the achievement of the goal of
halving the number of the undernourished in the world by the year 2015.
FAO and its partners are working to bridge the rural digital divide by
strengthening human and institutional capacities to harness information and
knowledge more effectively.
FAO recognises that knowledge and access to information are essential for
combating hunger and poverty effectively.
For these activities to be realized, the poor must play an active role in
the process.
The World Summit on the Information Society was held in two phases: Geneva
(10-12 December 2003) and Tunisia (16-18 November 2005).
Contacts: Stephanie HOLMES, Charlotte MASIELLO,
CIGR 2004 Conference
11-14 October, 2004 - Beijing
Call for paper: The deadlines for paper submission are:
- April 1, 2004: Submission of abstracts
- April 15, 2004: Notification of acceptance, instructions for authors.
- June 15, 2004: Full manuscript due.
- Aug. 15, 2004: Detailed Programmer available on the Internet.

> Session I: Land and Water Management: Decision Tools and Practice
Chairman: Prof. Luis Santos Pereira, President elected of CIGR, University
of Lisbon, Portugal
1. Water Saving and Water Productivity Models, data, and model validation
and calibration
- Modelling irrigation systems
-Information tools for irrigation scheduling and delivery scheduling
2. Land Use Planning and Management
-RS, GPS, and monitoring
-Information systems and GIS tools
-DSS for land use planning
3. Soil Erosion and Conservation
-Models and data gathering
-Planning for extreme events
-Maintenance and modernization of soil conservation structures
4. Water Conservation and Soil Management
-Soil physical properties and data bases
-Soil tillage and land forming
-Water harvesting
5. Salinity, Water Treatment and Reuse, and Contamination Control
-Monitoring to avoid land degradation and water contamination
-Modeling salinity and contamination dynamics
-Tools and practices for reuse of drainage and waste water

> Session II: Bioproducts Processing and Food Safety
Chairman: Prof. Da-Wen Sun Chair of CIGR Section VI, National University of
Ireland, Dublin
1. Physical Properties
2. Sensors and Sensing Technology
3. Process Modelling, Simulation and Control
4. Thermal Processing, Chilling and Freezing
5. Dehydration Processes
6. Separation Processes
7. Preservation and Storage
8. Packaging
9. Emerging Processing Technologies
10. Product Quality and Safety
11. Biotechnology
12. Waste Treatment and Management
13. Processing Equipment

> Session III: Information Technology for Agriculture
Prof. Maohua Wang, Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering; Honorary
President of CSAE and CSAM
Prof. Nick Sigrimis, Chairman, CIGR section VII, Agricultural University of
Athens, Greece
Prof. Hashimoto, Honorary Chairs & Founding members of CIGR Section VII,
President of the Japanese Society for Agricultural Informatics
1. Strategic issues related to the research, use, deployment, and adoption
of IT in agriculture.
2. Information technology in agriculture, food production, resource and
environmental management.
3. Spatial information technology (GPS, GIS, RS) for agriculture; precision
agriculture and precision livestock farming.
4. Advanced sensing technology, instrumentation, robotics and automation
systems for agriculture.
5. Biosensors & bioinformatics.
6. Information technology for food quality, safety, and traceability.
7. Machine vision and spectroscopy.
8. Modelling and simulation of agricultural & biosysytems
9. Expert systems, decision-support systems, and applied software
development for agriculture.
10. Communications, networking, and wireless technologies.
11. Web-based technology and information services for agriculture.

> Session IV: Conservation tillage and Sustainable Small Farming
Chairman: Prof. Gao Huanwen, Head of Center For Conservation Tillage
Research - CAU
1. Conservation Tillage of Past, Present and Future
2. Conservation Tillage Technologies for Small Scale Farming in Developing
3. The Impacts of Conservation Tillage on Soil Properties
4. The Changes and Control Strategies of Weeds, Insects, Diseases under
Conservation Tillage
5. Small and Middle Size Conservation Tillage Implement
6. The Effects of Conservation Tillage To Reduce Dust Storm and Crop Field
7. The Economic, Biologic and Social Benefits of Conservation Tillage
8. Conservation Tillage Experiment, Demonstration and Extension
9. The Development Strategies of Small Scale Farming in Developing
10. The Engineering Technologies for Small Scale Farming
11. The Sustainability of Small Scale Farming in Economy, Ecology and

> Session V: Modern Agricultural Equipment and Facilities
Chairman: Prof. Zhihuai Mao, China Agricultural University, China
1. Innovative farm machinery and equipment
2. Automation and autonomous technology for field machinery
3. Harvesting technology and harvest equipment
4. Greenhouse equipment and automation
5. Advances in tractive and transportation
6. Agricultural dynamic systems
7. Education in modern agricultural equipment and facilities

> Forum: ABE Discipline and Education Development Strategy


Contact: Maohua WANG

Classical swine fever: New test approved

10 million euro for a new EU Programme to promote biological and genetic

Internationale Grüne Woche
16.-25 January 2004, Berlin

The three little pigs - revisited
This is a true story, indicating how fascinating the mind of a six year old
is. They think so logically... Read on!
A teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs to her class.
She came to the part of the story where the first pig was trying to gather
the building materials for his home.
She read:
...and so the pig went up to the man with the wheelbarrow full of straw and
- Pardon me sir, but may I have some of that straw to build my house?"
The teacher paused... then asked the class:
- And what do you think the man said?"
One little boy raised his hand and said very matter-of-factly:
- I think the man would have said: Well, f*** me! A talking pig! The
teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes.
Contact: Mick HARKIN
Paris, 19 January 2004

EFITA newsletter / 143 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

The first picture of Mars by our reporter Mick Harkin
See: http://www.acta-

Postponement of the AFITA/WCCA2004 deadlines
The organizing committee of AFITA/WCCA2004 has decided to postpone the dead
line for the abstract submission to February 10, 2004.
Subject areas of interest include but are not limited to:
1. Rural development
2. Adoption and extension
3. Agricultural risk management and farm management, IPM
4. Decision support system and modelling
5. E-Ag-Business and production chain management
6. Information resource and databases
7. Grid and web services
8. Field data acquisition and recording
9. GIS, remote sensing and precision agriculture
10. Food safety, food security, traceability, and quality management
11. Education and distance learning
12. Digital library/knowledge representation and library science
13. Water management
14. Multi-lingual services
15. Aquatic resource management
16. Bio-information
17. Environmental control
18. BOFs.
Contact: Seishi NINOMIYA
Contact: G. SCHIEFER

Nineteenth COLUMA Conference -International Meeting on Weed Control
8 - 10 December 2004 - Dijon - France
Call for offered papers

ICT indicators of 15 EU and USA and Japan
Information provided by Laura LORENZO

Land Parcel Identification Systems in the frame of Regulation (EC)
1593/2000 to be implemented by 1 January 2005

Goemar finds in the sea the answers we are searching for on earth

La fiera meccanica permamente - promozione ALTO TRAFFICO

Recognition and assessment of acute and chronic animal pain

Portal de Cooperación de España y FAO
Contact: Francisco López

Tecnología para la agricultura
Contact: Francisco López

PROGIS newsletter

PROGIS - WinGIS test-version

PROGIS - AGROffice demo-movie

Who are you ?
From your e-mail addresses, I have an idea about your origin…

Country   Number   Country   Number
am        2        Ir        1
ar        3        It        279
at        25       Jp        34
au        12       Kr        1
be        56       Lt        11
bf        1        Lu        1
bg        6        Lv        7
br        197      Md        6
ca        10       Mt        5
ch        15       Mu        1
cl        2        Na        1
cn        2        Ne        1
com       304      Net       51
coop      1        Nl        70
cr        2        No        10
cy        3        Nz        12
cz        41       Org       86
de        200      Ph        1
dk        71       Pk        2
edu       63       Pl        24
ee      17        Pt       45
eg      2         Ro       28
es      189       Ru       4
fi      17        Se       64
fo      1         Si       12
fr      215       Sk       7
ge      2         Sn       1
gov     6         Th       3
gr      126       Tr       5
hk      1         Ua       2
hr      2         Uk       123
hu      123       Us       1
id      1         Uy       1
ie      35        Vn       1
il      16        Ws       1
in      4         Yu       1
info    2         Za       4
int     43        Zm       1
                  Total    2726

The Smiths were unable to conceive children and decided to use a surrogate
father to start their family. On the day the proxy father was to arrive,
Mr. Smith kissed his wife and said "I'm off. The man should be here soon".
Half an hour later, just by chance, a door to door baby photographer rang
the doorbell, hoping to make a sale.
- "Good morning madam. I've come to...".
- "Oh, no need to explain. I've been expecting you," Mrs. Smith cut in
- "Really?" the photographer asked. "Well, good! I've made a specialty of
- "Thats what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have a seat".
After a moment she asked, embarrassed, "Well, where do we start?"
- "Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub, one on the
couch and perhaps a couple in the bed. Sometimes the living room floor is
fun too--you can really spread out!"
- "Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it didn't work for Harry and I".
- "Well Madam none of us can guarantee a good one every times. But if we
try several different positions and I shoot from six or seven angles, I'm
sure you will be pleased with the results."
- "My, that's a lot of......" gasped Mrs. Smith.
- "Madam, in my line of work, a man must take his time. I'd love to be in
and out in five minutes, but you'd be disappointed with that, I'm sure".
- "Don't I know it," Mrs. Smith said quietly
The photographer opened his briefcase and pulled out a portfolio of his
baby pictures. "This was done on top of a bus".
- "Oh, my God!!: Mrs. Smith exclaimed, tugging at her handkercheif.
- "And these twins turned out exceptionally well--when you consider the
fact that their mother was so difficult to work with."
- "She was difficult?" asked Mrs. Smith
- "Yes, I'm afraid so. I finally had to take her to the park to get the job
done right. People were crowding around four and five deep, pushing to get
a good look."
- "Four and five deep?" asked Mrs. Smith, eyes widened in amazement.
- "Yes" the photographer said "and for more than three hours, too. The
mother was constantly squealing and yelling and I could hardly concentrate.
Then darkness approached and I began to rush my shots. Finally, when the
squirrels began nibbling on my equipment, I just packed it all in."
Mrs. Smith leaned forward, "you mean they actually chewed on your um ....
- "That's right. Well madam, if you are ready, I'll set up my tripod so
that we can get to work."
- "Tripod?????"
- "Oh yes, I have to use the tripod to rest my Canon on. It's much too big
for me to hold very long. Madam? Madam? --Good Lord, she's fainted!"
Contact: Anne GOUYON
Paris, 26 January 2004

EFITA newsletter / 144 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

New Ag International Conference
17-19 March 2004 – Roma
Contact : Jean-Pierre LEYMONIE

10th International Conference: Information Systems at Agricultural,
Forestry and Rural Areas - enlargement of EU (Call for papers)
20–21 April 2004, Seč u Chrudimi, Czech Republic
Please, send your abstracts matching to one of down stated topics by means
of on-line interface at address:
the latest till 29th February.

You will be noticed by program committee about receiving your paper not
later than 15 March. The final paper will be demand till 31 March.
Topics for 2004 year:
>>> Enlargement of EU – opportunities and experiences
- Impact of Enlargement of Europe on Czech foresters and farmers
- Bridging digital divide in forestry and agricultural field
- Structural founds for foresters and farmers
- Eu research for rural regions
>>> ICT technology for rural areas
- Broadband
- Mobil systems
- Location based services
- Open source technology
- Web technology
>>> IACS, traceability, precision farming
- Control systems in Agriculture and Forestry
- Food safety and traceability
- Precision farming
>>> E-rural
- E-work and e-business in rural regions
- New tools in rural development
- Tourism in rural areas
- Culture heritage as part of European Identity
- Distance learning and its roll in rural development
>>> Application ICT for agricultural and forestry
- Information systems for management
- Web technologies for business
- Open source solution for Czech foresters and farmers
- Geographic information system for foresters and farmers
- Remote sensing in forestry and agriculture
Contact: Karel CHARVAT

7th International Symposium on Modelling in Fruit Research and Orchard
20-24 June 2004 - Copenhagen - Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
Contact: Dr. Peter BRAUN

Canada (2001)
Have a PC : 39,4%
Are connected to the Internet: 27,8%
Contact: René LACROIX

International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS)
The objectives of the IUSS are to foster all branches of the soil sciences
and their applications, and to give support to soil scientists in the
pursuit of their activities.
Contact: Hans VAN BAREN

Marketing and business strategy consulting services
Contact: David THELWALL

The cow is always right
This site contains information about dairy related issues relevant to
producers, advisors and interested persons around the world:
- a large library of information
- a discussion area
- a number of handy tools and calculators
There is a quick and easy login and verification process to view the entire
Contact: Chanda LINDSAY

Animal disease control: EU Council adopts ear tagging for sheep and goats

Farm benchmark in Bavaria

ANNOUNCED - January 27, 2004, Event Will Explore the Use of Satellite
Technologies in Serving the Communications Needs of Rural America
> Making The Rural Connection: FCC Rural Satellite Forum will be webcast
live and archived for later viewing. The sessions will be recorded and made
available for later viewing. Access to and additional information
concerning the webcast is available at:

> Washington, D.C. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has
released the agenda and final details for the Rural Satellite Forum,
“Making the Rural Connection” to be held at the Commission on January 27,
2004. The forum is part of ongoing FCC efforts intended to explore various
technologies being used to serve the communications needs of rural America.
The all-day event, which is open to the public, will be held at the FCC
headquarters building, 445 12 th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. starting at
10:00 am and ending at 3:45 pm. The FCC Chairman and Commissioners will
participate in different programming sessions during the day. Exhibits and
demonstrations will be open from 9:00 am until 4:45 pm. The agenda and list
of participants is attached.
The forum will feature satellite-based communications systems serving rural
areas of the United States. It will include four panels of experts and
providers as well as demonstrations and exhibits. The event will highlight
specific consumer applications:
- Education and Telemedicine;
- Public Safety;
- Farming and USDA Funding; and
- Internet and Mass Media Entertainment.
Satellite technology holds tremendous potential as an effective solution
for many parts of the nation, especially rural and remote areas. This forum
is designed to explore that potential by educating the public and users
about the availability of services, the development of new and innovative
service and economic approaches to serving the communications needs of
rural America. It will include company representatives, government
officials and users.
> AGENDA - Tuesday January 27, 2004 - Federal Communications Commission -
445 12 th Street SW, Washington, DC

- 10:00 am Opening Session and Satellite Overview
- 11:00 am Distance Learning and Telemedicine
Satellites can deliver medical and educational services in any remote area
where Americans need them. Service providers will describe satellite-based,
life-saving telemedicine services; satellite-delivered Head Start programs
in Native American tribal communities; and distance learning applications
that merge computing, communications, content, teacher/user training, and
comprehensive 24/7 virtual support.
- 12:00 pm Public Safety
Public safety communications can be made available in virtually any
location in America by satellite. Service providers will describe
interoperable services that combine mobile satellite communications with
terrestrial links to lone workers in isolated locations; and mobile
telephone support of firefighters and other first responders.
- 12:45 pm: Lunch Break
- 02:00 pm Farming and US Department of Agriculture Funding
Satellites work wherever Americans work. Farmers and craftsmen laboring on
even the most distant farmland can market their products via satellite and
the Internet. Cutting-edge satellite technology is enabling precision
mapping of farm yields, precise application of fertilizer and seeds, and
even automatic guidance of farm vehicles. In addition, America’s top
commercial farms can connect to their suppliers, dealers and commodity end
users through two-way broadband satellite network systems. The Rural
Utilities Service administers USDA grant and loan funding for satellite-
based services in rural America.
- 03:00 pm Information, Internet and Mass Media Entertainment
Satellites provide advanced broadband Internet service and entertainment
media in rural America that matches service available in cities and
- 03:45 PM Closing Remarks

> Rural satellite forum showcase
The following organizations will be providing displays in rooms TW-A402,
TW-B445B&C; and TW-C438-468 from 9:00 AM until 4:45 PM:
- @Contact
- EchoStar Dish Network
- GlobalStar
- Hughes Network Systems
- Inmarsat
- Institute for Telecommunications, Oklahoma State University
- Panhandle Area Education Consortium, Florida
- Rainbow DBS VOOM
- Sirius Satellite Radio
- Starband
- SkyWay USA
- Telenor
- Vox2 Healthcare
- XM Satellite Radio
Contact: Douglas Webbink, Mark Young,
Information provided by Bernard P AUXENFANS

Hard of hearing?
An elderly gentleman of 85 feared his wife was getting hard of hearing. So
one day he called her doctor to make an appointment to have her hearing
checked. The Doctor made an appointment for a hearing test in two weeks,
and meanwhile there's a simple informal test the husband could do to give
the doctor some idea of the state of her problem.

