Upcoming AGree Discussion Series Event:

Harnessing (Big) Data for Small Farmers
Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 11:30-1:30 pm ET
Meridian Institute | 1800 M Street NW, Suite 400N, Washington, DC, 20036

Space is limited, so please RSVP here by September 26.

There is a lot of buzz about how "big data" is transforming food and agriculture. But how can data and technology benefit small- and mid-sized producers who may not have resources to invest in the latest technologies? How are producers, including those growing for local and regional consumption, making use of data to support and grow their operations? How is data being used to interface with consumers and shift behavior?

The session will explore these questions and more, including how to help diverse producers and consumers take best advantage of the ag data “revolution.” 

Featured speakers include:

  • Robert Blair: Owner, Three Canyon Farms (ID)
  • Dorn Cox: Research Director, Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment & Farmer (ME/NH)
  • Pam Hess: Executive Director, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture (VA)
  • Josh Woodard: President, Ag-Analytics.Org & Professor, Cornell University

Prior AGree Discussion Series Events:

  • Ag Data Privacy: Improving Profitability While Protecting Privacy (09/12/18): How is agriculture data being leveraged to increase farm profitability and improve environmental outcomes, while safeguarding producer privacy? AGree hosted a 360-degree look at the issue from the perspective of farmers, environmental advocates, ag data privacy experts, and government agencies. Speakers discussed the ways that USDA, private companies, and other institutions are using data to reduce production risks, save taxpayers money, and strengthen research about the effects of conservation practices on yield variability.

    A link to the recording will be available soon.

    Speakers included:
    • Kevin Barnes: Associate Administrator, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
    • Todd Janzen: President, Janzen Agricultural Law LLC
    • Laura Knoth: Executive Director, Kentucky Corn Growers Association
    • Laurie Ristino: Visiting Scholar, George Washington University Law School
    • Bruce Sherrick: Professor of Land Economics and Director, TIAA Center for Farmland Research, University of Illinois