When it comes to protecting sensitive farmer crop data, farm equipment and software makers —including DuPont, Monsanto’s The Climate Corporation, Dow AgroSciences LLC, Syngenta, and John Deere — have thus far have certainly talked the talked but haven’t been as successful in walking the walk, writes Dave Dickey.
There has been some devastating avian influenza (bird flu) outbreaks in the U.S. in recent years. This includes the first outbreak of bird flu this year at a Tyson-contracted farm in Tennessee in March. Tyson is the largest chicken meat producer in the U.S. As Dave Dickey writes, researchers should be cautious.
Samuel Clovis, a former college professor and talk radio host, was recently nominated to the post of USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics.
In getting behind Clovis, agricultural trade organizations are taking a short-term view with long-term implications, writes Dave Dickey.
Dave Dickey writes that until our kids know with certainty that a pickle is a cucumber or that french fries come from potatoes, there’s work to do. Without knowledge about agriculture, informed decisions are impossible.