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Ownership and Protections of Farm Data
1A. Ellixson, 2T. Griffin, 1P. Goeringer
1. University of Maryland
2. Kansas State University

Farm data has been a contentious point of debate with respect to ownership rights and impacts when access rights are misappropriated. One of the leading questions farmers ask deals with the protections provided to farm data. Although no specific laws or precedence exists, the possibility of trade secret is examined and ramifications for damages discussed. Farm management examples are provided to emphasize the potential outcomes of each possible recourse for misappropriating farm data.

Keyword: farm data, trade secret, intellectual property, ownership, privacy rights, property rights