Greetings and happy holiday’s ADC supporters, it is a busy time of year for the ADC. We have been supporting course activities by helping set up accounts for several precision ag classes where college students will be educated on real life use of agricultural data. This includes data collection from multiple systems, organizing, archiving and sharing through the ADC environment as well as learning how best to utilize agricultural data to bring value to the farm. We are also busy making upgrades and enhancements to the platform enabling easier use for different universities that are leveraging the system to manage their on-farm research projects and collaborations with cooperating growers.
Additionally, several of our board members have been busy at fall and winter conferences discussing the value of data and hurdles farmers are encountering when trying to optimize their operations using their data. The board members are using these opportunities to educate the industry on the importance of farmer-controlled data. Along those lines, we recently published an article on PrecisonAg.com discussing data privacy on the farm and how it relates to recent regulations regarding personal data enacted by the European Union (EU). We plan to post more articles going forward, so if there are any specific topics you would like us to address drop us a note.
We hope everyone had a productive 2018 though there were many challenges from both the markets and Mother Nature across the country. The ADC believes farmers and the industry need to make better informed decisions going forward to successfully navigate these challenging times. We are doing what we can to ensure everyone in the industry, individual farmers, ag retailers, service providers, universities and other research organizations can effectively collaborate and securely share and leverage the vast amounts of data being generated in today’s farming operations.
As we gather with family and friends in the coming weeks and reflect back on the past year and begin looking forward to 2019, it is clear data will play an increasing role within the agricultural industry. With this in mind, it will be essential for farmers to have a private, secure, online way to store and manage their information. If you would like to become more involved and help support the ADC’s efforts please contact us at [email protected].