Marshall is worried about how the information would be used, and he’s concerned that small seed companies and other suppliers could be put at a disadvantage compared to the industry giants.
His discussions with companies haven’t eased his concerns. A Deere representative assured him that the company’s “first priority is to sell equipment” but didn’t close the door to selling farmers’ data to another company, he said.
Marshall said data from his combine’s yield monitor can show how adjacent rows of Monsanto and DuPont seed performed, which would be extremely valuable for those companies to know.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.