2017 April Newsletter

New to AgGateway? Join Our Next Orientation Webinar 

Tuesday, April 18, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
This 1-hour webinar  provides a background on AgGateway, and how to get involved. It’s geared toward new members and people just getting involved in AgGateway from some of our other member companies.

Register now for the 2017 Mid-Year Meeting

Register now for the Mid-Year Meeting!
See full article below. Also, become a sponsor of the Mid-Year Meeting – contact us at Sponsorship@AgGateway.org.

eConnectivity Matters

Easy Steps to Boost the Value of Your AgGateway Membership

By Wendy Smith, AgGateway President & CEO

Are you getting the most out of your AgGateway membership?

Consider these questions: Are you using the resources available to you through your membership? Are you, or someone from your organization, engaging in board, council, committee, project and/or working group meetings? Are you sharing ideas and eConnectivity “pain points” that you think should be addressed – and how they might be addressed? Have you discussed eConnectivity internally with your company to forge goals that AgGateway teams might help you achieve? Are you getting connected? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then the answer to first question is also no. > Read more

2017 Mid-Year Meeting

Register Today

By Kristin Nottingham, Software Solutions Integrated, LLC

Registration is now open for the 2017 Mid-Year Meeting! This year, we will return to the Prairie Meadows Hotel & Casino, in Altoona, Iowa, June 12 -15. This meeting provides opportunities to network face-to-face with over 250 industry professionals, who are all focused on making progress to advance the organization’s initiatives. Register now! 

The Mid-Year Meeting agenda and other information can be found here. This year, over 30 sessions are scheduled, so view the agenda to start planning your trip! > Read more...

New Member

Ag Data Coalition

By Natasha Lilly, The Equity

Our newest member, Ag Data Coalition (ADC), is in fact not that new to AgGateway. This unique not-for-profit organization is made up of several AgGateway members, universities and other ag industry concerns. ADC describes its vision in the tagline, “Farm data. Farmer controlled.” Its goal is to create “a neutral, independent, farmer-centric data repository where farmers can securely store and control the information collected every day in the fields by their tractors, harvesters, aerial imaging and other devices…. [ADC] provides a privacy-ensured way for farmers to access markets; increase yields and profitability; and ensure unrestricted access to their data, services and products.”  > Read more...

Leadership Profile

Randy Kasparbauer, B2B Software Product Manager at John Deere, and Operational Board Member

By J. Nolfo, BASF Professional & Specialty Solutions

How long have you been involved with AgGateway, and what are your current activities with AgGateway?  

I’ve been involved since the first meeting I attended, the Mid-Year Meeting in 2014. Since then, I have been progressively more involved with the Allied Providers Council and the Precision Ag Council. Today, I am a representative on the Operational Board for the Allied Providers Council, and I collaborate with the council on updating the Allied Providers Capability Matrix. I also participate on the ADAPT project and, during that, have become increasingly engaged in the PAIL (precision ag irrigation), Remote Sensing and Reference Data API working groups. 

Give us a quick synopsis of your career path - where did you start, and where are you now?  

I started with John Deere in 2009 as a product safety engineer after completing my Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University, where I studied bio-renewable energy generation. After a few role changes, I tested telematics software with John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group in Urbandale, Iowa. Over the next several years, I earned an MBA in global business and progressed through several additional roles to my current position as a product manager for the John Deere Operations Center data platform, which ultimately led me to get more involved with AgGateway.  
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AgGateway on the Move

Postcards from Andres Ferreyra

Andres Ferreyra of Ag Connections, an active leader in the Precision Ag Council, does a great job keeping the industry updated on AgGateway work through regular tweets, which he sends to AgGateway’s social media team at Social@AgGateway.org – all AgGateway members are welcome and encouraged to do the same! (And no need to put it in “tweet” form – plain old words work just fine!) Here are a few March “postcards” the social media team posted from him. Our thanks to others on the Precision Ag team who have also been active in spreading the AgGateway message!

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Curtain Call for Windows CE and Windows Embedded Handheld

By Jody Costa, Barcoding, Inc.

It is often said that all good things must come to an end, and some once-popular Windows Embedded Operating Systems are about to become a thing of the past as newer, cutting-edge systems steal the spotlight. Microsoft has announced that it is going to start phasing out support for the Windows Embedded Handheld and Windows CE operating systems that are used on many mobile devices. These systems have long been popular with handheld devices, particularly the more rugged ones, so this is something to keep in mind when switching to new devices.

Read the full article. http://www.barcoding.com/blog/curtain-call-windows-ce-windows-embedded-handheld/

AGIIS Update

Spring Cleaning: Time To Review Your Company Roster

By Chris Crutchfield, AgGateway

I’d like to give you a quick recap of several improvements to the Ag Industry Identification System (AGIIS) over the last few months, and share a glimpse of what is on the horizon.

