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MSU seminar will focus on blockchain technology in agriculture

The symposium will explore the implications for agricultural supply chains.

Blockchain technology and its implications on future supply chains is the subject of a Nov. 27 seminar at Mississippi State University. Blockchain is a shared record of data kept by a network of computers to track supply chain and improve food safety.

In September, Walmat announced that its leafy greens suppliers will be asked within one year to implement real-time, farm-to-store tracking through use of blockchain technology.

The symposium will explore the implications for agricultural supply chains and what those in the university community should do to address the issues.

Mark Pryor, chairman and CEO of The Seam, will present the hour-long seminar at 1:30 p.m. in Bost Auditorium on campus. An expert panel will speak about the technology’s implications for agriculture.

The Seam, based in Memphis, is a leading provider of trading and technology solutions enabling agribusinesses to operate profitably and efficiently throughout a sustainable global supply chain, according to the company website. It created the first completely online exchange for cotton and is now working in other commodities including peanuts, cocoa, coffee and grains.

Blockchain technology improves transparency throughout the supply chain allowing consumers to readily know the sustainability practices employed in the production, harvest, and transport of agricultural products.

The seminar and panel discussion is hosted by the Mississippi State University Department of Agricultural Economics. For information or accommodations related to a disability, please contact Dr. Keith Coble at 662-325-6670 or coble@agecon.msstate.edu

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