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Source: Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City news release

The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City will tackle the popular topic of big data in agriculture, an increasingly crucial development affecting all sectors of the industry, on July 17, 2014.

The symposium - Big Data: Challenges & Opportunities in Agriculture - part of the Council's continuing series of issues-oriented forums will take place at the American Royal in the historic West Bottoms, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Speakers and attendees will explore the impact big data is having on agriculture and discuss how today's producers and suppliers can effectively manage the influx of information to better run their farms and businesses.

Mary Kay Thatcher, Senior Director for Congressional Relations with the American Farm Bureau Federation, will moderate the event. Speakers will cover subjects such as drones/unmanned aircraft, mechanical "scanners", data value and ownership, legal implications, future developments and uses.

Speakers on the program include these nationally-recognized players in the industry:

*John Raines, Vice President, Integrated Farming Systems, The Climate Corporation & Monsanto

*Cory Reed, Senior Vice President, Intelligent Solutions, John Deere

*Mark Blanks, Program Manager, Kansas State University - Unmanned Aircraft Systems

*Al Saikali, Co-Chair Data Security & Data Privacy Practice, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

*Bruce Rasa, CEO, TekWear LLC

Panel Participants "Technology on the Farm: Producers Perspective"
*Matt Danner, Templeton Family Farms

*Nick Guetterman, Guetterman Bros. Farms

*Brooks Hurst, Hurst Family Farms

The Council is an alliance of individuals, businesses, and organizations associated with the extensive agricultural industry of the Kansas City region. The group's mission is to advocate growth and awareness of the food, fiber, agri-science and related industries of the Kansas City region.

To learn more or to register for the event, visit the Council's website. Sponsorships for the event are available.

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