2016 December Newsletter

December 2016

December 2016    Volume 10 Number 11
Annual Conference
Thank You!
By Scott Meredith, ACS and Conference Committee Chair

Thank you for attending the 2016 AgGateway Annual Conference in Orlando! Your participation is what makes an event like this successful. If you attended and did not fill out a survey, please do so here.
Special thanks to all our wonderful sponsors, including Titanium Sponsors: AGDATA, BASF, F4F (Part of Proagrica); Platinum Sponsor: Monsanto; Gold Sponsors: WinField United, Mosaic; Silver Sponsors: Agrium/CPS, EFC Systems, Rosen's Diversified Inc., Syngenta; and Conference Sponsors: ACS, Adifo Software, AgCIO Roundtable, AGCO Corp, AgVantage Software, ARMtech Insurance Services, Barcoding Inc., Bayer CropScience LP, CF Industries, CSC, DTN, Kahler Automation, Key Cooperative, River Valley Cooperative, SSI, Wilbur-Ellis, and XS Inc. > Continue reading...
AgGateway News
AgGateway Recognizes Leaders at 2016 Annual Conference
AgGateway Press Release

At the Annual Conference last month, AgGateway honored individuals and companies that are advancing efforts to promote, enable and expand eBusiness in agriculture. 

Dennis Daggett, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at ProAg, received the AgGateway Ron Storms Leadership Award, the organization's top honor. The award recognizes repeated, outstanding efforts by an AgGateway volunteer member in promoting collaboration among AgGateway teams and advancing initiatives to enable eConnectivity. 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."  > Continue reading...
AgGateway News
AgGateway Announces 2017 Board of Directors and Leadership 
By Susan Ruland, AgGateway Communications Director

AgGateway's 2017 board and council leadership are ready to begin work on January 1. In announcing the leadership at the Annual Conference, President and CEO Wendy Smith reminded the membership of our new organizational structure, designed to better accommodate AgGateway's significant growth in recent years. The new structure allows council leadership to focus on operational activities of their councils, while providing for a board focused on overall strategic planning and management (Strategic Board) and a complementary board focused on day-to-day organizational operations (Operational Board).

"This new structure accommodates our growth and better positions us for a vibrant future in enabling eConnectivity," said AgGateway President and CEO Wendy Smith. "We have an exemplary slate of directors and leaders moving into 2017, and I'm excited about the sharpened focus we'll be able to give to increasing eConnectivity in the ag industry. AgGateway and its members thank these individuals and the companies they work for, which have recognized how essential eConnectivity is to the ongoing success of the ag industry."  > Continue reading...
AgGateway Resources
Two New Resources on the Value of eConnectivity
By Susan Ruland, AgGateway Communications Director

AgGateway members are encouraged to review these two new resources on the power of eConnectivity. These and other resources can be found in the "Communications Kit" section of the AgGateway website.

1) AgGateway's Ag Industry Identification System (AGIIS):A Critical Resource for Your Agri-Business. This new video, less than 5 minutes long, features compelling testimonials on the value of eConnectivity - and the role of AGIIS as an essential tool in eBusiness. Find it here.

2) Ag Retailer Flyer: Is Manual Data Entry Draining Away Your Efficiency? This new flyer, created for AgGateway's booth at the Ag Retailer Association Annual Conference & Expo earlier this month, speaks to those new to eConnectivity about the benefits of moving away from manual entry, and encourages participation in AgGateway's Ag Retail Council. Features testimonials from AgGateway members.   Find it here.  
AIDC Update
Barcoding Session from AgGateway Annual Conference
By Jody Costa, Barcoding, Inc. 

Were you unable to attend the session on Auto Identification Data Capture (AIDC) at the Annual Conference? No problem; we have a recording! Join the AIDC Task Force for our session on how to implement barcoding systems and automated data capture. Click here. 
Member Services
Are You Getting AgGateway eMail?
By Chris Crutchfield, AgGateway Member Services Program Manager

It was great to see everyone at the Annual Conference! It's always great to see so many people from different organizations, working collaboratively to further our mission. Now it's time to start thinking about the New Year and what we want to accomplish in 2017. One of our goals at Member Services is to make sure all of our members are receiving important email communications regarding AgGateway and AGIIS business. We've recently discovered that some of you may have inadvertently removed yourselves from our list - or you just never got added in the first place. 

