AgGateway Announces 2019 Leadership, Meeting Dates

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AgGateway Announces 2019 Leadership, Meeting Dates

Washington, D.C., December 19, 2018 – AgGateway has announced its 2019 leadership, including the directors of its Strategic Board and Operational Management Board, and leaders of its councils and committees. The non-profit organization fosters collaboration among its 200 member companies, and with global standards organizations and industry partners, to improve how agricultural information can be used to maximize efficiency and productivity.

“The scope and depth of what AgGateway teams are working on continues to be impressive and impactful. With this new slate of leaders, 2019 promises to be a strong year for digital ag solutions,” said AgGateway President and CEO Wendy Smith. “These individuals and their companies are demonstrating their leadership in promoting and enabling the industry’s transition to digital agriculture.”

AgGateway has also released its 2018 Annual Report, which summarizes recent achievements in streamlining how information moves through the supply chain.

“This year the organization released new standards in precision irrigation, remote sensing, and specialty chemical sales reporting – to name just a few,” said Smith. “We saw increased adoption of the ADAPT framework for interoperability in field operations; an energetic, organization-wide approach to challenges of traceability; increasing application of standard identifiers to grease the skids of seamless data exchange; and “Quick Connect” sessions to boost implementation among ag retailers, manufacturers and distributors.”

2019 Strategic Board
Name Role Company Position
Tim McArdle Chair Brandt Consolidated COO
Jeremy W. Wilson Vice-Chair Crop IMS Technology Specialist
Doug Farrington Past Chair BASF Digital Farming
Teddy Bekele   WinField United, Land O’ Lakes Vice President, IT
Jeff Belding   RiceTec Business Excellence Champion
Dennis Daggett   Enterprise Ag Strategies LLC President
Chris Langley   Syngenta Head of IT, Crop Protection NA,
Marcy Morris   CHS Director of IT
Dan Willey   Wilbur-Ellis CIO
Wendy Smith   AgGateway President & CEO
2019 Operational Board
Name Role Company
Randall Kasparbauer Chair John Deere
Eric Hoefing   ACS
Michael Carrabine   IRM
Stephanie Frazier
  Dow/DuPont (interim)
Mike Thronson
  Control Systems
Aaron Berger   AgSense (interim)
Ann Vande Lune
  Ceres Solutions
Sarah Moster   BASF
Brent Kemp   AgGateway
2019 Council Leadership
Name Company Role
Ag Retail Council
Jacob Crow Growmark, Inc. Chair
Randy Fry Ceres Solutions Vice-Chair
Julie Benick WinField United Vice-Chair Elect
Allied Providers Council
Steve Daigle  Elemica
Crop Nutrition Council
Ron Staab
United Services Assoc.
Kevin Gondek CF Industries Vice-Chair
Charles (Charlie) Will
Southern States Vice-Chair Elect
Crop Protection Council
Clay Mayer
OPEN   Vice-Chair
Matt Garcia
Vice-Chair Elect
Grain & Feed Council
Steve Oberlander CHS, Inc.
Carissa Staples Land O’ Lakes   Vice-Chair
Chris Gaalswyk Easy Automation Vice-Chair Elect
Precision Ag Council
Jessica Trites-Rolle
Scott Nieman
Land O’ Lakes
Aaron Berger AgSense Vice-Chair Elect
Seed Council
Alek Krenichyn TKXS, Inc. Chair
Jenna Allen
WinField United   Vice-Chair
Mary Enriquez Nutrien Ag Solutions Vice-Chair Elect
Specialty Chemical Council
Stephen Barkley
SePRO Chair
Cory Alexander BASF
OPEN   Vice-Chair Elect
2019 Committee Leadership  
Name Company Role
Architecture Committee
Open   Chair
Open   Vice-Chair
ADAPT Oversight Committee
Dan Danford Case New Holland Chair, Business
Stuart Rhea Ag Connections Chair, Technical
Kelly Nelson TopCon Vice-Chair, Technical
Communications Committee
Matthew Grassi Meister Media Chair
OPEN   Vice-Chair
Conference Committee
Scott Meredith
Julie Benick

WinField United

AGIIS Directory Oversight Committee
Kay Campe Rosen's Diversified
Membership Committee
Brian Sokoloski Kahler Automation Chair
Nick Reichel


Standards & Guidelines Committee
Andres Ferreyra
Ag Connection
Charles Hillyer
Texas A&M Vice-Chair

In addition, AgGateway announced that its 2019 Mid-Year Meeting will be held June 10-13 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa; and its 2019 Annual Conference will be held November 4-6 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

More on AgGateway activities and how to become involved can be found at


AgGateway is a non-profit organization dedicated to the expanded use of information to maximize efficiency and productivity, promoting and enabling the industry's transition to digital agriculture.