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ISPA Newsletter 12(4): 16th ICPA Upcoming Deadlines, Canadian CR Update, Call for PATH Applicants, Upcoming Events, Jobs, and more
Apr 30, 2024
16th ICPA Sponsorship

Thank you to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for sponsoring the 16th International Conference on Precision Agriculture

The University of Nebraska is the named sponsor of the Outstanding Graduate Student Awards and will be at booths #19 and #48.  Be sure to stop by during the conference!
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln was chartered as a land-grant university on February 15, 1869, to create opportunity for the state of Nebraska. A proud member of the Big Ten Conference, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Nebraska is classified within the Carnegie “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity” category. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
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Upcoming Deadlines
ISPA Polo Preorder by 1 July
Preorder your ISPA polo as an add on item with your 16th ICPA registration. Polos will be avaiable for pick up at the 16th ICPA registration desk during the conference.
To add a polo to your existing registration, please email info@ispag.org
Early Bird Registration Deadline July 3rd
Register for the 16th International Conference on Precision Agriculture by 3 July 2024 to receive the early bird discount.  After 3 July registration prices will increase by $100 at all levels.
Wire Transfer Deadline 3 July 2024
Please complete your wire transfer payments for the 16th ICPA by 3 July 2024.  Registrants who have not completed their transfer by the deadline will be removed from the list of registrants. 
If you have any questions, please email info@ispag.org.
The Future of Farming: Precision Agriculture Takes Root in Canada
Asim Biswas, Professor and OAC Research Chair in Soils and Precision Agriculture, University of Guelph; Country Representative (Canada) of ISPA
In the vast, diverse landscapes of Canada, a revolution is quietly unfolding, promising to transform the future of farming. Precision agriculture, a term that might sound futuristic to some, is increasingly becoming a present reality, reshaping how crops are grown across the country. This innovative approach to farming leverages technology to make agriculture more efficient, sustainable, and productive. It's about using data and advanced technologies to make informed decisions, optimizing every aspect of farm management from soil health to water usage. At the heart of this agricultural evolution are the scientists, researchers, and professors whose work is pivotal in driving forward the advancements in precision agriculture. Their efforts are supported by a robust network of institutions, including universities, government research organizations, and innovation hubs. Together, they're weaving a new narrative for Canadian agriculture, one that promises to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time, including food security, environmental sustainability, and climate change.

Read the full article here

Call for Scholarship Application for PhDs and MSc Positions in the Framework of the Intra Africa PATH Project
Climate change is one of the main problems affecting food and nutrition globally, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Adapting to and mitigating climate change in the agri-food sector requires merging information technologies, genetic innovations, and sustainable farming practices to empower the agricultural youth sector to create effective and locally adapted solutions. Precision Agriculture applied to crops (PAAC), has been advocated as a strategic solution to mitigate/adapt agriculture at a smallholder and global scales to climate change effects and enhance the digital skills of the younger generations, whilst increasing their interest in agriculture. PATH project, funded by the Intra- Africa Program of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission, is an initiative of four highly qualified public universities from three African regions and one university in Europe to advance knowledge in precision/digital agriculture. The Project is coordinated by the University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Republic of Benin. Partner universities include the University of Cape Coast in Ghana (West Africa), the University of Rwanda (Eastern Africa), the University of Eswatini (Southern Africa) and Institut Agro Montpellier in France (Technical partner). The University of UM6P in Morocco is also member of the consortium as associate partner.
Call for Applications

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Overview of the 10th Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Agriculture
The 10th Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Agriculture (ACPA10) was organized by the Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) on October 24-26, 2023 at Everly Putrajaya. ACPA10 was officiated by the Honourable Vice Chancellor of UPM, Dato’ Professor Dr. Ahmad Farhan Mohd. Sadullah.
The technical sessions of ACPA10 comprised invited and voluntary oral presentations, voluntary poster presentations, exhibition by sponsors and field visit to Sime Darby Plantation Academy, Carey Island.  ACPA10 had 158 participants from 11 countries.  The three day event included 53 technical papers. 
Major takeaways from ACPA10:
  • The merging of cutting-edge technologies like robotics, AI, and remote sensing with traditional agricultural methods. This integration aims to improve the efficiency, accuracy, and sustainability of agricultural processes, including machinery operations, crop monitoring, and disease management.
  • A major focus was on the use of big data, predictive analytics, and machine learning to support decision-making and optimize agricultural outputs. These tools help in making informed decisions, leading to improved productivity and efficiency.
  • Strong emphasis on sustainable agricultural practices and environmental monitoring toensure long-term ecosystem health. Additionally, addressing the practical challenges of implementing these advanced technologies in real-world settings, such as user-friendliness and adaptation to environmental complexities, was recognized as crucial for success.
  • Issues such as data security and propriety/ownership require further deliberations.
ISPA Country Representative - Marcel Ionescu
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.
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16th ICPA Registration
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
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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Do you have a job you would like to post to the ISPA website? Please send your job announcement, a short description, and cutoff deadline for applications to info@ispag.org
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