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Publications relating to the FutureFarm project

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Analyses of key results of FutureFarm on procedures, protocols and impacts with stakeholders on-farm

Within FutureFarm the projects work and objectives as well as several results were presented to stakeholders from different related groups of the agricultural sector. These groups are stakeholders from farms, from official authorities and administration and from software and geo-information companies producing for the agricultural sector. Furthermore the key results were analysed and discussed with scientists from related fields of research.

Preliminary report on knowledge and information to be encoded

In earlier work of WP3 Analysis and specification of knowledge based farm management, the system boundaries for a novel Farm Management Information System (FMIS) have been defined as well as specification of material and information flows. Information flow diagrams for six field tasks were constructed and reported in WP3 deliverable 3.2. The next task in WP3 is to define the knowledge and information from the flow diagrams to be encoded in WP4. The developed flow diagrams do not commit yet to any particular technology or information format.

Proof-of-concept implementations of registry and catalogues

FutureFarm WP 4 deals with the task “Knowledge Management in the FMIS of tomorrow”. The set of deliverables splits this task in different subtasks. FutureFarm deliverable D4.1.1 specifies an encoding for agricultural production standards, which serves as a data exchange format for structured, machine readable documents published by some authority or similar consisting sets of rules which farmers may adhere to.

Social organization of farmers’ decision-making

As the term “Social organization” is not sufficiently established in agricultural literature a different term  should be chosen for a possible publication. The present working title is: “The role of communication and cooperation in the adoption of Precision Farming in Europe”. Within the study the term “Social organization” is used as an umbrella term to describe different modes of communication and cooperation between farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector.

Management Strategies

WP 4 of FutureFarm is mainly focussed on the Integration of knowledge for compliance to Management Standards into Farm Information Systems. These external Management Standards are published by third parties and explicit decisions by the farm manager are more or less restricted to choose which of the voluntary standards and private labels the farm should comply to. Based on a “Model of decision-making and information flows for information-intensive agriculture” by S. Fountas et al.

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