Immigration Reform & Big Data Privacy
House Republican leaders have unveiled their immigration reform principles. The plan would require tighter border security, more interior immigration enforcement and allow undocumented immigrants to get right with the law and stay in the country. House Speaker John Boehner reportedly told Republicans at their annual retreat that the plan is to address the issue in a step-by-step, common sense fashion that starts with securing the nation's borders and enforcing the nation's laws.
We've heard recently of some major companies being hacked and the data that may have escaped. Ag is not immune. Various companies - including seed dealers and equipment manufacturers - offer farmers a prescription for becoming more efficient in their operations if farmers provide their data. Farm Bureau's Mary Kay Thatcher.
THATCHER: If you had John Deere collecting such data, could someone come in and hack the system and then use some of that data? There's lots of concerns depending on where it's stored, could it come under the Freedom of Information Act request, and therefore you get somebody like EPA that has this data? So it's just a lot of unknowns.
Now with today's Food Forethought, here's Lacy Gray.
Our Network's very own Greg Martin received recognition last month at an agriculture award banquet honoring those within the agriculture community for their outstanding contributions to agriculture. The recognition was bestowed on Greg for the work he has done over the years with the Ag Information Network to raise awareness on the importance of agriculture, not only locally, but nationally. This unexpected recognition for "just doing his job" as Greg would say, came as a great surprise to him. He told those gathered that night that without them, the farmers and ranchers and their families, he wouldn't be able to do what he does - tell their story. And that of course is what we here at the Ag Information Network aim to do - report the facts about what is going on in the world of agriculture, as well as use the voices of those very farmers and ranchers to tell their stories and the truth about what they do. More and more farmers and ranchers are reaching out to help those who are not in agriculture better understand where their food truly comes from, and our hope is that we with the Ag Information Network can continue to motivate those within the ag community to continue to use their voices to tell the truth about what they do.
Thanks Lacy. That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.