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The International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA) is a non-profit professional scientific organization. The mission of ISPA is to advance the science of precision agriculture globally.

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13th ICPA Proceedings

Access to the proceedings of the 13th ICPA is available online:
 
All the oral and poster presentation abstracts are available to the public. Access to the full papers and extended abstracts is limited to ISPA members and registered attendees of the 13th ICPA. Full papers and extended abstracts are also available for a fee to the public.
 
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Precision Agriculture available to members

The Springer journal, Precision Agriculture, is now available to ISPA members through this website. When you login to the website you will see a Members tab at the far right of the navigation tabs. Click on the Members tab to see the menu and select Precision Agriculture journal to be redirected to the Springer site. Once at the site, click on the blue "Browse Volumes & Issues" button to access journal articles. Journal Impact Factor for 2013 is 2.01.
 

Purpose

The purposes of ISPA are to:
  • Organize and conduct international conferences related to precision agriculture (PA), such as International Conference on Precision Agriculture, European Conference on Precision Agriculture, and other related conferences.
  • Develop and maintain a web-portal to communicate the latest developments in PA with the world, and maintain a member listserv to communicate among society members.
  • Publish a quarterly ISPA e-newsletter for members and other subscribers.
  • Provide members an opportunity for publication of original scientific research in the society sponsored peer-reviewed journal, Precision Agriculture.

2015-2024 is the International Decade of Soils

The International Union of Soil Scientists has proclaimed 2015-2024 the International Decade of Soils. IUSS has identified the key roles played by soils in addressing the major resource, environmental, health and social problems which humanity is currently facing. The IUSS believes that it is incumbent to not only maintain the level of activity generated in IYS 2015 but to increase the momentum and the extent of our contributions on soils issues. Checkout this site for Activities of Soil Science Societies and Soil Institutions.

Interview of ISPA President and article from Lleida

The most recent (Nov/Dec 2016) edition of the New Ag International magazine features an interview with ISPA president Nicolas Tremblay (pages 22-23) and an article on precision agriculture (pages 18-27) by our colleagues Alexandre Escola, Jose Antonio Martinez and Jaume Arno, from the University of Lleida.

The Climate Corporation acquires VitalFields

Monsanto Co. agreed to purchase a European farm data company. Purchasing VitalFields, an Estonian software business that helps European farmers track their pesticide and fertilizer use to keep compliant with European Union environmental laws, broadens Monsanto’s business in Europe, which has largely blocked the genetically engineered seeds that generate most of the company’s $13.5 billion in annual sales. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Monsanto executives have said the technology can transform farming by using data-crunching techniques to maximize yields on good soil and avoid wasting unneeded resources on more poorly performing fields. Monsanto said it plans to incorporate Climate’s hardware and software into VitalFields’ systems, enabling data to flow more directly from tractors to online databases where farmers can manage it, said Mike Stern, chief executive of the Climate unit. Farmers in seven European countries use VitalFields’ services on about 500,000 acres, raising crops like corn, wheat and canola. Compliance with EU environmental requirements is critical for farmers to be eligible for subsidies, Stern said. The company charges farmers 1 euro per hectare per year. Other link here.

New Study: Farm Profits and Adoption of PA

A new USDA-ERS report has been issued: Farm Profits and Adoption of Precision Agriculture. This study investigates recent trends in PA adoption, the production practices and farm characteristics associated with adoption, and whether adoption is associated with greater profitability. Here is the summary and the full report.

Food By the Numbers

Some 80 percent of U.S. fruits and vegetables are grown on large farms and trucked hundreds of miles to their final destination. To track a crop's travels, two National Geographic reporters followed a truck filled with strawberries from a central California field to a store near the magazine's headquarters in Washington, D.C....More at National Geographic.

