Last week in Brussels, an EU code of conduct on agricultural data sharing was announced at offices of COPA-COGECA – the body representing farmers and their cooperatives in the EU.

The aim of the code is to ensure shared data generated by farmers is of benefit to all in the agri-food chain. At the launch, European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan said: “From an agri-food perspective, digital solutions have the potential to transform the efficiency and sustainability of holdings of all sizes, and data availability and sharing is fundamental to their success. We need to protect the farmer in relation to the data they generate. Transparency and fairness must be built into all system from the start.”