2017 October Newsletter

2017 October Newsletter

October 2017   Volume 11 Number 9



Annual Conference

Checklist for the Annual Conference

By Kristin Nottingham, Software Solutions Integrated, LLC

Are you prepared for the AgGateway Annual Meeting and Conference? We have put together a checklist so you can come to the conference ready to collaborate and network with industry peers.

  • Get registered now! The early bird rate is only available until October 14 - it’s $625 for members and $800 for non-members. The regular rate of $775 for members and $950 for non-members begins October 15. Read more...

New Member Profile

Welcome Delta Valley Ag LLC

By Kristin Nottingham, Software Solutions Integrated, LLC Software Solutions Integrated, LLC

Thorsten Vilhjálmsson and Chris Spurlock founded Delta Valley Ag LLC in late 2014 to focus on their main product, AgLOADS, a customizable software platform that helps connect farmers, dispatchers and drivers. Delta Valley Ag saw the need to design and build logistics software to handle all the rules and regulations taking place within the industry, as well as bringing everything into the 21st century. Read more...

Leadership Profile

Doug Farrington, Head IS Business Partnering, North America, Syngenta; and Vice-Chair of AgGateway’s Strategic Board

By J. Nolfo, BASF Professional & Specialty Solutions and Communications Committee Chair

How long have you been involved with AgGateway, and what are your current activities with AgGateway?
Four years. I am currently the Vice-Chair of the Strategic Board of Directors.

Give us a quick synopsis of your career path – where did you start, and where are you now?
I grew up on a corn/soybean farm in central Illinois, worked for two grain companies, built and ran a software company for nine years, worked in the distilled spirits industry in IT, and have been at Syngenta for 4+ years. Read more...

Member Services

Welcome to Member Services, Nikki Marshall!

By Chris Crutchfield, AgGateway

Please join me in welcoming Nikki Marshall to the Member Services team! Nikki joined the team in August and is responsible for processing requests regarding the Ag Industry Identification System (AGIIS) directory, answering the Member Services phone line and responding to inquiries from AgGateway membership, AGIIS subscribers and AgGateway staff. Read more...


Precision Ag

Members Spread the Word on Their Commitment to ADAPT

From Shannon Haringx, Syngenta: The following article “New Technology Will Merge Farm Management Data” ran in Thrive®, a magazine and website created to update readers about Syngenta. “How can a rainbow cause growers problems?” asks Andres Ferreyra, Ph.D., manager of special projects at Ag Connections, a wholly owned subsidiary of Syngenta. “When they have equipment that’s green, red, yellow and blue, representing different manufacturers, and none of it speaks the same language,” he answers. Read More...

From Dick Moore, Red Wing Software: Red Wing Software Committed to Agricultural Interoperability (Press release) - Red Wing Software, developer of accounting and payroll solutions since 1979, has joined and is active with AgGateway, an organization whose goal is to enable an expand eBusiness in agriculture… AgGateway’s ADAPT framework provides a new and universal method of sharing data between applications. “Growers today can electronically capture what they’ve applied in the field, monitor conditions during the growing season, and measure the results at harvest. However, using that information to make better decisions that maximize profitability and return on investment, requires all of that data be available. Creating a single framework to universally share that data is an exciting development!” Read More...


Ag Retailers

AgGateway Members To Speak at ARA Meeting

By Susan Ruland, AgGateway Communications Director

AgGateway will be well-represented at the Agricultural Retailers Association Conference and Expo, November 28-30, at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. In addition to exhibiting at the expo, AgGateway has a session on the program, featuring Ann Vande Lune of Key Cooperative and Randy Fry of Ceres Solutions LLP, and moderated by AgGateway EVP & COO Brent Kemp. Read more...


AIDC Working Group

More Inventory Management Technology Options Than Ever

By Jody Costa, Barcoding, Inc. and Allied Providers Council Chair

The following article is taken from the blog site at Barcoding, Inc.

When it comes to inventory management, there are several different systems and technology available right now that can help the process. The most basic type is a manual system. Many small businesses that are just starting out might be able to get by with a spreadsheet-based approach in the beginning. Read More...


Council Updates

Crop Nutrition Task Force Develops OrderCreate Guideline

By Amanda Flemmer, CF Industries

Many Crop Nutrition companies may not have the resources or capability to send orders electronically using either the ANSI X12 850 Order message or the AgGateway XML OrderCreate message. In order to provide more ways that our crop nutrition members and channel partners could send information electronically, a task force was formed to see if an XML OrderCreate could be mapped in an Excel document to the EDI 850 X12 Order message to enable the sellers to consume those Excel files electronically. Read more...

Social Media

LinkedIn Group Featured Topic: Retaining Membership?

By J. Nolfo, BASF and Communications Committee Chair

Did you know that AgGateway has a LinkedIn group? The purpose of the group is to share great content, articles and other types of information that others within the group, especially AgGateway members, would be interested in. LinkedIn groups are also a great place to pose questions for the members to answer.

At the Mid-Year Meeting, the Membership Committee asked how they could better utilize the LinkedIn group. One of the suggestions that came out was to ask questions to increase engagement in the LinkedIn group. A couple of questions have been asked, and we will be featuring them in the AgGateway newsletter to let everyone know about them. Read more...

AgGateway in the News

Upcoming Conference a Hot Topic

By Kristin Nottingham, Software Solutions Integrated, LLC

The upcoming AgGateway Annual Conference and the Seed Quick Connect sessions are popular topics in the news. Syngenta is also recognized for its work with ADAPT.

Syngenta helps lead project to integrate farm-management software, AGDAILY – September 19, 2017; Ag data from tractors, combines, planters and other farm machinery present a huge opportunity for growers to manage their operations more efficiently, but only if all the sources of that data can communicate. Syngenta is helping to lead a project aimed at doing just that.

Precision Ag Bytes 9/13, AgWired – September 13, 2017; AgGateway will hold a new “Seed Quick Connect” session for agricultural retailers, distributors and manufacturers to determine where and how they can better connect electronically to streamline their seed transactions. This meeting is part of AgGateway’s Annual Conference, November 6-9 in San Diego.

New Seed Quick Connect session to streamline seed transactions, boost efficiency, The Green Sheet Farm Forum – September 11, 2017; AgGateway will hold a new “Seed Quick Connect” session on November 7, 1:00-5:00 pm, in San Diego, Calif., so that agricultural retailers, distributors and manufacturers can meet one-on-one to determine where and how they can better connect electronically to streamline their seed transactions — from booking, delivery and invoicing, to sales and inventory reporting. 

Register now for AgGateway’s Annual Conference, November 6-9 in San Diego, California, The Green Sheet Farm Forum – August 25, 2017; Registration is now open for AgGateway’s Annual Conference, “Efficiency-Opportunity-Profitability,” to be held November 6-9 at the Hilton Resort & Spa, San Diego, California.