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ISPA Newsletter 12(1): International Symposium on Robotics and Automation, 16th ICPA, PA Definition Change, Upcoming Events, Jobs, and more
Jan 29, 2024
International Symposium on Robotics & Automation
International Symposium on Robotics & Automation
Agricultural production is challenged by world food demand, the need to reduce agriculture’s environmental footprint, the shortage of labor, and unprecedented variations in weather patterns. These stressors are accelerating the pace of innovation in automation and robotic systems which have benefited from the advancements made in machine vision, sensors and actuators, artificial intelligence (AI), and human-robot interactions. This symposium will provide a space where academia, industry, funding agencies, and other stakeholders can exchange knowledge on emerging trends and identify challenges along with opportunities in the fields of automation and robotics in agriculture. The symposium will be held on Monday, 22 July 2024 in Manhattan, KS, USA, in conjunction with the 16th International Conference on Precision Agriculture.
For more information, please visit: ispag.org/Events/R_A_Symposium
16th ICPA Sponsorship

Thank you to North Dakota State University for sponsoring the 16th International Conference on Precision Agriculture

North Dakota State University will be at booth #3.  Be sure to stop by during the conference!
North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university. We are a top-ranked R1 institution with over $175M in annual research expenditures. Our nearly 12,000 students experience opportunities to grow, contribute and prepare for fulfilling careers in many agriculture, technology, and other disciplines. Our Precision Agriculture Technology & Management program is a rapidly expanding degree option for students. NDSU’s robust agricultural research and extension network includes 7 Research Extension Centers and 53 county extension offices throughout the state. NDSU is a core partner in the North Dakota Advanced Agriculture Technology Engine, a National Science Foundation funded Regional Innovation Engine program providing up to $160 million over 10 years. This program expands a collaborative ecosystem to solve global food insecurity challenges through Ag Tech innovations and workforce development.
NDSU 16th ICPA Sponsorship
Precision Agriculture Definition Change
In 2023 the ISPA board determined that it was time to expand upon the Precision Agriculture definition and ensure that the definition can be applied to all areas of agriculture.  The original ISPA precision agriculture definition is widely used by researchers, farmers and agribusiness. That definition is usually interpreted to focus exclusively on managing temporal and spatial variability excluding most of precision livestock farming (PLF) which deals primarily with animal-to-animal variability. The only PLF aspect which has been included in the ICPA, ECPA and in PRAG is precision grazing, which has a strong spatial component. As technology develops and crop PA moves toward individual plant management, PLF and crop PA technologies are converging. It would be beneficial for both communities to be in communication. The proposed change added “plant and animal” to the text: “Precision Agriculture is a management strategy that gathers, processes and analyzes temporal, spatial and individual plant and animal data…”
This proposed definition change was first distributed to Country Representatives for feedback, followed by two announcements in the ISPA monthly newsletter.  ISPA members were encouraged to submit their feedback and the board received emails from members voicing their support of the definition change.  In January 2024 the ISPA board voted to approve the Precision Agriculture definition change.

“Precision Agriculture is a management strategy that gathers, processes and analyzes temporal, spatial and individual plant and animal data and combines it with other information to support management decisions according to estimated variability for improved resource use efficiency, productivity, quality, profitability and sustainability of agricultural production.”
Revised January 2024
ISPA Country Representative
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.  
16th International Conference on Precision Agriculture
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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
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.
Jobs Listing
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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