Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AgGateway Announces Leadership Transition – AgGateway announced today that President and CEO Rod Conner is resigning effective January 1, 2015, in order to lead the newly formed AgGateway Global Network; and that current Executive Vice President and COO Wendy Smith will move into the role of AgGateway President and CEO beginning in 2015. Read more...

AgGateway Seeks New COO/EVP - AgGateway has begun an immediate search for a Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President. The current COO/EVP, Wendy Smith, will become President and CEO beginning January 1, 2015. The COO/EVP manages the organization’s volunteer operations, implements programs designed to attain AgGateway’s plan for growth; provides direction and management oversight of the AGIIS directory; and participates in developing policy and strategic plans. The candidate should possess agricultural or related experience, and project and personnel management experience. eBusiness-related implementation management is highly desirable. Prior experience with AgGateway highly preferred. Contact Rod Conner at rod.conner@aggateway.org. All inquiries kept confidential. A detailed job description is available from Rod Conner on request. 

SPADE Provides Critical Link in Precision Ag Standards for Seeding Operations
AgGateway’s Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange (SPADE) Project has posted documentation that fills a critical gap in providing data exchange between diverse devices and systems used by farmers for seeding operations. Equipment manufacturers are expected to immediately begin utilizing the AgGateway SPADE data exchange processes to better support growers as they leverage their data to increase production efficiency. You can access the documentation here.

AgGateway Releases New Ag Glossary AgGateway has introduced a comprehensive ag glossary that can be freely accessed and used by the industry to facilitate accurate communications. The glossary is in the form of an online wiki for terms, definitions, acronyms, key words and synonyms. “It pulls information from multiple established sources and includes a hierarchy of specificity on a given term,” said Dennis Daggett, AgGateway’s Glossary Working Group Leader. It currently includes more than 3,000 terms, from “field” and “production” to “irrigation” and “pump”. It can be accessed at http://agglossary.org. Read more...

New Committees on Data Privacy and Architecture - AgGateway has created two new committees to formalize the ongoing work of its member companies: the Data Privacy and Security Committee; and the Architecture Committee. Both committees tackle essential issues that support AgGateway’s mission to promote, expand and enable eBusiness in agriculture. Read more…

AgGateway Tests Precision Ag Conversion Toolbox at PlugFest - AgGateway tested its Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange (SPADE) Conversion Tookbox at PlugFest May 6-8 in Lincoln, Neb. The Conversion Toolbox addresses the pressing need of interoperability, or the ability of farm systems to “talk” to each other. The SPADE team expects to release the completed toolbox by late summer. Read more...

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SPADE: Access the new AgGateway Extensions to ISO 11783 Part 10 here. (Documentation that fills a critical gap in providing data exchange between diverse devices and systems used by farmers for seeding operations.)

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Seed Connectivity (SC-II)
AgGateway has hired Nancy Appelquist, Director of Operations at Entira to be the Seed Connectivity II Project Manager. She will report to the SCII Project Governing Board Chair Greg Erler of Monsanto and to Wendy Smith, AgGateway Executive Vice President/COO. A total of 22 companies are involved with the SC-II project. See SC-II Project page.

Crop Nutrient Connectivity (CNC-II)
The CNC-II project builds on considerable success achieved through previous work, including eConnectivity for contracts, ordering, shipping and invoicing, which is complete among several distributors and manufacturers. Ten companies are now involved in Phase II. See the CNC-II Project page.


Precision Ag Irrigation Leadership (PAIL)
AgGateway’s Precision Ag Council and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance are co-sponsoring this cross-industry project that will help growers better manage water and energy use by integrating weather, soil, crop and other data from various hardware and software programs. The PAIL Project will improve irrigation by developing “a common set of data standards and protocols used across the ag industry,” said Terry Schlitz, PAIL Project chairperson. See the PAIL Project page.

Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange (SPADE)
SPADE is addressing the problem of moving data from machine systems to farm management information systems (FMIS) and to other FMIS, so the farmer and ag retailer can improve decision-making and improve productivity. Participants have made great progress since the work began. A dedicated, cross-industry group is working on SPADE, including equipment manufacturers, ag input manufacturers, ag retailers and software companies. More than 30 companies are contributing to the SPADE project.

Several standards coming out of the project are nearly ready for publication and for use by the ag industry. The team's initial focus was on planting operations. The current focus – harvest and crop care – is nearing completion. They have also developed standard data exchange mechanisms (application programing interfaces) and the data elements needed for information to be moved.
See the SPADE Project page.

Crop Protection Canada Connectivity (CPCC)
With 10 companies participating, this project targeted at the crop protection business in Canada is slated to run through December 2015. See the CPCC Project page.


Tonnage Reporting (TRP)
After a successful pilot, AgGateway has closed this project so that it can be continued by the fertilizer industry. There is widespread agreement to the goal of paperless tonnage reporting by the end of 2016! The new Paperless Tonnage Reporting Project has begun a 3.5-year nationwide initiative for full implementation. The project is a collaborative effort among the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO), The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and AgGateway. See www.FertTon.com 

Auto Identification Data Capture (AIDC)
AIDC includes technologies such as bar codes, Radio Frequency Identification, magnetic strips, and smart cards. Given its benefits, a new task force is working to define what type of AIDC project AgGateway members desire (e.g., guidelines, implementation, etc.), creating a charter for that project, and getting approval by the various councils interested. See the AIDC page.


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