Privacy and Security Principles for Farm Data
In late 2014, seven farm groups and six Ag Tech Providers signed a document entitled “Privacy and Security Principles for Farm Data”. This document highlighted a dozen principles regarding the use of Big Data in agriculture. What were they? How was a concensus reached: Has that document “made a difference”? Is that the end of the partnership between the thirteen groups? What’s next?
Biography: Mary Kay Thatcher has worked as a lobbyist for the American Farm Bureau Federation for 28 years. She currently serves as Senior Director of Congressional Relations where she lobbies primarily on issues covering farm programs, crop insurance, conservation, credit and Big Data. Mary Kay served in the first Bush Administration as a political appointee as the director of congressional and public affairs of the Farm Credit Administration. In that capacity, she was responsible for the policy direction and management of the agencys congressional and public affairs activities. Prior to joining AFBF in 1982, Thatcher served as a legislative assistant for agriculture and trade to Sen. Roger Jepsen of Iowa. She is a graduate of Iowa State University where she earned degrees in animal science and agricultural economics. Thatcher is a fifth generation Iowa farmer. She grew up on a 500-acre Iowa beef, hay and corn farm. She now manages a farm in Iowa producing corn and soybeans, as well as a cow/calf operation.
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