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2016 Press Releases

Washington, D.C., February 10, 2016 – New Standardized File Format Makes Sales Reporting Easier and More Cost-Efficient — AgGateway and ARA To Hold Educational Webinar Washington, D.C., February 10, 2016 – AgGateway and the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) are encouraging agricultural retailers and distributors to take advantage of a new standard to reduce the cost and complexity of sales reporting. AgGateway's Ag Retail Council has developed a standard file format for sales reporting to manufacturers and suppliers that is easy to use and widely accepted in the agriculture industry. As with all standards created through AgGateway’s collaborative process, this standard is freely available to all in the industry as a means to promote, enable and expand eBusiness.

2015 Press Releases

Washington, D.C., December 14, 2015 – AgGateway Announces 2016 Board of Directors and Committee Leadership – AgGateway’s 2016 board of directors and committee leadership take the non-profit organization into its 11th year in pursuing the mission to promote, enable and expand eBusiness in agriculture. More than 230 companies are now members of the organization, and a new council – the Specialty Chemical Council – has just been added to the organization’s focus areas. 

Washington, D.C., November 18, 2015 – AgGateway Launches New Specialty Chemical Council To Improve Electronic Connectivity in that Sector
 – AgGateway members have created a new council to address electronic connectivity issues related to the specialty chemical business. Segments covered by the council will include professional vegetation management, pest control services, and turf and ornamental, as well as subset segments such as aquatics and forestry. The council will address “pain points” related to the exchange of business data within these segments, and will collaborate with industry partners to implement standards and guidelines that provide timely, accurate and standardized data.

Washington, D.C., November 16, 2015 – AgGateway Recognizes Leaders at 2015 Annual Conference–Lori Edwards of Syngenta Receives Top Leadership Award – At its annual conference last week, AgGateway honored individuals and companies that are advancing efforts to promote, enable and expand eAgriculture.  Lori Edwards, Business Process Analyst Manager at Syngenta, was honored with the AgGateway Ron Storms Leadership Award, the organization's top leadership award. The award recognizes outstanding efforts by an AgGateway volunteer member in promoting collaboration among AgGateway teams and advancing initiatives to enable eAgriculture. In presenting the award, former Ron Storms recipient Andres Ferreyra of Ag Connections Inc., described Edwards as a strong ambassador for the AgGateway mission to expand eBusiness, and as someone who focuses on open discussion, collaboration and solutions in getting work accomplished.
Washington, D.C., November 4, 2015 – Becomes an Even Stronger Resource Thanks to Recent Contributions – Significant new contributions to AgGateway’s this year have boosted the usefulness of this important, open industry resource, with the number of validated terms now reaching more than 5,500. The glossary, launched last year, is available for free use by anyone in the agriculture industry, designed to promote efficient and effective communication between all segments of agriculture, including industry, government and academia. It is a one-stop location in the form of an online wiki for agriculture terms, definitions, acronyms, key words and synonyms. The glossary pulls from a number of established industry sources and includes government definitions for key terms, from “field” and “production” to “irrigation” and “pump”. To date has received more than 70,000 visits.

Washington, D.C., October 22, 2015 – AgGateway Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary with New Programs Recognizing Innovation and Achievement in eAgriculture  AgGateway is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by launching several new programs at its Annual Conference November 9-12 in San Antonio, Texas, that highlight innovations in agricultural eBusiness – or “eAgriculture”. As part of the new programs, the organization is adopting the term “eAgriculture” to signify the growing breadth of electronic connectivity in the ag industry. The programs include a new logo that members can use to identify their use of AgGateway resources, an Innovation Showcase that each year will feature new applications in eAgriculture, and “AgGateway in Action” awards to recognize recent contributions of AgGateway member volunteers and companies in advancing efforts in eAgriculture. The conference will also highlight the new ability of all companies to access standard identifiers for electronic transactions, as well as other resources helping with eBusiness implementation.

Washington, D.C., September 30, 2015 – AgGateway Announces Expanded Access to Key eBusiness Resource 
Use of Unique Identifiers Speeds Accurate Information Exchange and is Critical for Barcoding and Other Technologies – AgGateway, the non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting, enabling and expanding eBusiness in agriculture, has released an exciting new enhancement to the Ag Industry Identification System (AGIIS) that allows anyone in the industry to have automated web access to the standard identifiers used in electronic business transactions. Access and limited searches are free; fees accrue once a user exceeds a certain number or level of searches, while manual, web-based look-ups are free and open to all. This enhancement is designed to bring the agriculture industry closer to having globally applicable standard identifiers, which will greatly increase data quality and provide more efficiency for all trading partners. Most other major industries have already achieved this uniformity that is the basis for electronic transactions. 

Washington, D.C., July 31, 2015 – Register Now for AgGateway’s Annual Conference, November 9-12 in San Antonio, Texas
Registration is now open for AgGateway’s Annual Conference, "Business Agility – The Power of Collaboration and eConnectivity", to be held November 9-12 at The Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

Washington, D.C., July 23, 2015 – AgGateway Launches Next Phase in Major SPADE Precision Agriculture Project
AgGateway’s Precision Agriculture Council has launched a third phase of its successful Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange (SPADE) Project, which will expand on existing work related to automated data exchange in modern farm operations, to focus on crop scouting, crop nutrition, wireless asset and vehicle data exchange, and automation of commodity data for rail and truck transport.

Washington, D.C., April 21, 2015 – Register Now for AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting, June 8-11 in Altoona, Iowa
Registration is now open for AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting, June 8-11 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, just outside of Des Moines. The meeting provides valuable insights and networking for anyone seeking to expand eBusiness in agriculture – from seasoned AgGateway members to ag professionals new to the organization. The working meeting provides multiple networking opportunities, as well as many open working group sessions where teams discuss ways to advance their collaborative eBusiness initiatives. This year's meeting also features additional educational seminars.

