Machine Readable Encoding for Definitions of Agricultural Crop Production and Farm Management Standards

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This document describes the initial draft of a machine-readable encoding format for the definition of agricultural crop production and farm management standards. These standards may be:

  • Regulations defining the legal minimum requirements which must be met by farmers (e.g. fertiliser regulations).
  • Legal requirements defining aspects of good agricultural practice and which must be met in order to receive state support (e.g. cross-compliance).
  • Legal requirements which must be met in order to produce a particular category or class of product (e.g. organic farming regulations)
  • Private standards which farmers may choose to comply with for marketing, financial or other reasons (e.g. GlobalGap).

We assert that all these categories of ‘standards’ may be modelled and represented in a unified manner as presented here.

The main focus of this document is in documenting the process and design decisions made in producing the encoding format. This includes a use-case analysis of how we expect the encoding format to be used and a statement of the design requirements against which the format was evaluated. Additionally, this document serves as a document of the data model which is implemented by the encoding format.

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