Welcome to The Dirt!

Hello, world! The Dirt is a new community-driven publication dedicated to discussing, promoting and furthering farmers’ role in modern farming and precision agriculture. We started The Dirt to create a place for farmers to share their thoughts in an effort to help our community navigate the issues that matter most to us.

Today, the most critical issue facing farmers is the advent of precision agriculture tools and modern farming methods. There are no clear-cut rules regarding the use, ownership and control of the data our technology produces, not to mention other big-ticket issues like technology policy, genomic research and ethics, and intellectual property rights.

The issues are changing how we work in important ways. We can no longer sit back to wait and see what others decide for us. We have to proactively discuss these issues openly, and work together to make decisions about the future of farming. If we don’t, someone else will — and they won’t be in our favor. Only through open conversation and healthy debate can we protect what’s rightfully ours. It’s discussion and change from the ground up, and we mean that literally. It’s time to dig in.

We are absolutely in a time of change, but we believe the future is bright. We’re inspired by the prospect of doubling yields with resilient crops, using data to maximize output every season, and sowing a new and lucrative digital crop. Farmers have decidedly more to gain than they do to lose from the promise of precision farming technologies. To that end, we’re also keenly interested in fostering a discussion about how farmers are adopting and leveraging new technologies to advance their farms.

None of us are as strong as all of us, so let’s learn from one another. Only then can we lift up our entire industry, working towards our shared goal of feeding the world.

Farmers should own their narrative. Only you can make that happen. Read, share, and contribute. We want your voice.

Join us, and get your hands dirty.

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How to submit a post:

All posts featured on The Dirt are contributed from farmers and experts in the field. If you’d like to contribute a post, send an email to editors@dirtforfarmers.com and share your idea, attach a completed draft, or link to your existing post in Medium. We ask that all contributed posts include a brief bio about the author in the footer of the post.

If we like your story we’ll request your story and publish it shortly thereafter. We’ll do our best to review submitted content within 48 hours. All voices welcome.

We’re also open to adding regular contributing writers to The Dirt. If you’d like to become a contributor, please send us an email about the beat you’d like to contribute to and why.

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Thank you for reading!

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