2021 December Newsletter

2021 December Volume 15  Number 11

AgGateway Staff

Paul Schrimpf Joins AgGateway as Director of Marketing and Communications

Veteran ag journalist Paul Schrimpf is joining AgGateway as its new Director of Marketing and Communications, effective January 1, 2022. Schrimpf, an award-winning journalist, has covered the agriculture market since 1998. He comes to AgGateway from his position as Group Editor of the Agribusiness Group at Meister Media Worldwide, where he has led an editorial team covering the ag retail distribution channel under the CropLife brand, the ag technology sector through its PrecisionAg brand, and the global crop protection and plant health industry through the AgriBusiness Global brand. Read more >


AgGateway Honors Exemplary Member Volunteers

At the Annual Conference last month, AgGateway took time to honor outstanding volunteers. The most prestigious recognition, the 2021 Ron Storms Leadership Award, was presented to Scott Nieman, Expert Enterprise Architect for Land O’Lakes. In presenting the award, AgGateway President and CEO Wendy Smith pointed to Nieman’s activity in working groups that delivered messages, APIs, and implementation guidelines linking manufacturers, distributors, retailers and field equipment as “truly proving the promise of AgGateway resources to enable data to flow like water. Read more >


AgGateway Announces 2022 Board of Directors, Steering Committees

AgGateway has announced its 2022 board of directors and regional steering committees as elected by AgGateway members.

“Our volunteer board and steering committees provide leadership as we work through new and existing projects under the AgGateway mission – to foster collaboration among agribusinesses, global standards organizations, and industry partners to improve how agricultural information can be used to maximize efficiency and productivity,” said Wendy Smith, AgGateway President and CEO.

As was previously announced, Smith will retire at the end of 2021 and be succeeded by Brent Kemp starting January 1. Read more >

Annual Conference

Annual Conference Highlights

Inspired by the theme “Learn, Engage, Grow,” and driven by the opportunity to connect face-to-face for the first time in two years, more than 125 attendees gathered in Nashville in November for the AgGateway Annual Conference.

“I was really excited about the energy I saw throughout the event,” said Brent Kemp, incoming President and CEO. “Rooms were packed with good interaction, and attendees were having engaged and constructive conversations on key challenges we’ve identified. This conference sets us up well for a very productive 2022.”

The conference also provided attendees with an opportunity to share gratitude and well wishes to outgoing President and CEO Wendy Smith as she prepares to retire at the end of the year. Read more >

Portfolio Management Center

December Working Group Round-Up: A Year of Accomplishments!

Want to get involved or start a group? Contact Member Services at Member.Services@AgGateway.org.

You, the members of AgGateway, accomplished a lot this year! It’s a good time to take a look back at the achievements of AgGateway’s working groups during 2021. Here are just some of the highlights.

Supply Chain Meets Field Operations:  In-Field Product ID (WG 01) and ADAPT In-Field Product Id Plugin (WG 08)

The teams demonstrated the ability to send a shipped item instance with specific seed product data from the distributor to the retailer to a farmer’s tractor display. The plugin converts supply chain messages that are in the OAGi standard to crop production messages in the ADAPT and ISO11783 standard. The product information can then be displayed on a planter control system monitor or mobile device. The ADAPT plugin makes the benefits of this project easily extensible to other crops and agricultural products. If you did not get a chance to see the video at the Annual Conference, look for it, coming soon on AgGateway’s Vimeo site. Next steps are to develop an implementation guide and to choose the next target, such as crop protection products. Read more >


Join Us for the Year-End Webinar on December 9

I invite you to join us Thursday, 9 December, for the Europe region’s year-end webinar. The meeting will run from 14:00 CET to 16:30 CET. Please use the following link to sign up: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/03081a52a3de42eb8b29aa8fab9b7945

The year-end meeting is open for AgGateway members and non-members; there are no additional costs involved. Here is the link to join from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/992969325

Meeting Theme:  Sustainability and Traceability Read more >

Latin America

Wrapping Up a Productive Year

Both myself and Adriano Becker of CNH Industrial, who serves as the AgGateway Board Chair, were excited to be in Nashville last month at AgGateway’s Annual Conference representing the Latin America region. Adriano was very impressed with the topics covered at the event and excited about projects taking place within and across all AgGateway regions. If you would like to know more about what happened at the conference from Adriano's point of view, we created a “live” interview on our YouTube channel (in Portuguese), and we invite you to check it out. Read more >

AGIIS Update

Heads Up: Annual AGIIS Maintenance

Every November, we perform a series of maintenance activities for AgGateway’s Ag Industry Identification System (AGIIS). This maintenance ensures that entities in AGIIS are updated to comply with standards set by the Unites States Postal Service and that any duplicate entities are inactivated and replaced with an active surviving record. This maintenance also ensures that GLNs eligible for reuse are posted to the AGIIS website, giving subscribers the opportunity to review and apply exemptions to reuse as necessary. Read more >