2016 November Newsletter

November 2016

November 2016    Volume 10 Number 10
eConnectivity Matters
Election Reflections
By Wendy Smith, AgGateway President and CEO

Finally, it's almost over. If you're like most Americans - including myself, you're relieved to be in the home stretch of the U.S. presidential election. The level of political discourse during the past few months truly sank to new depths, at least in my memory. 
 
But there's been another election in the past few weeks, which stands in sharp contrast to the national race - the election of AgGateway's new Strategic Board and council leadership positions for 2017. Sure, I know there's not much controversy when it comes to selecting leaders for our organization, compared with choosing the leader of the Free World, but I can't help point out some of the more positive aspects of our election.  > Continue reading...
Annual Conference
It's Not Too Late - Come on Down to Orlando!
By Scott Meredith, ACS, Conference Committee Chair

It's not too late! Join your colleagues at the AgGateway Annual Conference, Nov. 7-10 at the sunny Renaissance Sea World in Orlando. Register Now!
 
Join us for the great networking, educational opportunities, working sessions and review of the latest resources supporting eConnectivity implementation. Need details? Check out the conference brochure or go to the conference webpage for more information, including a preliminary list of who else is attending. 

One particular attendee, Kim Flaugher of Monsanto, is our winner of the early bird registration drawing for a room upgrade to a suite. Congratulations Kim! See you all next week.
ADAPT
Grower Organizations Encourage Implementation of ADAPT 
AgGateway Press Release

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 - citing the many benefits to farmers, and are calling on Farm Management Information System (FMIS) companies to formally commit to integrating the ADAPT framework into their systems in the near future. 

The support was expressed in a letter this month to AgGateway Chairman David Black from the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers, National Sunflower Association, U.S. Canola Association, U.S. Dry Bean Council, and USA Rice.  > Continue reading...
Compliance Issues
NASDA Policy Supports Paperless Tonnage Reporting
By Brent Kemp, AgGateway Executive VP/COO

AgGateway is applauding the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NADSA) for joining its voice to a industry-wide call for moving the regular reporting of fertilizer tonnage between states and companies to an electronic, paperless system. The policy amendment was adopted by the organization at its annual meeting last month, and is being forwarded as part of NASDA policy to state officials involved with tonnage reporting.
 
"NASDA encourages the adoption - by both states and industry - of electronic, paperless mechanisms for U.S. fertilizer tonnage reporting," the policy amendment states. 
 
More than 15 states are already accepting XML or Excel tonnage reporting data - either fully or partially using seamless reporting, and more industry participants are developing to the new specifications. Moving to paperless reporting requires coordination between state and industry representatives so that new data standards are adopted and used by both parties. AgGateway, The Fertilizer Institute, AAPFCO and the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) have developed and heralded these common standards as a way forward in achieving paperless reporting.  > Continue reading...
New Member Spotlight
Red Wing Software: Ag-Specific Accounting Software
By Natasha Lilly, The Equity and Communications Committee Chair

We are excited to welcome new member Red Wing Software Inc.! Red Wing Software will be joining the Allied Providers Council. These council members play an important role in the agriculture community by conceiving, designing, building, deploying, and supporting electronic management systems and accompanying services. Dick Moore, Red Wing Manager of Development, explained how excited its team is to be involved in the content of the data structure and partnering with other members of the ag industry that standardize that data. Red Wing Software became an AgGateway member after visiting an InfoAg trade show and speaking with other AgGateway members.  > Continue reading... 
AgGateway Global Network
ADAPT  Workshop in Europe
By Andres Ferreyra, Ag Connections


The AgGateway Global Network held a workshop on October 13 in Berlin, Germany, hosted by Farm365. The workshop was well attended and well received. It featured a business track presented by Ben Craker (AGCO) and Andres Ferreyra (Ag Connections); and a technical track presented by Stuart Rhea (Ag Connections), Tarak Reddy (John Deere) and Tim Shearouse (John Deere). The covered topics ranged from ADAPT's support for extensive internationalization, to implementation tips, to software licensing.   > Continue reading... 
Member Services
Get Ready for the Big Trip
By Josh Wall, AgGateway and AGIIS Product Manager

As a father of two young kids, I understand the importance of preparing and packing well when our family goes on a trip. Over the years, my wife has gradually designated me as the official "Pre-Trip Coordinator," which basically leaves me in charge of making sure the kids have packed everything they need but not too much or anything inappropriate, such as perishable food or a live animal. This experience has given me a better appreciation for planning that serves me in my professional life.  
 
As the AgGateway Annual Conference rapidly approaches, I encourage you to set some time aside and prepare for your upcoming trip to Orlando. There are many opportunities to broaden your knowledge base, network with people in agriculture who are also focused on eBusiness, discover solutions for your company's eConnectivity challenges, and much more.   > Continue reading... 
In the News
AgGateway in the News 
By Kristin Nottingham, Software Solutions Integrated, LLC

Great to see the coverage of AgGateway's ADAPT press release on the recent letter from grower organizations encouraging manufacturers to implement ADAPT, as well as promotion for Annual Conference.

 Groups Encourage Implementation of ADAPT for Precision Ag, Wisconsin Ag Connection, USAgNet, October 27, 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 - citing the many benefits to farmers, and are calling on Farm Management Information System (FMIS) companies to formally commit to integrating the ADAPT framework into their systems in the near future."

Grower organizations encourage manufacturers to implement AgGateway's ADAPT for precision ag, Farm Industry News, October 26, 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 - citing the many benefits to farmers."

Manufacturers Encouraged to Implement ADAPT, AgWired, October 27, 2016 - "A dozen farm groups and organizations have united to ask Farm Management Information System (FMIS) companies to use the new AgGateway ADAPT framework.  ADAPT allows for interoperability between precision ag systems- a major benefit to growers."

Grower Organizations Support AgGateway's ADAPT, Agri-Marketing, October 27, 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 - citing the many benefits to farmers, and are calling on Farm Management Information System (FMIS) companies to formally commit to integrating the ADAPT framework into their systems in the near future."

Download Report, AgInfo.Net, October 28, 2016 - "From AgWired, groups like the National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers, Corn Growers and US Canola Association are among a host of farm groups that came together to ask Farm Management information Systems companies to all use the new Ag Gateway ADAPT framework so there would interoperability between precision ag systems."

AgGateway's Annual Conference program to focus on business and technical aspects of ag eConnectivityThe Green Sheet Farm Forum - October 6, 2016; Business and technical executives seeking to advance their companies' electronic connections with trading partners are encouraged to attend this year's AgGateway Annual Conference, November 7-10 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida."

AgGateway Annual Conference in November, AgWired, October 10, 2016 - "The program will focus on business and technological aspects of eConnectivity.  Attendees can expect interactive, technical sessions; a business track; general sessions; networking; and productivity and customer service through eConnectivity."

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2016 AgGateway Annual Conference
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2016 New Members
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Maria Eugenia Durand (Individual)

Joseph Foley, PhD (Individual)

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

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Decisive Farming





Mark Pittard (Individual)


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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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