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Paris, 25 August 2003

EFITA newsletter / 123 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

@RURAL conference (see efita newsletter dated 21 July, 2003)
Conference Centre Albert Borschette. Rue Froissart 36. Room AB-OD
15 September 2003 - Brussels
- to present policy issues to participants (eEurope2005, Rural Development policy of the EU, Declaration of Valencia…)
- to identify ICT adoption possibilities offered by FP6
- to create a current and future meeting place to facilitate exchanges of information, experience and plans between all Europeans actors - including the setting up of common projects at a European level
- to identity all actors involved in such projects tin an effort to try to establish cooperation rather than competition in program development and implementation
- to establish three core groups of professionals for the above priorities with networking facilities
The registration form is available on the EFITA web site.
Contacts: Jerome STEFFE, Karel CHARVÁT,

2nd international conference on information systems & innovative technologies in agriculture, food and environment
18-20 March 2004, Thessaloniki, Greece
Organised by Hellenic Association of Information and Communication Technology in Agriculture, Food and Environment (HAICTA)
Deadline for abstracts submission: 15 September 2003
Contact: Basil MANOS

Memorandum of understanding for International Cooperation on the Utilisation of IT for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
See :

European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology

Use of ICT in Czech Republic Agriculture (July 2002)
55% of agrarian enterprises (>100 ha) are connected to the Internet.
Contact: Radek BRAZDA

Intra- and inter-enterprise traceability (EFITA 2003 conference)
Traceability along the agri-food supply chain basically is the combination of two processes: intra-enterprise traceability and inter-enterprise traceability.
At first traceability is a problem that each enterprise has to address. However if enterprises working in the same sector adopt different ways to describe the input, the production processes, the output… there will be no way to communicate information either to providers or to clients.
This is the reason why it is necessary to focus attention on the adoption of common data references at enterprise level (farm), to describe e.g. crop protection chemicals, implements, interventions, analysis (soil, milk, etc.) in the same way.
As traceability at intra-enterprise level is becoming established, traceability at inter-enterprise level may be seen as totally linked to logistics that makes it necessary to have a precise identification of all products (see bar codes). As far as information about these products is concerned, three options are most often considered:
- The first type is information of a proprietary nature and this remains at the enterprise level, and it will be "publicly" published only when a problem occurs. This is the basis of most available traceability systems today.
- The second type of information has to be transmitted along the chain e.g. to guarantee its quality (see organic farming production). In this case, the role of the Internet and of its low-cost information exchanges (see web services and XML formats) is increasing, when the type utilising EDIFACT should diminish if new actors succeed in imposing their solutions.
- The third type of information is managed by neutral third parties, which develop information exchange platforms. These platforms are multilingual and multi-actor platforms. Producers and distributors keep there the whole story of all the products that they produce and distribute. The success of such platforms remains questionable today and will depend on the attitude of the main distribution networks.
Contact: Guy WAKSMAN

ETI.NET – Italian E-traceability web-based platform for the collection and sharing of traceability information
Eti.NET is a web-based platform making traceability system IT enabled. Eti.NET enables the stakeholders to record, compile, transfer and interrogate complex traceability information at every stage of the food chain - production, processing, distribution and delivery. A robust central data storage is set up for each specific food chain facilitating the real- time collection, authentication and retrieval of any traceability information quickly and effectively. The food industry sectors supported by Eti.NET platform are: Fresh and processed vegetables, Farm assurance schemes, Livestock (bovine, porcine, ovine and caprine animals), Dairy industries, Wood industries and Fishery products. manages the chain traceability i.e. traceability between links in the chain. The focus is on information, which accompanies the product from one link in the chain to the next to extend traceability for any product through all stages of production, processing and distribution. Eti.NET creates a link between materials, their origin and processing, distribution and location after delivery. Information concerning each batch are real-time available to all the other stakeholders. A food chain holder (chain supervisor) can retrieve via Internet a real-time overview of the chain data flow i.e. information on the identity of the single batches/units/lots, where they have been and when.
Eti.NET follows a food, feed, food-producing animal or substance through all stages of production and distribution. The food chain is built up by linking up and integrating data collection and recording systems throughout the plant/operation giving real- time validation to ensure compliance with quality procedures and guaranteeing full backward and forward traceability. Eti.Net is provided for rent as application service provisioning (ASP): no buying costs, no investments charge. The platform is full web based: no local installation required, only web browser is needed. The time for the implementation/upgrading of IT enabled traceability systems within a food chain can be dramatically reduced with minimal changes in process control systems. Eti.NET integrates data from multiple sources using the XML standard.
Eti.NET is composed of (1) Web- interfaces for the data entry, data editing and data retrieval, (2) Files uploading procedures (XML and ASCII files) to gather data from existing on- industries IT systems, (3) A robust central database. The modules (1) and (2) have been developed in Microsoft .NET environment, the database is SQLServer 2000. The Italian Association of Breeders (AIA) currently uses platform for its Cattle Tracing Scheme. The system records the identification and slaughtering of Cattle and the cattle movements. A Beef Labelling Scheme completes the traceability chain from abattoir to plate for fresh and frozen beef/veal and processed beef products. The service manages the traceability information of around 2,6 millions of animals and is accessed by 50-70 users daily. platform is also used to manage the following food chains in the south of Italy: processed tomato (San Marzano tomato), olive oil, production of “limoncello” (Italian lemon liqueur) from “penisola sorrentina” lemons (Naples), “Caciocavallo” cheese.
Contact: Gianfranco GIANNERINI

Agricultural information and decision support by SMS (EFITA 2003 conference)
A warning system where up-to-date and local agricultural information is communicated by SMS is developed in Denmark. The system has two types of warnings: Push-type warnings are sent regularly or when certain criteria are met, as specified by the user, while pull-type warnings are sent on the user’s request by SMS. A web-based DSS, which require data updated frequently by the user, has been enabled for operation by SMS. Applying widely distributed and well-known technology, the SMS systems make information and decision support available to the farmer whenever he needs it and wherever he is.
Contact: Iver THYSEN

Zebediah was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers, called pullets, and eight or ten roosters, whose job was to fertilize the eggs. Zeb kept records, and any rooster that didn't perform well went into the soup pot and was replaced. That took an awful lot of Zeb's time, so Zeb got a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters.
Each bell had a different tone so that Zeb could tell, from a distance, which rooster was performing.
Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report simply by listening to the bells.
Zeb's favorite rooster was old Brewster. A very fine specimen he was, too. But on this particular morning, Zeb noticed that Brewster's bell had not rung at all...
Zeb went to investigate.
The other roosters were chasing pullets, bells a-ringing!!! The pullets, hearing the roosters coming would run for cover.
But, to Zeb's amazement, Brewster had his bell in his beak so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.
Zeb was so proud of Brewster that he entered him in the county fair.
Brewster was an overnight sensation...
The judges not only awarded him the No Bell Piece Prize but also the Pulletsurprise...
Contact: Tony Peers

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