Friday, May 22, 2015

AgGateway and CRISTAL To Merge Crop Protection Standards 
AgGateway and the CRISTAL Product Traceability team of CropLife International are merging their bar code guidelines, also known as traceability standards, a move that will allow crop protection companies with global operations to enhance data exchange in managing product traceability, inventory control, regulatory compliance and quality control. Read more...

Brent Kemp Named New AgGateway EVP-COO

Brent Kemp has joined the staff as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Kemp replaces Wendy Smith, who moved into the position of President and CEO on January 1. “Brent is a terrific addition to the staff – we couldn’t be more pleased,” said AgGateway Chairman Randy Beard. Kemp has been active in AgGateway for many years in a number of leadership roles. Read more...

Ferreyra Honored with Ron Storms Leadership Award; SePRO Wins Innovative Technology Award
AgGateway has presented two awards honoring individuals and companies that are advancing efforts to promote, enable and expand eBusiness in agriculture. Andres Ferreyra, Ph.D., Manager of Special Projects at Ag Connections, Inc., was honored with the AgGateway Ron Storms Leadership Award. And the AgGateway 2014 Innovative Technology Award, co-sponsored by CSC, was presented to SePRO for its SeMAPS Volumetric Prescription System. Read more...
Data Privacy and Security Committee Releases White Paper
AgGateway’s Data Privacy and Security Committee has published a white paper to help the agriculture industry consider ways to incorporate data privacy best practices and standards into their operations. It is also intended to provide recipients of farm data and their customers with areas to consider when using that data. The paper includes key terminology to encourage consistency across the industry. The paper is publicly accessible; Read more and download the paper here. 

AgGateway Announces Leadership Transition – AgGateway announced 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...

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 Read more...

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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 Ma)nager. 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.  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.  See the SPADE Project page.  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.

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)

The Paperless Tonnage Reporting Initiative is working toward full, nationwide implementation of paperless reporting. The project is a collaborative effort of the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO), The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and AgGateway. 


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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