Longer days, higher temperatures, NCAA basketball finals… These phenomena can only mean one thing: spring is here! I get excited for this time of year, not only to watch hours of college hoops, but as the season to tackle home improvement projects. One step always comes first, and that’s cleaning out and organizing the garage. It’s amazing how much smoother a project goes when you can find the tool you need and navigate your space without getting tripped up by useless debris.

The same goes for being organized here at work. Having the right information, in the right place, makes every project run smoothly. We began our spring cleaning several weeks ago by asking all AGIIS subscriber administrators to review their user profiles and make necessary updates to user privileges, email addresses and phone numbers, and to ensure that the appropriate users are designated as primary or secondary company contacts. One reason this is so important is that user profiles are often used to generate mailing lists when sending AGIIS communications. When communications are rejected by an organization, Member Services spends a good amount of time trying to determine if the email address on file is valid – like searching for that misplaced tool in the garage. > Read more...

Precision Ag

Coalition to Advance Precision Ag Launches New Website

By Susan Ruland, AgGateway Communications Director

AgGateway is a member of the Coalition to Advance Precision Agriculture (CAPA), a Washington, D.C., coalition of grower groups and agribusiness associations dedicated to facilitating communication with government decision-makers on precision ag practices, tools and innovations.

Last month CAPA launched its new website, www.DiscoverPrecisionAg.org. Filled with informative resources developed by coalition members, the new website helps CAPA promote science-based policy decisions to advance a safe and sustainable food system. Members of the coalition include a range of organizations from across the agricultural community, from grower groups to agribusiness associations working to develop the most advanced technology possible for farmers.

“From AgGateway’s perspective, CAPA is an important resource, informing government and industry leaders about the essential work being done to facilitate the exchange of electronic information for precision agriculture. The ability to manage data is key to the continuing success of U.S. agriculture,” said AgGateway President and CEO Wendy Smith. > Read more...


Drone Technology for Ag Retailers

By Natasha Lilly, Effingham Equity

[Note: The Communications Committee invites members to share news about technology their companies are putting in place that might be of interest to others at AgGateway. Following is a contribution from Effingham Equity on its use of drone technology. If you would like to make a contribution, simply email us at Member.Services@AgGateway.org with the Subject line: “Newsletter Contribution”.]

As an ag retailer, it is so important to stay on top of the latest innovation. If you cannot provide your customers with the latest tools and data analytics, you are at risk of losing them. The agriculture industry is experiencing declining margins and this means it is imperative that we deliver as much information to the growers as possible for them to make each acre profitable. Drone technology is one way to bring them timely answers and allow them to make decisions based upon insights, data and imagery. However, a key part in using a drone as a tool is the software that powers it.

Drones are used to take a series of aerial images to assess the health of the crops. Identifications of pests, disease or other damage allows growers to act quickly and take the appropriate actions. Limiting infestations at the start and stopping them in their tracks can have a huge impact on overall yields. > Read more...

Gateway to Ag Careers

In Search of Nominees

By Kristin Nottingham, Software Solutions Integrated, LLC

As the spring semester begins to wind down, many students are making plans to join our member companies as summer interns. And as in past years, the Conference Committee is looking for high achieving, mature students to participate in the Gateway to Ag Careers program, held during the Annual Conference.

This program provides awarded students the opportunity to attend the meeting and network with other AgGateway members as they shadow a “host” member. It also aims to provide insight into “real world” operations and generate a heightened interest within these students as they continue to pursue careers within their respective fields.

So, keep your eyes open for those interns who would be a good fit for this valuable program. If you work with a student who shows potential leadership skills, contact Kristin Nottingham at knottingham@agvance.net.

AgGateway News

AgGateway in the News

By Kristin Nottingham, Software Solutions Integrated, LLC

Great article on the CART grain traceability initiative in Feed Navigator, featuring an interview with Scott Nieman of Land O’ Lakes. Other news helped promote the upcoming Mid-Year Meeting and AgGateway’s involvement in the Coalition for Advancement of Precision Agriculture.

Expanding eConnectivity in agriculture. FeedNavigator.com – March 25, 2017; – U.S. grain producers and handlers may soon have more powerful data management capabilities to address traceability and the regulatory needs of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) thanks to a collaborative effort. “To have a set of queries and find it in minutes, the value is tremendous,” says CART participant Scott Nieman, enterprise integration architect with Land O’Lakes.

Register now for AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting, June 12-15 in Altoona, IowaFarm Forum March 29, 2017; Members creating management standards to help address traceability and regulatory needs of FSMA….Grain producers and handlers may soon have more powerful data management capabilities to address traceability and the regulatory needs of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), thanks to a collaborative effort by AgGateway members to create standards for grain handling information management.

CAPA Launches New Website. AgWired – April 3, 2017; The Coalition to Advance Precision Agriculture (CAPA) is excited to present their new website, www.DiscoverPrecisionAg.org. “From AgGateway’s perspective, CAPA is an important resource, informing government and industry leaders about the essential work being done to facilitate the exchange of electronic information for precision agriculture.”