The Ag Data Act of 2018 in the Next Farm Bill

The Ag Data Act of 2018 in the Next Farm Bill

How much of the Ag Data Act of 2018 is included in the next Farm Bill?

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Blockchain: Understand Before Signing Up

Blockchain: Understand Before Signing Up

This year blockchain moved from little-known buzzword to early-adopter technology. Before you sign up to participate on a blockchain, however, there are some things you should know.

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The Data Industrial Complex and The Right to Privacy

The Data Industrial Complex and The Right to Privacy

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently referred to large data collection companies as the “data industrial complex.” There are some great lessons for the ag industry here.

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Cybersecurity Threats to Precision Ag

Cybersecurity Threats to Precision Ag

One of the most common questions I am asked when speaking about ag data privacy issues is:  Why would an outsider want my ag data? The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just released a report addressing this question: Threats to Precision Agriculture. 

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Are Tariffs Hurting US AgTech?

Are Tariffs Hurting US AgTech?

What is the effect of trade wars on US ag tech?

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Common Contract Mistakes Made by Ag Tech Companies

Common Contract Mistakes Made by Ag Tech Companies

Here are some of the common mistakes that ag tech companies making when drafting their ag tech contracts.

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Ten Ag Technologies that are Changing Agriculture

Ten Ag Technologies that are Changing Agriculture

I was asked to give an overview to the National Ag Law Center of what I thought were the emerging technologies and legal issues for agriculture. Here’s my top 10 list.

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Reflections on InfoAg 2018

Reflections on InfoAg 2018

I just returned from InfoAg 2018 and have a few observations to share.

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USDA and Ag Data: Improving Productivity while Protecting Privacy

USDA and Ag Data: Improving Productivity while Protecting Privacy

The 2018 Farm Bill provides a unique opportunity for USDA to transform the way that is collects and uses ag data. I recently co-authored an article for AGree on how USDA can harness ag data to improve farm policy.

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6 Key Concepts from the EU's Code of Conduct on Ag Data Sharing

6 Key Concepts from the EU's Code of Conduct on Ag Data Sharing

A number of farm organizations in the European Union have developed a Code of Conduct on Agricultural Data Sharing by Contractual Agreement. This post takes a closer look at some of the key concepts.

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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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