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ISPA Newsletter 9(4) April: Nitrogen Community Survey, Upcoming Community Webinars, 13th ECPA Update, Upcoming Events, Jobs Listing, Contribute
Apr 14, 2021
Nitrogen Community Survey
The Precision Nitrogen Community will be holding a webinar in July and are interested in feedback about the webinar topic. Please take the survey and let them know your thoughts. Keep an eye on your email for additional details coming soon. 
Upcoming Community Webinars
On-Farm Experimentation Community Webinars
Monday, May 10th, 2021
Farmer-centric On-Farm Experimentation”, or “OFE”, is a shared, self-sustaining process of change. Value is essential to its development and success. With the aim of enhancing interest, trust and investment in OFE, this webinar will ask: How is value created? How is value shared? Who gains from OFE? How can science and technology improve OFE processes? Experience suggests that farmers need little persuasion to engage; on-farm experimentation is a process they already do and understand. But to scale up, we need to recognize how OFE creates value for varied stakeholders, how value is shared, and how scientific disciplines can contribute. In addition to general insights, we need to explain impact pathways for OFE which contrast markedly with those of conventional research. Clarity on the value propositions offered by OFE will help bridge diverse views from around the world. This webinar will bring together specialists from agronomy, agro-economics and social sciences to clarify and explain the value of OFE. It will also set the scene for the next webinars on People and Processes, Data and Analytics, and Policy Linkages. 
Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
How can we ensure that digitally enabled On-Farm Experimentation avoids the classic “Technology Fallacy,” and instead centres transformation around people? Recent research from MIT demonstrated that “people are the real key to digital transformation” (Kane 2019). Change is as much about us and our organizations as it is about the technology. Change occurs when people change, transformation occurs when individual changes scale up through their networks and their organizations. The underlying change throughout is in knowledge and shared culture. This webinar will explore various examples of scalable change that apply to OFE, through lessons learned from thinkers and practitioners with experience in a range of institutional and business settings across the world. The webinar will focus on identifying interactions between digital technologies and these varied organizational environments that nurture (or impede) transformational change. Attention will be paid to pinpoint specific mechanisms supporting systemic goals of productivity, social and environmental sustainability, in both the Global North and the Global South.
Monday, May 17th, 2021
How should we rethink the planning and analysis of on-farm experiments with farmers’ interests in mind? How should we organize and curate data and metadata for this purpose? Farmer-centric experimentation has great potential to improve the design and adoption of better farm management practices. All stakeholders, including farmers, commercial product and service providers, scientists and policy makers, must seize this opportunity to improve farm practices in terms of precision, efficiency and impact. From smallholders to broadacre farmers, from local to greater scales, well-targeted analytics can be deployed to exploit the valuable data already collected on the farm. This webinar will feature five presentations across two axes: 1) analytics at the level of a single farm, group of farms, or big data; and 2) practices to make data and metadata effective, with special attention to agronomic data. Participants will be able to contribute to a summary document presenting key issues and recommendations.
Wednesday, May 19th, 2021
Policy, legislation and investments are necessary to support transformation through OFE which is, essentially, a local process that engages farmers and others around specific changes on the farm. Currently, initiatives around OFE are happening in spite of poorly aligned institutional structures and incentives within the agricultural sciences, with funding mechanisms, career paths and norms favouring traditional experimentation. Harnessing the transformational potential of OFE for agricultural sciences and innovation requires more strategic institutional alignment. To scale up, OFE will need nurturing policy, well-designed legislation and secure investment. This webinar will present issues and proposals relevant to farmer-centric On-Farm Experimentation regarding public policies in relation to agricultural and open innovation systems, investment and data and innovation governance.
Latin American Community Webinar

We would like to invite all to the upcoming Webinar organized by the Latin American Community with the theme: "Precision Agriculture to optimize farm profits and environmental outcomes in Latin America."
The Webinar is scheduled for May 26th, from 10 am to 12 pm CDT. Five speakers from  Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Paraguay will present an overview of the recent research, farmer adoption, consumer perception, and company offerings related to the environmental outcomes of adopting Precision Agriculture in their region. After the presentations, the public is invited to contribute questions for a discussion with the panelists.
13th ECPA Update
13th ECPA organizing committee is pleased to inform you that all the authors of the accepted papers have registered for the ECPA2021, so the program is almost complete. Please find here the draft program of the Event: https://www.ecpa2021.hu/ecpa-timetable/ 
Given the high niveau of the Papers we expect a great and exciting Conference. 
We are very proud to announce that all of our keynote speakers accepted our invitation and will give us a high-standard talk in-person or online. You can check our website to learn more about our keynote speakers: https://www.ecpa2021.hu/keynote-speakers/
As the COVID Situation is very uncertain also in Europe, and we would like to allow as many participants as possible to register for the conference at a reasonable price, we have extended the Early bird registration deadline until the 1st of May.
We would like to give you an update about the Covid situation in Hungary. The number of vaccinated people have already reached 2.9 million this week, which is about 30% of the whole population and it is much higher than the general EU rate. The vaccination is at full speed everywhere in the country, so we hope to welcome our participants in a safe and “healthy” venue.
Registration is open to all who are interested in Precision Agriculture.
ECPA 2021 registration – ECPA 2021.
For up-to-date information please check our website:
ECPA 2021 – European Conference on Precision Agriculture 2021
13th ECPA Organizing Committee
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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