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ISPA Newsletter 7(3) March 2019 : PA in France, Upcoming Events, Jobs - RESENDING
Apr 2, 2019
Resending March Newsletter
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Precision Agriculture in France
France's agriculture benefits from a large agricultural area (292 800 km² about 1/2 ha per inhabitant) and a favourable geographical and climatic situation. France has become the leading agricultural country in the European Union with 18% of European agricultural and agri-food products. The main productions are crops (wheat, 1st in Europe and 5th in the world; corn, 8th in the world) and sugar (7th in the world), wine (2nd in the world), milk (3rd in the world) and dairy products, fruit and vegetables, livestock and meat products (5th in the world for beef). Agriculture occupies 53.2% of the surface area of France. It employed 3.4% of the total working population. The sum of the agriculture, forestry, agri-food and wood industry sectors represented more than 1,800,000 employees or employers, generating 4.5% of French GDP, or just over 72 billion euros. Agriculture benefits from a large part of European aid, but average agricultural income remains very low locally.
The Observatoire des Usages de L’Agriculture Numérique (Digital Agriculture Adoption Observatory - http://agrotic.org/observatoire/chaire-agrotic/) gathers data on PA use in French agriculture. It is a partnership involving two universities, eight research institutes and 28 companies (cooperatives, manufacturers or service providers in digital agriculture). The Observatory gathers data on farm use of PA technology from cooperatives, manufacturers and agricultural advisors. Some key PA adoption estimates in the Observatory data are:
  • About 4% of French field crop farmers use computer controlled variable rate input application, mostly for fertilizer.
  • About 20% of farmland in France has professionally developed soil maps.
  • Almost 1 million ha of farmland in France was managed with remotely sensed data in 2017. Roughly 85% of the remote sensing is by satellite and 15% using drones or aircraft. About 10% of the field crop area and 1% of the viticulture area was managed using remote sensing in 2017.
  • In the last 10 years about 135,000 ha of agricultural land has been mapped with electrical conductivity or resistance sensors. This is less than 1% of French agricultural land
  • The French data is one of the few sources of quantitative data on agricultural robot use. They indicate that in 2018 about 10% of French dairy farms now use milking robots and 70% farms will acquire milking robots when they replace current milking facilities. In 2018 there were about 100 robots used for weeding vegetable crops and 10 robots used for weeding vineyards. 
Upcoming Events
18-19 SEPT 2023
6th Symposium on Agri-Tech Economics for Sustainable Futures
Harper Adams University, England
24-26 OCT 2023
10th Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Agriculture (ACPA)
Putrajaya, Malaysia
26-31 OCT 2023
International Show of Agriculture, Agricultural Machinery & Fishing
Tunis, Tunisia
3-5 NOV 2023
1st International Conference on Innovative Technologies for Climate Change
Sousse, Tunisia
5 & 7 DEC 2023
#OFE2023 Farmer-centric On-Farm Experimentation 
8-11 JAN 2024
2024 International Conference for On-Farm Precision Experimentation
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
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