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14th ICPA

14th ICPA

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13th ICPA Proceedings

Access to the proceedings of the 13th ICPA is available online:
All the oral and poster presentation abstracts are available to the public. Access to the full papers and extended abstracts is limited to ISPA members and registered attendees of the 13th ICPA. Full papers and extended abstracts are also available for a fee to the public.
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The purposes of ISPA are to:
  • Organize and conduct international conferences related to precision agriculture (PA), such as International Conference on Precision Agriculture, European Conference on Precision Agriculture, and other related conferences.
  • Develop and maintain a web-portal to communicate the latest developments in PA with the world, and maintain a member listserv to communicate among society members.
  • Publish a quarterly ISPA e-newsletter for members and other subscribers.
  • Provide members an opportunity for publication of original scientific research in the society sponsored peer-reviewed journal, Precision Agriculture.

Articles of Interest

The Global Soil Organic Carbon Map (GSOCmap)

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) launched a global endeavor to develop the Global Soil Organic Carbon map (GSOCmap) using a country-driven approach as part of the Global Soil Information System (GLOSIS). GSP provided technical support and on-the-job training to most countries to produce national SOC maps according to standardized specifications. The Global Soil Organic Carbon map V1.0 is an important stepping stone to better know the current Soil Organic Carbon stock stored beneath our feet and soils’ potential for further sequestration. The data are also available as Geotiff.

Transition to data-driven decisions on the farm

The hard part of transitioning to data-driven decisions isn’t when the data supports what you already believe to be true. The difficult part is when the data analysis challenges what we think we already know.

Coordination and Support of International Research Data Networks: Final Report Published

The OECD Global Science Forum (GSF) and the World Data System (WDS) partnered on a project to inform policies to promote open data for science focused on internationally coordinated data networks. The overall aim was to identify principles and policy actions that can enable the establishment and maintenance of effective international data networks that are necessary to support a global open science enterprise.

ISPA Awards

PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for award nominations is 1 May 2018.

Brief descriptions of the awards in different categories are listed below:

Pierre C. Robert Precision Agriculture Award(s): The Pierre C. Robert Precision Agriculture Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to precision agriculture science and technology and who are presenting an oral or poster paper at the conference. Two awards will be given in this category to a Young and Senior Scientist/Professional. The young scientist/professional must be 42 or younger; the senior scientist/professional over 42. Senior scientist/professional must have 20 or more years of experience the majority of which must be in the area of precision agriculture. The selected candidates will be honored during the conference award ceremony with a Plaque of Achievement and US$ 1000 cash award.
Graduate Student Award(s): Approximately 10 awards will be made to graduate students presenting their research work (oral or poster paper) at the ICPA conference. The award will consist of waived conference registration fees and US$ 500 cash award. The selected candidates will be honored during the conference award ceremony.


SUBMISSION: The entire nomination package must be submitted as one pdf file, in an e-mail attachment. Nominations are due on or before 1 May 2018 to: The Chair of the ICPA Awards Committee, Email: awards@ispag.org. Questions related to the awards nomination must also be addressed to the awards@ispag.org.

Abstracts Being Reviewed

We received over 430 abstracts from our call for papers. The most abstracts received for an ICPA since the creation of ISPA. These are being reviewed and notification to corresponding authors will be given by February 9th. 

2015-2024 is the International Decade of Soils

The International Union of Soil Scientists has proclaimed 2015-2024 the International Decade of Soils. IUSS has identified the key roles played by soils in addressing the major resource, environmental, health and social problems which humanity is currently facing. The IUSS believes that it is incumbent to not only maintain the level of activity generated in IYS 2015 but to increase the momentum and the extent of our contributions on soils issues. Checkout this site for Activities of Soil Science Societies and Soil Institutions.

Precision Agriculture available to members

The Springer journal, Precision Agriculture, is now available to ISPA members through this website. When you login to the website you will see a Members tab at the far right of the navigation tabs. Click on the Members tab to see the menu and select Precision Agriculture journal to be redirected to the Springer site. Once at the site, click on the blue "Browse Volumes & Issues" button to access journal articles. Journal Impact Factor for 2013 is 2.01.


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