"Here's what you do," said the doctor, "start out about 40 feet away from
her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If
not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response."

That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he's in the
living room. He says to himself, "I'm about 40 feet away, let's see what

Then in a normal tone he asks, 'Honey, what's for supper?" No response.

So the husband moved to the other end of the room, about 30 feet from his
wife and repeats, "Honey, what's for supper?" Still no response.

Next he moves into the dining room where he is about 20 feet from his wife
and asks, "Honey, what's for supper?" Again he gets no response.

So he walks up to the kitchen door, only 10 feet away. "Honey, what's for
supper?" Again there is no response.

So he walks right up behind her. "Honey, what's for supper?"

"Damn it Earl, for the fifth time, CHICKEN!"

Contact: Mick HARKIN
Paris, 2 February 2004

EFITA newsletter / 145 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Wanted: Information for this newsletter
Please do not hesitate to send me information to keep this newsletter
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN

Numbers of farmers with PC and Internet connection

                                  Number of
                  Estimation                     Have a PC    Are connected*
Finland          2003                          76%            62%
France           2003           320,000 (FT)   50%            22%
Germany          2003                          55%            45%
New Zealand      2000                          61%            48%
Norway           2003           55,000         75%            62%
Sweden           2003           71,000         74%            60%
Switzerland      2001           48,000 (FT)    63%            47%
UK               2001                          60%            26%
Canada           2001                          40%            30%
USA              2001           2,165,000      55%            43%
*      % of total n° of farms
FT     Full time

7th International Symposium on Modelling in Fruit Research and Orchard
20-24 June 2004 - Copenhagen - Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
Contact: Dr. Peter Braun

Third International Workshop on Smart Sensors in Livestock Monitoring
Linked to the AgEng 2004 conference)
10-11 September 2004, Leuven, Belgium
Contact: Erik LENAERTS

ISITA Workshop 2003 "Identification of the obstacles to IT uptake on farms
and the strategic way forward”
See: ("Papers")
Contact: Mick HARKIN

GM crop farm-scale evaluations
Foodtrace Concerted Action Programme

Crop Protection Monthly - new content additions to the website
We have now also made the electronic editions of Crop Protection Monthly
from January 1997 to December 1999 freely accessible on the website, adding
to the 2000-2002 archives which are already there. We will not be adding
any editions prior to 1997 to the site.
Crop Protection Monthly is now accepting advertising for the first time on
some of its website pages. These typically receive 2,000 visits per week at
present, making our web site one of the leading crop protection sites in
the UK and internationally. We expect this number to exceed 5,000 per week
by the end of February/March.
Contact: Brian R. Hicks

Advertisment in a Dublin magazine


1985 Blue Volkswagen Golf
Only 55 km
Only first gear and reverse used
Never raced or rallied
Original tyres
Original brakes
Original fuel and oil
Only 1 driver

Owner wishing to sell due to employment lay-off.
The picture: http://www.acta-
Contact: Mick HARKIN

A VERY good dentist...
A guy & a girl meet at a bar. They get along so well that they decide to go
back to the girl's place. A few drinks later, the guy takes off his shirt
and then washes his hands. He then takes off his trousers and washes his
hands again. The girl, who has been observing this strange behaviour, says:
"You must be a dentist!"
The guy, surprised, replies: "Yes... how did you figure that out?"
"Easy," she replied, "you keep washing your hands."
Well, one thing led to another and they finally go to bed make love.
After they are done, the girl says:
"You must be a VERY good dentist."
The guy, now with a boosted ego says: "Sure, I'm a very very good dentist,
- how did you figure that out?"
"Didn't feel a thing!"
Contact: Mick HARKIN
Paris, 9 February 2004

EFITA newsletter / 146 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Thought of the day
If you think yourself too wise to involve yourself in government, you will
be governed by those too foolish to govern -- Plato

Integration and Data Integrity + several other topics
25 th Conference of GIL, the German Society for Informatics in Agriculture,
Forestry and Nutrition
September 8-10 2004 - Bonn/Germany
Contact: Anne Catharina KREUDER

AgriStar (1): Press release - AgriStar to FCC: "Internet Plus Satellite
Broadband Will Change Way Ag Business Is Done"

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 3, 2004. AgriStar Global Networks' chairman
Cliff Ganschow told the Federal Communications Commission last week that
satellite broadband connectivity now enables the agricultural industry to
fully utilize the Internet in the many ways originally anticipated, but
which until now could not be realized because of extremely slow
connectivity speeds over rural phone lines.

AgriStar's presentation was part of the FCC's "Making the Rural Connection"
forum held on January 27, which explored innovative approaches for
utilizing satellite broadband in agriculture, education, telemedicine,
public safety and entertainment. AgriStar was selected to discuss the
opportunities now available for farmers and agribusiness to use its two-way
satellite network to deliver high speed information and business services.

"The Internet has always had enormous potential in agriculture," Ganschow
said "because of the industry's size, its complexity and fragmentation, and
the steadily increasing need to move large amounts of information fast. But
rural geography, where deployment of cable and DSL lines is not
economically feasible and phone lines are terribly slow, has kept a heavy
lid on this potential until now."

Ganschow told the FCC audience that a lot of money was initially invested
in Internet platforms by both traditional agribusinesses and new dot com
companies with little, if any, thought given to connectivity speed. "The
only solution at that stage was to dumb down Internet sites in terms of
graphics and applications, and then only limited amounts of data could be
sent," he said. "AgriStar's satellite broadband, with download speeds that
are 20 to 30 times faster than rural dial-up, has opened up a vast new
arena for effectively using the Internet." AgriStar's satellite technology
partner is Hughes Network Systems, the world's largest satellite services

Ganschow ended his presentation to the FCC staff and audience by listing a
variety of ways AgriStar already is being successfully utilized throughout
the country by farmers, agribusiness and rural non-farm users. "In my 40
years in communications," he said, "there has never been anything close to
the potential of the Internet combined with 2-way satellite broadband to
impact how business is done in agriculture and to open new opportunities
for rural America overall."

AgriStar (2): presentation by Cliff Ganschow - Chairman, AgriStar Global
Networks - Rural Satellite Forum - Federal Communications Commission -
Washington, D.C., January 27, 2004

AgriStar's Role in Connecting Agriculture and Rural America

I want to thank the Federal Communications Commission for inviting me to
participate in today's Rural Satellite Forum, and for having the vision to
sponsor discussion about the many opportunities now available with
satellite broadband.

AgriStar's core focus is to provide broadband connectivity and agricultural
information to the country's top farms and ranches and the companies with
which they do business. I should mention here that we define a top farm not
just by size, but by overall efficiency, because a producer can be highly
efficient on several hundred acres just as he can on many thousands.
AgriStar also plans to provide broadband connectivity to other rural
sectors, including the rest of the farm universe and non-farm businesses
and residences.

AgriStar is the only nationwide provider of broadband connectivity
exclusively dedicated to agriculture. We differentiate ourselves from
consumer oriented companies by including a wide range of information and
business services along with high speed connectivity. A subscriber to
AgriStar receives, at no additional cost, extensive daily agricultural news
summaries along with detailed market information, 10-minute delay price
quotes and access to extensive commodity graph libraries. Because of the
time sensitivity of today's commodity information, AgriStar's screen
reports are updated throughout the day with streamed audio. Our basic
information package also includes high‑resolution weather maps with full
motion radar and satellite imagery. And there is daily audio commentary on
major ag issues by Orion Samuelson, agriculture's best-known media

- In addition, AgriStar is developing a broad menu of premium services.
These will include virtual seminars with streamed audio and video,
multicasts of business and financial topics, distance learning, production
input sourcing, value-added marketing opportunities and a number of others.
- Over the past half century, AgriStar's forerunner entities were closely
involved in many stages of the constant evolution toward faster delivery of
agricultural information:
- In the 1950's the Ford Farm Almanac started as an annual roundup of new
production ideas, sent to every member of the Future Farmers of America.
Once a year was deemed sufficient.
- In the 1960's our Top Farmers of America Association, the country's first
organization of leading farmers and ranchers, provided members with
business and financial information through monthly publications and live
seminars. That was state-of-the art timeliness back then, and we never had
a complaint about the mailman not driving fast enough down his rural
- In the 1970's we started Farm Futures, agriculture's first risk
management magazine. Because of the time-sensitive nature of market
information we soon supplemented the monthly magazine with weekly
newsletters and then later with watts lines and daily recorded tapes.
- In the 1980's we launched AgriData Resources which established the first
national computer network of leading farmers and ranches, using modems and
phone lines. This was years before public Internet use, but the top
producers already were rapidly integrating computers into their businesses.
In the 1990's we established our own initial Internet web sites,
recognizing as did many others the enormous potential power of the new
medium. I said then that once this spectacular technology was utilized
properly, it would have more importance for agriculture and the people it
serves than any other industry.

There are several reasons for this:
Agriculture, from farm field to consumer table, is the world's largest
industry and it is the most vital. People have to eat.
It is a highly complex and fragmented industry. There are tens of thousands
of seed, chemical and other input companies and their field people at one
end of the food and fiber chain. At the other end of the chain are equally
large numbers of elevators, processors, transporters, packagers and
retailers. And at the epicenter are hundreds of thousands of commercial
farms and ranches producing more than 300 commodities, who need to
communicate with the rest of the industry as fast and effectively as
The volume of agricultural production and food related information needing
to be transmitted has increased exponentially in recent years.
The fourth reason for the Internet's importance to agriculture is simply
that most of the huge industry is rural based. But it is this same
geography that, until now, has kept the heavy lid on truly effective
Internet use in rural America, where deployment of cable and DSL lines is
not economically feasible and rural phone connectivity is terribly slow.

A lot of money was initially invested in Internet platforms by both
traditional agribusinesses and new dot com startups with little – if any
– thought given to connectivity. One Internet-based company specializing
in remote mapping of fields approached AgriStar a year before we were
operational because they had discovered that sending their GPS field maps
to a farmer tied up his phone line for 7 or 8 hours, so they had to print
the maps and send them by FedEx.

There were many examples like that. The only solution was to dumb down
Internet sites in terms of graphics and applications, and then only limited
amounts of data could be sent. Satellite broadband, with download speeds
that are 20 to 30 times faster than rural dial-up, thus opens up a vast new
arena for utilizing the Internet in agriculture and throughout rural

AgriStar began its formal national market rollout late last year with
Hughes Network Systems as our technology partner. Hughes is the world's
largest satellite services company. More than 4 years of AgriStar research
and development, culminating with the successful completion of an 18-month
networking program in 40 states, preceded our launch.

We are introducing AgriStar the same way we have marketed all of our other
communication efforts over the decades, starting with the group I defined
earlier as America's top farms and ranches.

AgriStar's proprietary database profiles 250,000 of these operations, which
we update annually.

This elite group makes up only 10% to 15% of all U.S. farm operations, but
operates 70% of the land, produces 80% of the output and earns 90% of all
net farm income. These producers and the entities with whom they do
business are today's commercial agriculture.

A top producer's need for high-speed information and business services is
drastically different from only a few years ago. In addition to daily ag
news, markets and weather, producers want everything from the latest prices
on inputs to the newest value-added market opportunities related to
biotechnology, and they want it all delivered at high-speed for instant
decision making.

The industry also now needs instant warnings about the negative
developments which can happen overnight in our global economy. The recent
news of just one mad cow imported from Canada caused more than 30 countries
to ban all U.S. beef imports in less than a week. Beef prices plunged the
maximum amount allowed by the commodity exchanges for several days in a

Disease scares, consumers uneasiness with biotechnology and other modern
day issues have indelibly burned food safety into the public's
consciousness. I saw a cartoon the other day showing a McDonald's outlet
with the golden arch and a big "Mc" sign in the middle. Hanging from the Mc
sign was a makeshift sign saying: "Mc does not stand for Mad Cow." That is
public awareness.

So we are entering a brand new era where identity preservation and tracking
food from field to table will require highly sophisticated traceability
systems, massive databases and high-speed communications that
electronically integrate the production/marketing channel from one end to
the other. AgriStar intends to play an important role as the communications
hub to make this possible.

In addition to running their own efficient businesses, America's top
producers also are one of AgriStar's keys to reaching other farmers and
ranchers as well as the rest of the rural community. Many of these
influential thought leaders serve as presidents of their county and state
farm organizations. They sit on school boards and bank boards and are
active in their communities in many other ways. People listen to them. They
watch what they are doing.

Over the years we have worked closely with many of the leading producers,
as well as the agribusiness companies they deal with, and we have gained
their trust. This is the essence of what our adoptive use/diffusion
marketing is all about. We start with the innovators and early adopters,
and solicit their ideas and suggestions. Then we move on through the rest
of the industry. We are finding it works the same with AgriStar as it did
with everything else we've done in prior years.

I will end with some examples of how AgriStar is being successfully
utilized. First by farmers:
- A 5,000 acre Illinois farmer who produces corn for Frito Lay, this year
is chairman of the board of the U.S. Grains Council, devoting more than
half his time to building America's grain exports. Shortly before
subscribing to AgriStar, he downloaded a board meeting package that was
graphic intensive. It took 2 hours. With AgriStar, as a test he downloaded
the same package again. It took less than 4 minutes. His wife also runs an
accounting business for other farmers and local businesses and also relies
heavily on AgriStar in her work.
- Another Midwest producer who operates 10,000 acres and has an
agricultural investment in Ukraine says AgriStar has significantly improved
both his U.S. and global communications significantly. It also is wonderful
for his wife, a paraplegic. Her connection to the outside world is her
computer with voice recognition software and AgriStar's high-speed delivery
which enables her to maintain an active role in their family businesses.
- A 400-acre Wisconsin farmer says AgriStar levels the playing field so
he's on a more even keel with much bigger operations.
- A Georgia farmer participates in live cattle auctions via AgriStar rather
than traveling hours or days to be there in person.
- A Colorado grain producer used to access the Internet only a day or two a
week. With AgriStar he utilizes it several times a day, and he says his
wait time for downloading material is so dramatically reduced compared to
dial-up it is "almost unbelievable." An added bonus: His wife now does her
shopping over the Internet because they are a long way from any city.
- Equally important in rural areas is how much satellite broadband has
opened up new educational and entertainment experiences for entire
families. One mother describes AgriStar's streamed audio and video as "so
incredibly smooth it's just like watching TV." She says the entire family
now uses the Internet constantly.

