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.

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.

ICT-AGRI Call 2017 - Farm Management Systems

ICT-AGRI is preparing a call for transnational projects to be launched in December 2016. The call mode will be a virtual common pot meaning that grants from a funding agency can only be given to applicants from the same country. A one step application procedure will be applied with a final selection based on peer reviews. 
The scope of the call is to support activities concerning the implementation of Smart Applications on farms:
  • Agricultural research for scientifically-based detection and decision/deduction
  • ICT development for applications for the FMS process

Joint Workshop on "Smart Mitigation of GHGs in Livestock Production"

ERA-NET SusAn, ERA-GAS and ICT-AGRI 2 are organizing a joint workshop at the end of November in Potsdam to identify promising system approaches to reduce GHG emissions in livestock production and set coming research priorities. The Joint Workshop on 29/30th November 2016 is hosted by Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering (ATB).The workshop is not open to the public. More information here.

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!

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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!

Mapping of projects within ICT and robotics for agriculture

ICT-AGRI is collecting data about recent and ongoing projects within ICT and automation for a sustainable agriculture. The mapped projects can be search in sevaral ways. Website users can bookmark interesting projects for later review, and web site users can contact projects by a form which sends a mail to the project contact person, who then can decide to reply or ignore.

Agricultural Foresights and Reserch & Innovation Strategies

Several Agricultural Foresights and Reserch & Innovation Strategies have recently been published. It is interesting to see that ICT and robotics are essential ingredients in the European and national agenda for a future sustainable and efficient agriculture.
This article gives links to reports from Ireland, France, Germany and the EU. We are also interested in reports from other countries. Please share with us if you have something in mind in this respect.

New DFKI Competence Center (CC-SaAT) focuses on Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture

Saarbrücken, Kaiserslautern, Bremen und Osnabrück, 11.07.2016
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) can look back on many years of experience in the field of innovative technologies for agriculture. The DFKI bundles its extensive expertise in the new Competence Center Smart Agriculture Technologies (CC-SaAT) opened on July 1, 2016. The new center is intended to serve as a development and collaboration platform and central point of contact for partners from science and industry .

ICT-AGRI 2016 Action Plan on Farm Management Systems

The Action Plan describes actions to be taken by the ICT-AGRI in 2016.
The goal of the new Action Plan is to define actions on how to stimulate the implementation of research & innovation topics focusing on Farm Management  Systems. Condensed on 27 pages the Action Plan gives and connects background information on ICT-AGRI's Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) with the specific research needs in different parts of FMS. The Action Plan is meant to form the basis for the 2016 call: ICT-AGRI Partnerships.