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 for Farm Data). One principle addressed ownership questions. This principle is particularly important as it is the first step to resolving the often asked question: “Who owns farm data?” Although the answer to this question seems obvious to most people, the core principles document developed by industry stakeholders contains a more in-depth approach than merely concluding “the farmer owns the data.”
Friday, November 14, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
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 should help these agriculture technology providers (ATPs) develop new privacy policies and ensure existing policies protect farmers’ privacy. Here is an abbreviated version of the of the core principles.
Friday, November 7, 2014
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, including data analysis tools operated by off-farm companies. These farmers expressed concerns over liability issues, off-farm usage by technology providers, and privacy. This was not surprising, but still there were some interesting results.
Friday, October 24, 2014
A crisis can destroy a business’s reputation and bottom line. A crisis can come from anywhere: a surprise EPA, OSHA, or other regulatory inspection, a natural disaster, or a man-made catastrophe like the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion last year. Though a business owner can never anticipate every crisis, there are certainly steps you can take to minimize the damage to your company.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
|Harvest photo taken from a UAV.|
Thursday, September 11, 2014
A few years ago, concerned Indiana residents raised complaints with their elected officials about the storage of manure in remote ponds, or “lagoons” that were not sited next to existing livestock farms. There was also concern that poultry litter was being shipped across state lines from Ohio into Indiana (this is perfectly legal, by the way, due to the Interstate Commerce Clause in the US Constitution). The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) for years had regulated concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and their Indiana equivalent, confined animal feeding operations (CFOs), but nowhere did the rules capture these stand-alone manure structures. Now Indiana has rules on the books.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
David Letterman has his Top 10 list. Now the Indiana Department of Environment Management (IDEM) has its Top 10 list for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). These large livestock producers are primarily regulated through IDEM's confined feeding operation (CFO) regulations. Recently, IDEM provided Indiana Pork Producers with a list of most commonly witnessed CFO violations from its inspectors. The top ten violations are below. My observations follow.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Last week we reported on how drones held some important applications for agriculture. A recent air show in Illinois that featured drones drew hundreds of farmers. Yet, the lack of regulations by the government and the lack of clear cut legal precedents could spell trouble for those who try to take off. Todd Janzen, an Indiana Attorney, told HAT that the FAA has not released any rules on the use of drones and, for the time being, considers flying them for commercial purposes illegal, “The FAA says flying drones for recreation or hobby use is OK, but if it is being used for a commercial use that that is illegal. A use for a farm would fall somewhere in between.” He added, currently, farmers are most likely using a drone for a hobby but eventually they will want to use it for commercial applications.
Continue reading at Hoosier Ag Today.
Continue reading at Hoosier Ag Today.
Monday, August 25, 2014
I can’t help but compare how the medical industry treats data to the discussion the agricultural industry is having right now about sharing big data and privacy.
Friday, August 1, 2014
|A farmer uses GPS to plant this field,|
but his deed uses old metes and
bounds to describe it.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
I'll be speaking at a Big Data seminar in Indianapolis hosted by the Indiana Ag Law Foundation on August 15, 2014. My topic will be "The Legal Aspects of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)." I will be covering a number of legal issues surrounding the entrance of UAVs (or "drones") into agricultural airspace, including Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for UAVs, the law of trespass and privacy, and constitutional concerns when government agencies use UAVs for surveillance.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
|Grain contracts often|
contain arbitration clauses
Friday, June 6, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Randall Adkins, a precision farming specialist for Scott Equipment in Louisiana, has been researching several models of rotor drones over the past several months. On this clear spring day, he’s assembling his first fixed-wing model.
"I got a cheaper fixed-wing model so when I crash it, I don’t cry," he says. "One thing I know for sure – this thing’s going to be painted orange."Continue reading at AgWeb: What You Need to Know About Drone Safety
Friday, May 16, 2014
The prevalence of drone flights on farms and in other remote locations has apparently caused some real concern at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). There are court cases pending to determine whether current drone usage is legal (from both a regulatory standpoint and a First Amendment standpoint--more on that in future posts), and new FAA regulations are expected in 2015 integrating drone use into U.S. airspace. But in the meantime, many farmers are taking to the skies--either believing drones are already legal or believing no one will notice or care.
The main reason I hear explaining why drones are legal in the US is that they are essentially "model" or "hobby" aircraft. I thought it was worth digging into the legal basis for this claim. Here's what I found.
Friday, April 25, 2014
The noise is startling. And at night the glare from the planes brightly lights up the place. As a result of the noise, respondents had to give up their chicken business. As many as six to ten of their chickens were killed in one day by flying into the walls from fright. The total chickens lost in that manner was about 150. Production also fell off. The result was the destruction of the use of the property as a commercial chicken farm. Respondents are frequently deprived of their sleep and the family has become nervous and frightened.
Monday, April 14, 2014
It is not enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Custom farm work is a great way to diversify a business. It can provide supplemental income but can also add extra risk and exposure to your primary farm.