Todd Janzen

Articles By Todd Janzen

May 04, 2019

Indiana Court Refuses to Follow North Carolina in Hog Nuisance Suits

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled recently that the Right to Farm Act still protects Indiana farmers against nuisance suits. Himsel v. Himsel, Case No. 18A-PL-645 (April 22, 2019). Todd Janzen and Brianna Schroeder from Janzen Agricultural Law LLC represented the Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation (IALF) in the case and
May 04, 2019

Impossible Whopper Issues a Whopper-Sized Challenge to Ag

It was no April Fool’s joke. Burger King announced April 1 that it is testing the “Impossible Whopper” in certain markets. Impossible Foods is a company that makes substances that have the look, texture and taste of hamburger, but are made from plant-based materials. Feed your burger craving and save
May 04, 2019

737 Max Tragedies Offer a Lesson for Autonomous Ag

One of the best books I’ve read was Joe Sutter’s history of development of the Boeing 747. Sutter was lead engineer of Boeing’s 747 project. His book tells the long and detailed story of how Boeing conceptualized, designed, built and marketed the 747. Part of the book describes development of
Jan 23, 2019

Do Farmers Still Care About Ag Data Privacy?

In 2014, American Farm Bureau did extensive surveying of farmers to understand their attitudes towards ag data privacy and security. The results were pretty alarming. 78% of farmers said they were concerned or “extremely concerned” about which entities can access their ag data and whether that data could be used
Jul 31, 2018

6 Interesting Concepts from the EU's Code of Conduct for Ag Data Sharing

The European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) encourages industry segments to develop guidelines for data processing and sharing. A number of farm organizations have come together to develop a set of guidelines for sharing agricultural data. The result is the EU Code of Conduct on Agricultural Data Sharing
Apr 05, 2018

Privacy Lessons for Ag Tech from Facebook's Woes

Facebook's recent privacy breach has made me wonder whether these same missteps could happen to an ag tech provider. I think the answer is most-assuredly yes. An ag tech provider could carelessly walk into the same trap that caught Facebook. What should we learn from what happened? What happened? The
Mar 16, 2018

The Agricultural Data Act of 2018

Senators Amy Klobuchar and John Thune have introduced Senate Bill 2487, the "Agricultural Data Act of 2018." The bill seeks to streamline ag data collection within USDA to make it more centralized and easily accessible to land grant universities and other organizations for research. Here's a closer look. The bill
Mar 05, 2018

Ag Tech Reflections from Commodity Classic

In case you missed Commodity Classic this past week in Anaheim, here are some of my observations on the ag tech scene from the trade show floor. John Deere/Ag Data Transparent. John Deere built an enormous trade show booth with multiple video screens celebrating 100 years of building tractors. Of
Jan 08, 2018

Ag Tech Predictions for 2018

Here are seven predictions for what we'll be talking about in 2018 in the ag tech sector. GDPR. While the acronym GDPR was not be on the front of any ag data platform's to do list in 2017, in 2018 these letters are going to mean something. The GDPR stands