Focus on Business and Tech at Annual Conference

2016 Press Releases

AgGateway’s Annual Conference Program To Focus on Business and Technical Aspects of Ag eConnectivity

Washington, D.C., 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. This year’s program features interactive, technical working sessions, as well as a business track, general sessions and networking that will benefit company executives seeking to increase efficiency, productivity and customer service through eConnectivity. Early bird registration discounts end October 14; register at

Details of the conference program are now available on the conference webpage and in a colorful brochure that’s easy to email to colleagues – both can be found here. 

The new “business track” of sessions will explore value and return-on-investment (ROI) decisions involved in adopting the ADAPT conversion toolkit (interoperability in precision ag); adoption of new precision ag irrigation standards, and the value and ROI connected with data security and compliance. Other sessions of business interest include an Auto Identification Data Capture (AIDC)/barcoding forum, the AgGateway Global Network update, and education sessions on AgGateway eConnectivity resources and how to use them.

In addition, general speakers include: 

  • Brad Keywell, CEO of Uptake: How collection, exchange and analysis of ag data will fuel productivity and efficiency gains. 
  • Todd Janzen, Janzen Agricultural Law: the Ag Data Transparency Evaluator, a national effort to bring transparency to contracts between farmers and technology providers.
  • Robert Blair, farmer and Vice President of Agriculture for Measure: drone-as-a-service operations, and precision technologies, telematics and information integration challenges on-farm and in the value chain.

The conference is expected to draw hundreds of business and IT professionals from across the ag industry to discuss ongoing activities and the latest resources in implementing eConnectivity between agricultural trading partners. The conference features great opportunities to network and advance eConnectivity in agriculture – in ag retail, crop protection, crop nutrition, seed, grain, feed, precision ag, specialty chemical, and more. 

“The annual conference is the best opportunity of the year to see – and take part in – connectivity activities that are changing the way producers and their trading partners will do business in the years ahead, from making order-to-invoice processes more powerful and cost efficient, to advances in precision agriculture," said AgGateway President and CEO Wendy Smith. “It’s an ideal forum to bring colleagues and trading partners to learn about the substantial benefits ag companies are gaining through eConnectivity.” 

The program is especially geared to ag retailers, distributors, manufacturers of ag inputs (e.g., seed, crop nutrition, crop protection, specialty chemical, etc.), and software and data service providers, as well as professionals in precision ag, academia, agricultural organizations, students and ag media. 

Details are available on the 2016 Annual Conference webpage, found under “Events” at Also find the meeting on Twitter at (


AgGateway is a non-profit consortium of businesses that helps member companies improve their profitability and productivity by promoting, enabling and expanding eBusiness in agriculture and agriculture related businesses.

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