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Since big data arrived in agriculture a few years ago, I have watched companies struggle with how to address farmers’ concerns with ag data privacy, security, and control. Some companies have started with a clean sheet of paper and drafted agreements that reflect what they actually do. Others have taken a short cut by cutting and pasting agreements from other industries. The result is that contracts for ag data collection, use and sharing are…
Have you ever wondered whether clicking “I accept” on an online form was really as effective as signing your name on paper? What about digitally signing your name on a screen? Is that the same thing? For the most part, a digital signature is just as good as paper version. Since 2000, e-signatures have been the law of the land.  In that year, Congress passed the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-SIGN).…
The automotive industry is undergoing the most radical transformation since people sold their horses and carriages and purchased automobiles. Almost every automaker is investing billions of dollars to develop and market all-electric vehicles (EVs). Consider this: Volkswagen, the world’s largest carmaker, announced that its last generation gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines will be released in 2026. The transformation is happening at lightning speed. Tesla, which barely existed 10 years ago, had the best-selling…
One of the best books I’ve ever read was Joe Sutter’s history of development of the Boeing 747. Sutter was lead engineer of Boeing’s 747 project. His book tells the long and detailed story of how Boeing conceptualized, designed, built and marketed the 747. Part of the book describes development of Boeing’s original 737, a much smaller but equally important aircraft that came of age in the same era as the 747. Since reading the…
It was no April Fool’s joke. Burger King announced April 1 that it is testing the “Impossible Whopper” in certain markets. Impossible Foods is a company that makes substances that have the look, texture and taste of hamburger, but are made from plant-based materials. Feed your burger craving and save the planet—Impossible Foods promises. We’ve tested the Impossible burger and it lives up to the hype, at least as far as taste and texture goes. If…
It was no April Fool’s joke. Burger King announced April 1 that it is testing the “Impossible Whopper” in certain markets. Impossible Foods is a company that makes substances that have the look, texture and taste of hamburger, but are made from plant-based materials. Feed your burger craving and save the planet—Impossible Foods promises. We’ve tested the Impossible burger and it lives up to the hype, at least as far as taste and texture goes. If…
In 2012, the EPA found itself in the middle of a firestorm when Iowa and Nebraska feedlot owners learned that EPA was conducting flyovers to look for Clean Water Act violations. The story really went viral when a Congressman referenced that the EPA was using drones for these spy-like missions. That wasn’t true—no drones were used—but the EPA did flyover farms with small aircraft and photograph apparent water quality violations. A number of Senators and…
In 2012, the EPA found itself in the middle of a firestorm when Iowa and Nebraska feedlot owners learned that EPA was conducting flyovers to look for Clean Water Act violations. The story really went viral when a Congressman referenced that the EPA was using drones for these spy-like missions. That wasn’t true—no drones were used—but the EPA did flyover farms with small aircraft and photograph apparent water quality violations. A number of Senators and…
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect on January 1, 2020. The CCPA is the first comprehensive state-wide attempt to protect individual data privacy rights. The CCPA is designed to protect the rights of California citizens to know what information is collected about them by online platforms, to object to such collection (opt out), and to request information be deleted. For ag tech platforms that mostly serve farmers outside of California, but perhaps…
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect on January 1, 2020. The CCPA is the first comprehensive state-wide attempt to protect individual data privacy rights. The CCPA is designed to protect the rights of California citizens: to know what information is collected about them by online platforms, to object to such collection (opt out), and to request information be deleted. For ag tech platforms that mostly serve farmers outside of California (but perhaps…