Many AgGateway activities are related to streamlining business process operations to boost efficiency, accuracy and productivity, including:
Other activities are related to tracking product or sharing accurate data on product lines.
Below is a description of some current activities.
Current projects underway to create new digital resources include:
Ag Retail Connectivity Planning: Ag retail members in North America and other interested members have been following up on the successful “Quick Connect” sessions to explore other opportunities for trading partners to meet and establish concrete plans for implementation. They are encouraging implementation through promotion to the industry, including this video featuring multiple companies that have benefited from making digital connections.
Channel Integrity and Product Traceability: A group of AgGateway members
involved in crop protection are working on a Channel Integrity initiative in North America that would allow companies to provide better product stewardship, and significantly boost
inventory control and ability to track product. A key component of the program is a shared network that would include manufacturers, distributors and ag retailers.
Crop Protection Connectivity in Canada: AgGateway is working to use digital connectivity to increase efficiency and accuracy of orders-to-sales reporting. By implementing digital connections between crop protection product manufacturers, distributors and retailers, companies can greatly improve the order process, often with direct and significant impact on the bottom line. By working to create digital connectivity between trading partners, the project is streamlining crop protection supply chains and creating an industry standard for messaging tools and web services. Endorsed by CropLife Canada, the Canadian connectivity project builds on AgGateway’s successful and proven approach, which is already in wide use in the U.S. crop protection industry. See this flyer.
Dispensing Work Order (Mix Ticket): Several AgGateway member companies in North America that produce fertilizer blending equipment have developed a first version of a standard for dispensing work orders and work records. The end goal is to speed up data exchange between blending equipment and a company’s back office accounting processes. The work order specifies amounts and sources of inputs into a blending operation as well as the output locations. The group is working on refinements to the standard.
Product Catalog: Some cooperatives in North America plan to offer branded online store services to their retail members. Crop protection and seed manufacturers want to ensure that such online stores have complete, accurate and up-to-date information in their Product Catalog. The first phase of AgGateway's Product Catalog work -- providing the minimum data set required to populate a retail-facing eCommerce catalog -- was submitted for review to AgGateway’s Standards & Guidelines Committee in June 2020. The team is now working on ways to link such information to agronomic data, and to define use cases.
Traceability: Teams in North America are currently focused on three tracks under the umbrella of provenance: crop protection, seed and grain. They’ve document processes and identified data requirements within what they refer to as islands of integration for each area. The group is determining if there is interest in a new Working Group to look at the data linkages between the various areas. There’s also interest in a new Working Group to address field product identification. The goal would be to improve product identification within field work records.
AgGateway members can find additional information on the AgGateway wiki. Want to get involved in any of these activities, or pursue a new activity? Contact Member Services at Member.Services@AgGateway.org or +1 (866) 251-8618.
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