Washington, D.C., April 15, 2015 – New Resources Now Available to Assist with Paperless Fertilizer Tonnage Reporting
The Paperless Fertilizer Tonnage Reporting Initiative is now providing expert guidance and tailored resources to help companies increase their operating efficiencies by moving to paperless reporting. The initiative, which is a collaborative effort of AgGateway, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) and the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), is working with companies and state officials to achieve nationwide implementation of paperless reporting by the end of 2016. With nationwide implementation, the industry will benefit from a uniform reporting system that is faster, less error prone and more efficient, resulting in cost-savings and better use of human resources.

Washington, D.C., January 30, 2015 – New AgGateway Board Preps for an Active Year – The new AgGateway board of directors and AgGateway’s executive staff held a face-to-face meeting in Orlando last week to orient new board members and discuss strategic plans for the year. More than 225 companies are now members of the organization, which is focused on eBusiness implementation in key agricultural sectors, including crop protection, crop nutrition, seed, feed, grain and precision agriculture.

Washington, D.C., January 22, 2015 – AgGateway and CRISTAL To Merge Crop Protection Traceability 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.

2014 Press Releases

Washington, D.C., November 14, 2014 – Brent Kemp Named New AgGateway Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – AgGateway is pleased to announce that Brent Kemp is joining the staff as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective November 24. Kemp replaces Wendy Smith, who will move into the position of President and Chief Executive Officer on January 1.

Washington, D.C., November 14, 2014 – Andres Ferreyra Honored with Ron Storms Leadership Award; SePRO Wins Innovative Technology Award – At its Annual Conference this week in Phoenix, AgGateway presented two awards honoring individuals and companies that are advancing efforts to promote, enable and expand eBusiness in agriculture. 
Washington, D.C., November 11, 2014 – AgGateway’s 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. The paper is also intended to provide recipients of farm data and their customers with areas to consider when using that data. The paper, which is publicly accessible at, includes key terminology to encourage consistency across the industry.
Washington, D.C., August 19, 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.

Washington, D.C., July 22, 2014 – AgGateway 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. The document is available for industry use and comment. 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.

Washington, D.C., July 17, 2014 AgGateway Releases Agricultural Glossary for Industry-Wide Use AgGateway is introducing a comprehensive agricultural glossary that can be freely accessed and used by the industry to facilitate accurate communications. The glossary is a one-stop location in the form of an online wiki for agriculture terms, definitions, acronyms, key words and synonyms. The glossary pulls from a number of established industry sources and includes government definitions for key terms, from “field” and “production” to “irrigation” and “pump”. There are currently more than 3,000 terms in the glossary.

Washington, D.C., June 3, 2014 – Precision Ag Irrigation Project Will Run Demo Next Week at AgGateway Mid-Year Meeting  AgGateway’s Precision Agriculture Irrigation Leadership (PAIL) Project will hold a demonstration on June 11 at AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting in Altoona, Iowa, to show equipment and software manufacturers how growers and irrigation consultants can access and send data in PAIL format as they develop and execute an irrigation plan. Full field testing is planned for late summer, and a proposed set of guidelines will be submitted in late November 2014.

Washington, D.C., May 20, 2014 –AgGateway Increases Its Focus on Data Privacy and Security, and Adoption of Best eBusiness Practices 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. Both will be meeting in open sessions at the upcoming Mid-Year Meeting, June 9-12, in Altoona, Iowa.

Washington, D.C., May 19, 2014 –AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting Tackles eBusiness Approaches to Data Privacy, Precision Ag, Crop Protection, Irrigation and More AgGateway’s upcoming Mid-Year Meeting, June 9-12 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, will feature dozens of working sessions and presentations on the latest eBusiness activities in agriculture, with topics spanning from data privacy to auto data capture. More than 200 companies – members and non-members alike – will gather to discuss and advance efforts to enable eBusiness in agriculture, resulting in improved business efficiencies and better use of ag technology.
Washington, D.C., May 1, 2014 – AgGateway Tests Precision Ag Conversion Toolbox AgGateway will begin initial testing next week of its Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange (SPADE) Conversion Toolbox. The test will take place in Lincoln, Neb., at PlugFest, an agricultural machinery compatibility testing event organized by the Agricultural Electronics Manufacturers Foundation (AEF) and hosted by the National Tractor Testing Lab. The SPADE team expects to release the completed toolbox by late summer.

Washington, D.C., April 25, 2014 – American Farm Bureau Federation Joins AgGateway Reflecting the increasing importance of data usage and privacy issues to America’s farmers, the American Farm Bureau Federation has joined AgGateway, the non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, enabling and expanding eBusiness in agriculture.

Washington, D.C., April 11, 2014 Registration Open for AgGateway's 2014 Mid-Year Meeting Registration is now open for AgGateway’s 2014 Mid-Year Meeting, to be held June 9-12, 2014, at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. AgGateway’s more than 200 member companies use this working meeting to advance efforts to enable eBusiness in agriculture, resulting in improved business efficiencies and better use of ag technology. Current work spans the areas of precision ag, crop nutrition, crop protection, ag retail, seed, grain and feed, as well as supporting initiatives from allied providers to the industry.

Washington, D.C., March 5, 2014 – AgGateway Kicks Off Connectivity Project for Canada’s Crop Protection Industry  Companies working on AgGateway’s Crop Protection Canada Connectivity (CPCC) Project held their first working meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba, last month, and have begun the first steps toward streamlining the crop protection supply chain in Canada, increasing efficiencies and reducing the cost of doing business among agri-businesses.

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