2022 May Newsletter

2022 May Volume 16  Number 4

From the President

Celebrating Our Volunteers

I am writing this article during National Volunteer Week in America, a celebration of the contributions of time and talent that people dedicate to worthy causes. In the United States, nearly three out of four individuals offer some sort of volunteer services to their community, contributing nearly $184 billion, according to the most recent survey conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

Perhaps of note to AgGateway members and their HR departments, studies conducted by research and consulting firm Deloitte on volunteerism and impact in the workplace suggest that there are tangible benefits to employees and organizations that take advantage of volunteer opportunities. AgGateway’s nearly 17 years of successes are built on the efforts of volunteers past and present. If you ever question whether the energy you contribute to interoperability is worth it, consider that in 2021: Read more >

Mid-Year Meeting Update

Top Four Reasons to Register Now

After two years of virtual summer gatherings, the return of AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting to a fully in-person event is just six weeks away. While the Conference Committee has been hard at work planning a high-value program for attendees, AgGateway staff, members, and volunteers are building out Working Group and Committee sessions that will move the needle on interoperability initiatives and data standardization efforts in key areas of need for the agriculture industry. Read more>

Portfolio Management Center

May 2022 Working Group Round-Up

With the Mid-Year Meeting less than two months away, AgGateway volunteers have made great strides on key emerging projects. Many are planning updates and building agendas for working sessions as they prepare to meet at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa next month. Here is a synopsis of recent Working Group and Subcommittee activities. Read more >

AGIIS Update

Inside the Global Location Number (GLN) Non-Reuse Rule

For 17 years, AgGateway has worked with GS1 US, a standards partner for unique identifier prefixes, to deliver product and entity identifiers – Global Location Numbers (GLNs) – to the agriculture industry. For AgGateway’s Ag Industry Identification System (AGIIS), this has included a process that allowed for the reuse of GLN identifiers.

This is about to change. GS1 US is implementing a new GLN Non-Reuse rule that will go into effect on 1 July 2022. The GLN Non-Reuse Rule states that “An allocated GLN SHALL NOT be reallocated to another party and/or location.” Read more >

Latin America Update

Seeking Better Access to Agricultural Climate Data

AgGateway Latin American Seeks Better Access to Agricultural Climate Data

AgGateway Latin America region is examining how members can improve access to climate data. What is the relevant data? Where does that data exist? How can members best access it?

Leading the effort is the Digital Agricultural Section of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa). AgGateway members are identifying key links in the climate data chain. These include companies that consume climate data, weather solutions companies, weather station companies, academia, and additional research entities such as the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and the Centre for Meteorological and Climate Research Applied to Agriculture (CEPAGRI). The next step is to schedule discussions with these groups to gain their perspective on this topic.

New Member Profile

ARVA Intelligence: Data Standards and Interoperability are Critical

AgGateway is pleased to welcome ARVA Intelligence as a new member. An early-stage startup company, ARVA’s mission is to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to help farmers optimize profitability and sustainability on the farm.

The company’s early work focused on optimizing input application, in particular crop nutrition and seed, by aggregating disparate existing and collected field data to feed into recommendations through its proprietary platform. But with growing interest in carbon programs from the industry and federal government, ARVA has been working diligently as a partner and participant on carbon crediting programs. Read more >

ADAPT Advancements

Update Highlights, Approaching a Milestone, and Standardizing the Data Model

As AgGateway’s ADAPT approaches the quarter-million mark in downloads, its contributors continue to develop and implement a steady stream of improvements. On 27 April, AgGateway released new versions of the ADAPT Framework (2.8.0 and 2.8.1) and ISO Plugin (4.2.0). These releases improve support for data logs, prescription management, AEF DDI mappings, and seed units of measure. A more detailed list of changes and improvements are listed below, and complete technical details are available at https://github.com/adapt. Read more >