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ISPA Newsletter 12(3): 16th ICPA, Update on PA in Japan, ISPA Economics Community, Upcoming Events, Jobs, and more
Mar 27, 2024
16th ICPA Sponsorship

Thank you to North Dakota State University for sponsoring the 16th International Conference on Precision Agriculture

North Dakota State University will be at booth #3.  Be sure to stop by during the conference!
 
North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university. We are a top-ranked R1 institution with over $175M in annual research expenditures. Our nearly 12,000 students experience opportunities to grow, contribute and prepare for fulfilling careers in many agriculture, technology, and other disciplines. Our Precision Agriculture Technology & Management program is a rapidly expanding degree option for students. NDSU’s robust agricultural research and extension network includes 7 Research Extension Centers and 53 county extension offices throughout the state. NDSU is a core partner in the North Dakota Advanced Agriculture Technology Engine, a National Science Foundation funded Regional Innovation Engine program providing up to $160 million over 10 years. This program expands a collaborative ecosystem to solve global food insecurity challenges through Ag Tech innovations and workforce development.
 
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How To Get To Manhattan, KS USA
Dear Precision Agriculture community:
 
Greetings from Kansas State University. It has been a while since I last communicated with you in 2012 at the culmination of the 10th ICPA conference in Indianapolis, IN, USA, as I passed the Presidential gavel on to Dr. John Stafford, the then incoming President of the ISPA.
 
Our University and I are excited to be the host of the 16th International Conference of Precision Agriculture at Kansas State University in Manhattan KS, USA, July 21st-24th, 2024. We're looking forward to hosting all of you in our beautiful city of Manhattan, KS.
 
Here are a few logistical details that may assist you in preparation for the upcoming conference. Traveling to Manhattan is the easiest when you fly directly into our Manhattan airport (Airport code - MHK) which is served exclusively by American Airlines. For our international delegates, your connecting port of entry into the United States could be Chicago (Airport code - ORD) or Dallas-Fort Worth (Airport code - DFW), both ports of entries have non-stop flight services multiple times during the day to (MHK) Manhattan KS.
 
For delegates choosing other airlines may arrive at a nearby Kansas City airport (Airport code - MCI) that is served by all major airlines and their international partners. Please note that the Kansas City airport is about 2 hours (130 miles or ~200 km) away by car. You will need to make arrangements for a shuttle service from the airport to Manhattan, KS. These logistical details are available on our society website www.ispag.org/icpa/HotelTravel  listing multiple choices of Shuttle services and car rentals (such as AVIS, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, etc.) It is advised to reserve your choice of service in advance, the sooner the better. Uber service is also available from the Kansas City Airport to Manhattan, KS
 
Though there are many hotels and motels in the proximity of the conference venue, we always encourage you to stay at the conference hotel (Hilton Garden Inn Manhattan, KS) as it assists us in meeting our contractual agreements with the hotel and conference center.
 
There are many exciting and innovative thematic sessions that are in store for you at the 16th ICPA conference. I want to draw your attention to five hands-on workshops that K-State faculty have put together for you. I encourage you to participate in those workshops www.ispag.org/icpa/Workshops by registering online at our website registration portal www.ispag.org/registration.
 
I also want to encourage our presenters to seek nominations for the coveted Pierre C. Robert Young and Senior Scientist Awards as well as numerous Graduate Student Travel Awards. The deadline is fast approaching April 16th, 2024 www.ispag.org/icpa/Awards.
 
As always, should you need assistance with topics related to the conference or logistics, etc., please drop us a note at email: info@ispag.org. Looking forward to meeting and greeting each one of you at the conference in July.
 
Prof. Raj Khosla
Founder & Founding President
International Society of Precision Agriculture
 
Professor of Precision Agriculture and Head of Agronomy Department
Kansas State University www.agronomy.k-state.edu/about/department-head/khosla-raj/
ISPA Country Representative
Marcel IonescuCountry 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 Romania, Marcel Ionescu. 
 
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 Economics Community - Call for Nominations
We are very much looking forward to the 2024 ICPA (16th) and encourage ISPA members to attend the conference and become part of the ISPA Economics Community. During the ICPA 2024 Economics Community meeting Marius Michels, the incumbent Deputy Economics Community Leader, will take over from Karl Behrendt.
 