Some examples of what agricultural companies are accomplishing with
satellite broadband:
- One of the industry's largest ag chemical distributors last year
installed AgriStar pilot units with a half dozen dealers who could not
access cable or DSL, and now is ready to order another 100 units for the
rest of their outlying locations. The next step is to develop product sales
incentives to encourage each dealer's farmer customers to join the AgriStar
- A global seed company has started to use AgriStar to connect its dealers
and fieldmen and will use it for dealer training and many other purposes.
- A North Dakota company that provides grain storage and pressure cure
drying systems uses AgriStar to communicate with its global sales force and
customers. They are now testing the possibility of using AgriStar to
network a farm with its remote storage facilities so a farmer can monitor
heat and moisture conditions while sitting in his home office.
- Agricultural universities in the South and Midwest have connected their
research farms via AgriStar and now can transmit large databases and
graphic-intensive material that was impossible to do with dial-up.
- The National Corn Growers Association, with more than 30,000 members,
began using AgriStar to network its state officers and members last year.
Seven other large commodity organizations now are doing the same, as are
state Farm Bureaus and other farm groups.
- We are developing an AgriStar program specifically for FFA members, who
literally have grown up with computers and the Internet. These young folks
are technologically savvy and wield a lot of influence with their parents
in this regard. A quick story I heard from an Illinois mother who asked her
12-year old son and one of his pals if they had ever seen a typewriter. Her
son said he saw one in a doctor's office once, and allowed that it was
"pretty cool, except that it couldn't delete anything." His friend said he
saw one in a movie, but added that it was a very old movie. Times indeed
are changing ― and at broadband speed.

Finally, some non-farm stories that show the total rural potential for
satellite broadband:
- A secondary school in Iowa had 37 computers running off a dedicated 56k
circuit. With AgriStar they now are averaging 600k. How the school learned
about AgriStar is a classic example of adoptive use and diffusion. An Iowa
farmer subscribed to AgriStar. His wife, who is on the local school board,
reported how much they liked it. The school installed a unit, and the
superintendent now is recommending AgriStar to others.
- The North Valejo Community Center in California is utilizing AgriStar to
provide Skills Training for 15 to 20 adult students at a time.
- And, at a remote dinosaur dig in Wyoming, a University of Texas project
is underway to unearth the largest T‑Rex ever found. Researchers are
using AgriStar to transmit daily photos to the outside world, including
school children following the project on their web site. We're not quite
sure what the long term T-Rex market is … but we are digging into it!

In closing, I want to say that in my 40 years in communications, there
never has been anything close to the potential of the Internet combined
with satellite broadband to impact how business is done in agriculture and
to open new opportunities for rural America overall. There still is a
learning curve to get everyone to understand just how much can be done when
these two horses are harnessed together. But with efforts such as this FCC
forum today, the understanding and utilization will come quickly. Thank
Information provided by Bernard P AUXENFANS

"The Meatrix," a hilarious new animated short from Free Range Graphics
As its name implies, the Meatrix spoofs the popular Matrix movies. But
instead of Keanu Reaves, the Meatrix stars a young pig, Leo, who lives on a
pleasant family farm... he thinks. Leo is approached by a wise and
mysterious cow, Moopheus, who shows Leo the truth about modern farming --
the truth about the Meatrix!
It may be humorous, but the film also brings up an important issue: factory
farming. Huge, industrial farms have all but wiped out the family farm in
America. Along the way, they are damaging our health, our environment and
our communities (not to mention the lives of billions of animals).
But the Meatrix isn¹t all gloom and doom. In fact, it ends with an upbeat,
meaningful way that YOU can help fight the factory farming crisis – the Eat
Well Guide, an online healthy-living resource that allows you to enter your
zip code and find nearby family farms that produce organic, safe produce
and meat:
Supporting family farmers is an effective way for us all to protect the
environment, our health and animal rights. The Eat Well Guide makes it
If you like The Meatrix or the Eat Well Guide, please send them to your
friends. Now, enjoy the show!

A classic Solow bon mot
"It may be at the very beginning the power of computing was wasted. I
always thought that the main difference the computer made in my office was
that before the computer my secretary used to work for me, and afterward I
worked for my secretary!"
The Region, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, September 2002, 24-34.
found at: Saffran, B. 2003. Recommendations for further reading. Journal of
Economic Perspectives 17(2):199.206.
Contact: Dr. Rolf A.E. Mueller, Prof.

WASHINGTON D.C. (REUTERS) - You can adapt the joke to your national
Early this morning a devastating fire burned down the personal library of
President George W. Bush.
Tragically, both books were lost in the conflagration. More poignantly, the
President, due to his hectic schedule, had not found time to colour in the
second one.
Paris, 23 February 2004

EFITA newsletter / 147 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

2nd International Conference on Information Systems & Innovative
Technologies in Agriculture, Food and Environment
18-20 March 2004, Thessaloniki, Greece
The conference’s program will be published the first week of March at the
conference’s site.
Contact: Basil MANOS

International Rural Tourism Workshop
June 2-3, 2004 - Riga, Latvia

GIL's event
September 8-10 2004 - Bonn/Germany

ICT in Austrian agriculture
160.000 full-time farmers
ca. 41.600 equipped with PC
ca. 6 240 farmers connected to the Internet
Contact: Karin STROBL

The Agricultural Document Library (ADLib): The Ultimate Information
Resource For UK Agriculture
In Spring 2004, the UK's agricultural industry will gain access to a
valuable new resource that will allow industry groups to provide their
members / subscribers with the ultimate in custom designed information
It will be made available to all sections of the industry, and is likely to
set the standard for information provision for some time to come.

>>>What Is ADLib?
- ADLib (Agricultural Document Library) is a new service being developed
jointly by AERU at the University of Hertfordshire and TLR Ltd, and is
designed to provide growers and advisors with quick and easy access to the
information they need in these days of increasing demands and reduced time.
- It already contains over 200 documents, including Government codes of
practice, industry guidelines, information and topic sheets, legislation
summaries, glossaries and an extensive contacts directory.
Examples include: Defra Codes of Good Agricultural Practice for Water,
Soil, and Air; Green Code for Pesticides; PEPFAA Scottish Code; RB209
Fertiliser Recommendations; CPA Pesticide Guides; FMA Fertiliser Codes;
Animal Welfare Codes; HGCA Topic Sheets; RSPB Topic Sheets; HSE
Information; Assurance Scheme Information; All the documents are cross-
linked, and there are extensive searching and book-marking facilities; The
information is constantly reviewed and updated so that users can rely on
its accuracy.
- The contents of ADLib will appeal across the industry, and will enable
people to have access to the information they need to push forward the
sustainability of the industry, in line with both public desires and legal

>>> Library Access On ADLib
- ADLib's document summaries will be available free to all. However, most
people will wish to gain full access to one or more of the ADLib libraries.
- These allow subscribers to fully access the documents within the
libraries for which they are registered; including full, cross-referenced
copies of the documents that interest them, together with searching and
book-marking facilities.
- For individual members a number of options will be available, including:
++ Subscription to the full Library (based on the library included in the
award wining EMA software), or
++Subscription to specific subsections of that Library (e.g. Pesticides,
Fertilisers/Manures, etc.).
- However, the ADLib team also provides access to custom libraries for
groups, organisations or companies that wish to have an information
resource tailored or branded to their specific needs (either on-line or CD
based); and these can be used to support any number of applications (see
- Access to these custom libraries will normally be provided to member
farmers, by that libraries sponsor.

>>> Library Creation On ADLib
- The ADLib team develops custom libraries for groups, organisations or
companies that wish to have an information resource tailored or branded to
their specific needs (either on-line or CD based); and these can be used to
support any number of applications.
- Specifically, they can be used to add value and user-friendliness to best
practice audits (already completed for the Environment Agency’s EMSF pilot
audit), spreadsheets and other software, by allowing them to be linked to
specific passages in supporting documents, allowing accurate guidance to be
given to users. ADLib's expertise in authoring and best practice assessment
ensures that all links go to the best advice currently available in the
industry, and are continuously updated.
- Custom libraries draw on the documents held in ADLib, but can also
include specific guidance and literature requested by the library sponsor
(not available through a general subscription), and can be fully branded.
Access can be limited to those people the sponsor has authorised (members,
subscribers, customers, etc.).
Contact: Dr. Andy Green

The funeral procession
A man was leaving his house one morning when he noticed a most unusual
funeral procession approaching the nearby cemetery.
A funeral coffin was followed by a second coffin some distance behind the
first. Behind the second coffin was a solitary man walking with a large
black dog. Behind the man was a queue of about 100 men walking in single
The man simply couldn't contain his curiosity, and he respectfully
approached the man walking the dog:
"I am so sorry for your loss, and I know now is a bad time to disturb you,
but I've never seen a funeral like this with so many of you walking in
single file. Whose funeral is it?"
The man replied, "Well, that first coffin is for my wife."
"What happened to her?"
The man replied, "My dog attacked and killed her."
He inquired further, "Well, who is in the second coffin?"
The man answered, "My mother-in-law. She was trying to help my wife when
the dog attacked and killed her also."!
A poignant and thoughtful moment of silence passed between the two men.
Then the first man asked in a hushed voice, "Can I borrow the dog?"
The man replied: "Join the queue"
Contact: Mick HARKIN

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EFITA newsletter / 148 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

New Ag International Conference and Exhibition
Roma/ Italy - 17-19 March

Environmentally Friendly Spray Application Techniques"
Deadline for abstract submission: 1st March 2004
Contact: Pawel KONOPACKI

PRELUDE Workshop "eCommunities in an Enlarged Europe" & INSPO Conference
Prague -12-13 March 2004
eris@ is a key partner of the Prelude project, responsible for the
implementation of a series of Thematic Guides to Policy and Good Practices
in the fields of e-Government, e-Learning, e-Transport and e-Communities/e-
Contact : Ester Torres

XI Congress of the Polish Association of Agriculture and Agribusiness
Economists (SERiA)
Pulawy - 22-24 September
Contact: Micha SZNAJDER

eChallenges e-2004 Conference and Exhibition
Vienna, 27-29 October

International Society of Livestock Husbandry (IGN)

State of play on GMO authorisations under EU law

Question and Answers on the regulation of GMOs in the EU

Livestock revolution (ICT Update)
Over the last decade the growing global demand for livestock products has
given rise to a real ‘livestock revolution’. In many developing countries
the livestock industry is expanding faster than any other agricultural
sector. In order to address the environmental, health and economic
challenges posed by this revolution, national governments, NGOs and
individual farmers need both comprehensive, up-to-date information
resources and clearly defined policies and regulations agreed upon by the
international community. The last issue of ICT Update reports on a number
of initiatives to assess how ICTs may help meet these needs.

Links mentioned in ICT Update
> FAO Animal Production and Health Division website
> Global Livestock Information System and Knowledge Framework
> Domestic Animal Diversity Information System (DAD-IS)
> Livestock, Environment and Development (LEAD)
> International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
> System-wide Livestock Programme (SLP - CGIAR)
See :
> Animal Health and Production Compendium (CABI)
> Eldis Pastoralism Resource Guide

Psych Test
This is an authentic psychological test.
It is a story about a girl. While at the funeral of her mother, she met a
man whom she did not know. She thought he was amazing, her dream guy, and
she fell in love with him but never asked for his telephone number and
could not find him after the funeral.
A few days later the girl killed her sister.

Question: What was her motive in killing her sister?
Give this some thought before you scroll down.
She calculated that the guy would appear at her sister's funeral.

Possible consequences:
If you answered this correctly, you think like a psychopath. This was a
test a famous American psychologist used to test if one has the same
mentality as a killer. Many arrested serial killers took this test and
answered it correctly. If you didn't answer correctly - good for you.
If you got the answer correct, please let me know so I can take you off my
e-mail list... unless that will piss you off, then I'll just be extra nice
to you from now on.
Contact: Mick HARKIN

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Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Ambient Intelligence @Work workshop
10 March 2004 - Brussels

Operational Research and Artificial Intelligence for Electronic Services
20th European Conference - Island of Rhodes (EURO 2004), July 4-7, 2004.
Contact: Nikos Matsatsinis

Automation Technology for Off-road Equipment
October 7-8, 2004 - Kyoto, Japan

2004 CIGR International Conference - Session III "Information Technology
for Agriculture"
Beijing, October 11-14, 2004
Observe the deadline for submission of abstracts: April 1, 2004 !!!!!!

Internet in American rural communities
Internet penetration has grown in rural communities, but the gap between
them and suburban and urban communities has remained constant over time.
Historically, Internet penetration rates have been lower in rural areas
than in other kinds of communities. When the Pew Internet & American Life
Project first began surveying the Internet landscape in early 2000, 41% of
rural residents were online, while 51% of urban residents and 55% of
suburban residents were online. Rural Internet penetration climbed to 52%
by the middle of 2003. However, urban and suburban penetration rates have
risen as well. Rural Internet penetration has remained roughly 10
percentage points behind the national average in each of the last four
The Project found in survey data collected between March and August 2003,
suburban and urban residents remain more likely to use the Internet:
- 67% of urban residents use the Internet.
- 66% of suburban residents use the Internet.
- 52% of rural residents use the Internet.

>>> Rural Americans are less wealthy and older than those in other parts of
America and that could account for some of the difference in Internet
penetration between community types.
Statistical analysis to identify the principal drivers for Internet
penetration suggests that some differences in Internet adoption between
rural areas and other locales are related to low-income households in rural
areas. Living in a rural area in itself has little or no influence as to
whether one goes online. However, low-income residents of rural areas are
less likely to be online than low-income people living in urban or suburban
areas. Some 47% of rural residents have household incomes of $30,000 or
less, compared to 29% of suburban residents and 39% of urban residents.
Middle and upper income people in both rural and other areas are equally
likely to be Internet users.
At the same time, some of the gap between rural areas and the rest of the
country can probably also be explained by other demographic realities such
as the fact that rural residents as a group are older and have lesser
levels of education than those in urban and suburban areas. Senior citizens
(those 65 and older) account for a relatively larger percentage of the
rural population (22%) compared to the urban (14%) and suburban populations
(16%). In rural areas, seniors are unlikely to go online. Only about 17% of
rural seniors go online, making up about 6% of rural Internet users.
Meanwhile, rural areas hold comparatively fewer young adults, the most
likely age group to go online. The age of the rural population may be one
major reason why penetration rates are lower in rural communities.

>>> Many rural residents say they have less choice than others about the
way they access the Internet.
About 29% of rural Internet users say the Internet Service Provider they
use is the only one available to them. In contrast, 7% of urban users
reported a single ISP, and about 9% of suburban users were serviced by a
lone ISP.

