AgXchange Allows Growers to Control, Store, View and Share Their Farm Data
A cooperative of growers and an agricultural data nonprofit have agreed to combine their technology platforms and create a vital resource for data-driven agriculture — a neutral, secure, and private data storage repository controlled by growers. The combined platforms will be known as AgXchange and will be an independent data repository commercially available through the Growers Ag Data Cooperative (GADC) where producers can control, store, view, and share their farm data assets.
AgXchange is a platform developed through the collaboration of Grower Information Services Cooperative (GiSC) and Agricultural Data Coalition (ADC). GiSC has a working data storage and visualization platform. ADC developed a data storage and sharing pilot repository, featuring data connections to several precision farming data platforms. The two entities will integrate their complementary platforms to improve functionality and value, improve grower control over their data, and allow growers to share their data with universities and other researchers, in addition to other service providers, if the growers choose to do so.
“After meeting with each other, we realized we were working toward the same end goal, though from slightly different approaches. It was quickly clear that combining efforts would provide substantial benefits and move us all toward the objective of a grower-controlled, independent data storage repository,” says ADC president Ben Craker. “The central idea was to use the capabilities and resources of the diverse members of the ADC to establish a centralized, dynamic, but completely neutral, resource. Any time a grower who has an AgXchange account wants to share their data with a service provider, researcher, or other business interest, they will be able to grant permission if they so choose.”
“GiSC, now recognized as GADC, will fill a need many growers may not have recognized yet — neutral and secure data storage,” says Billy Tiller, the founder of GiSC. He explained that many growers do not currently maximize the opportunities to use their data, while others may use third-party services to do it for them but often unknowingly grant perpetual rights to use their information to the service providers.
“Growers not only need to be able to maximize the use of their data through capturing and sharing data, but they also need to be able to control the use of that data generated on their operations. When a grower gains complete control of his or her data, the grower will then be able to maintain complete control of his or her operation from the present to the future,” says Jason Ward, CEO of GiSC.
Barely a year old, the ADC is the result of years of planning and coordination by AGCO, Agri-AFC, the American Farm Bureau Federation, Auburn University, CNH Industrial, Crop IMS, Ice Miller LLP, Iowa AgState, Ohio State University, Purdue University, Mississippi State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Raven Industries, and Topcon Positioning Group.
GiS is the only grower-owned data cooperative in the U.S. It is made up of growers across all geographies, commodities, and demographics. The co-op, and the data that resides within the organization, is governed by a board of directors, which is made up of the growers’ peers. GiSC works to protect growers’ data rights as well as provide a secure place to warehouse and share growers’ data.