Working together, the Precision Ag Councill is enabling the industry to collaboratively identify, develop and promote a set of global industry standards, guidelines and implementation practices for precision ag, with specific focus on the standards required to facilitate data sharing among value chain partners. Having and utilizing these standards will allow industry partners to more rapidly develop and innovate around the precision agriculture and decision support systems concept.


  • Facilitate the development of industry standards, guidelines and implementation protocols to enhance the ability of end users to capture the value of the precision technologies and systems. 
  • Review the current state of the industry encompassing the entire precision ag value chain, and identify issues and opportunities for collaboration.

Goals & Objectives

  • Accelerate the adoption of precision ag technologies and services by determining standards and guidelines to be identified, developed, adopted, implemented or enhanced. 
  • Establish collaboration between equipment manufacturers, software suppliers, crop input suppliers and agronomic services providers to identify, change, manage and adopt standards and business processes that address the precision ag data issues that limit systems interoperability. This will ensure the producer (farmer) and value chain partners achieve the highest levels of efficiency, cost reductions and profitability. 
  • Engage other global standards organizations to leverage their work and enhance the overall standard development and business processes.
Goals: The council has identified 9 goals to work towards during the next 3 years. The council plans to focus on three of these goals for 2017.
  1. Increased participation within the working groups and projects of PAC members. Also, work to engage others council members with the work of the PAC.
  2. Identify pain points beyond data sharing that need to be addressed to facilitate eBusiness communication.
  3. Create an Implementation Toolkit to guide members through the implementation process of standards, API’s, and ADAPT.
Current Activities
  1. SPADE3 Project. Working to complete the 3rd phase of development. SPADE teams have documented the following field operations: Planting, Harvest (Mechanical & Non-Mechanical), and Crop Protection. Work continues for CART (grain movement), Crop Nutrition, Reference Data API, Regulator Reporting, Scouting, and WAVE (Telematics).  Implementation Guidelines are critical for the success of the SPADE work and this area will be a key focus area throughout the completion of the project. 
  2. PAIL Project. Working on one standard that will be developed in three parts for submission to industry standard organizations like ABASE. Part 1, included business processes, identification, and controlled vocabularies was presented to the Standards & Guidelines Committee in December 2016. The second part of the standard will be Observations and Measurement; it is progressing well with plans to present to the Standards & Guidelines Committee in early 2017.

Precision Ag Resources

Link to the ADAPT page

Link to the SPADE page

Link to PAIL (Irrigation Project) 

AgGateway Wiki

Precision Ag Council Wiki

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Ben Craker, AGCO

Jessica Trites-Rolle, ANCIS, Inc.

Vice-Chair Elect
Scott Nieman, Land O’ Lakes

Operational Board Representative
Aaron Berger, AgSense

Ben Craker

Shannon Haringx

Aaron Berger

PAIL/WMWG Vice-Chair
Diganta Adhikari

Ben Craker

WAVE/TWG Vice-Chair
Brandon Olstad

IRGWG Temp Co-Chair
Dennis Daggett

IRGWG Temp Co-Chair
Andres Ferreyra

RSWG Chair
Nathan Stein

RSWG Vice Chair
Nick Morrow

AgConnections, LLC

Agworld, Inc

Aligned Ag Distributors


Bayer U.S., LLC

CDMS, Inc.

Ceres Solutions

Cultura Technologies

Dow AgroSciences


Fujitsu America, Inc


Heartland Cooperative

Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC

IPM Institute of North America

J R Simplot Company

John Deere

Kuhn North America

Kverneland Group Mechatronics BV

Land O Lakes, Inc.

Levridge, LLC

Monsanto Company

National Agricultural Aviaiton Association

Nufarm Americas Inc.

Nutrien Ag Solutions, Inc.

Plant Impact Inc.


Purity Ag, LLC

Southern States Cooperative, Inc.

Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC

United Suppliers

Uptake Technologies Inc

Wilbur Ellis

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