Ron Storms Leadership Award


To recognize repeated, outstanding efforts by an AgGateway volunteer member in promoting collaboration among AgGateway teams and advancing initiatives in digital agriculture. This leadership award is given annually to a member of AgGateway, and is awarded at the Annual Conference.


Candidates demonstrate:

  • Dedication to the mission to promote and enable the transition to digital agriculture.
  • Leadership in moving eConnectivity goals and activities forward; i.e., achieving progress.
  • Ability to promote collaboration among AgGateway teams.
  • Participation in AgGateway councils, committees, projects, task forces and/or working groups for at least 2 years.
  • Active participation and leadership in at least 2 different activities (e.g., project participation, council/committee management, task force participation, etc.)
  • Candidate’s company must be an AgGateway member at the time of nomination.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations are due by September 30, 2022.
  • Anyone can make a nomination
  • Submit the nomination form, or provide the necessary information within an email to
  • The person nominating is asked to list at least one additional reference — a colleague who can attest to the candidate’s leadership.


Nominations will be reviewed and voted on by a panel consisting of the past three award winners.

About Ron Storms

Ron Storms (1944 – 2002) was one of the early leaders and proponents of electronic connectivity in agriculture. He was active in numerous industry organizations including RAPID (an AgGateway predecessor organization) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI). He had a distinguished career at CF Industries starting in 1966, responsible for the development and coordination of all electronic commerce activities. Ron was respected by his peers for his guidance and dedication to furthering eConnectivity in agriculture. 

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Recent Ron Storms Leadership Award Recipients

2021 Scott Nieman

The 2021 winner of the AgGateway Ron Storm Leadership Award is Scott Nieman, Expert Enterprise Architect for Land O’Lakes. In presenting the award, Smith pointed to Nieman’s activity in working groups that delivered messages, APIs, and implementation guidelines linking manufacturers, distributors, retailers and field equipment as “truly proving the promise of AgGateway resources to enable data to flow like water.

“He is a consistent voice championing interoperability tools for developers, challenging us to continue providing value to member companies,” she continued, adding that Nieman serves as an effective ambassador in the industry, “promoting AgGateway as a place where good work is being done.”

2020 Ann Vande Lune

The 2020 winner of the AgGateway Ron Storm Leadership Award is Ann Vande Lune, Agronomy Administrator at Key Cooperative. The judges praised Vande Lune’s dedication to the AgGateway mission and ability to involve others in the important work at hand. They noted that she wasn’t slowed down by the many challenges of 2020, providing leadership in seed and ag retail initiatives, and in general leadership at AgGateway.

“AgGateway teams need input from both the business and technical sides of the industry, and Ann brings a valuable business perspective to the table,” said previous winner Eric Hoefing in presenting the honor.

2019 Eric Hoefing

The 2019 winner of the AgGateway Ron Storms Leadership Award is Eric Hoefing, Manager of Applications Development, ACS. Hoefing has been active in seed and ag retail initiatives at AgGateway and has served in a variety of leadership positions. He has also been a contributing participant in improvements to the AGIIS directory and in work of the Architecture Committee.

The judges praised Hoefing’s ability to foster an energetic environment that promotes collaboration. He has developed many ways to engage with trading partners, find pain points, and implement AgGateway resources, creating success stories for the organization.

2018 Joe Tevis

The 2018 winner of the AgGateway Ron Storms Leadership Award is Joe Tevis, President of VIS Consulting. In presenting the award, former Ron Storms recipient Randy Fry of Ceres Solutions described Tevis as someone who has had an enormous impact on AgGateway success, and “one of our most passionate advocates when it comes to international agricultural standards.” He added that, “Joe has worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between equipment manufacturers and the broader farm management world.”

Tevis has been active in various phases of AgGateway’s ground-breaking, precision agriculture SPADE Project, and was instrumental in setting up a grain traceability proof-of-concept last year. Tevis now leads AgGateway’s Traceability Working Group, which Fry described as “one of the most far-reaching and exciting activities at AgGateway today.”

2017 Randy Fry

The 2017 winner of the AgGateway Ron Storms Leadership Award is Randy Fry, Data Process and Information Systems Manager with Ceres Solutions Cooperative. In presenting the award, former Ron Storms recipient Dennis Daggett of ProAg described Fry as a driving force and champion of the AgGateway mission, both inside and outside the organization.

“Randy leads by example – with true conviction and heart,” Daggett said. “He has a ‘get it done’ attitude to move things forward. He is a true believer in AgGateway standards, and why the industry benefits as companies implement connections using those standards.”

Fry has served on AgGateway’s Operational Board and in leadership positions for the Seed Council and Automatic Identification Data Capture (AIDC) Task Force. He has led efforts to create informational materials and promotional efforts on barcoding in seed and ag retail operations.

2016 Dennis Daggett

The 2016 winner of the AgGateway Ron Storms Leadership Award is Dennis Daggett, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at ProAg. In presenting the award, 2015 Ron Storms recipient Lori Edwards of Syngenta described Daggett as a visionary who sees the broader possibilities when it comes to eConnectivity in agriculture, and a leader who is always up for new challenges. 

“He actively encourages others to come to the table to participate. He has a passion for his work and for building consensus,” Edwards said. “He also has a keen understanding of government regulation in agriculture, and knows the industry will benefit by staying on top of that regulation – especially when it comes to eConnectivity. So he has forged relationships within key agencies, especially within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” 

Daggett served as chair of AgGateway’s Precision Ag Council; and leads the Insurance, Regulation and Government working group, as well as specific activities within the SPADE Project to facilitate data management in farm systems. He also is the driver for the AgGateway AgGlossary, a public, one-stop location for agriculture terms, definitions, acronyms, key words, and synonyms, for the benefit of the entire industry. He has chaired AgGateway’s Conference Committee and provided other leadership roles to improve connectivity activities and resources for the industry. 

2015 Lori Edwards

Lori Edwards, Business Process Analyst Manager at Syngenta, was honored with the 2015 AgGateway Ron Storms Leadership Award. 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.

“She has brought great experience and perspective in many areas, working diligently on behalf of her company but also for the industry as a whole,” Ferreyra said. 

Edwards is the incoming chair of the organization’s Crop Protection Council. In the past seven years she also has served on the Management Team, as chair of the Seed Council and chair of the Standards & Guidelines Committee, and in many other leadership roles in moving connectivity projects forward and improving connectivity resources for the ag industry. 

2014 Andres Ferreyra

The 2014 winner of the Ron Storms Leadership Award is Andres Ferreyra. Ferreyra has been a leader in AgGateway’s precision agriculture initiatives, including serving as the chair of the Precision Ag Council and management team lead on the Standardized Precision Ag Date Exchange (SPADE) Project. In presenting the award, former award recipient Andrew Jeremiah described Ferreyra as someone who has contributed “a phenomenal amount of time and energy” to AgGateway efforts. “He is known as a good thinker, a problem solver and a consensus builder,” Jeremiah said. “He is helping AgGateway navigate new waters, building on what AgGateway leaders have achieved in recent years in standards and guidelines. Andres has been very influential in moving that important work forward.”

Previous Award Winners

  • Ann Vande Lune
  • Eric Hoefing
  • Joe Tevis
  • Randy Fry
  • Dennis Daggett
  • Lori Edwards
  • Andres Ferreyra
  • Andrew Jeremiah
  • Bruce Blitch
  • Brent Kemp
  • Tim Piper
  • Gary Garrett
  • Wendy Smith
  • Larry Buchanan
  • Drew Gillow
  • Dave Surber
  • Kay Campe