DLG publishes the Position Paper “Digital Farming”
The German Agriculture Society (DLG), Smart AKIS partner, publishes a new position paper on Digital Farming very much in line with Smart AKIS Network findings and recommendations. The ownership and use of agricultural data remains at the core of the demands drawn by DLG in this field. Digitalization promises a wide range of uses in agriculture in order to optimally plan, document and control processes. Data is the key. “They have become a production factor in agriculture that could become as important as today’s soil, work and capital” said DLG President Carl-Albrecht Bartmer ahead of the DLG Winter Conference, focusing on the topic “Digital business- making the right use of opportunities”. Bartmer is convinced that digitalization offers many profitable opportunities for farmers and the entire agricultural sector. “Digitization has the potential to optimize agricultural practices, improve environmental impacts and promote animal welfare” explains the DLG President. “Digitalization in agriculture offers many opportunities”, affirms the chairman of the DLG Committee for Digitization, work management and process technology Prof. Dr. med. Hans W. Griepentrog from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart Germany. “Due to the comprehensive networking and system building, there are opportunities as well as risks associated with digitization. Those must be minimized.” so Professor Griepentrog. There are also barriers in the way of implementing digitization that would have to be removed. For this reason, the DLG committees for digitization, work management and process technology, for plant production technology, animal husbandry technology and the DLG Information Technology working group under the leadership of Professor Griepentrog and with the collaboration of Dr. Ing. Norbert Uppemkamp from the Chamber of Agriculture of North Rhine-Westphalia and Roland Hörner from the DLG Compentence Center Agriculture developed a position paper on digital agriculture, which among other things raised eight demands. DLG’s demands for digitizing Agriculture:
- Expand infrastructure for mobile telecommunication!
- All farm data belong to the farmer!
- Expand data protection and data security and protect agricultural operating and business data!
- Farmers must be able to benefit from business with their data!
- Create transparency in Big Data analysis!
- Make public and official data available free of charge!
- Use digitizing to bring agriculture and consumers closer together!
- Intensify basic and further training! Digitizing presupposes qualification.