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Soil fertility and precision nutrient management position (University of Minnesota)

The Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota (UofM) seeks a dynamic and innovative researcher and teacher in the area of soil fertility with a focus on precision nutrient management.  Precision agriculture had its beginnings during the 1980’s in Minnesota and the Center for Precision Agriculture at the UofM (established in 1995) was the first of its kind in the world (http://www.precisionag.umn.edu/). The Department of Soil, Water, and Climate is one of 12 academic departments within the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).  There are currently 19 departmental faculty located on the St. Paul Campus and three located at Research and Outreach stations as well as five USDA-ARS scientists with adjunct appointments.   The Department provides undergraduate and graduate teaching, conducts extensive research, and has significant extension and outreach responsibilities.   Contact:   Dr. David Mulla, Chair, Search Committee Department of Soil, Water, and Climate College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences University of Minnesota 1991 Upper Buford CircleSt. Paul, MN  55108    Phone: 612/625-6721   FAX: 612/625‑2208   Email:  mulla003@umn.edu

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Assistant Professor, Soil Fertility and Precision Nutrient Management, Department of Soil, Water and Climate

The Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota (UofM) seeks a dynamic and innovative researcher and teacher in the area of soil fertility with a focus on precision nutrient management.  Precision agriculture had its beginnings during the 1980’s in Minnesota and the Center for Precision Agriculture at the UofM (established in 1995) was the first of its kind in the world (http://www.precisionag.umn.edu/). The Department of Soil, Water, and Climate is one of 12 academic departments within the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).  There are currently 19 departmental faculty located on the St. Paul Campus and three located at Research and Outreach stations as well as five USDA-ARS scientists with adjunct appointments.   The Department provides undergraduate and graduate teaching, conducts extensive research, and has significant extension and outreach responsibilities.   Appointment and Position Description This is a nine-month tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with duties divided between Research (50%) and Teaching (50%). The position is in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate, on the flagship Twin Cities campus of the UofM. The appointee will be expected to develop a locally, nationally and internationally recognized research ...more

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Assisant Professor-Precision Agricultural Engineer

Title: Assistant Professor – Precision Agricultural Engineer Location: Southwest Florida Research and Education Center University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Immokalee, Florida Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience Review Date: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by October 31, 2016.   The position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined. Duties and Responsibilities This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 60% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service) and 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) available at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include development and dissemination of horticultural technologies to sustain and improve Florida citrus production with emphasis on citrus greening disease therapies, evaluation of promising selections from the UF/IFAS citrus breeding program, and citrus nursery improvements. The faculty member must function successfully as a collaborative member of interdisciplinary Extension and Research teams. Tenure will accrue in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department (ABE). The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program. The faculty member will lead in Extension activities in ...more

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Research Scientist/Engineer

CSIRO Agriculture seek an experienced Farming Systems Agronomist to join the Canberra-based group.  The position will involve on-farm agronomic experimentation in southern Australia to investigate the impacts of a range of innovative crop management strategies to improve productivity and input-use efficiency.  A specific role for the new appointment will be to develop and apply digital agriculture principles within the portfolio of relevant CSIRO activities at both experimental and farm-scales.  In particular, there is an opportunity in the Canberra-based group to integrate new technologies into research and extension activities as a means to modernise cropping systems research and delivery and to reflect developments in commercial agriculture. Opportunity also exists to develop research links between agronomy, germplasm and plant breeding, along with new technologies in plant phenomics.  Emerging technologies in soil and crop sensing, and farming systems simulation will be linked to industry needs, along with developments in precision agriculture, zone management and digital platforms that are now being widely promoted for industry application. The appointment will complement existing CSIRO skills in soil-plant-animal systems research and drive new collaborative opportunities both within CSIRO and with external collaborators and investors.  The position offers a unique opportunity to develop ...more

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Remote Sensing/Precision Agriculture Position

IRTA is interested in hiring a postdoctoral researcher in Remote Sensing or Precision Agriculture skills to work in RS applications for irrigation management. Subscribe to IRTA Employment Board in www.irta.cat before October 10th 2015. see attached pdf for more details.

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