International Organization Releases Guidelines for Ag Data Research

International Organization Releases Guidelines for Ag Data Research

An international agricultural research group has created a set of guidelines for organizations using agricultural data in research projects. 

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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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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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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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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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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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10 Minute Lunch Break Webcast: Becoming Ag Data Transparent

10 Minute Lunch Break Webcast: Becoming Ag Data Transparent

We are launching a series of short, informative webinars on a variety of ag law topics.  Our first video is about becoming Ag Data Transparent. 

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When your ag tech provider is sold, what happens to your ag data?

When your ag tech provider is sold, what happens to your ag data?

DuPont Pioneer's acquisition of Silicon Valley based Granular might have you wondering: what happens to all that data you tech provider collects when its sold?  

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Ag Data Ownership

Ag Data Ownership

An in depth look at what means to say the farmer "owns" their ag data.

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Ag Data Transparency Evaluator Launches New Website

Ag Data Transparency Evaluator Launches New Website

The Ag Data Transparency Evaluator has launched a new website to help farmers better understand their technology contracts. 

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The Ag Data Transparency Evaluator

The Ag Data Transparency Evaluator

The problems farmers have with embracing farm data programs are well documented, but I think it comes down to three things: trust, time, and complexity. Trust--many farmers don't know what happens to their data after they send it to an ag technology provider (ATP).  Time--farmers are already busy. Who has time to read detailed privacy policies and data license agreements.  Complexity--farm data contracts are different than normal farm contracts.

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