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  • Nobel laureate shows the power of digital agriculture and on-farm experimentation

    Michael Kremer got a share of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for his work on experimental approaches to alleviating global poverty. He notably showed innovative uses of randomized control trials to answer key development questions related to agriculture. Kremer recently gave a lecture at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) to show how mobile technologies and digital agriculture can create innovations reaching out to smallholders as well. Kremer also addressed the role of higher-resolution weather information, customized pest-control advice and the opportunities to improve supply chains and extension services. His recently published work shows how information sharing through mobile telephony can improve yields and adoption of recommended inputs across sub-Saharan Africa and India. 

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  • Guidelines about On-Farm Experimentation

    Building an “OFE wiki How-to”: seeking reports and guidelines about On-Farm Experimentation   The ISPA Community OFE (On-Farm Experimentation) is creating an online “OFE wiki How-to” to support On-Farm Experimentation initiatives worldwide. We are looking for: Relevant material aimed at practitioners to (re-)publish (or link toward) e.g. design manuals, implementation guidelines for farmers, best practice recommendations, scripts and protocols for analysts, statistical solutions and packages, accounts of experiences and lesson learnt for extension personnel, etc. People motivated to volunteer time and effort to help setup, compile, organise, write-up the Wiki (excellent opportunity for undergrads/ postgrads willing to be involved with international networks!) Contact: tremblaynic@yahoo.com

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  • Business Meeting Minutes - On-Farm Data Sharing (OFDS) Community at ICPA

    26 June 2018, Montreal, Quebec, Canada   The meeting started at 6:35 pm with 11 people in attendance. After introductions, a discussion occurred about changing the focus of the OFDS Community from sharing of field-scale trial data collected on production farms to methods, protocols and analysis of on-farm experimentation.   The rationale for the change provided by Nicolas Tremblay and Tom Morris was that the proposed new Consortium for On-Farm Experimentation with leadership by Simon Cook would benefit from having a scientific home in ISPA, and because some of the objectives of the OFDS group have been shifted to an OFDS Working Group in the Research Data Alliance organization.   The discussion about changing the focus OFDS Community explored the possible benefits and requirements of establishing an On-Farm Experimentation Community. Myrtille Lacoste, who is a colleague of Simon Cook, led the discussion and the possible benefits and detriments discussed are shown below: The new community could be a complement to the Consortium for On-Farm Experimentation. Technical topics like design, analytical and implementation specifics of on-farm experiments could be part of the Community, while methodological approaches, rationales and benefits of on-farm experimentation could be overarching topic areas for the Consortium. Major benefits include making use ...more

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  • Minutes of First On-Farm Data Sharing Community Meeting – ICPA – St. Louis, MO

    Minutes of First On-Farm Data Sharing Community Meeting – ICPA – St. Louis, MO Union Station Hotel, Grand Ballroom B, 1 August 2016, 7:40 pm to 8:40 pm Attendees: Nicolas Tremblay, David Clay, Peter Kyveryga, Ignacio Ciampitti, Scott Murrell, Tom Morris, Gordon Reichert, Gary Hatfield, David Bonfil, Clive Blacker, Richard Heath, Rodrigo Tression, Lucas Haag, Suzanne Fey, Nicole Rabe, David Krueger, Cornelia Weltzien, Marilyn Kot, Guillermo Balboa. Tom Morris and Nicolas Tremblay thank everyone for attending the first meeting of the OFDS community. Many great ideas were provided and discussed. We will keep you informed about activities of the community by email. If you have suggestions, comments or ideas to share, please email us. Attendance. 19 people attended. A list of attendees is below with their organizations and email addresses.   Introductions. The attendees are from a wide geographic area: the US to the UK, Canada, Germany, Israel, and Australia. The expertise of the attendees is also quite diverse: statistician to agronomist, database expert, engineering, precision ag, and more. Commonality is in the desire to improve food production by sharing data. Discussion about activities to keep momentum. Should consider participating in the European Conference on Precision Ag in Edinburgh, Scotland 16-20 July 2017. Information at: http://...more

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  • Webcast Maximize Value On-Farm Research

    A Precision Ag Insight webcast on Maximizing the Value of On-Farm Research was presented on December 8th 2016 by Godsey Precision Ag. You can find the slides and the recording here.

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  • Agricultural Data IG + Research Data Alliance - Travel Report 2015

    Tremblay, N. 2015. Agricultural Data Interest Group and Research Data Alliance, Travel Report to Paris, September 2015. 34 pages. Available here.

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  • International Data Week 2016 - Travel Report

    Tremblay, N. 2016. International Data Week (2016). From Big Data to open data – Mobilizing the data revolution. Travel Report to Denver, CO, September 2016. 47 pages. Available here.

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