High-Speed Planter Wars

High-Speed Planter Wars

John Deere recently filed suits against AGCO and Precision Planting claiming that their high-speed planting technologies infringe on Deere's ExactEmerge patents. What are Deere's claims against Precision Planting and AGCO?  What are the possible outcomes?  

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First Livestock Data Platform becomes Ag Data Transparent

First Livestock Data Platform becomes Ag Data Transparent

MyDairyDashboard has become the first livestock data company to earn the Ag Data Transparent seal of approval.  

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What Should AgTech Learn from GDPR?

What Should AgTech Learn from GDPR?

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?

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Does GDPR Apply to North American Ag Data Platforms?

Does GDPR Apply to North American Ag Data Platforms?

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.

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Do GDPR Protections Extend to Ag Data?

Do GDPR Protections Extend to Ag Data?

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?

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Creating an Ag Data Use Policy

Creating an Ag Data Use Policy

More ag tech providers should take the time to develop ag data use policies with their customers. This post explains how. 

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Three Privacy Lessons Ag Tech Providers Should Learn from Facebook's Troubles

Three Privacy Lessons Ag Tech Providers Should Learn from Facebook's Troubles

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? 

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The Agricultural Data Act of 2018

The Agricultural Data Act of 2018

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.

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Reflections on Ag Tech from Commodity Classic '18

Reflections on Ag Tech from Commodity Classic '18

Here are my observations on the latest ag tech from Commodity Classic 2018.

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What is Ag Data Transparent?

What is Ag Data Transparent?

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.

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Filling Potholes on the Road to Rural Broadband

Filling Potholes on the Road to Rural Broadband

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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Blockchain: What does it mean for ag?

Blockchain: What does it mean for ag?

The first load of soybeans was recently transported using blockchain to simplify the transaction.

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Ag Tech Predictions for 2018

Ag Tech Predictions for 2018

Here are my predictions for the ag tech buzzwords we'll be talking about in 2018.

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The Year in Reverse: 2017

The Year in Reverse: 2017

Here's a look back at the four biggest ag law and technology stories from 2017.

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Will OSHA be an Obstacle for Autonomous Farm Technology?

Will OSHA be an Obstacle for Autonomous Farm Technology?

For the most part, as long as driverless machinery stays in the field and off of public roads, there are few regulations that prevent these new technologies.  But there are some exceptions.

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Reflections on Another Year

Reflections on Another Year

Janzen Ag Law has hit another milestone as we enter our third year. Every small business knows that each anniversary is special. As I reflect back on the past year, here is a blog post from the past that reflects my thoughts today: Leadership is Hard Work.

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Can an Ag Tech Provider Collect Data without Your Consent?

Can an Ag Tech Provider Collect Data without Your Consent?

During a recent webinar, an audience member asked:  "Can a machine track and send data to the manufacturer without the owner's consent?"  I think you could even broaden this question to ask: "Can a machine can send data to a manufacturer without the owners' knowledge?"

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US Senate Testimony: Technology in Ag: Data-Driven Farming

US Senate Testimony: Technology in Ag: Data-Driven Farming

On November 14, 2017, I will be testifying before the US Senate's Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security.

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When will ag data's Equifax moment arrive?

When will ag data's Equifax moment arrive?

Like you, my personal information was compromised in the recent Equifax data breach. Are ag tech providers prepared for the day when this happens to them?

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LinkedIn Case Shows the Limits of Data Ownership

LinkedIn Case Shows the Limits of Data Ownership

A recent ruling on a case involving LinkedIn's collection of user data helps answers some, but not all, of our questions about how the law will ultimately treat ag data. 

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