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Data Governance in the Dairy Industry

Department of Animal Science, McGill University, Montréal, QC H9X 3V9, Canada
VES-Artex, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729, USA
Nalytix LLC, Hartland, WI 53029, USA
Office of Legal Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA
USDA—ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Prairie Estates Genetics, Middleton, WI 53562, USA
FoGS Global Research and Consultancy Centre, Ahmedabad 382010, Gujarat, India
Dairyland Laboratories Inc., Arcadia, WI 54612, USA
Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA
American Family Insurance Data Science Institute and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI 53715, USA
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Sébastien Buczinski
Animals 2021, 11(10), 2981;
Received: 22 September 2021 / Revised: 11 October 2021 / Accepted: 12 October 2021 / Published: 15 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Smart Farming in Dairy Production)
There are no existing laws that regulate data usage in the dairy industry in the U.S. Therefore, challenges regarding data management, availability, use, and security are a growing concern. These concerns are especially important in the light of the growing dependency and monetization of such data. Although some codes of practices have been published, these are voluntary, which makes them legally vulnerable and without guarantees under the law. Thus, in this paper, we propose creating a Farmers Bill of Rights to standardize data governance and data regulations and to promote an equitable relationship of dairy data governance between farmers, industry professionals, and companies.
Data governance is a growing concern in the dairy farm industry because of the lack of legal regulation. In this commentary paper, we discuss the status quo of the available legislation and codes, as well as some possible solutions. To our knowledge, there are currently four codes of practice that address agriculture data worldwide, and their objectives are similar: (1) raise awareness of diverse data challenges such as data sharing and data privacy, (2) provide data security, and (3) illustrate the importance of the transparency of terms and conditions of data sharing contracts. However, all these codes are voluntary, which limits their adoption. We propose a Farmers Bill of Rights for the dairy data ecosystem to address some key components around data ownership and transparency in data sharing. Our hope is to start the discussion to create a balanced environment to promote equity within the data economy, encourage proper data stewardship, and to foster trust and harmony between the industry companies and the farmers when it comes to sharing data. View Full-Text
Keywords: data security; data privacy; data sharing; Farmers Bill of Rights data security; data privacy; data sharing; Farmers Bill of Rights
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Cue, R.; Doornink, M.; George, R.; Griffiths, B.; Jorgensen, M.W.; Rogers, R.; Saha, A.; Taysom, K.; Cabrera, V.E.; Wangen, S.R.; Fadul-Pacheco, L. Data Governance in the Dairy Industry. Animals 2021, 11, 2981.

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Cue R, Doornink M, George R, Griffiths B, Jorgensen MW, Rogers R, Saha A, Taysom K, Cabrera VE, Wangen SR, Fadul-Pacheco L. Data Governance in the Dairy Industry. Animals. 2021; 11(10):2981.

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Cue, Roger, Mark Doornink, Regi George, Benjamin Griffiths, Matthew W. Jorgensen, Ronald Rogers, Amit Saha, Kyle Taysom, Victor E. Cabrera, Steven R. Wangen, and Liliana Fadul-Pacheco. 2021. "Data Governance in the Dairy Industry" Animals 11, no. 10: 2981.

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