>>> Rural communities hold larger portions of relative Internet newcomers
than do urban and suburban communities. Yet rural Americans are often
enthusiastic adopters.
About 20% of rural Internet users — more than 4 million people — have been
online less than three years. In comparison, 16% of urban users have less
than three years online, and 12% of suburban users have less than three
years online. Unlike other newcomers to the Internet, many rural residents
are enthusiastic users of the Internet at an early stage in their adoption
of the technology: 45% of rural newcomers go online daily, whereas 40% of
urban newcomers and 46% of suburban newcomers go online daily.

>>> Broadband adoption is growing in all types of communities, but
broadband users make up larger percentages of urban and suburban users than
rural users.
From 2000 through 2003, the use of cable modems, DSL connections, and other
broadband connections grew quickly in each community type, but rural areas
hold significantly smaller proportion of broadband users. In a survey in
the spring of 2003, we found that 31% of those who use the Internet from
home had a broadband connection. Here is the big picture about broadband
adoption in different community types from 2000 to mid-2003:
- In urban communities, the number of home broadband users grew from 8% to
36% of the online population.
- In suburban communities, the number of home broadband users grew from 7%
to 32% of the online population.
- In rural communities, the number of home broadband users grew from 3% to
19% of the online population.

Additionally, in October 2002, about 25% of rural Internet users said they
did not think that a high-speed connection to their home was available.
Only 5% of urban users and 10% of suburban Internet users said broadband is

>>> A portion of rural Internet users depend on Internet connections at
places other than work or home. They are more likely than suburban or urban
users to say they depend on another place for going online.

Some 22% of Internet users say they go online from at least one other place
besides work or home. In some cases, though not most, the people who go
online in a third place depend on that connection as their exclusive point
of access. Some 8% of rural users say they only log on to the Internet from
some place other than work or home, such as a library, a school, or a
friend’s house. Just 3% of suburban users do and 5% of urban users depend
on some place other than work or home for their Internet connection.

>>> Rural African-Americans are significantly less likely than rural whites
to go online, possibly because of differences in income and education.
There is a large gap between rural African-Americans and rural whites.
While 54% of rural whites go online, 31% of rural African-Americans do so.
This disparity can probably be traced to income and education. Over 70% of
rural African-Americans live in households with incomes under $30,000 a
year, compared to 44% of rural whites.

>>> Rural users pursue many of the same online activities as urban and
suburban users, but they are more likely to look for religious or spiritual
information and less likely to engage in transactions.
While the differences are not gaping, rural users are less likely than
urban and suburban users to have bought a product online, made a travel
reservation, or done their banking online. Even rural users who have been
online a few years or more are still less likely to have ever performed
transactions over the Web than their urban and suburban counterparts.
Compared to their urban and suburban counterparts, rural users:
- Are less likely to bank online — 28% bank online, while 35% of urban
users and 35% of suburban users bank online.
- Are less likely to have bought a product online — 57% have done so, while
63% of suburban users and 61% of urban users have bought a product online.
- Are less likely to have made a travel reservation online — 49% have done
so, while 58% of suburban users and 60% of urban users have made a travel
reservation online.

Meanwhile, rural users are more likely than their counterparts to search
for religious or spiritual information. Some 35% of online rural Americans
have sought religious and spiritual information online, compared to 27% of
those who live outside rural areas. Among rural users, gathering religious
or spiritual information is more popular than banking online (28%), looking
for a place to live (26%), and downloading music (26% in June 2003; 13% in
November-December 2003). Rural users with three years or more online are
more likely than others to seek health information online. Almost three-
quarters of experienced rural users have done so, while 68% of similarly
experienced suburban users and 64% of similarly experienced urban users
have sought health information online.

>>> Rural users’ online connections to groups are more likely to stretch
beyond their physical community.
In February 2001, the Pew Internet Project asked Internet users about their
experiences with online groups. That survey revealed that urban and
suburban users’ online communities are more localized than rural users’.
While 15% of suburban users and 19% of urban users say that most members of
their online group live “in my local community,” only 8% of rural users’
say that most of their group’s members live in the same local community.
Rural users’ online community connections are more likely than those of
urban and suburban users to be directed beyond their physical location.
Half of rural users say that most of the other members of their online
group live “all over the country.” By comparison, 42% of suburban users say
so, and 39% of urban users say so. Not surprisingly, then, rural users are
more likely than others to say that the Internet is more useful for
becoming involved in things going on outside their local community. Some
77% of rural users say so, while 66% of suburban users and 64% of urban
users say so.

>>> Rural Internet newcomers are wary of technology, but those with
experience embrace it.
Rural newcomers are more likely to hold mixed feelings about computers and
technology than are urban and suburban newcomers. Fully half of rural
residents say that they hold “mixed feelings” toward computers and
technology, whereas 32% of urban users say this and 27% of suburban users
say this. But rural users with some experience with the technologies are
more likely than others to say they like them.

This is a novel solution to an all too familiar situation...
Contact: Mick HARKIN

Right Brain versus Left Brain?
While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make
clockwise circles with it.
Now, while continuing to do this, draw the number "6" in the air with your
right hand.
Your foot will change direction - and there's nothing you can do about it!!
Biometrically yours,
Contact: Mick HARKIN
Paris, 15 March 2004

EFITA newsletter / 150 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Workshop on European Funds for Rural Development in the Knowledge Based
Czech Republic, 19 April 2004, Sec u Chrudimi
Technology Centre of the Czech Academy of Science - Czech National Contact
Point Organisation for 6 Framework Program together with the Czech Centre
for Strategic Studies and association EDUCEU will organise on 19th April
2004 in Sec u Chrudimi, a workshop "European Funds for Rural Development in
the Knowledge Based Society". This workshop will be a part of an annual
international conference Sec2004 – Information System for Agriculture,
Forestry and Rural development (20th and 21st April 2004,
This event is organized shortly before accessing new countries to EU and
has two main goals:
- To present new instruments of EU as a tool supporting building rural
knowledge based society and also introduce this new instruments for
accessing countries
- To support creating new international teams for European projects focused
on rural knowledge society.
The program will be divided into two parts:
> The first part will present Czech experts and also Commission staff new
possibilities of financing building and development of knowledge rural
society using European instrument:
- FP6 as the possibility for rural area development
- Recap of EU and Czech funds convenient for rural area development and
accessible to new EU countries
> The second part will be an international brokerage for a preparation
future FP6 projects.
Three basic themes have a high priority for the Czech Republic: 3MFOR ;
@rural IP ; Open Agriculture Platform.
Contact: Karel CHARVAT

European Multimedia Forum: 3-days training course
19 to 21 April 2004 - Brussels

6 th International Conference on Chain and Network Management in
Agribusiness and the Food Industry – Dynamics in food Chains and Networks
27-28 May, 2004 - Wagenigen – The Netherlands

Second Field Robot Event, June 17 & 18, 2004 - Wageningen, the Netherlands
In this contest students, but others as well, enter a competition with
autonomous field robots. The challenge is to navigate autonomously in a
maize field.
We hope that even more teams than last year will enter the competition. The
challenge will be to navigate in a maize field. Detailed information of the
event can be found on our Internet site Dutch national
television has already shown interest for a popular scientific quiz show:
In the 2003 Field Robot Event students, companies and research institutes
from several European countries participated. This year we have already
received requests for information from even more. We hope this event will
give the public a better idea of innovation in agriculture and help to
create a more positive image through this "clean and green" way of
Contact: Mrs. ir. Ellen de Jong

16TH International Joint Course On Agricultural Education 2004
30th June to 4th July 2004 - Ireland
The theme of the conference is competency based agricultural education and
lifelong learning for farmers. This course is aimed primarily at specialist
persons in agricultural education (directors, lecturers and tutors).
Contact: Ann-Marie Ryan

92nd EAAE-Seminar: Quality Management and Quality Assurance in Food Chains
Goettingen / Germany, March 2 - 4, 2005
Contact : Prof. Dr. Ludwig Theuvsen

New research projects in Technology-enhanced learning

TreeGrOSS: Tree Growth Open Source Software

A news for Mike: in Normandy…
…10000 cattle breeders continue to use the Minitel 300000 times per year
Contact : Christian TESSIER

Truly heart-warming story
This is truly a heart-warming story about the bond formed between a little
girl and some builders. This makes you want to believe in the goodness of
people and that there is hope for the human race.
A young family moved into a house next door to an empty plot. One day a
construction crew turned up to start building a house there.
The young family's 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all
the activity going on next door and started talking with the workers. She
hung around and eventually the construction crew, all of them rough diamond
types, more or less adopted her as a kind of project mascot.
They chatted with her, let her sit with them while they had coffee and
lunch breaks, and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her
feel important.
At the end of the first week they even presented her with a pay envelope
containing £5. The little girl took this home to her mother who said all
the appropriate words of admiration and suggested that they take the money
she had received to the bank the next day to start a savings account.
When they got to the bank the clerk was equally impressed with the story
and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own wage packet at
such a young age.
The little girl proudly replied, "I worked all last week with a crew
building a house."
"My goodness gracious," said the clerk, "and will you be working on the
house again this week, too?"
The little girl replied, "I will be if those useless c*nts at B & Q ever
bring us the f*cking plasterboard".
Contact: Ian HOUSEMAN
Paris, 22 March 2004

EFITA newsletter / 151 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Archives of our newsletters and AGRIMMEDIA seminars
- 6 years of archives of our newsletter in French (1998-2003)
- 4 years of archives of our newsletter in English (2000-2003)
- Archives of our 29 AGRIMMEDIA seminars

Papers published in New Ag International in 2002 and 2004 about ICT in
European agriculture
See: http://www.acta-

Universal Business Language (presented at the 29 th AGRIMMEDIA Seminar – 4
March 2004)
The purpose of the OASIS UBL TC is to develop a standard library of XML
business documents (purchase orders, invoices, etc.) by modifying an
already existing library of XML schemas to incorporate the best features of
other existing XML business libraries. The TC will then design a mechanism
for the generation of context-specific business schemas through the
application of transformation rules to the common UBL source library. UBL
is intended to become an international standard for electronic commerce
freely available to everyone without licensing or other fees.
Contact : Rémy MARCHAND

Call for papers for EWDA-04
Papers are invited for a workshop on "Decision Problems in Agriculture and
Natural Resources" at Silsoe Research Institute, UK, on 27-29 September
2004 devoted to all aspects of management decisions in those areas and the
research issues that arise. Both theoretical issues and application results
are welcome. Topics covered by the workshop may include, but are not
restricted to, the following themes:
- Dynamic programming
- Bayesian networks and decision graphs
- Markov decision processes
- Linear programming
- Stochastic programming
- Parameter estimation and knowledge acquisition
- Learning from data
- Descriptive and normative decision tree techniques
- Agent modelling and simulation
This workshop is organised under the recently established EURO (Association
of European Operational Research Societies) Working Group for Operations
Research in Agriculture and Forest Management and continues a series begun
at the EFITA conference in 2001:
- Symposium at EFITA 2001 on Sequential Decisions under Uncertainty in
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Montpellier, France, June 19, 2001
- First European Workshop on Sequential Decisions under Uncertainty in
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Toulouse, France, September 19-20, 2002
- Symposium at EFITA 2003 on Model Based Decision Support Systems
Debrecen; Hungary, June 5-9, 2003
Contact: David PARSONS

Moses (Jewish joke)
Moses went to the Greeks and said:
"I have commandments"
They said "What does it say?"
He said "Thou shalt not make graven images or statues"
They said "Forget it."

Moses went to the Cannanites and said:
"I have commandments"
They said "What does it say?"
He said "Thou shalt not steal"
They said "Forget it."

Moses went to the Babylonians and said:
"I have commandments"
They said "What does it say?"
He said "Thou shalt not murder"
They said "Forget it."

Moses went to the Romans and said:
"I have commandments"
They said "What does it say?"
He said "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife"
They said "Forget it."

Moses went to the Jews and said:
"I have commandments"
They said "How much does it cost?"
He said "Nothing, they are free"
They said "Very good... We'll take 10."
Paris, 29 March 2004

EFITA newsletter / 152 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Information Systems at Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Areas - Enlargement
of EU - 10th International Conference
20. - 21. 4. 2004, Seè u Chrudimi, Czech Republic
Attend also Workshop on European Funds for Rural Development in the
Knowledge Based Society, taking part at 19th April at the same place where
the conference will be held. There will be discussed 3 proposals for IP
projects during the workshop!
Have already confirmed their participation at the conference Bror Salmelin,
head of unit Information Society DG; Directorate F - Emerging technologies
and infrastructures. Applications; New working environments and Per Backe-
Hansen, DG RTD - Environmental Research Actions; Unit I-1 - Political
aspects and strategy for Sustainable Development! There will come also
representatives from Czech ministry of Informatics and Agricultural!
The goal of 10th International Conference SEC Information Systems in
Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Areas - New Large Europe will be organized
shortly before access of new countries to EU and it will be focused on new
e rural Europe as a part of European Research Area.
SEC conference will support raising publishing awareness and utilization of
the newest results on the field of IST in the field of agriculture,
forestry and rural development. The conference will offer traditional oral
and poster presentations in combination with moderns Internet interactive
presentation. The newest results in the fields of Ambient Mobile
Intelligence (AMI) as semantic WEB, knowledge management, mobile
technologies, utilization of Open source solutions for building of
applications, modern Open GIS and Remote Sensing applications architecture,
E(m)-commerce applications and e-learning will be discussed during
The implementation of these technologies will support e-Europe initiative
in relation to rural area and also in relation to new accessing countries.
Results of many 5FP projects as WirelessInfo, Premathmod, REGEO, EMIRES,
Rural Wins, AFORO, Iron Curtain and starting projects from 6FP will be
The conference will be base for clustering of European research activities
in the fields of e Sustainable Rural development, food safety, new
economical activities in rural regions, new knowledge management, new
educational strategy, socio economical aspect of utilization of new
technologies, precision farming.
Contact: Dr. Karel Charvát

Special Interest Group in Open Source Software for Education in Europe
(SIGOSSEE) has been established to investigate, inform, and advise the
education community on the uses and benefits of Open Source Software and
Open Content. Open Source is of growing interest to the education and
training sectors for a number of reasons:
- Often specific versions of educational software will be required to
reflect particular course content or pedagogical approaches.
- A loose "community" of educational institutes already exists which
supports the exchange of ideas and concepts. Thus, the basis of an OSS
community is already in place.
- In many cases, larger institutes already have the human resources
capacity in-house to perform the necessary software and content
modifications, testing and deployment.
- Educational institutes are under increasing pressure to find the lowest-
cost solutions for effective learning provision.
- Learners can be involved in improving OSS software and content making it
possible to take an approach which sees education as the process of
supporting learners in joining a community of practice.
- More generally, the use of Information and Communications Technologies
(ICT) in education provision is being recognised and explored.
However, despite much interest from the educational software community and
from individual education institutes and providers, there is a lack of
clear and unbiased advice and information over the advantages and
disadvantages of OSS and how appropriate the adoption of OSS is for
education and training and of policy advice and direction on the subject.

The SIG is supported by the European Commission sponsored SIGOSEE and JOIN!
projects, whose partners will form a steering group for the SIG in its
initial period.

> The activities and services for the SIG include:
- The organisation of regional "open door" days providing advice and
guidance on open source
- Undertaking research into key issues impacting on the development and
implementation of Open Source Software in education
- The organisation of national and regional seminars
- The development of a catalogue of Open Source developments and software
for education
- The development of a catalogue of examples of good practice
- The sharing of news and information about Open Source for education
- The management of a web space for discourse and exchange on Open Source
and its uses in education.

