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Todd Janzen was interviewed by AgPro about the Agricultural Data Act of 2018 and how it might help reform USDA's data collection practices.
Congratulations to Brianna Schroeder for being chosen for Class 18 of the Indiana Ag Leadership program.
Want to know more about the Ag Data Transparent project? Listen to Brownfield Ag News interview Todd Janzen about what the project means for agriculture.
Does the beef industry have anything to fear from the new fake-meat alternatives? We tested the Impossible Burger to find out.
Farmers using John Deere’s digital interface Operations Center have an extra level of assurance that their data won’t be used against them or inappropriately shared now that the farm equipment heavyweight has obtained the Ag Data Transparent (ADT) Certification.
It's one of the most- and least-connected industries out there. While agriculture has remained one of the least digitized sectors, there is a bountiful harvest of data that could give some economic leverage back to the farmer. But what will it take for farmers to invest?
Brianna Schroeder and Todd Janzen have both been recognized by Super Lawyers as top rated attorneys in their fields.
We are seeing the most drastic changes in how milk is sold and purchased since FDR's New Deal established national milk marketing orders. To help dairy farmers better understand these changes, Todd Janzen presented a live webinar with the National Ag Law Center on January 16, 2018. You can view a recording of the webinar by visiting the Center's website and following the links.
Janzen Ag Law defended an Indiana dairy against a challenge to its zoning approval by a rural summer camp. On January 16, 2018, the Indiana Court of Appeals issued an order upholding the county's decision to permit the dairy's construction.
We recently read an editorial in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette calling for greater regulation of livestock farms. Here is our response.
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MyDairyDashboard has become the first livestock data company to earn the Ag Data Transparent seal of approval.
The US is still long ways from adopting a GDPR style regulation that applies across the country to protect data privacy, but what parts of GDPR are a step in the right direction for ag tech?
Should a US or Canadian ag data platform--whose farmers are located only in North America--become GDPR compliant? Here are the questions you should ask to determine the answer.
With the deadline looming from for compliance the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ag data companies may be wondering whether their privacy policies need to be in compliance with the EU's regulation. This post answers the threshold question: Does the GDPR apply to collection of ag data in North America?
More ag tech providers should take the time to develop ag data use policies with their customers. This post explains how.
Facebook's recent privacy breach has made me wonder whether these same missteps could happen to an ag tech provider. What should we learn from what happened?
A bill has been introduced in the US Senate to help USDA collect conservation related data. The bill promises to create a national data warehouse that universities and others could tap into for research into conservation efforts. Learn more about the Agricultural Data Act of 2018.
Here are my observations on the latest ag tech from Commodity Classic 2018.
John Deere's announcement that it had certified the John Deere Operations Center as "Ag Data Transparent" this week might have you wondering, what exactly does that mean? This post answers that question. But first, a quick history lesson about how we got here.
Qualcomm is building the next generation of chips to run on a 5G network. These have enormous possibilities for ag technology. Will the US be ready to harness these 5G devices when they arrive or will innovation move elsewhere?
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Leading issues affecting livestock production.
As of 2018, grape growers are required to adhere to the Food Safety Modernization Act ("FSMA") Produce Rule if they sell grapes to wineries. However, most grape growers will qualify for an exemption.
On April 26, 2018, a North Carolina jury awarded 10 plaintiffs a total of $50 million in punitive damages and $750,000 in compensatory damages for damages allegedly caused by a nearby hog farm. What does this mean for other livestock producers?
The 2018 federal omnibus spending bill fixed the problem caused by a federal court regarding air emissions reporting requirements for livestock operations.
Recently we've seen a few counties consider blocking livestock development. But barring the construction of of livestock farms in rural areas often is legally suspect.
I recently attended a whole hog butchering class here in Indianapolis, which closed the gap between farmer, butcher, and consumer.
The U.S. Cattlemen's Association recently filed a petition asking the USDA to issue a formal definition of "beef" as meat derived from cattle. This has set off a battle over labels with makers of lab-grown "clean meat" and plant-based meat substitutes. So just what is "beef"?
Specialty crops, like hops farms, deserve special attention. This post explains three important tasks a new or established hops farm should complete to ensure it is well-protected.
On January 19, 2018, the EPA requested another 90-day delay to the federal air emissions reporting requirement under CERCLA. The Court granted the request, extending the effective date of the mandate until at least May 1, 2018.
On January 16, 2018, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a county decision to allow a dairy to build a new farm in rural Rush County. The Court rejected arguments made by a nearby camp that the dairy's special exception would violate its religious rights.
Indiana is leading a group of states in a lawsuit against Massachusetts over a new livestock and poultry law requiring any pork, veal, or eggs sold in the state to be derived from animals raised with space to turn around and lie down without touching an enclosure.