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ISPA Newsletter 8(6) June 2020: Save the Date, PA in Switzerland, 13th ECPA, Upcoming Events, Jobs
Jun 12, 2020
"Save the Date" for the Virtual ICPA
To facilitate on-going exchange of research results and networking, the ISPA Board is planning a series of activities including:
  • Keynote address, awards, election results and transfer of leadership to the new president at the time when the ICPA was originally planned June 29-July 1, 2020.
  • Focused webinar presentation of papers originally accepted for presentation at the ICPA in the coming months. Because networking is the key aspect of the face-to-face ICPA, and most difficult to replicate on-line, the presentations will be organized to allow ample time for comment and discussion. ISPA communities will play a key role in organizing these webinars. Those communities include: On-Farm Experimentation, Nitrogen, Latin America and Economics. Past-President Nicolas Trembaly will be in contact with community leaders. 
The keynote address event and the webinars will be open to all ISPA active members. Because it is impossible to find a time when ISPA members around the world can participate during their normal work hours, the on-line events will be recorded to allow asynchronous access. 
Upcoming Elections for ISPA Officer Board
The candidates for the ISPA Officer Board are in and the election will open Monday, June 15th and close 11:59pm CDT (UTC -5) Friday, June 26th. See the candidates at https://www.ispag.org/election_candidates.
All ISPA active members will receive an email on Monday, June 15th with an invitation to vote. Be sure your ISPA membership is active and current. Visit https://www.ispag.org/myaccount to verify your membership status. 
Please contact info@ispag.org if you have any questions regarding membership. 
Precision Agriculture in Switzerland
Among Swiss farmers across all farm types, 37% are using driver assistance technology, but only 17% used sensor data collection. These results are reported in a recently published article in Precision Agriculture (Groher et al. 2020) based on a stratified random sample survey done with the help of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office. Other results include:
  • The highest PA adoption is among vegetable growers, with 67% using some kind of driver assistance and 31% using some sensor data such as optical weed detection or crop nitrogen sensors.
  • Eleven percent of Swiss vegetable growers use optical sensors for mechanical hoeing. These optical weed sensors are used on tractor mounted equipment with human drivers, not robots.
  • Among Swiss arable farmers, 44% use some kind of driver assistance and 34% use some sensor data collection such as yield monitoring or crop chlorophyll sensors.  
  • Farmers in mountainous zones are significantly less likely to adopt any type of precision agriculture technology compared to those in the valleys.
The Groher et al. (2020) article is available on Precision Agriculture on-line first at: https://link.springer.com/journal/11119/onlineFirst.
13th ECPA Newsletter
Welcome to our second newsletter. To begin, we hope all of you are healthy and safe. We are still optimistic about 13th European Conference on Precision Agriculture (ECPA2021). We truly hope that the pandemic situation will be over by next year and travel restriction will be in the past…For this reason, we would like to kindly remind all the precision agriculture community to keep the dates from July 19th to 22nd 2021 marked for 13th ECPA, which will be held in Budapest, Hungary. ECPA2021 will be held under the auspices of the International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA) and organized by Hungarian Society of Precision Agriculture/Agroinform Media Ltd.
The abstract submission period will be open soon. The deadline for submissions will be 30th September 2020. The abstract submission process should be familiar to most of the participants, as Wageningen Academic Publishers OASES system will be used again. Abstract acceptance, for poster or full paper submission will be notified Mid-October.
Please make sure to check the conference website (13th European Conference on Precision Agriculture) regularly for the latest news and updates. With all the uncertainties, we are trying our best to keep you updated! 
With the unfortunate situation that ICPA had to be postponed, we would like to highlight that ECPA is a great opportunity for your abstract!
The academic quality of the proceedings will be guaranteed by careful editing through a peer review process by the scientific committee. After the conference, oral presenters will be invited to expand their manuscripts and submit them to a special issue of the Precision Agriculture Journal.
The higher the attendance the better ECPA works for all!
The ECPA conference is an excellent forum in Europe and worldwide to focus on specific Precision Agriculture topics while discovering what our colleagues are working on, enabling synergies and co-operation.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Budapest.
The organizing committee
Upcoming Events
1-4 JUL 2024
AgEng2024 - Agricultural Engineering challenges in existing and new agroecosystems
Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
21-24 JUL 2024
16th International Conference on Precision Agriculture 
Manhattan, Kansas, United States
22 JUL 2024
International Symposium on Robotics & Automation
Manhattan, Kansas, United States
25-27 SEPT 2024
11th International Symposium on Machinery and Mechatronics for Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering
Bali, Indonesia
28-29 SEPT 2024
7th Symposium on Agri-Tech Economics for Sustainable Futures
Reading, England
15 OCT 2024
São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Precision Livestock Farming
São Paulo, Brazil
27-30 OCT 2024
International Workshop on Hyperspectral and Multispectral Imaging on Agriculture and Geo Applications
Abu Dhabi, UAE
3-5 DEC 2024
3rd African Conference on Precision Agriculture
Kigali, Rwanda
29 JUN - 3 JUL 2025
15th European Conference on Precision Agriculture
Barcelona, Spain 
Do you have an event that would be of interest to our members? Send us an email to let us know.
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