> Who is SIGOSSEE for?
The SIG is for anyone interested in the use of Open Source software and
contents in education. This includes:
- Teachers and trainers
- Policy and decision makers
- Institutional managers
- Software and content developers
- Researchers and project developers
Whilst the SIG is supported by two European projects it is open to members
from any part of the world.

-   What can members do?
-   Attend the Open Days, seminars and project meetings and conferences
-   Contribute to on-line discussions
-   Access news and information
-   Join in the research activities
-   Contribute to the Resource catalogues
-   Build SIGOSSEE

What are our hopes? We intend that the SIG becomes a sustainable organising
centre for Open Source in education. Ultimately that depends on its members
– in contributing and supporting activities and helping to shape the future

Contact: Ferran Cabrer i Vilagut
This is a compilation of "actual" student GCSE answers (First part)

1. Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in hydraulics.
They lived in the Sarah Dessert and travelled by Camelot. The climate of
the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.

2. The Bible is full of interesting caricatures. In the first book of the
Bible, Guinessis, Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. One of
their children, Cain, asked, "Am I my brother's son?"

3. Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened
bread which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount
Cyanide to get the ten commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.

4. Solomom had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines.

5. The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn't
have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth.

6. Actually, Homer was not written by Homer but by another man of that

7. Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people
advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock. After
his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.

8. In the Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled the biscuits, and
threw the java.

9. Eventually, the Romans conquered the Greeks. History calls people Romans
because they never stayed in one place for very long.

10. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The
Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made
king. Dying, he gasped out: "Tee hee, Brutus. "

11. Nero was a cruel tyranny who would torture his subjects by playing the
fiddle to them.

12. Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw.
Finally Magna Carta provided that no man should be hanged twice for the
same offence.

13. In midevil times most people were alliterate. The greatest writer of
the futile ages was Chaucer, who wrote many poems and verses and also wrote

14. Another story was William Tell, who shot an arrow through an apple
while standing on his son's head.

15. Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen." As a queen she was a success.
When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted "hurrah."

Contact: Mick HARKIN
Paris, 5 April 2004

EFITA newsletter / 153 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

International Center for Scientific Research web site
CIRS-TM.ORG is the only portal that references all scientific
organizations, listed by country and topic.

The Crop Protection Directory (UK)
See :

Presentation of ISAGRI, French leader of ICT in Agriculture
ISAGRI was founded in 1983 and has its origins in the agricultural college
ISAB located at Beauvais north of France where since today is the head
office of the company.
The activity of ISAGRI includes the development of agricultural software
offering a large product diversity for standard and as well for specific
applications and domains in the agricultural sector.
With 400 employees of whom the management, marketing, administration,
development section and technical support is present at the head office in
Beauvais and commercials present in every region of France ISAGRI has an
efficient basic and well-developed network. The sales turnover is
34,000,000 Euro per year.
Fixed and well established agencies are in Spain, Italy, Holland and
Suisse. The creation of a German agency is planed. ISAGRI has customers in
about 30 countries worldwide.
The aim of ISAGRI is to offer easy and practical software solutions with a
constantly support and service as well regular updates for an appropriated
price for simplifying farm management.
Contact : Dörthe ZICK

ISO 11783
The future of agriculture is unimaginable without a compatible data
interface for the connection of tractor, mounted implements, and on-board

IANIS newsletter: information about regional and European information
society initiatives and events

2004 CIGR International Conference: Olympics of Agricultural Engineering
Oct. 11~14, 2004 Beijing, P. R. China
Session III (Information Technology for Agriculture) in conjunction with
the 1st Technical Symposium of CIGR Section VII-KIS

News Release on 1st April, 2004
The purpose of the Session III Conference of the Olympics in Agricultural
Engineering, Beijing 2004, on Information Technologies for Agriculture, is
to bring together researchers, scientists, engineers and practitioners
interested in the application of IT in Automation and Management of
Agriculture. Plenaries, of high-standing invited IT experts, will tackle
key topics to provide a learning opportunity. A special symposium on
“Knowledge Integration into Ag.IT Systems” – KIS, will be held, formed out
of invited, plenary and selected papers of the session III. A special
workshop for hands on experience on Modelling of Agricultural processes,
using visual programming in UML, is planned to be offered to conference
Deadline of Abstracts: April 15, 2004 mail to Session III secretariat,
Prof. Minzan Li or Dr. Ding cheng Wang

Information Systems are a key component in agricultural engineering
activities and application fields, like land and water, mechanization,
environment control, structures and processing.
Information Technology applications are pervasive in many areas of Control,
Automation and Management of agricultural processes and systems. This
premier conference emphasizes the dependence of modern agricultural
practices on IT; authors should highlight the benefits of IT in these
areas. Novel ideas on how to solve problems using IT, both in R&D and field
applications, are welcome. Papers describing advanced prototypes, systems,
tools and techniques and general survey papers indicating future directions
or business opportunities are also encouraged. Papers describing original
work are invited in any of the areas listed in the program.
Special sessions, dedicated to case-studies and commercial presentations,
as well as tutorials dedicated to technical/scientific topics are also
envisaged. Companies interested in presenting their products/methodologies
or researchers interested in holding a tutorial are invited to contact the
conference secretariat.

Symposium on “Knowledge Integration into Agr. IT Systems”
Welcome to Beijing 2004 Olympics on Agricultural Engineering. The KIS
Symposium is a premier forum to unify the approaches of embedding knowledge
into knowledge intensive systems. Such a demand has emerged in all domains
of business and engineering, and we are moving from the Information Society
to the “knowledge based society”. Governments have posed that “knowledge
intensive” businesses are the way to succeed in the world of “services”. We
add the fact that management of agricultural businesses, in today’s highly
competitive and demanding world market, is a very complex technical
problem. This problem needs “sharp and fine-tuned knowledge of production
processes” together with “enabling IT technologies” to meet the
requirements of the demanding consumer. The need to integrate data with
knowledge unifies all diverse applications. Data are coming from sensors or
the Internet. Knowledge can be in the form of physics laws, validated
scientific models, expert rules, or uncertain intuitions of scientists or
technicians and farm operators. The ubiquitous requirement to combine data
with knowledge for producing instantiated knowledge (a more probable
estimate, a suggestion, a tuned model, a decision) spans many different
applications, whether it is off-line or on-line, and challenges many
different disciplines.
Whether you are a biologist trying to fit a model to your research data or
an economy analyst trying to arrive to a model structure for a specific
market you are producing knowledge! This needs be exploited for the benefit
of the grower and the consumer. Whether you are a theoretician or a user, a
researcher or a student you will find this symposium interesting, novel and
useful. Join us in October 2004 at Beijing, near the Great Wall. Prepare
your abstracts early enough so we can organize it better for your learning
experience and satisfaction.
Deadline of Abstracts: April 15, 2004

Mail to Prof. Minzan Li or Dr.Dingcheng Wang:

CIGR- IT section office:
Prof. Nick Sigrimis, Ag. Uni-Athens, Greece
Prof. Fedro Zazueta, Uni-Flrorida, US

Prof. Haruhiko Murase, Osaka Prefecture Uni., Japan

The Local organizers:
Prof.Maohua Wang, CAU, Beijing

Prof.Naiqian Zhang, KSU, US

Prof.Chunjiang Zhao, NERCITA, Beijing

This is a compilation of "actual" student GCSE answers (Second part)

16. It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented
removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the
circulation of blood. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he
invented cigarettes and started smoking. And Sir Francis Drake circumcised
the world with a 100 foot clipper.

17. The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was
born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money
and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and
hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and Juliet are an example
of a heroic couplet. Romeo's last wish was to be laid by Juliet.

18. Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote
Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise
Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.

19. During the Renaissance America began. Christopher Columbus was a great
navigator who discovered America while cursing about the Atlantic. His
ships were called the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Fe.

20. Later, the Pilgrims crossed the ocean, and this was called Pilgrim's
Progress. The winter of 1620 was a hard one for the settlers. Many people
died and many babies were born. Captain John Smith was responsible for all

21. One of the causes of the Revolutionary War was the English put tacks in
their tea. Also, the colonists would send their parcels through the post
without stamps. Finally the colonists won the War and no longer had to pay
for taxis. Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented
Congress. Thomas

Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the
Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing two
cats backwards and declared, "A horse divided against itself cannot stand."
Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.

22. Soon the Constitution of the United States was adopted to secure
domestic hostility. Under the constitution the people enjoyed the right to
keep bare arms.

23. Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. His mother died in
infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands.
Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation.

24. Meanwhile in Europe, the enlightenment was a reasonable time. Voltaire
invented electricity and also wrote a book called Candy.

25. Gravity was invented by Issac Walton. It is chiefly noticeable in the
autumn when the apples are falling off the trees.

26. Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large
number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he
kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most
famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German half
Italian and half English. He was very large.

27. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote
loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling
for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.

Contact: Mick HARKIN
Paris, 12 April 2004

EFITA newsletter / 154 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Workshop on European Funds for Rural Development in the Knowledge Based
19. 4. 2004 - Seč u Chrudimi (Czech Republic)
Technology Centre of the Czech Academy of Science - Czech National Contact
Point Organisation for 6 Framework Program together with the Czech Centre
for Strategic Studies and association EDUCEU will organise on 19th April
2004 in Sec u Chrudimi workshop European Funds for Rural Development in the
Knowledge Based Society.
This workshop will be a part of an annual international conference Sec2004
- Information System for Agriculture, Forestry and Rural development (20th
and 21st April 2004). This event is organized shortly before accessing new
countries to EU and there are two main goals:
- To present new instruments of EU as a tool supporting building rural
knowledge based society and also introduce this new instruments for
accessing countries
- To support creating new international teams for European projects focused
on rural knowledge society.
The program of the workshop will be divided into two parts:
The first part will present Czech experts and also Commission staff new
possibilities of financing building and development of knowledge rural
society using European instrument:
- FP6 as the possibility for rural area development
- Recap of EU and Czech funds convenient for rural area development and
accessible to new EU countries
The second part will be an international brokerage for a preparation future
FP6 projects.

There were recognized three basic themes, which have a high priority for
the Czech Republic

>>> 3MFOR
Brokerage meeting for preparation of IP for the project in the line
Development and application of integrated approach and tools for
sustainability of forest status, management and production.

>>> @rural IP
The @ruralIP vision discussed is supported in "eEurope 2005: An information
society for all" Action Plan. The eEurope prioritises the stimulation of
services, applications and content, such as modern online public services,
e-government, e-learning, e-heath services and a dynamic business

>>> Open Agriculture Platform
The Open Agriculture Platform system will introduce new and effective
agricultural knowledge management based on standardised Interoperable
Services and Mobile technologies. The goal of such a system will be the
knowledge support, and support for food quality and safety in crop and food
production. The system will have to take into account the speciality of
agricultural production and could support a great number of very small
farmers without necessary higher investment from their side.
The workshop is free of charge; the participants will cover their own
expenses related to the workshop (accommodation, travel costs). Organizer
will organize shuttle transport from Prague to Sec.
Contact: Karel CHARVAT

Information Systems for Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Areas -
Enlargement of EU
10th International Conference
20. - 21. 4. 2004 - Seč u Chrudimi - Czech Republic
Have already confirmed his participation at the conference; Bror Salmelin,
DG-IST and Per Backe-Hansen, DG RTD
Representatives from Czech ministry of Informatics and Agricultural will participate too.
The goal of 10th International Conference SEC Information Systems in
Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Areas - New Large Europe will be organized
shortly before access of new countries to EU and it will be focused on new
e rural Europe as a part of European Research Area.
Sec conference will support raising publishing awareness and utilization of
the newest results on the field of IST in the field of agriculture,
forestry and rural development. The conference will offer traditional oral
and poster presentations in combination with moderns Internet interactive
presentation. The newest results in the fields of:
- Ambient Mobile Intelligence (AMI)
- Knowledge management
- Mobile technologies
- Utilization of Open source solutions for building of applications
- Modern Open GIS and Remote Sensing applications architecture
- E(m)-commerce applications and e-learning
will be discussed during conference.
The implementation of these technologies will support e-Europe initiative
in relation to rural area and also in relation to new accessing countries.
The conference will be base for clustering of European research activities
in the fields of e Sustainable Rural development, food safety, new
economical activities in rural regions, new knowledge management, new
educational strategy, socio economical aspect of utilization of new
technologies, precision farming.

Broadband via Satellite - Bridging the digital divide: A regional
26 April, 2004 - Paris (France)
eris@ in the frame of IANIS (the Innovative Actions Network for the
Information Society) in collaboration with EUTELSAT, is organizing a
workshop on "Broadband via Satellite - Bridging the digital divide: A
regional perspective" in Paris (France) on the 26th of April.
The European Commission and the Member States have reaffirmed their
commitment to providing all EU citizens with access to the Information
Society. However, the risk facing us today is that those deprived of access
to the Internet at broadband speed will be excluded from the Information
Society and therefore considerably disadvantaged at all levels. A
significant part of the population in Europe today lacks the physical
possibility of accessing broadband networks and services.
It is for this reason that Eutelsat, Europe's leading satellite operator,
and eris@ would like to bring together representatives from different
European regions to address this issue. Satellites are in a unique position
to provide ubiquitous coverage and hence equitable access to broadband
services for e-applications for SMEs, administrations, schools,
universities, hospitals, and research institutes in the enlarged Europe.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Paris.
Contact: Emma BLANCO

56th International Symposium on Crop Protection
May 4, 2004 - Gent (BE)

International Rural Tourism Workshop (Quality, IT, Environment and
June 2-3, 2004 - Riga, Latvia
Contact: Agnese Jakovica

5th European Conferences on Precision Agriculture and Precision Livestock
Farming (Call for Papers)
June 9-12, 2005 - Uppsala
> Submission of abstracts: 20th September 2004
> Themes:
- Feed quality management
- On farm analysis technology
- Robotics, autonomous vehicles and controlled traffic
- Environmental effects of precision agriculture and precision livestock
- Precision horticulture and viticulture
- Automation in livestock farming
- Implementation, education and training
Contact: Lars Thylén

This is a compilation of "actual" student GCSE answers (Third part)

28. The French Revolution was accomplished before it happened and
catapulted into Napoleon. Napoleon wanted an heir to inherit his power, but
since Josephine was a baroness, she couldn't have any children.

29. The sun never set on the British Empire because the British Empire is
in the East and the sun sets in the West.

30. Queen Victoria was the longest queen. She sat on a thorn for 63 years.
She was a moral woman who practiced virtue. Her death was the final event
which ended her reign.

31. The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and
inventions. People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by
machine. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to
spring up. Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work
of a hundred men.

32. Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbis. Charles Darwin was a
naturalist who wrote the Organ of the Species. Madman Curie discovered
radio. And Karl Marx became one of the Marx brothers.

33. The First World War, caused by the assignation of the Arch-Duck by an
anarchist, ushered in a new error in the anus of human history.

