Bonita Carlson grew up on a ranch in Northeast Wyoming. One time her mom was gone and she helped out with the laundry.

Along with her clothes she threw in some of her dad’s shirts. “When I opened the washing machines [I] saw all of his records from the whole year of that calf crop …

was destroyed in the washing machines,” recalls Carlson. She had accidentally thrown her dad’s record book in with his shirts — all the information on their cattle.

For Carlson, this is a perfect example of why it’s important to merge the old heritage of the agriculture industry with the emerging technology known as blockchain. Blockchain “is a global, online ledger, or network of ledgers, listing every single transaction in the world.

It’s verified immediately by other people using the system, which protects people’s privacy, but is transparent enough to allow for oversight from anyone. No one group regulates it, so it’s neutral and accessible to anyone with a computer,” according to our colleagues over at the All Tech Considered blog. Read more from npr.org…

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