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ISPA Newsletter 11(10): 16th ICPA Deadline, Changes to the PA Definition, ISPA Country Representatives Meeting, and More
Oct 27, 2023
16th ICPA Abstract Deadline

16th ICPA Abstracts Deadline

Submit your abstract here by 1 December 2023

Pakistan and Hungary an ISPA Country Representative Meeting

On 28th of September a meeting was organized by the Hungarian Embassy and Pakistan with the help of NEXT project. Pakistani Country Representative Dr. Ejaz Ashraf, University of Sargodha, Punjab-Pakistan, Department of Agricultural Extension, College of Agriculture, University of Sargodha Sargodha, Punjab and research team from Sargodha University had a meeting with Prof. Dr. Gabor Milics, Country Representative for Hungary, Department Head, Institute of Agronomy, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Precision Agriculture and Digital Farming. Both representatives agreed on further collaboration between the two universities and countries in the long run. 

Changes Considered for the Precision Agriculture Definition
The ISPA precision agriculture definition (https://www.ispag.org/about/definition) is widely used by researchers, farmers and agribusiness. That definition is usually interpreted to focus exclusively on managing temporal and spatial variability excluding most of precision livestock farming (PLF) which deals primarily with animal-to-animal variability. The only PLF aspect which has been included in the ICPA, ECPA and in PRAG is precision grazing, which has a strong spatial component. As technology develops and crop PA moves toward individual plant management, PLF and crop PA technologies are converging. It would be beneficial for both communities to be in communication.

The ISPA board is considering adding a few words to clarify the “individual data” term in the definition by inserting “plant and animal” after “individual. The revised definition would be:

“Precision Agriculture is a management strategy that gathers, processes and analyzes temporal, spatial and individual plant and animal data and combines it with other information to support management decisions according to estimated variability for improved resource use efficiency, productivity, quality, profitability and sustainability of agricultural production.”  
It should be noted that PLF has its own regional, national and subsector organizations and conferences (e.g. European Association for Precision Livestock farming – EAPLF - https://www.eaplf.eu/ ; the US PLF group - https://plf.tennessee.edu/usplf2023/, and the precision dairy group - https://www.precisiondairyfarming.com/meetings/), but no international organization. The ISPA could function as a forum where crop and livestock precision agriculture interact.
ISPA Country Representative
Krzysztof Kusnierek
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 Norway, Krzysztof Kusnierek. 
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.  
ISPA Country Representative Meeting
 The ISPA Country Representatives Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 5 December 2023 at 8:00am CT 

ISPA Board President, Dr. John Fulton will host a meeting with ISPA Country Representatives.  Dr. Fulton will be joined by members of the ISPA board to outline the responsibilities of Country Representatives and to answer questions regarding the society.  An email will be sent to ISPA Country Representatives with the official invitation and a link to the virtual meeting.  If you have a question or a topic you would like to add to the agenda, please email info@ispag.org.   

16th International Conference on Precision Agriculture
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The 16th ICPA is accepting abstracts through 1 December 2023
Country Representatives are encouraged to submit a Country Representative Report abstract. 
The full list of abstract topics can be found here
Author instructions can be found here
Please submit your abstract here
The 16th ICPA is a great opportunity for you and your company to gain exposure and grow your influence in the global precision agriculture market. 
Please visit our website to learn more about our sponsorship packages.
The ISPA board is currently accepting proposals for ICPA pre-conference workshops.
Please send your proposal including a description of your workshop, technical and room layout requirements, and the maximum number of attendees for your workshop to info@ispag.org
Upcoming Events
5 & 7 DEC 2023
#OFE2023 Farmer-centric On-Farm Experimentation 
8-11 JAN 2024
2024 International Conference for On-Farm Precision Experimentation
United States
21 FEB 2024
6th Annual Phosphorus Forum
Tempe, Arizona, United States
3-5 APR 2024
3rd Latin American Conference on Precision Agriculture (CLAP) and the 1st Dominican Congress on Precision Agriculture
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
21-24 JUL 2024
16th International Conference on Precision Agriculture 
Manhattan, Kansas, United States
3-5 DEC 2024
3rd African Conference on Precision Agriculture
Kigali, Rwanda
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