Contact: Mick HARKIN
Paris, 19 April 2004

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Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Agricultural trade, the World Trade Organisation and the Doha Round
24-28 October 2004 - Wageningen (NL) - International Postgraduate Course

ICT in Agriculture: Figures from AgriDirect for Belgium, The Netherlands,
and Germany
AgriDirect is specialised in Direct Marketing for the agricultural sector.
These services are based on agricultural address databases in the
Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
See: (Report / Meetings)
Contact: Marc STRIJKER

New idea
Can we arrange a permanent EFITA-GIL-CIGR IV-Conference prior or during the
SIMA-Exhibition, sponsored by European software houses, Ag Engineering
companies, fertilizer industries and so on? This would:
- give an extra value to the SIMA-Exhibition
- be an two-annual permanent event
- improve the European position in the global world
- bring EFITA, GIL and EurAgEng with its "special interest groups" closer
- make the conference programme simpler by having a permanent program
- and so on.
Please let me know your opinion. By the way you should know that we are
going to establish our EurAgEng-Conferences from 2007 onwards permanent
prior to the AGRITECHNICA exhibition in Hannover at least for the period
2007 - 2011.
Contact: AUERNHAMMER Hermann, Prof. Dr.

International Rural Tourism Workshop (Erratum)
Quality, Information technologies, Environment and Training
June 2-3, 2004 in Riga, Latvia

May I say what a great job you are doing in maintaining the strength of
this newsletter. As someone who also puts together newsletters to send out
each month, I know how difficult it can be. Well done and keep it going!
Contact: Paul NELSON

Improved potato blight warning service in UK
> BlightWatch, the UK internet-based service which provides localised
potato blight warnings (, will be starting its fourth year and going “live”
in mid-April.
> Fight against Blight site of the British Potato Council (BPC)
Extracted from Crop Protection Monthly

Farms Technology (USA)…
…is an e-Business company focused on adding value to supply chain
participants in Agriculture through use of our unique software solutions.
We are an Internet-based, privately held, independent provider of software
solutions to the Agricultural Industry. Our products drive down buyer
transaction costs while offering producers the most up-to-date cash pricing
data and instant execution capabilities.
> Crop Marketing
We are a provider of private online marketplaces for 1st-handle grain
buyers and all of their producers who are interested in the advantages of
e-Business. Our tools improve operational efficiencies and customer service
through information connectivity.
> Online Auctions
We are a provider of true real-time auctions for any company, livestock
exchange, retailer, or liquidator needing to move products using one of the
most robust and user friendly platforms available.

Excel sheets used by German farmers

International Fund for Animal Welfare

FAO Fisheries Department

FAO Fisheries Global Information System (FIGIS)

Lost at Sea
Two Irishmen, Patrick & Michael, were adrift in a lifeboat following a
dramatic escape from a burning freighter. While rummaging through the
boat's provisions, Patrick stumbled across an old lamp. Secretly hoping
that a genie would appear, he rubbed the lamp vigorously. To
the amazement of Patrick, a genie came forth. This particular genie,
however, stated that he could only deliver one wish, not the standard
three. Without giving much thought to the matter, Patrick blurted out,
"Make the entire ocean into Guinness Beer!" The genie clapped his hands
with a deafening crash, and immediately the entire sea turned into the
finest brew ever sampled by mortals. Simultaneously, the genie vanished.
Only the gentle lapping of Guinness on the hull broke the stillness as the
two men considered their circumstances.
Michael looked disgustedly at Patrick whose wish had been granted. After a
long, tension-filled moment, he spoke: "Nice going Patrick! Now we're going
to have to pee in the boat!"
Contact: Bill PARLETTE
Paris, 26 April 2004

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3Oth AGRIMMEDIA Seminar: Situation of the French agricultural web & a best
of agricultural services
10 June – Paris
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN

PhD Dissertation on Digital Divide in Agriculture
I am collecting data & info about digital divide in agriculture for my
dissertation. I am searching documents, articles, stats, etc about ICT
adoption in Italian Agriculture, but I am interested in a comparison with
other European Countries.
Contact: Roberto ROMANO

International trade: Animal exports

Agricultural business portal based in Spain
Since November, 1999, this portal aims at reducing the gap between
producers and retailers and help real producers to increase their incomings
by being able to sell their products for a higher price. At present, the
portal marketplace is used by more than 10.000 actively registered users,
and receives about 175.000 user sessions a month, showing more than 800.000
page views in the past month (March 2004). is ruled by Agrosfera Networks SL, which also owns another
agricultural portals such us or
among others.'s market services are totally free.
Contact: Juan Martínez CLIMENT

Question: How many Spanish colleagues do you have in your mailing list?
The reason for my question is that I am leaving for South America for a new
"Demonstration project" on IT and rural development, especially
Could you resend the latest update of your figures on IT in agriculture in
the different countries in Europe? Or do you have them on a web page
Contact: Thomas NORRBY

- Figures on IT in agriculture in the different countries: please, look at
the ACTA Informatique web site. See two papers published in 2002 and 2004
See: http://www.acta-
- Number of Spanish colleagues? Look at the following table…

bf         1
coop       1
fo         1
hk         1
ir         1
kr         1
lu         1
mu         1
na         1
ne         1
ph         1
sn         1
ua         1
us         1
uy         1
vn         1
ws         1
yu         1
zm         1
am         2
ar         2
cl         2
cn         2
cr         2
eg         2
ge         2
hr         2
id         2
in         2
info       2
cy         3
pk         3
th         3
ru         4
za         4
bg         5
md         5
mt         5
tr         5
sk         6
lv         7
gov        8
si         10
ca         11
lt         12
no         12
nz         12
au         13
ee         16
il         16
ch         17
ro         19
fi         22
pl         26
at         27
jp         29
ie         35
cz         40
int        41
net        45
pt         45
be         55
se         58
edu        59
dk         73
org        85
nl         110
gr         112
hu         117
uk         124
br         166
es         176
de         191
fr         224
it         255
com        283
Total      2635

AgroWeb portal: Agriculture related information - Central and Eastern
Europe and former USSR…
> Collect and provide information from of the agricultural sector:
- monitor information and related links of agricultural institutions,
important agriculture, food and nutrition, veterinary and other related
subjects and information resources;
- monitor and promote national and international events related to the
objectives of AgroWeb.
> Capacity building and inter-institutional cooperation
- to build capacities and inter-institutional cooperation:
- development of communication and cooperation amongst the countries in the
region, and with international organizations such as FAO;
- development and promoting common standards and guidelines for information

St. Patrick's Day
McQuillan walked into a bar and ordered martini after martini, each time
removing the olives and placing them in a jar. When the jar was filled with
olives and all the drinks consumed, the Irishman started to leave.
"Excuse me," said a customer, who was puzzled over what McQuillan had done,
"What was that all about?"
"Nothin'," said the Irishman, "me wife just sent me out for a jar of
Contact: Bill PARLETTE
Paris, 3 May 2004

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Agriculture, Food and the Environment

From 15 to 25 members: The European Union

Enlargement and agriculture

Enlargement and agriculture: a glossary

The common agricultural policy: A policy evolving with the times

Report on the application of the beef traceability and labelling rules

3Oth AGRIMMEDIA Seminar: Situation of the French agricultural web & a best
of agricultural services
10 June – Paris
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN

The Italian agriculture in figures
Contact: Giorgio AMANTE

International Society of Food, Agriculture and Environment (ISFAE)
The international society of Food, Agriculture and Environment (ISFAE) is a
scientific society. Its aim is to bring together scientists and
professionals, to stimulate, and coordinate scientific meetings and/or
exhibitions, and to promote Research & Development (R&D) and provides
consultant service on an international scale.
Contact: Raina NISKANEN

The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5
inches. That's an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used? Because
that's the way they built them in England, and English expatriates built
the US Railroads.
Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were
built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's
the gauge they used. Why did "they" use that gauge then? Because the people
who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for
building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.
Okay! Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing? Well, if
they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some
of the old, long distance roads in England, because that's the spacing of
the wheel ruts.
So who built those old rutted roads? Imperial Rome built the first long
distance roads in Europe (and England) for their legions. The roads have
been used ever since. And the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots formed
the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying
their wagon wheels. Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they
were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. The United States standard
railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original
specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot. And bureaucracies live
So the next time you are handed a spec and told we have always done it that
way and wonder what horse's ass came up with that, you may be exactly
right, because the Imperial Roman war chariots were made just wide enough
to accommodate the back ends of two war horses. Now the twist to the

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big
booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are
solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their
factory in Utah. The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred
to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the
factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to
run through a tunnel in the mountains. The SRBs had to fit through that
tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the
railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world's
most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years
ago by the width of a Horse's ass.

And you thought being a horse's ass wasn't important?
Contact: Bill PARLETTE

Cordialement - Best regards - Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Paris, 10 May 2004

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Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Number of subscribers
The efita newsletter has now less than 2600 subscribers. Please tell you
friends, colleagues and enemies to subscribe our newsletter. And do not
forget to send your contributions (news, joke).

"E-business for Small and Medium enterprises" community
Contact: Joke GEYSEN
mailto:joke.geysen (a)

I-Space club
I-Space is a "club" for suppliers and existing and potential users of space
services and applications. Its activities are aimed at creating new
services and products or enhancing the efficiency and economics of those
that already exist, and more generally, at developing economic activities
associated with the utilization of space infrastructures.

Cadastral Geographic Information Systems in Europe (A new publication of
Contact: Remetey-Fülöpp, Gábor (Dr.)
mailto:remeteyfg (a)

Forest for Life / World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)

Finding contacts and business partners in the ten new Member States

CropLife international conference: Plant Science and the World Food Agenda

Crop protection conference calendar

International BioControl Manufacturers Association

More publishers sign up for AGORA initiative as demand soars for scientific
literature in world's poorest countries
AGORA initiative to provide free or low-cost science journals sees
significant increase in user participation as more publishers agree to
provide online access to scientific journals on food and agriculture.
Since the initiative was launched in October 2003, more than 250
institutions in 50 countries - from the 69 countries eligible - have
registered to use these valuable online resources. In addition, eleven new
publishers have signed on to the initiative complementing the original
group of nine international publishing houses that helped found AGORA.

> Full list of partners

This is making a significant impact on researchers, students and others in
the scientific community in developing countries and countries in
AGORA provides access to more than 500 key journals in food, nutrition,
agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences. It
responds to the demand for scientific literature in developing countries
that has gone unfulfilled for many years. For thousands of students,
researchers and academics in the world's poorest countries, gaining access
to current scientific information is a daily struggle. While students are
unable to access the literature and acquire the knowledge they need,
researchers and academics are confronted with mounting difficulties in
publishing their findings in peer-reviewed journals, updating their
teaching curricula and identifying funding.
"I am young research scientist with the Savanna Agricultural Research
Institute of Ghana and we are working towards alleviating poverty in the
most deprived area in my country," explains Adams Frimpong. "I can now
access this valuable source of knowledge for the benefit of my people and
the scientific community at large."
FAO is seeking to increase participation from users and publishers even
further, and is implementing strategies to reach those countries which, as
of yet, have no subscribers.
"The growth of the AGORA initiative has been exceptional," states Anton
Mangstl, Director of FAO's Library and Documentation Systems Division, "We
are confident that, before long, we will receive full participation from
all 69 eligible countries."
Contact: Charlotte MASIELLO
mailto:charlotte.masiello (a)

Paddy at it again...!!!
Paddy, pissed as a newt, is driving home the local pub. He turns a corner
and much to his horror he sees, in his blurred vision, a tree in the middle
of the road. He swerves to avoid it and almost too late realizes that there
is yet another tree directly in his path. He swerves again and discovers
that his drive home has turned into a slalom course, causing him to veer
from side to side to avoid all the trees.
Moments later he hears the sound of a police siren and brings his car to a
stop. The officer approaches his car and asks him what on earth he was
doing. Paddy tells his story of the trees in the road when the officer
stops him mid-sentence and says, "Fer Christ sakes Paddy shape up - that's
yer air freshener."
Contact: Mick HARKIN
mailto:harkin (a)
Paris, 17 May 2004

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Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Please feel free to provide us with news that will feed this newsletter.
Without your active participation it will die…
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
mailto:waksman (a)

New developments in EU Environmental Policy - Obligations of the Member
7 - 8 June 2004 - Luxembourg
See: (conferences and seminars)

Women and Sustainable Rural Development in Europe
7 - 10 June, 2004 - Cyprus
Contact: George ADAMIDES
mailto:adamides (aa)

Bio-inspired Intelligent Information Systems (Bio-i3)

e-Business for SMEs PME
Contact: Jos PAULUSSE
mailto: jpa (a)

A model for evaluating web site
Contact: René HUSKEN
mailto:r.husken (a)

Examples of e-Business training programme in The Netherlands
> First phase
1. Internet and E-mail for absolute beginners (2 half-days)
2. Basic web design (4 half-days)
3. Hosting: possibilities and costs (1 half-days)
> Second phase
4. Attractiveness of websites, using search engines (2 half-days)
5. Content Management Systems (2 half-days)
6. How to attach a "shopping basket” (2 half-days)
7. CRM (2 half-days)
8. Stock management (2 half-days)
Contact: Harry KRUL
mailto:krul (a)

Victor and Donna were both patients in a mental hospital
One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Victor
suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and
stayed there. Donna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom
and pulled Victor to safety. When the psychiatric director became aware of
Donna's heroic act, he immediately ordered her to be discharged from the
hospital, as he now considered her to be mentally stable. When he went to
tell Donna the news, he said "Donna, I have good news and bad news."
"The good news is you're being discharged. Since you were able to
rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of another
patient, I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness."
"The bad news is Victor, the patient you saved, hung himself in the
bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am sorry, but
he is dead."
Donna replied "He didn't hang himself. I put him there to dry. How soon do
I go home?"
Contact: Tony PEERS
mailto:tony (a)
Paris, 24 May 2004

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Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Please feel free to provide us with news that will feed this newsletter.
Without your active participation it will die…
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
mailto:waksman (a)

Wanted: Experience on LEADER+
If you are involved in a LEADER+ project, please contact me. I would like
to exchange information.
mailto:katonaj (a)

Behaviour of Pesticides in Air, Soils and Water
8 - 9 July 2004 - Cologne (DE)

Workshop: Multilingual eContent Management
16 June 2004 - Brussels, Belgium
The basic theme is how one can manage eBusiness content issues on a
multilingual basis. Participants receive an overview of eBusiness topics
relevant to standardization, focusing for the first time on the previously
neglected aspect of multilinguality paired with practice-oriented solution

EVA - Electronic imaging in the Virtual Art
July 26-30, 2004 - London
A team of Russian researchers will describe current research in e-culture,
multimedia, electronic imaging, visual art and cultural heritage at the EVA
2004 conference.
EVA - Electronic imaging in the Virtual Art - will be held in London, UK on
July 26-30, 2004. It includes presentations of new research projects funded
by the European Commission's IST programme as well as case studies and the
use of virtual reality in cultural application.
The Russian team will be meeting EU researchers at the conference to
discuss potential research collaboration. Information on expertise and
project ideas of about 40 Russian organisations will be available at the
Russian exhibition stand.
Contact: Olga Pekushkina
mailto:olga.pekushkina (a)

PROGIS-Conference 2004 "IT in Rural Areas"
22 - 24 September 2004 - Austria / Carinthia
PROGIS will organize its International Conference 2004 this year again in
Austria / Carinthia, at the lovely "Woerthersee" and would like to invite
you cordially to take part. See new technologies - get new ideas - talk
with other participants - take home benefits for you!
Many new IT-challenges will result from the joining of 10 new countries to
the European Community and from new EU-legal regulations. Winners will be
those who adopt approved concepts and who will be visionary enough to
enable further developments which will increase automatically their own
With this conference, PROGIS wants to bring together relevant
organizations, partners and customers in order to give answers to important
questions linked to legal requirements, to show solutions and to share
experiences of users coming from many European countries.
After our conferences last year, with a total of 150 participants coming
from 15 countries we could convince many of our partners being on the right
way and could also find some new, very innovative thinking partners who are
bringing IT and specifically PROGIS based products to the entire rural area
of their countries. Farmers, foresters, mayors, utility managers,
cooperatives in forestry and agriculture as well as public organizations
are meanwhile heavily using PROGIS products or components of our product
Are you interested in finding out answers, see practical examples and learn
for your benefits? If yes, please join the upcoming PROGIS conference "IT
in Rural Areas"!

