Virtual Event: Unlocking the Agricultural Data Revolution

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 10:00am to Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:00pm
Minneapolis, MN

Session Description

REGISTER NOW! Registration closes Sept 7

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    Join our discussion on how agricultural data is transformed into information and decision-making through novel approaches for data analysis while managing and maintaining privacy and protection for the farmers and consumers whose data are being utilized.

    This event builds upon the Agricultural Data Privacy meeting, held in San Antonio in November 2019, which kicked off this broader effort and collaboration.


    AGRICULTURE forms the backbone of human survival and well-being. It is one of the largest drivers of natural resource use and impact on the environment. As we have seen during the recent pandemic, our agriculture and food systems are critically important.

    DATA are enabling us to better serve everyone from farmers, to consumers, to the environment, creating a world that is sustainable and healthy. Building for the future requires significant shifts in how we digitize and utilize data. 



    REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE - Registration closes Sept 7

    This event is open to the many people who work in agriculture and food, and those interested in data and innovative research across disciplines:

    • Farmers
    • Researchers
    • Private companies
    • NGOs
    • Government agencies
    • And others!



    Thursday, September 24, 2020: Data Research and Outcomes
    Opening remarks (10am CST)
    • Dean John Coleman, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota
    • Dean Brian Buhr, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Minnesota
    • Dean Karen Plaut, College of Agriculture, Purdue University
    • Executive Director Sally Rockey, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) 
    Keynote dialogue 
    Break with networking opportunities
    Demonstration of innovative applications of data & technologies
    Breakout ideation sessions
    Break with networking opportunities
    Plenary session - Building sustainability and resilience: the role of data
    Virtual Networking (optional, begins at 3pm CST)


    Friday, September 25, 2020: Data Privacy and Management
    Opening & keynote speaker (10am, CST)
    Student poster session 
    Student poster competition awards 
    Break with networking opportunities
    Plenary session - Data privacy: where’s the benefit? 
    Breakout sessions on critical topics in data usage
    Break with networking opportunities
    Call to action and next steps
    Closing remarks



    We are hosting a student competition to showcase early stage ideas and innovation across disciplines. The posters can cover a range of topics, in line with our broad aim for this virtual session ranging the ability to manage data well and fully utilize them across the ag and food value chain (e.g., privacy, interoperability) to innovative applications and uses. VIEW FULL DETAILS.  

    The competition offers cash awards:

    • First prize: $1000
    • Second prize: $500
    • Third prize: $250
    • Honorary mentions: $100

    SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION Submissions are due Friday, August 14th at 5pm CST. 


    We are hosting several webinars to prepare for the September meeting. Webinars will include discussions on topics like agricultural data privacy, how organizations are stepping up to the challenge, what is at stake for farmers, and more. Most webinars are on Thursdays at 11am CST/12pm EST:

    • July 30th: Community Call to Action: What do we need to Unlock the Ag Data Revolution? 
    • August 13th: Retrospective on the 2019 Data Privacy Panel
    • August 27th: Farmers’ Perspectives on Agricultural Data & Decision Making
    • September 10th: Ag Tech Answering the Farmers’ Needs
      (Last webinar will take place at a different time)




    This event is organized by a diverse planning committee crossing academia, research and nonprofit sectors: The Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR)Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)OpenTEAM, Purdue OATS alongside the hosts, the Institute for Research in Statistics and its Applications (IRSA), GEMS and the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) at the University of Minnesota.

    Read more about the planning committee.

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