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Farm Data: Ownership and Protections

15 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2016  

Ashley Ellixson

United Dairymen of Arizona

Terry Griffin

Kansas State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Date Written: September 16, 2016

Abstract

Farm data has been a contentious point of debate with respect to ownership rights and impacts when access rights are misappropriated. One of the leading questions farmers ask deals with the protections provided to farm data. Although no specific laws or precedence exists, the possibility of trade secret is examined and ramifications for damages discussed. Farm management examples are provided to emphasize the potential outcomes of each possible recourse for misappropriating farm data.

Keywords: trade secrets, ag data, precision agriculture, big data, ownership, data

JEL Classification: K11, K13, Q16, Q10

Suggested Citation

Ellixson, Ashley and Griffin, Terry, Farm Data: Ownership and Protections (September 16, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2839811 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2839811

Ashley Ellixson (Contact Author)

United Dairymen of Arizona ( email )

No Address Available

Terry Griffin

Kansas State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

Manhatten, KS 66506-4001
United States

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