AgPro: Big Data Plan for USDA Conservation Programs

Sonja Bergeman from Farm Journal's AgPro recently interviewed Todd Janzen about the Agricultural Data Act of 2018:

The “Agriculture Data Act of 2018” was introduced in early March this year. Its purpose is to gather more information about how USDA-sponsored conservation practices impact profitability and is supported by at least 28 agricultural groups.

It’s sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and cosponsored by Senator John Thune (R-SD). It will amend the Food Security Act of 1985 to gather info by “using an appropriate collection, review and analysis of data.”

“Essentially, they want to get all of the data around conservation programs that USDA has in a single data ‘warehouse,’” says Todd Janzen with Janzen Agricultural Law, LLC. “This would help make the data available in a single location across all parts of USDA, including NRCS, NASS, etc.”

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