Researchers’ access to data is a challenge
Potential use new technologies to convert non-point sources to point sources or is this not possible because they’re two different types of pollution? Makes it easier to apply regulations, etc. to ag pollution
Issue is that farmers won’t allow us to go on their farms to see what they’re doing – so how do we collect data so scientists can model and analyze? How do we collect and distribute data?
How do we get scientists to share data with each other?
Access to data would help develop a baseline to even measure change
Paying farmers to participate in research
Paying farmers to conservation credits (carbon credits) – use data (with privacy access implemented/control access) to measure action à have to incentivize change
When farmers can see where they have low yield, this can suggest where they might want conservation practices
Can use data to provide more info to farmers on what practices might be good for their problem
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Two types of financial incentives: taxation/regulation or incentive à which would be more effective with precision data? If go with regulation, farmers will never share data.
When can show farmers what they would make on a field based on accurate yield data, might cost less to incentivize adoption of conservation practices.
How can we get farmers to share data? How do you convince a farmer to allow you to set up a sensor? And similar technologies?
Is it possibly to mobilize data remotely with advancement in remote sensing, drones, etc.? If you do this without consulting farmer, can lose trust. So much of this data is already available without permission from farmer. How much could you get from low cost remote sensing technology? How can you bridge the gap to make it acceptable to farmers? To respect them and make good use of technology. Why aren’t people using already existing data? Private companies have a lot of data – it’s a challenge to figure out how to get this, especially curated.
How can we improve collaborations among scientists so we can share data? Could there be a centralized database? USDA Ag Data Library? Would be great to have user-friendly access to getting data for different geographies; overlay data on a map. Could a big data company be convinced to do this? For the benefit of climate change and conservation.
How can we tie behavioral theories in to this? What factors are missing to get farmers to use conservation practices? Can digital data be used to show farmers that things are working on their fields?
Need for training in how to share research findings with farmers