Session
Title: Data Coops
Date: Wed Aug 3, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:20 PM
Moderator: Jim Pollock
Importance of Growers Owning Their Data and How

GiSC is working on behalf of the grower community and its members to make sure their voice is recognized when it comes to operational data.  In addition to representing the grower, GiSC is focused on working to develop industry relationships and means for growers to be able to own the data coming off their operations.

Jason Ward (speaker)
Executive Director
Grower Information Services Cooperative (GiSC)
Lubbock, TX 79423
US
Jason Ward is the Executive Director of GiSC, an agricultural data cooperative, where he represents growers’ information rights, performs analytics, provides a secure information platform, identifies technology solutions benefitting growers and their service providers, and develops relationships within the industry that benefits growers and agriculture. Prior to joining GiSC, Jason worked for Staple Cotton Cooperative Association as Director of Economic Research. As a recognized commodities market analyst, he has presented to numerous organizations regarding the economic future of agricultural commodities.
Length (approx): 20 min
 
Analyzing Our Farm Data for Production Decisions

Jeff's passion for being "forward thinking" has pushed him into early adoption of many technology's that provide high rates of return on his farm.  His participation in Precision Solutions, a precision think tank and data management company, have started to achieve a goal of Jeff's in harnessing the power of data to advance productivity and start making profitable decisions with it. Jeff will talk about the role of data in managing his farm and making production decisions. 

Jeff Kirwan (speaker)
Kirwan Farms
Windsor, IL
US
Jeff Kirwan is a leading-edge grower from west-central Illinois. He has managed the farm to "perfect" the art of growing a crop on both marginal and highly productive land. With a degree in Agronomy from the University of Illinois, and experience in ag retail, he has implemented technology and strong business management to advance productivity on the 2400 acres of row-crops he farms. Jeff's passion for being "forward thinking" has pushed him into early adoption of many technology's that provide high rates of return on his farm. His participation in Precision Solutions, a precision think tank and data management company, have started to achieve a goal of Jeff's in harnessing the power of data to advance productivity and start making profitable decisions with it. Jeff is a District 3 Director for the IAA Farm Bureau Board. He is also very active in farm policy, including serving on a "farm profitability" task force and on Congresswomen Cheri Bustos "Ag Advisory" committee. Jeff and his wife Teresa live in New Windsor, Illinois and have three daughters. Being mindful of the future of ag, Jeff has an approach of "its time to move past the whole field and concentrate on profitability by the acre."
Length (approx): 20 min
 
Ag Data Coalition

The Agricultural Data Coalition, or ADC, is dedicated to helping farmers get the most out of their newest asset. Its mission is focused on designing, creating and managing a central repository where farmers can store their information and oversee how it is accessed. Data farming will be key to agriculture's future, and farmers should be in control. Matt Bechdol, ADC Interim Executive Director, will offer an update on ADC vision and progress, how it can benefit the entire value chain, and how it compliments other efforts in the data driven space.

Matt Bechdol (speaker)
ADC Interim Executive Director
Agricultural Data Coalition
Auburn, IN 46706
US
Matt Bechdol is the interim executive director of the Agricultural Data Coalition (ADC). Bechdol is also President of GeoSilos, a consulting firm focused on leveraging mapping analysis for agribusiness, policy and economics, across the food and agriculture sector. For 20 years, Bechdol has specialized in applications of spatial analysis and remote sensing for agriculture and natural resources. He began his career as a consultant at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center investigating imaging, wireless and GIS technologies for precision agriculture. He then spent a decade at ESRI, the world-leading geographic information system software firm focusing on the agriculture and natural resources sector. Bechdol received his bachelor's degree in public affairs from Indiana University, a master's degree in geographic and cartographic science from George Mason University, a master's degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University and a master's in business administration from Indiana University. In 2005, he and his family returned home to Auburn, Indiana, after 10 years in the Washington, D.C., area and now lives on the farm's 1864 Indiana homestead where his daughter represents the seventh generation of farming.
Length (approx): 40 min