2020 June Newsletter

2020  June Volume 14  Number 5


Mid-Year Meeting

Virtual Mid-Year Meeting Comes Your Way in July

By the AgGateway Conference Committee

Registration details will be coming your way soon for the virtual Mid-Year Meeting, July 7-10! We’re excited to be able to provide:

  • A virtual conference that consists of half-days, Tuesday, July 7 through Friday, July 10.
  • The agenda includes general sessions, open Meet-Up sessions with breakouts, as well as committee and working groups.
  • Among the educational track topics: ISOBUS standard overview, what's new in wireless communications, machine learning, a Python tutorial, and more.
  • Sponsors: A virtual meeting provides additional recognition opportunities for sponsors, both through the virtual conference landing page portal and other electronic means. Watch for new opportunities for you to showcase your products, services and solutions!

We’ll be sharing more details with you soon, and look forward to meeting with you virtually in July!

Member Services

Leslie Hedges Joins AgGateway as Director of Member Services

By Susan Ruland, AgGateway Marketing Communications Director

We are delighted to welcome Leslie Hedges as the new Director of Member Services. Leslie comes to AgGateway with 20 years of experience in the legal and real estate professions, as well as experience with nonprofit organizations.

“We are excited for Leslie to apply her strengths in customer service, management and leadership in service to AgGateway’s 200 member companies, and also as she interacts with the many prospective members that seek to reap the full benefits of digital agriculture,” said AgGateway President and CEO Wendy Smith. Read more >



AgGateway Co-Produces Workshop on Interoperability; View the Videos Now

By Jim Wilson, AgGateway Chief Technical Officer

AgGateway recently collaborated on a series of workshop sessions on interoperability in farm operations. While the series was designed for the New Zealand agriculture industry, much of it is universal in its focus on the basics and benefits of seamless exchange of information in farm operations. Read more >



AgGateway Europe Working to Harmonize Farm Input Data

By Dan Berne, AgGateway Portfolio Manager

AgGateway Europe has been bringing together companies and ag data specialists to standardize data exchange for farm inputs – specifically for seed, fertilizer and crop protection products. Today, multiple data exchange standards and definitions exist across Europe, often causing delays and inefficiencies, and hampering the ability to provide traceability. By standardizing on a data exchange standard, companies can better support sustainable agriculture, increase transparency, and improve interoperability, as well as provide opportunities to boost innovation. Read more >

Latin America

News from the Latin American Regional Group

By José Alexandre Loyola, AgGateway Latin America Regional Director

On May 5, members of AgGateway in Latin America held a meeting through videoconference, with the participation of two very special external guests: Charles Peeters, CEO of GAPES; and Ronei Sana, Agriculture Coordinator for Precision of the SLC Group. Both professionals shared their experiences as end users of technologies in their companies that cultivate large areas of soy, corn and cotton. They gave their perspectives in relation to the current digital technologies available and their advantages and points for improvement, as well as the challenges they are facing in the field in the implementation and integration of data and various platforms. Interoperability continues to be an area of difficulty, and the ability to integrate some digital platforms (e.g., weather forecast platform) with farm management systems.

There were 25 participants in the meeting, and the feedback was very positive. With this information and insights in mind, we intend to focus our discussions at the next meeting on the main demands regarding digital agriculture to be improved in the Latin American region. If you operate in the Latin American region and would like more information, please contact me at loyola@aggateway.org.

AGIIS Updates

Where Can I Learn More About the Ag Industry Identification System (AGIIS)?

By Chris Crutchfield, AgGateway Member Services

While our column this month is for anybody who wants to learn more about AGIIS, I want to start with a quick request to current AGIIS subscribers. If you rely on AGIIS, would you please consider providing us with a quick testimonial sentence or two, so we can share your successes and promote wider adoption? Contact us at Member.Services@AgGateway.org – it’s easy and quick!

And now, a message to those who aren’t as familiar with AgGateway’s Ag Industry Identification System (AGIIS). AGIIS is a database that houses unique identifiers and common data elements to help facilitate eBusiness within the ag industry. If you want to better understand AGIIS, how it works, and how other organizations are realizing cost savings, reduced labor hours and reduced data entry errors, you can find a wealth of information here on the AGIIS page of the AgGateway website. Read more >