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ISPA Newsletter Volume 6 Issue 4 : Defining Precision Agriculture, ICPA Update, ISPA Awards, Board Nominations, Upcoming Events
Apr 17, 2018
Let's Define Precision Agriculture
Today, several dozen definitions exist to define the term “precision agriculture”. Some of these definitions are more widely used than others. However, the public perspective on precision agriculture has been changing with time and the original definitions may no longer be representative of this change. Many of the authors of published definitions are members of the International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA), and it will be a useful exercise to gather society-wide opinion on the proper definition. Please complete this short survey in an effort to develop a new definition and publish it on the front page of the ISPA webportal.
The survey is open until May 31, 2018. 
14th ICPA Update

Deadline for Papers extended to 15 May 2018

Reminder to Authors: 
  • Full papers (or 2-page summary for posters) must be uploaded by 15 MAY 2018 to be included in the conference and proceedings.
  • One or more authors of a paper must be registered for the conference by 01 JUNE 2018 for it to be included in the conference and proceedings.
  • Papers not meeting these requirements will not be included in the conference or proceedings.


Pre-conference workshops descriptions have been updated. Please consider joining either: 1) Processing Precision Agriculture Data with R; 2)  Decision support using on-farm trial (or research) data; 3) UAV Operation and Data Analysis for Precision Agriculture Applications. Registration for the workshops can be done through conference registration


We want to say thank you to these wonderful sponsors of the 14th ICPA! 
The Climate Corporation / Monsanto MicaSense
Xarvio ottawaCOIN


We are picking up more exhibitors for the conference. Please be sure to plan to visit these booths in the exhibit hall.
Waypoint Analytical Agrian Ag Business & Crop
Hortau InfoAg Intelia
Next Instruments Veris Micasense
SoilOptix Malvern Panalytical ottawaCOIN
ISPA Awards

PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for award nominations has been extended to 1 June 2018.

Brief descriptions of the awards in different categories are listed below:

Pierre C. Robert Precision Agriculture Award(s): The Pierre C. Robert Precision Agriculture Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to precision agriculture science and technology and who are presenting an oral or poster paper at the conference. Two awards will be given in this category to a Young and Senior Scientist/Professional. The young scientist/professional must be 42 or younger; the senior scientist/professional over 42. Senior scientist/professional must have 20 or more years of experience the majority of which must be in the area of precision agriculture. The selected candidates will be honored during the conference award ceremony with a Plaque of Achievement and US$ 1000 cash award.
Graduate Student Award(s): Approximately 10 awards will be made to graduate students presenting their research work (oral or poster paper) at the ICPA conference. The award will consist of waived conference registration fees and US$ 500 cash award. The selected candidates will be honored during the conference award ceremony.


SUBMISSION: The entire nomination package must be submitted as one pdf file, in an e-mail attachment. Nominations are due on or before 1 June 2018 to: The Chair of the ICPA Awards Committee, Email: awards@ispag.org. Questions related to the awards nomination must also be addressed to the awards@ispag.org.

Solicitation of ISPA Board Nominations
The nomination committee of ISPA is requesting nominations for the following offices for the ISPA
  • President Elect – (Six year appointment) to serve as President Elect from July 2018 to July 2020, and then move to President for July 2020 to July 2022 and then to Past-President 2022-2024.
  • Secretary – (Two year appointment) to serve from July 2018 to July 2020
The ISPA is governed by an international Board of Directors consisting of elected officers (President, President-Elect, Past-President, Secretary, and Treasurer).  The office of President will be filled by the current president-elect, Ian Yule. Treasurer, Terry Griffin will serve through July 2020. 
Regarding nominations for the available elected positions of President-Elect and Secretary please feel free to nominate yourself! This is perfectly acceptable! The name of all nominators will be kept confidential.
To nominate an individual:
  1. The nominator must be a current member of ISPA.
  2. The nominee must be a current member of ISPA.
  3. Contact the nominee and verify that they are interested/available to serve as an officer. 
  4. Submit a short CV (no more than 2-pages) with a high resolution picture of nominee.
  5. Provide contact information for the nominee and the nominator.
  6. Please send nominations to nominations@ispag.org.
Nominations must be received by 8 June 2018
Elections will be held electronically. Ballots will be emailed to all ACTIVE ISPA members
Upcoming Events
More about these events online at: https://www.ispag.org/Events
24-27 June 2018 - 14th ICPA, Montreal, Canada
17-19 July 2018 - InfoAg 2018, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
20-22 June 2019 - ICCTAFA, Konya, Turkey
08-11 July 2019 - ECPA19, Montpellier, France
23-25 July 2019 - InfoAg 2019, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
15-17 October 2019 - ACPA 2019, Punjab Agricultural University, India
28-30 July 2019 - InfoAg 2020, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

The International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA) is a non-profit professional scientific organization.
The mission of ISPA is to advance the science of precision agriculture globally.
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