The Griffith Law School is part of a unique project that will improve big data opportunities for Australian agriculture.

The $1.3 million project,Accelerating precision agriculture to decision agriculture,is a partnership between 13 of Australia’s 15 rural research and development corporations (RDCs), led by the Cotton R & D Corporation and other research partners including Griffith University and the University of the Sunshine Coast.

leanne-wisemanAs part of the project,Associate Professor Leanne Wiseman (left) from Griffith Law School andDr Jay Sanderson from the University of Sunshine Coast Law School (below), will identify, analyse and synthesise agricultural data laws, regulations and practices in Australia and globally.


“We will evaluate the current and desired state of agricultural data rules in Australia and make recommendations for agricultural data rules and transitional arrangements in Australia,’’ Associate Professor Wiseman said.

“The aim of this part of the project is to​provide growers with best practice in data contracts and datagovernance, which will, in turn, enablegrowers​to confidently ​engage in the further ​adoption and uptake of digital farming technologies in the future​.”

“The application of digital technologies is one of the greatest opportunities for transformational change within Australian agriculture, both in terms of productivity growth and farm profitability,’’ said CRDC Executive Director Bruce Finney.

The 18-month project will run from July 2016 until May 2018.