(WEST LAFAYETTE, IN) – Purdue University announced today that it has joined the Agricultural Data Coalition (ADC), a group recently formed to build a national repository where farmers can safely store and manage their farm’s production information.
Farmers collect valuable statistics every time they pass through their fields, and that data will be key to fueling future innovation and helping growers drive efficiency on their own farms. But its full potential has not been realized because of hurdles to housing and transmitting information in a uniform and usable way.
(NEW ORLEANS)—Thanks to precision agriculture and advancements in equipment and computing technology, America’s farmers are building a treasure trove of production information that will help fuel future innovation. A new organization announced today, the Agricultural Data Coalition (ADC), plans to help farmers better control, manage and maximize the value of their data.
The ADC is the result of years of planning and coordination by AGCO, the American Farm Bureau Federation, Auburn University, CNH Industrial, Crop IMS, The Ohio State University, Mississippi State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Raven Industries, and Topcon Positioning Group.
Its goal is to build a data repository where farmers can securely store and oversee the information collected by their tractors, harvesters, aerial drones and other devices. Over time, that data can then be scrubbed, synced and transmitted in an efficient and uniform way to third parties — whether they be researchers, crop insurance agents, government officials, farm managers, input providers or any trusted advisor the farmer chooses.
One of the most valuable commodities cultivated by farmers today is the information their tractors, harvesters and aerial drones collect.
For farmers, this data can be used to improve efficiency, simplify paperwork and potentially generate additional dollars to help supplement farm income. It will also enable continued food safety and affordability, innovative land and water stewardship and responsiveness to ever-changing consumer demands.