Farm groups, prescription ag companies agree on data privacy
November 13, 2014
Farm groups and companies providing prescription agriculture services have reached agreement on data privacy and security principles, the American Farm Bureau Federation announced early today.
The coalition supporting the principles includes:
▪ American Farm Bureau Federation
▪ American Soybean Association
▪ Beck's Hybrids
▪ Dow AgroSciences LLC
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▪ DuPont Pioneer
▪ John Deere
▪ National Association of Wheat Growers
▪ National Corn Growers Association
▪ National Farmers Union
▪ Raven Industries
▪ The Climate Corporation (a division of Monsanto)
▪ USA Rice Federation
The announcement reflects the interest among farmers in using services that can provide detailed proposals for how to manage their fields, but who also fear that the companies could use information about individual farmers' planting, production and harvesting practices to their own advantage.
"The principles released today provide a measure of needed certainty to farmers regarding the protection of their data," said American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman.
"Farmers using these technology-driven tools will help feed a growing world while also providing quantifiable environmental benefits. These principles are meant to be inclusive and we hope other farm organizations and ATPs join this collaborative effort in protecting farm-level data as well as educating farmers about this revolutionary technology."
Farm Bureau released a detailed list of items in the agreement.
–The Hagstrom Report