Monday, November 14, 2016

Webinar: Advancing U.S. Agricultural Competitiveness with Big Data and Agricultural Economic Market Information, Analysis, and Research

On November 18th from 12 PM to 1 PM EST, the USDA Economists Group and C-FARE will co-host a webinar 

C-FARE recently released a report on 'Big Ag. Data' that examines Big Ag. Data's potential, challenges and opportunities, as well as future research questions and approaches for extension and outreach. See the executive summary of the paper here.View the full report here.

The report was released by a multidisciplinary team of economic and engineering scientists. Authors Keith Coble (Mississippi State University, Department of Agricultural Economics) and Terry Griffin (Kansas State University, Department of Agricultural Economics) released the document at the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Data Science in Agriculture Summit (see @USDA_NIFA #NifaAg.Data). Report co-authors include: Mary Ahearn (retired USDA-ERS), Shannon Ferrell (Oklahoma State University, Department of Agricultural Economics), Jonathan McFadden (USDA-Economic Research Service), Steve Sonka (University of Illinois, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics), and John Fulton (Ohio State University, Department of Food Agricultural and Biological Engineering).

New data technology is radically changing the ag sector. Big Ag. Data permit the extraction and use of information to craft insights that were previously unobtainable. This data can be described in terms of volume, velocity, variety, and veracity. Many sources for this information are farmers or input suppliers, and private investment suggests widespread perception of data value. However, this data may be neither statistically valid nor high quality. In contrast, U.S. Department of Agriculture has a long history of collecting and disseminating data to equalize the information available to those in the ag sector. In future, greater complementarity of government and various Big Data sources is feasible with coordination across data sources and investments in data and related research.

 To join the Webinar, you may register for the event here

To attend the Seminar in person, please go to the Pinchot Room (2ndfloor SE wing Room 02) in the Sidney Yates (Forest Service) Building at 201 14th St., SW, Washington, DC 20024.  

The entrance is just across from the South Building at the corner of 14th St. and Independence Ave.  (Smithsonian is the closest Metro station).

Also: If you do not have a USDA ID then you will need to allow about 15-20 minutes for security screening and check-in.  You will also need to contact me prior to attending at 202-720-0526 or 

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