Blockchain Technology Could Make Wyoming Beef A Premium Product

Friday, September 07, 2018

Wyoming’s agriculture industry is trying its hand at blockchain technology. Beefchain.io, a private company, is one of those businesses that started after Wyoming passed a number of pro-blockchain laws. The goal is to use blockchain technology to track data points about cattle and share the information with consumers: pasture to plate.

Bonita Carlson grew up on a ranch just south of Sundance.  She remembers a 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 and saw all of his records from the whole year of that calf crop…destroyed in the washing machines,” said Carlson.

She had thrown in her dad’s record book and all the information on their cattle was destroyed. For Carlson, this is a perfect example of why it’s important to merge the old heritage of the agriculture industry with new technology. Blockchain acts as a digital ledger that cannot be altered. It would’ve kept all of her father’s records intact. But it goes beyond that, it gives producers the opportunity to be more intimate with the consumer.

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