A prerequisite to effective implementation of e commerce procedures…
Facilities for sampling, testing, grading and certification of agricultural
produce are necessary before commodities can be traded by e-commerce. These
should be available as near the site of harvesting of the produce as
possible. At present, this task is done by brokers/agents of buyers of the
produce. The farmer has to take the word of the broker which may sometimes
be unreliable yet hard to challenge. An assessment by accredited, neutral,
professional agency that performs the task accurately, reliably and
promptly at reasonable cost will greatly help the farmer and the buyer
alike, particularly in e-commerce.
I am speaking this in the context of food grain farming and trading at the
farmer's level in India.
Contact: Choppella V.Ramachandra Murti
mailto:cvrmurti (a)

Cinderella is now 95 years old.
After a fulfilling life with the now dead prince, she happily sits upon her
rocking chair, watching the world go by from her front porch, with a cat
named Bob for companionship. One sunny afternoon out of nowhere, appeared
the fairy godmother. Cinderella said, "Fairy Godmother, what are you doing
here after all these years"? The fairy godmother replied, "Cinderella, you
have lived an exemplary life since I last saw you. Is there anything for
which your heart still yearns?"

Cinderella was taken aback, overjoyed, and after some thoughtful
consideration, she uttered her first wish: "The prince was wonderful but
not much of an investor. I'm living hand to mouth on my disability checks,
and I wish I were wealthy beyond comprehension".

Instantly her rocking chair turned into solid gold. Cinderella said "Ooh,
thank you, Fairy Godmother." The fairy godmother replied, "It is the least
that can do." "What do you want for your second wish?"

Cinderella looked down at her frail body, and said, "I wish I were young
and full of the beauty and youth I once had." At once, her wish became
reality, and her beautiful young visage returned.

Cinderella felt stirrings inside of her that had been dormant for years.
And then the fairy godmother spoke once more:
"You have one more wish; what shall it be?"

Cinderella looks over to the frightened cat in the corner and says, "I wish
for you to transform Bob, my faithful old cat, into a kind and handsome
young man."

Magically, Bob suddenly underwent so fundamental a change in his biological
make-up that, when he stood before her, he was a man so beautiful the likes
of him neither she nor the world had ever seen.

The fairy godmother said, "Congratulations, Cinderella, enjoy your new
life!" With a blazing shock of bright blue electricity, the fairy Godmother
was gone as suddenly as she appeared.

> >For a few eerie moments, Bob and Cinderella looked into each other's
eyes. Cinderella sat, breathless, gazing at the most beautiful, stunningly
perfect man she had ever seen.

Then Bob walked over to Cinderella, who sat transfixed in her rocking
chair, and held her close in his young muscular arms. He leaned in close,
blowing her golden hair with his warm breath as he whispered.........

"BET YOU'RE SORRY YOU NEUTERED ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!."

Contact : Christopher WATHES
mailto:christopher.wathes (a)

About the EFITA mailing list
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announce any event / product / web site / joke… related to IT in
agriculture, environment, food industry and rural areas, and send me all e-
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Paris, 31 May 2004

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Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Looking for information
I am the principal of a private agricultural school "COGULLADA" (owning by
a saving bank). It is the oldest agricultural training school in Spain.
Right now, we are involved to develop a Agricultural Information Center
that it will be starting in November of 2004. The main aim of this service
is to give classified and organized information for the more important
agricultural sectors (fruits, horticultural, wine, pork production, ...)
and it is based in a web pages plus some e-reports. But our second
objective is to introduce the use of IT in small and medium agricultural
We have some European experiences to networking in agricultural education,
but we are looking for some European network in this new area. Can you tell
me, how is the EFITA contact person in Spain?. Do you know of some similar
projects in Europe?.
Contact: José A. DOMINGUEZ - Director Escuela Agraria de Cogullada - 50014
- Zaragoza
E-mail: ib301235 (a)

- Our efita links in Spain are weak. However, I think that the Spanish
subscribers of this newsletter will contact you.
- You should contact Jos PAULUSSE (jpa (a), who is the leader of a
LdV project called " E-business tools and strategy in SME in agriculture
and food processing industries".

Introduction to the following announcement
We are forwarding you, the email that we have received from Mr. Olavi
Luotonen (EC - IST) annunciating the AMI@Work launch 7/9 June Brussels
CONSEN has done some contribution to the RURAL@Work community with the
intention to develop this expert group and exchange experiences and
knowledge. We are trying to build some project proposal for next FP6-IST
programme or other world financing programmes.
We want to point out that there are three main areas of interest:
- First the workshop of the Rural@Work community (working together in
European and cross-disciplinary scope)
- Second the presentation of candidatures and elections to the Rural@Work
community Chairman and Vice-Chairman.
- Third the proposal of ideas and projects in a partnership day (finding
partners for collaborative European "dream teams")
Contact: Ferran Cabrer i Vilagut
E-mail : consen (a)

Launch Event of the collaborative AMI@Work communities and the Mobile
Strategic Objective
7-9 June - Brussels
The New Working Environments unit of the European Commission Information
Society Directorate-General fosters Information Society Technologies (IST)
research to catalyse systemic innovation, in order to enable high-quality
and productive person-centric and collaborative new working environments in
Europe. To achieve this aim it is necessary to link European "dream team"
communities of research and deployment in a cross-disciplinary manner.

>>>> Welcome to the Launch Event ofthe AMI@Work family of communities the
IST Strategic Objective "Applications and Services for the Mobile User and
Worker" projects!
The launch programme on Monday - Wednesday, 7-9 June 2004, will bring us
together on 3 different days. If you can come only for one day, do still
join us for that one day! Once we have met, even virtual collaboration
works better. You can register for one, some or all of the following parts
Monday, 7 June 10:00-20:00 AMI@Work Communities
Monday, 7 June 20:00-23:00 Family Dinner
Tuesday, 8 June 09:30-17:30 Main Launch Event Plenary
Tuesday, 8 June 17:45-19:45 3rd&4th Call Focus Plenary
Wednesday, 9 June 09:00-17:00 3rd&4th Call & AMI@Work SIGs Networking &

The AMI@Work family   of self-organising ERA communities links people in all
25 EU Member States   (and beyond) for a European Research and Innovation
Area (ERA) at work.   This family facilitates new working environments
innovation ERA-wide   and in EU 6th and 7th Framework Programmes of research
(FP6 and FP7).

Please kindly register today, or latest 1st June, at :

We strongly encourage rapid registration. This will allow you, if you wish,
to get to know your fellow participants beforehand and to start
collaborating at the AMI@Work Family Space and Community Spaces to prepare
for the event. You become a member of these virtual collaboration spaces
when you register. Your rapid registration will support our joint launch
event planning.
The event on 7-8 June at Heysel, Brussels Expo, is related to the MOSAIC
Specific Support Action, an EU project started on 1st March, and
collaborating closely in the AMI@Work communities launch. The event on 9
June is hosted by the Commission at Centre Borschette, Brussels.

>>>> Why should I participate and encourage my networks to join us on 7-9
June in Brussels?
Why would you wish to join us in Brussels in setting the AMI@Work family of
communities in movement? Why would you rapidly and strongly encourage your
colleagues, teams and networks to join us? Would you choose one or more of
these reasons?
* You wish to collaborate with leaders, users and experts for mobile or
collaborative new working environments, throughout Europe (and beyond). You
wish synergies, not to "reinvent the wheel". You wish to connect your
current networks with complementary networks. You see AMI@Work communities
as cross-fertilising development organisations or transition arenas to
reach for crucial systemic changes collaboratively.
* You wish to co-create a real working European Research and Innovation
Area for leaders, users and experts related to corporate, professional,
local, regional, national, European or global projects or "tribes" - where
the whole is clearly greater than the sum of the parts, where cross-
disciplinary value creation thrives, where "passionate pragmatists",
visionary early adopters, create a path to the future, together with
technological and societal innovators, to reach systemic innovation.
* You are enthusiastic about finding partners for collaborative European
"dream teams" with joint objectives and complementary competences for the
smaller 3rd Call (deadline fall 2004) or the larger 4th Call for Proposals
(deadline spring 2005) of European Information Society Technologies
research projects. You want to link people, create ties and extend your
networks across the 25 EU Member States (and beyond). While focussing on
the EU 6th Framework Programme, you may already contribute to the conception
of the 7th.
* You want to find out how far collaborative technologies can help us in
enabling a Rural Information Society, well-being at work or giving doctors
and nurses more support and time to care and cure. How can innovative
mobile work environments combine productivity and quality of life? What
technologies, processes, cultural learning and societal innovations will
sustain global 24-hour collaboration through time zones for product design
and service creation? How to drive innovation through societal reality? How
to test in living lab testbeds?
* You still believe that the Lisbon strategy goals stand a chance for
Europe to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy
in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better
jobs and greater social cohesion, when we manage to truly spark and sustain
the innovative, learning, agile, caring, pluralistic and collaborative
spirit of Europe. To reach our goals by 2010, more than linear
extrapolation of the past is needed. Catalyse innovation and set ambient
intelligence at work.
* You would like your AMI@Work communities to select leaders in open face-
to-face and electronic processes to reach cross-disciplinary leadership by
those who care, who convince and are trusted to lead, selected by
interested individuals - corporate, entrepreneurial, professional,
academic, government, media and citizens alike - also those who cannot
(yet) afford to travel but will collaborate and vote electronically. You
would wish to be among the drivers of the change.
* You would like to know whether AMI stands for Ambient Intelligence, a
friend (in French) or "Appel à Manifestation d'Intérêt" (call for
expressions of interest)? Or all of these and open for new meanings? Make
new working environments your friend by combining productivity growth with
well-being at work. Take the lead and collaborate. Call for expressions of
interest by European "dream teams" in "out-of-the-box" - cross-disciplinary
- innovative research which can make a difference for the Europeans.
* You believe that - fortunately - people may well desire to do their best,
help other people and build a meaningful knowledge based society, even if
they also want be innovative, entrepreneurial and successful.

>>>> Join Commissioner Erkki Liikanen and leading European research and
innovation visionaries and actors
Can we collaboratively catalyse a European movement for reorganising us and
our work, raising productivity, value creation and quality of life through
new working environments? Can we get on a new S-curve for European growth
through systemic innovation?
The Launch Event plenary session on 8 June will be opened by Erkki
Liikanen, the European Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society,
followed by leading European thinkers and actors from industry, academia,
research and government, as you will find out at the registration website.

>>>> Create, collaborate, construct in communities
The AMI@Work community sessions on 7 June for challenging validation
environments - and for technology themes and SEEM - will at the Launch
Event in Brussels be titled as follows :
Collaboration@Work - Knowledge@Work - Mobility@Work - SEEM@Work -
Rural@Work - Product Life-Cycle Management @Work - Well-being Services
@Work - Media@Work (new community!)
This suggested structure and the community initial ideas have their roots
in a number of promising contributions in the past years and in two
AMI@Work communities launch preparatory workshops held this spring. Join
the Launch Event to contribute your ideas and to "make our common pie
bigger" by collaborating. The visions, goals, next steps and structure are
open for changes and for future self-organising organic growth.
The first community launch sessions on 7 June will be facilitated by their
initial EU project facilitators. As you will find out at the registration
website, you are free to become a leader candidate for the community
leadership elections on 7 June to take the lead from there on. The first
community chairs and vice chairs will become members of the first AMI@Work
family Leadership Group, to lead the way for the next 10 months until April
2005. Then wider community Leadership Groups 2005-6 will have been elected
in electronic elections. Lead the way!
You will be able to reserve at the registration website open one-hour
sessions on 9 June for your 3rd & 4th Call project ideas - or for the 5th
Call, to be well prepared for strategic projects. You can also reserve open
one-hour sessions for your AMI@Work Special Interest Group (SIG) ideas for
cross-communities or community-specific SIGs. You can collaboratively
prepare for these sessions, using your AMI@Work session"s collaborative
space to facilitate this interactive process before and after 9 June.

>>>> Win-win investment
Registration is mandatory. Participants will be confirmed in order of
registration. Participation costs are indicated at the registration
website. The way to organise an event at this venue is to include variable
costs, such as meals, in a fee. Participants are responsible for their
travel and accommodation costs.
Participation is your investment in valuable collaboration and in
preparation for future research, development and deployment. Create and
share valuable ideas together to reach for meaningful systemic innovation -
for personal, business and societal value. Participate in cross-
disciplinary professional "dream teams". Win-win.
As the next AMI@Work family step for your calendar and planning milestones,
please note the Call for Ideas, closing 4 June, for the IST2004 Conference,
to be held in the Hague on 15-17 November 2004. You can enter the Call for
Ideas at : .

