Collectivization is already a thing.
But now it’s happening at the data farms that farmers use to grow their crops.
That means the new rules will affect you if you own a data farm.
That’s because they’re using data farms, and you’re not.
The USDA announced this week that it’s going to require that all data farms use data collection and analytics software that is certified by the Agency for Science and Technology to collect, analyze, and publish data on farmers’ operations.
The rules will apply to the agricultural sector, as well as the data mining industry, according to the USDA.
Data collection and analysis software that meets these standards, like Harvest, will be exempt from the new data collection rules.
“Farmers will continue to have access to the tools and information necessary to produce the highest quality data that enables farmers to better understand their customers’ health and well-being, as a part of the mission of the Agency,” USDA Secretary John Grisham said in a statement.
“The Farm Bill also includes a number of critical reforms that help farmers and farmers’ advocates to make the most of this critical information and build the most effective data-driven organizations.”
The new rules are only for data farms.
They don’t apply to farmers in the food and beverage, medical, and construction sectors, according the USDA’s announcement.
The agency has already announced that it will create new rules for other data farms as well, including the retail and retail food industry, to take effect in September.