Thursday, November 5 2020, 7-8pm

Speakers: Phillip Guthrie, Chris Sounness

Developing a Farmer-Driven Data Co-operative

There is a lot of interest in farmer data but whenever Chris Sounness tried to find any decent sets of it, there was nothing curated or organised. Chris saw this opportunity and worked with Phillip Guthrie and some other partners to investigate the possibilities. Chris and Philip share the ins and outs of their journey with Birchip Cropping Group. Frank, honest and humourous, this webinar has been one of our most popular in our Learning Together webinar series.

Topics include:

  • What is a farmer data co-op?
  • What is the value proposition of a farmer data co-op?
  • What is the benefit of a farmer data co-op?
  • What is the role of trust and why is it important?
  • How is data stored safely and securely?
  • What are some of the challenges?

Transcript: Dare to Share Your Data Webinar


Chris Sounness

Chris Sounness, Executive Director at Wimmera Development Association, is the former CEO of Birchip Cropping Group. During his time with BCG, Chris facilitated 40 farmers to connect their weather station data so that it was uploaded to a single, shared source. Chris challenged farmers to see the value in collecting and curating their data and suggested that co-op members should be custodians of the data and its use may be best governed by contract law.

Philip Guthrie

Phillip Guthrie leads BCG’s innovation portfolio, developing and managing projects that help BCG members and Australian broadacre farmers increase their productivity, profitability and sustainability. Current projects include the development of a farmer-owned agricultural data marketplace, implementing on-farm telecommunications networks and helping farmers to make greater use of precision agriculture.