|Photo by Jim Curley||Photo by Jim Curley|
Grant Mangold, editor of Ag Innovator/AgOnline, opened the discussion on how important GIS (geographic information systems) is and will be in the future. His presentation started by explaining traceability, or the relationship that can be established between two or more products of the development process. Differences were also discussed between traceability in the European Union and the United States. Specifically, the focus was on terminology, since "traceability" is used in the European Union and "identity preserved" is used in the United States.
David Hughes of Columbia, MO ended the discussion by talking about how difficult it is and will continue to be to get information into computer programs. David works for MFA Inc., which currently provides software for agriculture and identity preserved products.