SHARE Making Sense of all that Farm Data Home Indiana Agriculture News Making Sense of all that Farm Data Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Mar 13, 2014 SHARE Panel talks dataThe morning session of the annual Indiana Livestock Forage and Grain Forum Thursday focused on data usage and privacy concerns on Hoosier farms. A 4 person panel discussed how data is used and how agriculture needs to protect the data. Indiana farmer Kip Tom depends on the advantages his data provides but urges farmers to be educated.“Understand what big data is. Understand what open data is, and make sure that you understand the importance of knowing how that is not only owned, but controlled. Is it being put together and autonomous, or what’s going on with your individualized data. Yes we do have concerns but the solution is education so you know what’s going on. That’s critical. Some of us in this room will read our operators manual on our combine or tractor or that seed we’re producing, but we need to understand what’s going on with our data and how to manage it.”Matt Erickson is a White County, Indiana native now serving as an economist for American Farm Bureau. He said AFBF is approaching data from the policy perspective and facilitating data conversations among like-minded ag organizations.“It’s important that farm organizations have that conversation with the industry to make sure that like minded terms and conditions, data privacy statements are consistent with one another and transparent within what you’re signing up for. We’ve got policy based on ownership. Farmers own the data. It’s your data. You should have the choice of where your data goes. With security and privacy issues privacy is probably the biggest heartburn that gives our folks sleepless nights, because you can implement the best management practices on your farm, but once that data goes to the company, it’s with the company.”Tom added that there is good reason to have a level of trust when sharing data.“The reality is Pioneer, John Deere, Monsanto, Winfield, Growmark, whoever it may be, they want you to come back next year so they can’t risk their business’s reputation and violate that trust with your data. I think that’s important to keep in your mind at all times.”Joining Tom and Erickson on the panel were Matt Bechdol of GeoSilos and Sarina Sharp of Ag Business Solutions. Hear more of their comments here in a portion of the discussion moderated by Sara Wyant of Agri-Pulse:Big Data 2014 Panel(pictured left to right are Sharp, Bechdol, Erickson and Tom) Previous articleIndiana Corn and Soybean Checkoff Investing in Farmers’ Future.Next articleBulk of Advanced Biofuel Payments Go to Biodiesel Andy Eubank
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While the majority of Muslims in Indonesia are waiting for a formal government announcement on the start of Ramadan, some Muslims in Maluku started fasting on Wednesday, performing their first tarawih (Ramadan night prayers) of the holy month on Tuesday.The government is set to hold a meeting with Muslim organizations to determine the start of Ramadan on Thursday.The fasting month started early on Wednesday in a number of villages in Maluku, including Wakal, Hila and Tengah-Tengah in Central Maluku regency, as well as Dai and some villages in Pulau Panjang district in East Seram regency. The Religious Affairs Ministry previously issued a circular on prayer guidance during this year’s Ramadan and Idul Fitri, advising that tarawih be performed individually or in congregation with those living in their homes. The circular also stipulates the prohibition of other mass gatherings that are traditionally held during the month, such as sahur (predawn meal) “on the road” events and calls for minimizing physical contact during zakat (alms) collection.The country’s second-largest Islamic organization, Muhammadiyah, which has also issued a circular advising Muslims to perform tarawih and Idul Fitri prayers at home, has set the start of Ramadan for Friday.Meanwhile, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country’s largest Muslim organization, has yet to stipulate the fasting schedule, as it will determine the start of Ramadan by observing the new moon on Thursday.In Maluku, while some Muslims started fasting on Wednesday, others will start on Thursday, Friday or Monday, depending on local consensus.In Leihitu district in Central Maluku regency, for example, Kaitetu, Seith and Negeri Lima villages will start Ramadan on Thursday, while the other eight villages will start on Friday.In the meantime, Muslim villagers in Kabauw and Rohomoni villages in Pulau Haruku district, Central Maluku regency, will start fasting on Monday.Maluku, which confirmed its first positive COVID-19 case on March 22, has recorded 17 cases with no fatalities as of Wednesday. Topics : Hundreds of villagers in Maluku flocked to local mosques to perform tarawih, despite the government’s ban on congregational prayers at mosques due to the outbreak.Some mosques were so crowded in Wakal and Tengah-tengah that not all worshippers could be accommodated, forcing some to pray in the mosques’ courtyards.Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) secretary-general Anwar Abbas said he was not against some communities starting the fasting month early but said they should pay attention to the safety of the people in the midst of the pandemic.“But if the coronavirus outbreak has started in their areas, they shouldn’t gather to prevent the high possibility of being infected,” Anwar told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
Image Courtesy: GCT CanadaOn May 5, Global Container Terminals (GCT) Canada welcomed Antwerpen Express, the largest container vessel to call the country at GCT Deltaport, located in the Port of Vancouver. Owned by German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, the 13,200 TEU ship has been deployed in THE Alliance’s Transpacific mainline West Coast PN3 service.The 142,295 gross ton boxship was built by South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in 2013.GCT Deltaport is Antwerpen Express’s first-port-of-call directly from the Far East (Hong Kong-Yantian-Ningbo-Shanghai-Pusan-Vancouver).Known as Canada’s flagship container terminal, GCT Deltaport handles large transpacific containerships and features a fleet of post-Panamax cranes.