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ISPA Newsletter 11(4): 16th ICPA Call for Abstracts, ISPA Logo and Course Database, ISPA Economics Community Call for Nominations
Apr 18, 2023
16th ICPA Call for Abstracts
16th ICPA Call for Abstracts

The 16th International Conference on Precision Agriculture is now accepting Abstracts

Submit your abstract for the 16th ICPA held in Manhattan, Kansas, USA from 21-24 July 2024. 
Create your abstract here
Author instructions can be found here
The deadline to submit your abstract is 31 October 2023.  Abstract review notices will be released on 1 February 2024. 
If you have any questions, please contact info@ispag.org
ISPA Economics Community Call for Nominations
Call for Nominations – Deputy Economics Community Leader
The ISPA Economics Community is now calling for nominations to take up the position of Deputy Economics Community Leader. The role would begin immediately with the successful nominee becoming the Economics Community Leader from the 2024 ICPA for a period of 2 years.
If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague, please email Karl Behrendt, ISPA Economics Community Leader (kbehrendt@harper-adams.ac.uk) a short bio for consideration by the broader economics community. Nominations should be sent by 23rd April 2023.
ISPA New Logo

Thank you to those who submitted a design to the ISPA Logo Competition

The ISPA Board is pleased to announce the new society logo!

ISPA Course Database Update

Survey Reveals 84 Precision/Digital Ag Courses Worldwide

A recent survey of universities and colleges showed 84 courses focused on precision agriculture or digital agriculture globally.  A database of those courses is planned to encourage the development of Precision/Digital Ag education which has been increasing in recent years.  Course titles and content varied along with the discipline teaching a course.  A majority (65) of the courses were submitted from North American universities and colleges with 8 submitted from Europe and 8 from South America.  Asia and Africa each submitted 1.  Most of the courses were undergraduate level with a majority (60) labeled as a precision agriculture course with the remaining 24 as digital agriculture.
Number of Courses by Continent   Type of Courses
While course titles varied significantly, the most frequent terms used in course titles were “Introduction” and “Precision Agriculture / Farming”. The disciplinary perspective of the courses were diverse including agronomy, agricultural engineering, ag economics, computer science with some being multidisciplinary in nature.  Of note, the University of Padova (Italy) and the University of Georgia (USA) provide a double masters degree in Sustainable Agriculture.  This collaboration showcases good example of collaboration between these international institutions.   There were no precision livestock or precision horticulture courses submitted.  However, a few course descriptions mentioned covering precision agriculture applied to crops, livestock and farm economics or business. 

As background, this course survey was conducted by ISPA prior to the 15th International Conference on Precision Agriculture with survey results highlighting the interest among members in precision agriculture education.  Member feedback also indicated they would like to see what courses were being taught at different institutions around the world.  Consequently, the society leadership decided to develop a follow-up survey asking members to submit courses being taught on precision agriculture or precision farming along with digital agriculture.  The survey asked about basic information for each course including name, description, and institution and instructor details.  Syllabus were also requested for each course. 

The collected information is being compiled and organized into an online database for presentation on the ISPA website.  Precision agriculture education is growing globally so the intent is for ISPA to maintain a current database of courses being taught for people to review.  The intent is to allow people to review course offerings to gain ideas for new courses being created while allowing the ability for instructors to connect or people interested in course to connect with an instructor.  ISPA has been asked to also build a graduate course and program database.  The ISPA plans to complete the undergraduate course database first and then consider possibly developing a database graduate level information.
ISPA Members can access the database at www.ispag.org/course_database you must be signed in to access this webpage.  To become an ISPA Member, please visit: www.ispag.org/membership/MembershipForm.

The course survey remains open and can be accessed at www.ispag.org/survey/Agriculture_Course_Submission.  If you know someone teaching that may have not filled the survey out, please pass long this link.  We want to keep the database up-to-date as new courses are offered.

Questions about the survey results can be directed to John Fulton, President@ispag.org or by e-mailing info@ispag.org.
Country Representative - Hossein Navid
Country Representative - Hossein Navid
Country Representatives serve to help promote ISPA by championing the ISPA mission and purpose globally, in particular, in the country they represent. ISPA is growing internationally so Country Representatives remain an important position to help ISPA best serve people, groups, governments and others, globally connecting them to science and experts.
Please join us in thanking ISPA Country Representative from Iran, Hossein Navid. 
If you are interested in becoming a Country Representative, please email info@ispag.org with your bio highlighting your experience in precision agriculture and your CV.  ISPA requires that all Country Representatives are current members of the society. To become a member, please complete the membership form.  
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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