AgGateway uses the marketing tool Constant Contact to deliver member email communications and our monthly newsletter. If at any time in the past you have "unsubscribed" after receiving a communication or newsletter, Constant Contact prevents us from delivering any future communications to your email address. For example, if you received our newsletter and opted to "unsubscribe", you will no longer receive the newsletter, and you will no longer receive any other type of communication we send using Constant Contact.  > Continue reading...
In the News
AgGateway in the News 
By Kristin Nottingham, Software Solutions Integrated, LLC

Another successful AgGateway Annual Conference is in the books, 2017 leadership was announced, and there was a lot of talk about ADAPT before, during and after the meeting.

AgGateway announces 2017 Board of Directors and Leadership, Farm Forum - Dec. 2, 2016; AgGateway has announced its leadership for the coming year, including the directors of its new Strategic Board and Operational Board, as well as leaders of the eight councils working within the organization. The non-profit organization, which now has more than 230 member companies, is moving into its 12th year in successfully promoting, enabling and expanding eBusiness in agriculture.

AgGateway Announces 2017 Board Of Directors And Leadership, PrecisionAg -Dec. 2, 2016; AgGateway and its members thank these individuals and the companies they work for, which have recognized how essential eConnectivity is to the ongoing success of the ag industry.

Deere Encourages ADAPT Adoption, AgWired - November 8, 2016; One focus of last week's Develop with Deere conference in Kansas City was AgGateway's new ADAPT Toolkit. 

Commodity Groups Call on FMIS Companies to use ADAPT FrameworkFarm Journal's AGPRO - November 2, 2016; A dozen leading U.S. grower organizations are hailing the collaborative efforts that led to the new AgGateway ADAPT framework for interoperability in precision ag systems and are calling on FMIS companies to commit to integrating the ADAPT framework into their systems in the near future.

Proagrica's ADAPT Plug-In Introduced, Farm Journal's AGPRO - November 13, 2016; Proagrica introduced an ADAPT plug-in which enables traditionally disparate software systems to share data seamlessly, ensuring farmers and their advisors have the information they need to perform their operations more efficiently. 

In This Issue
Mark Your Calendar! 

2017 Mid-Year Meeting
June 12-15, Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa

2017 Annual Conference
November 6-9, Hilton Resort and Spa, San Diego California


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2016 New Members
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SageInsights 

Maria Eugenia Durand (Individual)

Joseph Foley, PhD (Individual)

Area-wide e-Laboratory for Food, Agriculture & Environment

Red Wing Software

Decisive Farming





Mark Pittard (Individual)


Rachel M Garrett (Individual)


Scott Shearer (Individual), Ohio State University



Newsletter Archive
Don't Forget!

2016 Council Chairs
Board Chair
David Black  
CHS, Inc.

Ag Retail

Jeff Griffeth 
Co-Alliance, LLP

Allied Providers
Jody Costa
Barcoding Inc.

Crop Nutrition
Shayla Darnell
Koch Industries

Crop Protection
Lori Edwards
Syngenta

Grain & Feed
Mike Thronson
Heartland Cooperative

Precision Ag
Mike Santostefano
AgIntegrated, Inc.

Seed
Randy Fry
Ceres Solution
 
Specialty Chemical
Sarah Moster
BASF
2016 Committee Chairs
ADAPT
Mark Stelford
Premier Crop Systems
 
Architecture
Scott Nieman
Land O' Lakes
 
Communications
Natasha Lilly
Effingham Equity

Conference
Scott Meredith
ACS
 
Data Privacy and Security
Rachel Garrett

AGIIS Directory Oversight
Bob Whitty 
Southern States Cooperative

Education
Lila Brown
Crystal Certified Solutions, Inc.

Management Team
Wendy Smith
AgGateway

Membership
Mary Kay Thatcher
American Farm Bureau Federation

Standards & Guidelines
Todd Moutardier
Tessenderlo Kerley Inc
 
Future Direction
Wendy Smith  
AgGateway
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