Welcome to ICT-AGRI

The overall goal of ICT-AGRI is to strengthen the European research within the area of precision farming and to develop a common European research agenda concerning ICT and robotics in agriculture. ICT-AGRI develops international research calls to pool fragmented human and financial resources over the boundaries of the participating countries, in order to improve both the efficiency and the effectiveness of Europe’s research efforts. More info can be found here.

ICT-AGRI Workshops at EFITA and ECPA

ICT-AGRI organises workshops at two major conferences within ICT and Precision Agriculture in July 2017:

  • At EFITA in Montpellier 5th July 11:10
  • At ECPA in Edinburgh 19th July 14:00

The main content is at both workshops to discuss a new Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda with practioners researchers, developers, companies and policy makers. Everybody are welcome

New Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda

ICT-AGRI requires your help for a new Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda.

Has new technologies and increased investments in ICT for agriculture resulted in a higher adoption by farmers? If not everywhere, then somewhere? Are there good lessons to learned? Contribute to a simple survey on adoption rates!

Are the last twenty years' reasons for low adoption by farmers still valid? ICT-AGRI suggests ten common reasons that may not to be valid anymore. Do you agree? 

What do we really know about adoption of ICT by farmers? If you have access to investigations on adoption, please submit a link or upload a pdf

ICT-AGRI Call 2017 - Information for Funders

The ICT-AGRI Call 2017 provides funding for 5,750,000 € from 14 funders in 8 EU countries, 2 associated countries and 2 overseas countries (New Zealand and Argentina). Some funders will support research and development and others will support innovation and business development. ICT-AGRI wants opportunities for as many projects as possible and is therefore grateful for the interest and commitments from the participating funders. 

The call is still open for any interested funding agency. ICT-AGRI has defined very flexible conditions for participation, even without a commitment to allocate a certain amount of funding. Read information for funders.

Ready to cropUP?

cropUP is a unique program where entrepreneurs and startups that develop innovative products and services for the agrifood or forestry sector will have the opportunity to be part of an agrifood & forestry startup community linked to an agrifood & forestry innovation ecosystem.

DG Agri and Rural Development published final report - "Digitising the Agri-Food sector"

BRUSSELS, November 2016 - In the course of preparing for the next work programme 2018-2020 under Horizon 2020, the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) organised a workshop in Brussels on 28 - 29 September 2016 on the theme of "Digitizing the agri-food sector". The final report of this workshop sums up the results of the expert discussions.

Invitation for innovators in agriculture: Call for contribution to Smart AKIS database of Smart Farming Technologies

Open call for providers of Smart Farming solutions, research projects and results  to voluntarily feed the Inventory of Smart AKIS, through filling in an online survey. Thus, if you are a provider of Smart Farming solutions, either an established multinational company, an SME, a start-up or a spin-off, or a research group with promising new technologies applicable to the Smart Agriculture field, you can fill in the survey for your proposal to be included and showcased on Smart AKIS Inventory of Smart Farming solutions.

Recent STOA study on "Precision Agriculture and the Future of Farming in Europe"

What can European farming expect from new technologies? How will information technology revolutionise agriculture in the 21st century? That is the question investigated by a recently published study on ‘Precision Agriculture and the Future of Farming in Europe’, which was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel. An article from the European Parliamentary Research Service Blog written by Lieve Van Woensel with James Tarlton summarizes the main issues of the study.

Virtual training in Smart Farming technologies - Kick-off for EU-project "GATES"

ATHENS. The Agricultural University of Athens, Smart AKIS Coordinator, hosted on January 18th the kick-off meeting of “GATES - Applying GAming TEchnologies for training professionals in Smart Farming” project, funded by Horizon 2020.

GATES will develop a serious game-based training platform, in order to train professionals across the agricultural value chain on the use of Smart Farming Technologies (SFT), thus allowing deploying its full economic and environmental potential in European agriculture.

Internet of Food & Farm 2020 started on 1st of January

BRUSSELS. A consortium of 71 partners, led by Wageningen UR and other core partners of previous key projects will extend and leverage the agricultural ecosystem and architecture that was already established in earlier projects. The IoF2020 project is dedicated to accelerate adoption of "Internet of Things" (IoT) for securing sufficient, safe and healthy food to strengthen competitiveness of farming and food chains in Europe. The big project is meant to consolidate Europe’s leading position in the global IoT industry by fostering a symbiotic ecosystem of farmers, food industry, technology providers and research institutes.

EIP-AGRI Seminar Report published: "Data revolution: emerging new data-driven business models in the agri-food sector"

ICT and sensor-based technologies increase the amount of data collected in agriculture and throughout the whole supply chain. This development offers significant potential for new data-driven business models. In June 2016, DG AGRI organised a seminar in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the framework of the EIP-AGRI. The goal was to reflect on how Agricultural and rural development policy can support the data revolution for an enhanced productivity and sustainability in the wide agri-food chain. https://ec.europa.eu/eip/agriculture/en/Seminar_Data_Revolution

It pays to pay!

Levitating frog in a strong magnetic field

Why researchers that pay to get published are NOT mad.

Researchers are an odd race. Like journalists, they write articles. Their articles might have less sexy topics than those of journalists (see framed text for a great example), but nonetheless they are well-written pieces of text, backed up by excellent graphs of their painstakingly collected data. But unlike journalists, researchers don’t get paid for writing them. They usually write their articles for free. Moreover, in recent times, some researchers actually started paying their publishers to get their articles published! And they’ve got good reasons to do so. It really pays to pay!

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