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Givemeliberty - Raw milk industry draws attention from Illinois regulators - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
With everything we have going on in this state and they are on a raw milk kick? Americans have been buying and selling farm produce at the local level for centuries, just leave it alone. Why do they always have to step in and put their grubby little paws on every frickin thing we do? I am a consumer of raw milk, and I am capable of nourishing my own body, leave me and my farmer alone and do something…
pjohnf - Bill Clinton to address workers at pro-Quinn rally - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
So does that mean your okay with a lying adulterer, accused of sexual assault, disbarred lawyer, lying, impeached ex-president?
Givemeliberty - Bill Clinton to address workers at pro-Quinn rally - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
So true and its usually the voters that make me want to pull my hair out not the politicians. The dem voters have always been upset about corporate welfare/ favoritism, and sending jobs over seas until Obama got elected. Not long after he was elected the Republicans became concerned with the Patriot Act, and hawks on our privacy. The majority of voters talk and act like they have issues they care…
quincymike - School Board to outline plans for savings, old buildings if referendum passes - Quincy, IL News - Qu
#1. The board, from what I understand, has basically stated that impact on property taxes should be negligible. That is mostly because of the huge decrease in Life safety bonds that have to be issued. and the expiring existing school bonds, and net savings from operating new "energy star" buildings". You have to understand that Life Safety bonds can be issued with out tax payer approval. These…
WarCry - School Board to outline plans for savings, old buildings if referendum passes - Quincy, IL News - Qu
What would you propose they do with the QAVTC in that case? They teach more than just the high school students there, you know.

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Iowa AgState project to help harness benefits of ‘Big Data’

3 months, 3 weeks ago From agprofessional.com

 

Leading Iowa farm and commodity organizations are backing an ambitious project that will harness the power of agricultural data to the benefit of farmers.

The “Big Data Strategy and Implementation Plan,” backed by Iowa AgState and developed by The Hale Group of Danvers, Mass., will begin immediately by obtaining all relevant facts about how agricultural data is collected, shared, analyzed and used.

Following this in-depth assessment, a strategy and action plan will be formulated by year’s end enabling farmers to better understand their data, industry strategies and objectives for Big Data and how best to capture the value of the data they produce without compromising proprietary information and intellectual property rights.

The Hale Group defines Big Data as both structured and unstructured data whose scale, diversity and complexity require new techniques and analytics to manage and interpret it and extract knowledge and value from it.

Brian Kemp, Iowa Soybean Association president and AgState chair, said Big Data isn’t a new issue for agriculture. However, the ability to collect, interpret and manipulate data has increased exponentially, requiring immediate action.

“This project will be conducted at the strategic level addressing many components, namely data ownership and control,” said Kemp, who farms near Sibley. “By harnessing the knowledge of existing data and how it can be used, farmers can influence policy more effectively, develop appropriate user and privacy agreements and drive mutually beneficial relationships with those whom we do business.”

Kemp said the project will:

  • Support the education of farmers on the opportunities presented by agricultural Big Data.
  • Help farmers understand and evaluate the various Big Data business models offered by industry and how to capture value from the data.
  • Empower farmers as participants in the local, state, and national level discussions on the issues of Big Data.
  • Provide information that can be used to inform and influence Big Data policies, regulations and technology.
  • Dean Lemke, nutrient management and environmental stewardship director of the Agribusiness Association of Iowa and member of the AgState Big Data task force, said the project will complement other regional and national projects focused on similar concerns and opportunities.

“The Hale Group has unique capabilities to do the work to benefit the greater industry,” Lemke said. “They will do a thorough job of gathering information from many sources on the topic of Big Data, define what’s most meaningful to farmers and how they can capitalize on it and then share these findings with all stakeholders.

“Ultimately and collectively, a better understanding and use of data will help farmers continuously improve,” Lemke added. “It will also give farmers a voice and leverage in matters that affect their business.”

Bob Ludwig of The Hale Group said farmers do not want to “stop Big Data” but influence the way it’s developed and rolled out to growers.

“It will bring great benefits to agriculture and the world at large,” he said. “But it needs to be monitored to make sure it’s fair to farmers.”


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