Big data and the ag sector: More than lots of numbers

Steve Sonka

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It seems that one can't go through a work day without seeing some mention of Big Data, its application and its potential to have unprecedented impact. The potential for Big Data application in the agricultural sector is examined. The role of analytics and the variety and velocity characteristics of Big Data as they can apply to the sector are stressed. Integration of data and analysis across business and government entities will be needed for successful implementation. The eventual impact of Big Data within the agricultural sector likely will require both organizational and technological innovation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Food and Agribusiness Management Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014


  • Agricultural supply chain integration
  • Big data
  • Information and communication technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Business and International Management


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