Farm Bureau comments on ‘Big Data’
“Proprietary data collected from individual farms is valuable and should remain the property of the farmer,” noted AFBF President Bob Stallman in a statement released Jan. 31.
Further, as innovation and technology using this data expands to provide farmers new management tools, protecting the privacy of this data is paramount, he noted. Farm Bureau will continue to work to ensure that a farmer’s data, whether related to seed or other crop inputs, the production system used, and both business and personal information, is extended the highest degree of protection.
Farmer and rancher delegates attending AFBF’s annual convention this year felt so strongly about these matters that they gave clear direction and approved strong policy resolutions on the so-called ‘big-data’ issue as it relates to data privacy, ownership and use in agricultural production. Some of that policy language came from Indiana Farm Bureau, whose delegates also felt strongly about data protection.
“We will continue to advocate for farmers whenever this issue is raised, and we will provide thought leadership on production-related data privacy issues,” said Stallman. (AFBF 2/3/14)