Now is the perfect time. The pace of agricultural efficiency improvement in the past decade has been incredible. Tractors, combines, and other agricultural equipment--modern versions of industrial machines invented a century ago--can traverse acres at speeds inconceivable a few years ago. GPS guides machines on autopilot. Engineered crops resist disease, lessen erosion, and improve yields. Robots milk cows. And now drones scout crops. Modernization has made farming more efficient than ever.
Agriculture is at an amazing crossroads today. The future of increased production lies not only with increasing speed, precision, and efficiency, but analyzing the data that farming generates for continual improvement. As a result, after years of consolidation, agriculture is now sprouting new companies and new divisions in legacy companies to better collect, analyze, and utilize farm data. The law will have to evolve and adapt to this new reality, and I want to be ready to meet these challenges.
At this crossroads between modern and emerging technologies I decided to build a new law firm. Our firm’s lawyers will know farming because we come from farms and rural backgrounds. We will share the values of farmers and those in the industry. We will have a deep passion for agriculture. We believe that those people focused on feeding a growing world deserve lawyers that understand what they do.
By Todd Janzen
Please check out my new website, www.aglaw.us.