Contact: Olavi Luotonen
E-mail: Olavi.Luotonen (a)

Second call for papers for EWDA-04
Silsoe Research Institute, UK, on 27-29 September 2004
Papers are invited for a workshop on "Decision Problems in Agriculture and
Natural Resources" devoted to all aspects of management decisions in those
areas and the research issues that arise. Both theoretical issues and
application results are welcome. Topics covered by the workshop may
include, but are not restricted to, the following themes:
- Dynamic programming
- Bayesian networks and decision graphs
- Markov decision processes
- Linear programming
- Stochastic programming
- Parameter estimation and knowledge acquisition
- Learning from data
- Descriptive and normative decision tree techniques
- Agent modelling and simulation
This workshop is organised under the recently established EURO (Association
of European Operational Research Societies) Working Group for Operations
Research in Agriculture and Forest Management and continues a series begun
at the EFITA conference in 2001:
- Symposium at EFITA 2001 on Sequential Decisions under Uncertainty in
Agriculture and Natural Resources, Montpellier, France, June 2001
- First European Workshop on Sequential Decisions under Uncertainty in
Agriculture and Natural Resources, Toulouse, France, September 2002
- Symposium at EFITA 2003 on Model Based Decision Support Systems,
Debrecen, Hungary, June, 2003
For the full call for papers and other information see:
The closing date for submission of abstracts is 30 June 2004.
Contact: David Parsons
mailto: ewda04.sri (a)

I am the Boss
One day a man goes to a pet shop to buy a parrot. The assistant takes the
man to the parrot section and asks the man to choose one.
The man asks, "How much is the yellow one?" The assistant says, "$2000."
The man is shocked and asks the assistant why it's so expensive. The
assistant explains, "This parrot is a very special one. He knows
typewriting and can type really fast."
"What about the green one?" the man asks. The assistant says, "He costs
$5000 because he knows typewriting and can answer incoming telephone calls
and takes notes."
"What about the red one?" the man asks. The assistant says, "That one's
The man says, "What does HE do?"
The assistant says, "I don't know, he does nothing but the other two call
him boss."
Paris, 7 June 2004

EFITA newsletter / 162 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Two IPSI BgD multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary conferences
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Internet, Computer
Science and Engineering, Management and Business Administration, Education,
e-Medicine, Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, Environment Protection,
and e-Economy.
Venice, Italy (arrival: 10.11.2004. departure: 14.11.2004.)
Deadlines: 15 June 2004 (abstract) + 1 August 2004 (full paper).
Prague, Czeck Republic (arrival: 11.12.2004. departure: 14.12.2004.).
Deadlines: 15 July 2004 (abstract) + 1 September 2004 (full papers)
Contact: Prof. V. Milutinovic
E-mail :

Second Internazional Symposium on Sangiovese: identity of typical and
international winegrape
November 17-19, 2004 - Florence
Wine and Tuscany is a binomial to spread around the world the culture and
the tradition of a land .This binomial is mainly due to the Sangiovese.
Sangiovese is the main grapevine cultivar of vine, which constitutes the
ampelographic platform for wine production in Tuscany.
Contact: Daniele PAPI
E-mail: d.papi (a)

GM and non GM arable crops can co-exist in the EU without problems: says
new research paper

e-mail marketing
Contact: René HUSKEN
E-mail : r.husken (a)

e-Business in Bulgaria
Contact: Margarita TODOROVA
E-mail : marga_get (a)

e-Business Adviser Handbook

This is a checklist of the main points to consider when conducting e-
This is a checklist of the main points to consider when conducting e-
business. Our legal briefing notes which follow from this give more detail
of the issues involved in e-business and should be read to get a more
detailed overview of areas of difficulty and on which professional advice
should be sought. It is not intended that this checklist be used in
isolation of the legal briefings which have been drafted to be
read together.
- Consider your choice of domain name carefully from a branding perspective
- Consider whether you wish to register alternative spellings, variations,
permutations of your key domain name to further protect the brand in it
- Carry out checks to determine whether your domain name will infringe any
existing IP rights
- Consider registering a trademark to protect your business brand
- Plan the development of your website carefully and put in place a
contract with your web developer
- Draft your website specification carefully so that the end product is as
envisaged – it will act as the blueprint for the website
- Consider whether you have all necessary rights in relation to copyright
works (assignation/assignment or licence) from your web developer
- If a web host maintains and services your website consider what standard
of service the host is to provide for your website and document what is
- Obtain all necessary copyright consents for the use of third party
- Ensure that you are providing all required information to users
- Draft appropriate terms and conditions for use of your website and
consider what other information requires to be given to users
- Consider the impact that your website and its content might have on
users/customers in other countries
- Carry out a data audit to assess what personal data is held
- Notify with the Webmaster and ensure your notification is kept up to date
- Ensure you are processing personal data in a fair and lawful manner in
compliance with data protection legislation
- When trading online, ensure that your terms and conditions are
appropriate and consider how they are to be incorporated into a contract
- Take notice of the E-commerce legislation
- Consider who you are dealing with
- Consider the tax consequences of trading online
- When supplying digital products, ensure that you have all necessary
rights to do so and that appropriate licence terms are drafted
This briefing note sets out a brief description of the law in this field at
the time of writing and is for information purposes only. It should not be
regarded as legal advice or relied upon. Specific advice should always be
sought for particular facts and circumstances.
Voir :
Contact: René HUSKEN
E-mail : r.husken (a)

Cow Corporations (I did not remember all of them -GW)

> Traditional Corporation
You have two cows.
You sell one and buy a bull.
Your herd multiplies and the economy grows.
You sell them and retire on the income.

> American Corporation
You have two cows.
You sell three of them to your publicly listed company using letters of
credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then you execute a
debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four
cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six
cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island company
secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all
seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company
owns eight cows, with an option on one more. You sell one cow to buy a new
President of the United States, leaving you with nine cows.
No balance sheet is provided with the annual report.
The public buys your bull.

> Australian Corporation
You have two cows.
You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.
You are surprised when the cow drops dead.

> French Corporation
You have two cows.
You go on strike because you want 3 cows.

> Japanese Corporation
You have two cows.
You re-design them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and
produce 20 times the milk.
You then create clever cow cartoon images called Cowkimon and market them

> German Corporation
You have two cows.
You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk
They are so efficient that you have to make one cow redundant.

> British Corporation
You have two cows.
Both of them are mad.

> Italian Corporation
You have two cows, but you don't know where they are.
You think that one of the cows may be being milked by the mafia.
You break for lunch.

> Russian Corporation
You have two cows.
You count them and learn you have five cows.
You count them again, and learn you have 42 cows.
You count them again, and learn you have 12 cows.
You stop counting cows and open another crate of vodka.

> Swiss Corporation
You have 5000 cows, none of which belong to you.
You charge the owners for storing them.
Some of the cows were stolen from the Jews by the Nazis during the Second
World War.

> Chinese Corporation
You have two cows.
You have 300 people milking them.
You claim full employment, high bovine productivity and arrest the newsman
that reported the numbers.

> Indian Corporation
You have two cows.
The entire workforce spends its time worshipping your cows.
> New Zealand Corporation
You have two cows.
The one on the left is kinda cute…

Contact: Ian HOUSEMAN
E-mail : ian.houseman (a)
Paris, 14 June 2004

EFITA newsletter / 163 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Environmentally Friendly Spray Application Techniques
4-6 October, 2004 - Warsaw
E-mail : gdoru(a)

European Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming

Portal to European Union law: includes the Official Journal, Treaties,
preparatory acts for future legislation, and case law of the Court of

The First International Agriculture Virtual Trade Show and Exhibition
Be part of the first-ever international agricultural trade show and
exhibition on the Internet and take advantage of this new marketing
AHead Business Solutions Ltd. is leading the way and setting the example to
the industry.
This is the leading online resource event for manufacturers in the major
sectors of the agriculture such as irrigation, agricultural machinery,
fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides, greenhouses, research, packaging,
organic agriculture, seeds, projects management, fishing and gardening.
The exhibition organizers expect half a million industry professionals from
all over the world.

FloraMatch web-software
> FloraMatch is an innovative multi-functional software, specially
developed to help nursery professionals in nurturing intensively grown
ornamental crops.
> FloraMatch enables the user to create his optimal fertilization programs
based on Haifa’s off-the-shelf, or customized Flora-Power products:
- Multicote® (granular controlled- release & chloride- free nutrients) of
assorted formulae.
- MultiMixTM (plant nutrition products for mixing in the growth substrate)
of various formulae.
> FloraMatch guides the user in selecting his necessary products by
choosing the right ingredients to meet any desirable composition of
nutritional elements, and with any longevity.
> FloraMatch illustrates individual nutrients release-curves, predicting
the availability of nutrients to the plant throughout the longevity period,
based on expected substrate temperatures.
> FloraMatch offers a comprehensive database of nutritional requirements of
many ornamental plants, to help the user make his right choice.
> FloraMatch is easily operated over the web, thereby letting the user
employ the most updated version of the software and products lines. >
FloraMatch enables the user to save the complete nutrition scheme to his
private folder for future uses.

This progress should be regarded as an additional step made by Haifa to
develop its leading position in the domain of complete control over
supplying crop nutritional requirements.
Since the 90’s, Haifa considers the Controlled Release Fertilizers (CRF)
sector as one of best controlling means over plant nutrition, and invests
in it accordingly. Launching the FloraMatch is the latest step in
establishing the Flora-Power brand for all products and application methods
dedicated to the ornamental sector.
Similar steps are being made by Haifa by focusing on specialty products,
targeted primarily for Nutrigation and foliar feeding of crops, at precise
timing and carefully checked application rates.

Personal access codes are supplied by Mr. Yoav Levy
E-mail : Yoavl(a)

Moral Dilemma: This test only has one question but it's a very important

Please don't answer it without giving it some serious thought. By giving an
honest answer you will discover where you stand morally.

The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation in which you
will have to make a decision. Remember that your answer needs to be honest,
yet spontaneous. Please scroll down slowly and consider each line.
Thoughtfulness is important for this evaluation to be meaningful.


Begin . . . .
You are in Florida . . .

in Miami to be exact . . .

There is chaos all around you caused by a hurricane with severe flooding.

This is a flood of biblical proportions.

You are a photojournalist working for a major newspaper and you're caught
in the middle of this great disaster.

The situation is nearly hopeless.

You are trying to shoot career making photos.

There are houses and people swirling around you, some disappearing under
the water. Nature is showing all of it's destructive fury.

You see a man in the water. He is fighting for his life, trying not to be
swept away with the debris.

You move closer . . . somehow the man looks familiar.

Suddenly you know who it is . . . it's George W. Bush!

And the raging waters are about to take him under, forever.
You have two options: You can save him or you can take the most dramatic
photographs of your career.
The Moral Dilemma looms!

...You can save the life of George W. Bush, or you can shoot a Pulitzer
Prize winning photo, documenting the death of one of the world's most
powerful and influential men.

Here's the question... PLEASE give an honest answer:
Would you select colour film or would you rather go with the classic
simplicity of black and white?

Contact: Mick HARKIN
E-mail: harkin(a)
Paris, 21 June 2004

EFITA newsletter / 164 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

ACTA Informatique newsletter (in French) > 21000 subscribers
This weekly newsletter has around 10 to 15 pages. You can subscribe it on
our web site.
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN

"Moral Dilemma"
I'm offended by your "Moral Dilemma" question because you are misusing your
position to make a political statement. If you used the name of the French
president instead what kind of response would your international readers
have? Grow up.
Contact: Howard J. WOODARD
E-mail: howard.woodard(a)

My answer
Our Irish friend Mick Harkin, send me the joke about Bush. I redirected
your message to him. I hope that you have no doubt about our capacity to
disseminate good jokes in French about Chirac.

Consumers, Farmers and Food: Reconciling the future
Conference organised by The Royal Institute of International Affairs
5 and 6 July 2004 - Chatham House, London
- Are we eating ourselves to death?
- Are big food companies to blame for the obesity epidemic?
- What is wrong with our diet and how do we change it?
- Can food labelling help people make sensible choices?
- How do we cope with multiple levels of global governance in food policy?
- Wealth and poverty - how do they affect food choices?
Contact: Dino RIBEIRO
E-mail: dribeiro(a) or

U.K. Food Standard Agency

Food traceability report

GeoTraceAgri project

EU Foodtrace project

European Food Safety Authority

Does IT Matter?

The Brothel
Two Irishmen were sitting in a pub having beer and watching the brothel
across the street. They saw a Baptist minister walk into the brothel, and
one of them said, "Aye, 'tis a shame to see a man of the cloth goin' bad."
Then they saw a Rabbi enter the brothel, and the other Irishman said, "Aye,
'tis a shame to see that the Jews are fallin' victim to temptation." Then
they saw a Catholic priest enter the brothel, and one of the Irishmen said,
"What a terrible of the girls must be quite ill."
Contact: Bill PARLETTE
Mél : billparlette(a)
Paris, 28 June 2004

EFITA newsletter / 165 / European Federation for Information Technology in
Agriculture, Food and the Environment

European Dairy Farmers: "Perspectives on Dairy Farming in Europe after Mid
Term review"
30 June - 3 July 2004 - Carmarthen, Wales

Slovenia – a new ICT Partner in the Union - Together towards a knowledge-
based European Economy
8 July 2004 - Brussels
E-mail: info(a)

18th IFIP World Computer Congress: Information and Communications
Technologies and Sciences
22-27 August 2004 - Toulouse, France

Third New Ag International Conference and Exhibition
16-18 March, 2005 - Antalya, Turkey

When you send me a message, I think that you accept that this message will
be published. But I do not intend to hurt anybody. If you ask me to not
publish your message, I will not.
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN
E-mail: waksman(a)

"Moral Dilemma" (1)
You know, the disputes between readers are about the best part of your
invaluable and excellent newsletter!
Contact: Gertjan HOFSTEDE
E-mail: gertjan.hofstede(a)

"Moral Dilemma" (2)
Further to "Moral Dilemma"... your newsletter is the most politically
incorrect newsletter I receive... excellent, please keep up the good work -
don't get shy. If we cannot laugh at ourselves collectively then we won't
get very far as a civilisation will we.
Contact: Trevor Atkins
E-mail: trevor.atkins(a)

"Moral Dilemma" (3)
I would say that a signal that you are grown up is the ability to
distinguish between a joke and a political statement. In cases like Mr.
Woodard's in Italy we talk about "coda di paglia" (straw tail) :-))). I
remain waiting for your jokes on Chirac, and please don't forget
Berlusconi, Blair and Zapatero.
Contact: Maurizio CANAVARI
E-mail: maurizio.canavari(a)

EUROPEAN UNION - organisational responsibilities
Having apparently caused offence by the "political" joke, your next issue
goes for both religion and virtues of women at the same time. Way to go!

               Heaven         Hell
Cooks          French         British
Mechanics      German         French
Lovers         Italian        Swiss (I know they're not in it, but it
Policemen      British        German
Organisers     Swiss          Italian

I'm told this gets universal approval by those concerned, but if not I
guess you'll soon be finding out. I'd prefer you did not give my email out,
just in case I get a visit from the humour police... (? American)
Contact: Andy GILBERT

News on genetic resources for food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

ICTs are shaping the future of ACP agriculture

The WCRF/AICR Expert Report, Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer:
a global perspective

The European Arable Farmers
A network of leading arable farmers to exchange experience and knowledge.

Cow Corporation from Slovenia
You have two cows.
You earn enough with selling milk & calves, subsidies for sustainable
breeding, project on small business with 2 cows and tourism on the farm. As
soon as you buy a big black limousine, first cow drops dead because of your
neighbor's envy. Second cow is stand accused to produce milk with lethal
4,6% fat content and is imprisoned until your business is ruined.
Contact: Vlasta KNAPIC
E-mail: vlasta.knapic(a)

Genders: You may not know that many non-living things have a gender; For

1) Ziploc Bags -- They are Male, because they hold everything in, but you
can see right through them.

2) Copiers -- They are Female, because once turned off, it takes a while to
warm them up again. It's an effective reproductive device if the right
buttons are pushed, but can wreak havoc if the wrong buttons are pushed.

3) Tire -- Male, because it goes bald and it's often over-inflated.

4) Hot Air Balloon -- Male, because, to get it to go anywhere, you have to
light a fire under it, and of course, there's the hot air part.

5) Sponges -- Female, because they're soft, squeezable and retain water.

6) Web Page -- Female, because it's always getting hit on.

7) Subway -- Male, because it uses the same old lines to pick people up.

8) Hourglass -- Female, because over time, the weight shifts to the bottom.

9) Hammer -- Male, because it hasn't changed much over the last 5,000
years, but it's handy to have around.

10) Remote Control -- Female..... Ha! You thought it'd be male. But
consider this -- it gives a man pleasure, he'd be lost without it, and
while he doesn't always know the right buttons to push, he keeps trying.

Contact: Bill PARLETTE
E-mail: billparlette(a)

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