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 post-ICPA with the successful nominee becoming the Economics Community Leader from the 17th 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) or Marius Michels, ISPA Economics Community Deputy Leader (marius.michels@agr.uni-goettingen.de) a short bio for consideration by the broader economics community. Nominations should be sent by 31st May 2024.
Advancements in Precision Agriculture: A Look at Japan's Current Landscape
By Japan's ISPA Country Representative, Dr. Eiji Morimoto (morimoto@gold.kobe-u.ac.jp)

Eiji Morimoto Lab MembersIn a stride towards modernizing agriculture, Japan is actively pursuing precision farming initiatives. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) has taken the lead in fostering the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. Through subsidies extended to agricultural machinery manufacturers and start-ups, MAFF aims to address challenges in cultivation management and promote automation with IoT.

Kobe University stands at the forefront of this technological revolution, steering its focus towards farmer-centric precision agriculture. Embracing the philosophy of on-farm experimentation, the university is making significant strides in 
Real Rime 2nd Fertilizer Application
the development of cutting-edge technologies. These include advancements in collecting field information through soil and growth sensors, coupled with mapping and analysis technologies tailored for a diverse range of crops – from rice paddies to orchard.

In a collaborative effort, Morimoto laboratory has joined forces with start-up leaders such as Agrist, recipient of the CES 2023 Innovation Award-winning sweet pepper harvesting robot, as well as renowned domestic manufacturers like Kubota, Iseki, and Topcon. This collaboration aims to seamlessly integrate innovative technologies into mainstream agricultural practices.
 Point Cloud Data Collection System in Peer Orchard Using Quadruped Robot
Beyond mere robotization, Kobe University envisions the creation of a connected world where a field information layer, finely attuned to the nuances of agriculture, can provide valuable feedback to producers. This strategic alliance between academia, start-ups, and established manufacturers is propelling Japan towards a future where precision agriculture becomes a cornerstone of sustainable and efficient farming practices. 
 
 
What to Expect at the 16th ICPA
The interest and excitement about the upcoming 16th ICPA Conference (www.ispag.org/icpa) scheduled for this coming 21-24 July 2024 in Manhattan, Kansas is huge. Precision Agriculture (PA) practitioners, researchers, students, the private industry, and professionals from government agencies have shown interest in the conference by submitting over 450 abstracts to the conference program.  The 16th ICPA organizing committee accepted over 320 abstracts for the Oral Program and over 120 abstracts have been accepted to the Poster Program.  Did you accidentally miss the abstract deadline?  The conference organizers will continue to review poster abstracts submitted before 15 May.  Submit your poster abstract here: www.ispag.org/abstracts

The 16th ICPA program will cover a wide range of PA topics.  Among the most popular abstract topics are Proximal and Remote Sensing of Soils and Crops (including Phenotyping) with 60 abstracts, and Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture, with 48 abstracts. Other topics with a high number of submissions include In-Season Nitrogen Management, Drivers and Barriers to Adoption of PA Technologies or Digital Agriculture, On-Farm Experimentation with Site-Specific Technologies, Precision Agriculture for Sustainability and Environmental Protection, Robotics and Automation with Row and Horticultural Crops, and Drone Spraying (Figure 1).  For a full list of conference topics and to see the general program outline, please visit: www.ispag.org/icpa/Program/Outline
 
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Figure 1. Most popular abstract topics submitted to the 16th ICPA Conference.
 
The 16th ICPA will be a truly global event with abstract submissions from 46 countries.  We will have representation from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

In addition to the Oral and Poster Sessions, on Monday 22 July, the International Symposium on Robotics and Automation will run concurrently with the 16th ICPA. The Symposium speakers represent experts from academia, industry, and stakeholder groups from the USA and Europe.  To learn more about the Symposium, please visit: www.ispag.org/Events/R_A_Symposium/Speakers.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get an update on Precision Agriculture applications around the world. If you work on Robotics and Automation, we are especially interested in seeing your poster abstract.  Please submit your abstract by 15 May.  Register to attend the conference now at www.ispag.org/ICPA/RegistrationLanding.
 
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Whether you are arriving at Manhattan Regional Airport or Kansas City International Airport, make your way to Manhattan, Kansas USA this July for the 16th ICPA.
Learn more about Hotel and Travel Information 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.
 Register today for the 16th ICPA!  The conference offers Full Conference, Student Registration, and One-Day Registration rates. 
See the full list of registration rate options and conference add-ons including workshops and post-conference tour here
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
 
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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