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Talking Big Data and Drones on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick
Posted on 18 May 2015 by Todd Janzen

I was recently lucky enough to be interviewed by Gerry Dick for his television show Inside Indiana Business. I was joined by Beck's Hybrid's Jim Shertzer who leads FARMserver , a web-based farm data storage and analysis tool. These are exciting... Read More

Co-op and Custom Applicators: Are You Addressing Farm Data in Your Contracts?
Posted on 19 May 2015 by Todd Janzen

Farmers will call up their local co-ops this year to help them fertilize and spray their fields. These sprayers-for-hire will be recording what they do, but what happens to that data after that point? Does the co-op have an obligation to provide that... Read More

Big Data on the Farm: Presentation to Indiana Farm Bureau
Posted on 10 Mar 2015 by Todd Janzen

My January 20, 2015 presentation to Indiana Farm Bureau's District Meeting can be found by clicking on the following link: Big Data on the Farm Don't forget to also check out American Farm Bureau Federation's Privacy and Security Principles... Read More

What You Need to Know about Farm Data Privacy
Posted on 11 Mar 2015 by Todd Janzen

Here is my presentation to the Indiana Horticultural Congress on January 21, 2015. You can follow along online by clicking below: Farm Data Privacy: What You Need to Know Please check out other articles about the agriculture and technology on this... Read More

Before You Click "Accept," Read Your Farm Data Privacy Policy
Posted on 10 Jun 2014 by Todd Janzen

If you are like most people, when computer programs ask you to accept their latest privacy policy, you probably just hit "I accept these terms" and get on with using the software. But recent concern over who controls agriculture's "big... Read More

Defining "Big Data" in Agriculture
Posted on 12 May 2015 by Todd Janzen

A recent comment on one of my articles addressing big data concerns in farm leases asked why I used the term "big data" instead of just "data." This got me thinking about the definition of "big data" and what the term really... Read More

A Closer Look at Farm Data Ownership
Posted on 4 Feb 2015 by Todd Janzen

A number of agriculture technology providers (ATPs) worked together recently to produce a document identifying core industry principles for data privacy and security on the farm. (Read the core principles document here: Privacy and Security Principles... Read More

Does Your Co-Op Own Your Farm Data?
Posted on 21 May 2015 by Todd Janzen

Recently I was asked this question: When a farm cooperative (a “co-op”) does work for a farmer and in the process generates agronomic data, does the co-op own that data or does the farmer? Many in the ag industry like to say “the farmer... Read More

Farm Bureau Data Privacy Poll Produces Some Interesting Results
Posted on 29 Jan 2015 by Todd Janzen

The American Farm Bureau Federation (Farm Bureau) recently polled over 2500 farmers about their concerns with data privacy and technology. Over 1000 of those surveyed indicated that they already use “precision technologies” on their farm,... Read More

Privacy and Security Principles for Farm Data
Posted on 3 Feb 2015 by Todd Janzen

A few people have asked me for a link to the farm data core principles document released by ag technology providers and industry trade organizations. Below is the entire document, which represents a collaboration of American Farm Bureau Federation, American... Read More

Ag Industry Releases Core Principles for Farm Data Privacy
Posted on 2 Feb 2015 by Todd Janzen

This past year some of America’s leaders in agricultural technology products worked together with American Farm Bureau Federation and industry trade organizations to come up with a set of core principles for data privacy. The principles identified... Read More

Study concludes forests are decreasing, but how good is the data?
Posted on 28 Jun 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Using data from 541 randomly selected 18.5 by 18.5 km blocks, an analysis of Landsat-7 satellite data has concluded that 3% of the forests (1 million square kilometer) present in 2000 were gone by 2005. See map at http://www.sciencenews.org/view/download... Read More