Food and Agribusiness

Agri Data Ownership: Do farmers own the data generated on farm?

With the advent of precision agriculture, there is a lot of data created on farm. By logic or by law, farmer should own the data generated on the farm. Is there any data ownership which can be claimed by the farmer once the data is shared to third party (other stakeholders)? As such, agri data is neither recognised under traditional type of property (land, building, good and animals) nor any traditional intellectual property (patent, trademark and copyright). Even there are no agri data specific state laws as it is a very new topic in the legal fraternity.

The only fool-proof solution left in the case of agri data is, “individual contract agreements to treat agri data as a protected trade secret”. Trade secret means some specific information available with the farmer which can’t be easily identified by another person and have some economic value.

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