Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:27 AM CST
Light Snow
Temperature
12°F
Dew Point
9°F
Humidity
85%
Wind
NE at 14 mph
Barometer
30.21 in. F
Visibility
2.00 mi.
Sunrise
07:15 a.m.
Sunset
05:07 p.m.
Morning Forecast (7:00am-12:00pm)
Temperatures will remain steady at 13 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 20 and 24 miles per hour from the northeast. Anticipate snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches.
7-Day Forecast
Sunday
13°F / 2°F
Snow Showers
Monday
18°F / 2°F
Snow Showers
Tuesday
19°F / 9°F
Light Snow
Wednesday
9°F / -6°F
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
4°F / -6°F
Partly Cloudy
Friday
21°F / -1°F
Cloudy
Saturday
33°F / 21°F
Light Rain
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:27 AM CST
Sunday...Temperatures will range from a high of 13 to a low of 2 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 8 and 25 miles per hour from the northnortheast. 4.90 inches of snow are expected.
This Afternoon ...Temperatures will range from 12 to 8 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 24 miles per hour from the northeast. Anticipate snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches.
This Evening ...Temperatures will remain steady at 8 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 17 and 23 miles per hour from the north. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 8 to 3 degrees with clear skies. Winds will range between 8 and 15 miles per hour from the north. No precipitation is expected.
Monday...Temperatures will range from a high of 18 to a low of 2 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 6 and 14 miles per hour from the southsouthwest. Less than 1 inch of snow is possible.

Data privacy concerns farmers and ranchers

Feb. 18, 2014 | 0 comments

WASHINGTON, DC

One of the most important issues related to "big data" goes directly to property rights and who owns and controls farm-level data that may be collected, the American Farm Bureau Federation told Congress. Risks to privacy that farmers face are of great concern, according to Farm Bureau.

"For years, farmers have used technology advances to better match varieties of seeds, production inputs and management practices with specific field characteristics," said Brian Marshall, a farmer and Missouri Farm Bureau member testifying to the House Small Business Committee on behalf of AFBF. Further, noted Marshall, "While farmers have been experimenting for well over a decade, only now is the industry starting to consider all the uses of this transformative technology."

Farmers are right to be concerned about data privacy, Marshall said, in part because the information collected is valuable to companies. Also of concern are the risks to privacy that farmers could face related to the release of information about pesticide use or biotech crops, which are accepted farming practices that have been dubbed politically unpopular.

In addition, "Farmers should have a say in and be compensated when their data is sold," Marshall said.

Another data privacy issue of concern to Farm Bureau centers around the use of unmanned aircraft systems, better known as drones, for commercial purposes in agriculture and forestry.

Operators of drones should be required to gain the consent of the landowner or farmer if surveying or gathering data about the landowner's property below navigable airspace, explained Marshall. Further, Farm Bureau opposes federal agencies using drones for regulatory enforcement, litigation, and as a sole source for natural resource inventories without the consent of the landowner below navigable airspace.

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