Code of Practice – Outlining data rights and expectations

Organisations meeting the Farm Data Code of Practice agree to help farmers and other users understand:

  • Who has rights to the data held;
  • How data is processed and shared;
  • How data is secured and stored.

Organisations meeting the Farm Data Code of Practice agree to implement practices that provide farmers with utmost confidence that their data is safe and is managed appropriately.

The Code IS

  • A promise to store data securely
  • A pledge to securely share data upon a farmers request
  • A commitment to use industry standards for data
  • One part of a wider industry strategy to speed up innovation in the rural sector

The Code IS NOT

  • A large database of farm data
  • About transferring data without farmer permission
  • Something that will solve all data sharing issues within the rural sector
  • Just for the dairy industry; it is relevant to all organisations collecting, storing or managing farmer data

Version 1.1

Version 1.1 of the Farm Data Code of Practice incorporates the following changes:

  • Update of ownership and administrative entities to reflect the Code’s ownership and governance by Farm Data
    Accreditation Ltd; and
  • Update of Assessment and Review process to include the Review Panel.

It is important to note that none of the actual disclosures and practices required of accredited organisations have been changed.


Organisations that have been accredited as meeting the Farm Data Code of Practice will be displaying this accreditation mark.

Get Data Moving

Farm Data Code of Practice is one of three connected initiatives to get data moving across the primary sector. Find out more about DataLinker and the Farm Data Standards here.

The initiatives are funded by DairyNZ (through the Transforming the Dairy Value Chain programme), the Red Meat Profit Partnership and the Ministry of Primary Industries through the Primary Growth Partnership. The Farm Data Code of Practice is one of three data integration initiatives driven by the pastoral sector on behalf of farmers. The Farm Data Standards, and the Data Linker are complementary tools aimed at getting data moving across the primary sector - securely, efficiently and within a transparent framework.

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