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2016 Press Releases
Washington, D.C., April 28, 2016 –AgGateway Offers Special Workshop on the new ADAPT Toolkit for Interoperability of Precision Ag Systems—AgGateway is offering a special workshop June 16 in Minneapolis to provide helpful guidance to software developers and business leaders wishing to use the new, open-source ADAPT toolkit to allow interoperability in precision agriculture applications. The interactive one-day session is open to all; there is a $75 fee for workshop-only attendees, and no charge for attendees registered for AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting, which takes place immediately before the workshop (June 13-16).
Washington, D.C., April 5, 2016 – Ag Retailers Are Reducing Costly Errors and Streamlining Operations Through eConnectivity and Use of Barcoding - AgGateway and ARA Educational Webinar Provides Resources, Next Steps — Barcoding, a technology well known to many industries for years, has been gaining more attention by agricultural retailers as they seek to reduce costly errors and streamline operations – especially in the area of seed. In response, AgGateway and the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) are holding a free, one-hour webinar on April 13 to share basic resources and first steps for those interested in barcoding and seed eConnectivity. The webinar will be repeated April 22; details are provided below.
Washington, D.C., March 31, 2016 – New Irrigation Standards from AgGateway PAIL Project Will Help Growers Achieve Smarter Water and Energy Use—Drip irrigation phase of project now underway—If farmers and agronomists were better able to use data from their irrigation management systems - including information on weather, soil moisture and crop types - they could make more informed decisions about when, where and how much water to apply, resulting in smarter energy and water use, and lowering costs while protecting or improving yield. This need to better manage data is especially relevant and valuable as growers continue to collect information using different types and brands of equipment. To respond to this pressing need for seamless exchange of data, AgGateway's PAIL (Precision Ag Irrigation Leadership) Project has been developing open, international irrigation standards over the past four years that are now nearing completion. At the same time, the PAIL Project team is expanding its work to include drip irrigation, which will further strengthen the irrigation standards.
Washington, D.C., March 10, 2016 – Register Now for AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting, June 13-16 in Bloomington, Minn.— Registration is now open for AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting, June 13-16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota, just south of Minneapolis. 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.
Washington, D.C., February 25, 2016 – Electronic Communication Between Precision Ag Systems Nears Reality With AgGateway Team’s Release of ADAPT–
The promise of seamless communication between different precision agriculture systems – regardless of the system manufacturer – has moved into an exciting new stage with public availability of the ADAPT software toolkit. ADAPT, which stands for Agricultural Data Application Programming Toolkit, will eliminate the major pain points to broad use of precision agriculture data by easily enabling interoperability between different software and hardware applications. AgGateway's ADAPT Committee is now coordinating with software companies on plug-ins needed for ADAPT's adoption.
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 – AgGlossary.org Becomes an Even Stronger Resource Thanks to Recent Contributions
– Significant new contributions to AgGateway’s AgGlossary.org 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 AgGlossary.org 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.