The expected rapid rise in the global population over the next 30 years is forcing the farming industry to farm smarter if it wants to meet the linear demand in food. Compounding this challenge is the limited availability of water and land, climate change, and a reduced labor supply.
Data and metrics is at the core of smart farming, as it enables growers to not only produce a consistent high-quality crop, it also helps them make future decisions on preserving resources, minimizing environmental impacts, and improving efficiency in a sustainable manner.
The question is, who owns and controls the data generated by smart farming practices?
Traditionally, data created on the farm or in the greenhouse is deemed the property of the landowner. So it might be assumed that the data a grower generates through the use of smart farming technologies would also belong to them.
However, a recent post on Business Weekly UK notes that in reality, the involvement of agri-tech providers complicates the question of data ownership. Such companies are likely to argue that their innovative technology and infrastructure enables the collection, processing, and curation of data and, as a result, they should own the data.
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