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Publications relating to the FutureFarm project

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Protocols and links for procedures deducing the necessary links with PF-techniques from farming processes into the value added..

Full title: Protocols and links for procedures deducing the necessary links with PF-techniques from farming processes into the value added chain in the production of foods, feed, fibres and fuels with crops 

Report on The potential of on-farm biofuel production

The energy flows of European farms were studied in this paper. The energy balance of two crops that can offer edible oil or oil for energy production was presented. The rape seed is one crop most adapted to the North of Europe and sunflower for the South. The energy balance showed that the energy consumption for production is generally lower than the energy output giving a positive net energy a prerequisite to use them for energy production.

Machine-readable encoding for definitions of 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.

Management strategies and practices

Many farmers claim that their main purpose is to make money, but that is too simplistic. Nowadays sustainability and environmental issues are becoming more important. Practices are the management options that apply to a particular sector. Operational elements describe the particular field operations. To be able to manage these forms of complex variability, a co-ordinated approach is required, integrating personal strategies, farm management goals and field operations. The strategies should reflect the values and preferences of the manager in the form of farmmanagement goals.

Final report and documentation specifications of FMIS

During the course of the FutureFarm project, actors and information flows, usage processes and data elements have been modelled and analysed, and functional requirements of FMIS have been determined. This resulting deliverable outlines the system elements and requirements for the proposed FMIS as an integrated and complex set of specifications depending on the farm production type, level of automation and inherent business processes. These specifications have included:

 

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