AgGateway members formed this council in November 2015 to address electronic connectivity issues related to the specialty chemical business. Segments covered by the council 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.

The council’s vision is that electronic standardization and coding on products will enhance the accuracy and timing of billing and payments to distributors while also reducing complexity within the industry. Reducing complexity will solve pain points for everyone, improve efficiency and save money. The council may be able to apply some of the work done in AgGateway’s Crop Protection Council to the unique aspects of the specialty chemicals industry.

Initial priorities have included incorporating product codes into the Ag Industry Identification System (AGIIS), starting the process of using standard product identifiers, and creating consistent industry guidelines for contract-to-invoice and sales reporting. 

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Promote the standardization and use of eBusiness solutions designed to increase the efficiencies and productivity of the business-to-business communication while also increasing timeliness and accuracy.

Goals & Objectives

The council continues to focus on 2 main areas in 2017: 
  • Standardization of sales and inventory/sales and inventory reconciliation
  • Unit of measure (UOM) and packaging
The Council formed separate task forces for each of these areas. Each task force is led by a council team member who has demonstrated passion for the topic. 
  • Progress has been seen in the area of sales and inventory, which was the first area of concern to be addressed. Standardized flat files of sales and inventory have been completed and these results were shared with the Standards & Guidelines Committee at the November 2016 Annual Conference.
  • The unit of measure and packaging initiative is also well underway. A survey has been sent to council members to gauge and understand the usage of the AGIIS directory for product UOMs. The task force will continue to review results and determine next steps.
The council also continues to focus on outreach to increase council membership, and on identifying other areas of interest to the council.

Specialty Chemical Resources

AgGateway Wiki

Specialty Chemical Council Wiki

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Theresa Smith, BASF/em>

Stephen Barkley, SePRO

Vice-Chair Elect
Stephen Barkley, SePRO Corporation

Operational Board Representative
Sarah Moster, BASF Corporation

Liaisons to Committees




Bayer U.S., LLC

Dow AgroSciences

FMC Corporation

Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC

Land O Lakes, Inc.

Nufarm Americas Inc.

Nutrien Ag Solutions, Inc.

Pinnacle Ag


Purity Ag, LLC

SePRO Corporation

Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC.

Updated 7/24/18

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