2020 September

2020 September Volume 14  Number 7


Strategic Plan

Board Reviewing 2021 and 5-Year Plans; New Mission and Vision

This month the AgGateway Board of Directors will complete its review of 1-year and 5-year plans for the organization. The plans include strategic objectives for the months and years ahead, as well as a more detailed, tactical plan for 2021. Read more >


Need Information on AgGateway in Spanish or Portuguese? Check Out These New Resources

By AgGateway Marketing Communications Director Susan Ruland

AgGateway has a new brochure and two flyers in Spanish and Portuguese to share with interested companies and member prospects in Latin America. The first resource is a general AgGateway brochure that explains who AgGateway is, why our work is important, and some current activities. The other two resources are translated flyers on areas of current interest to the Latin America Steering Committee: the ADAPT toolkit for interoperability, and work on soil testing data standards.

You can find these materials on the Latin America page of AgGateway.org (under “About Us”), or in the Communications Kit.


Annual Conference

Virtual Annual Conference Coming November 16-18

We're excited to build on the success of our virtual Mid-Year Meeting in July by providing an even more robust virtual experience in November for our Annual Conference!

AgGateway's annual conference draws leading business and IT professionals to discuss ongoing initiatives to help companies better manage and use agricultural information. The conference will feature compelling educational sessions, general sessions that hit on state-of-the-industry topics in digital agriculture, and the opportunity for virtual networking. Read more >


Call for Nominations: Ron Storms Leadership Award

Is there a veteran AgGateway leader whose work you've really admired at AgGateway? It may be someone on the Board or within a working group, committee or project team that you think goes above and beyond the call of duty, and really keeps things moving. Finally, is this someone who has been involved with AgGateway for at least two years as a member volunteer (not staff), and has he or she demonstrated their leadership in more than one place, on more than one activity? Read more >


Successful Test for Implementation of Final Part of PAIL

Members of the PAIL Team (carried over from the Precision Ag Irrigation Leadership project) have successfully tested the implementation of part 2 of the PAIL data exchange standard for irrigation. Parts 1 and 3 of are already a national standard (ANSI S632). Part 2 of PAIL deals with the observations and measurements data. It is an agricultural implementation of the ISO 19156 standard, a conceptual schema for observations, and for features involved in sampling when making observations. The test was led by Diganta Adhikari and Andres Ferreyra. It involved two companies: a data producer (IRROMETER) and a data consumer (Syngenta). Read more >


Nieman Features AgGateway Work at AgroFuse Conference

Scott Nieman, Expert Enterprise Integration Architect at Land O’ Lakes, presented a session on “AgGateway Standards Update Enabling Food Traceability” in August at the AgroFuse.io Harvest virtual conference, sponsored by IoT Fuse.

Nieman described key AgGateway activities such as the creation and use of open source technology for farm implement integration; where supply chain meets field operations for food traceability; and on-going efforts to link disparate as-planted, as-applied and as-harvested ag data residing in multiple cloud platforms for data exchange and ag tech application integration enabling better agricultural insights for the farmer.

See https://www.agrofuse.com


Two New Working Groups in Europe Region Focus on Track and Trace

The ability to easily and effectively track and trace farm inputs is increasingly important in to support a sustainable agriculture. In Europe, however, multiple data exchange standards and definitions exist across different countries, often causing delays and inefficiencies, and hampering the ability to provide traceability. This is particularly true for product identification data. 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. Read more >

Latin America

Good Discussions on Work in Latin America

By José Alexandre Loyola, AgGateway Latin America Regional Director

It has been a busy summer for AgGateway in Latin America. Here are a few updates:

AgGateway participated in the online seminar on Precision and Digital Agriculture promoted by AsBraAP (Brazilian Association of Precision Agriculture) in early September. Regional Director José Alexandre Loyola gave a presentation and participated in a panel with other professionals on the difficulties and challenges of implementing digital agriculture in Brazil.

On September 8, AgGateway members from the Latin America region met to review two studies with rural producers on the main difficulties in the implementation of digital agriculture. The studies are by AgriHub in Cuiabá / MT and EMBRAPA Informática in partnership with SEBRAE. Read more >


AGIIS or Member Services

AGIIS Tips from the Directory Administrator

By Nikki Marshall, AgGateway Member Services Analyst

As AGIIS Directory Administrator, one of my primary responsibilities is to review submissions into the directory that potentially violate AGIIS business rules, or those entries that are submitted with comments. The business rules in place help to prevent duplicates, ensure addresses are standardized and valid, and help enforce entity survivorship rules. I would like to highlight some trends I see daily, to help ensure your submitted transactions fall in line with AGIIS policy and process as quickly as possible.

There are three trends and some tips I would like to share with you, which will both expedite processing time and reinforce AGIIS business rules when adding or updating an entity. Read more >