Member Services

Supporting Your Experience at the Annual Conference

By Chris Crutchfield, Member Services Program Director

The AgGateway Annual Conference is being held November 14 – 16 in Clearwater Beach, FL! As in years past, Member Services will be on site to provide member/attendee support throughout the conference. The Member Services team will have a desk set up near the registration table and we encourage you to use the team as a resource for your questions regarding the conference itself, AgGateway membership, or access to the tools and resources available to AgGateway members. Look for the banner, “Member Services, Live!” and please don’t hesitate to bring us your questions, or simply stop by to introduce yourself!

If you are new to AgGateway, Member Services will be providing several education opportunities during the opening morning of the conference to help you get more familiar with the organization and the tools we use to collaborate with one another. These education opportunities will set a foundation for many of the sessions you will attend later in the day and throughout the week. These sessions are geared toward new members, but all are welcome to attend!

On Monday beginning at 8:00 AM, the AgGateway Essentials session will provide an overview of the AgGateway organization, how we are structured, and how we develop digital resources in AgGateway Working Groups. Then at 9:00 AM, Member Services will conduct a session, “How We Collaborate at AgGateway.” This session will help attendees better understand and use two major AgGateway resources, The AgGateway Wiki, and MyAgGateway. The AgGateway Wiki is a tool that all members have access to, and provides a repository for meeting agendas, minutes and supporting documentation. MyAgGateway is the organization’s member management system that allows members to access membership, Working Group, and committee rosters, and provides the ability to pay invoices, register for conferences, purchase sponsorships, and other important member services.

At 10:30 AM, Josh Wall, Ag Industry Identification System (AGIIS) Program Manager, will conduct the AGIIS 101 session. This session will provide an overview of AGIIS functionality and services provided. This session is recommended for those who are new to AGIIS and want to learn more about entity and product identification and how the industry utilizes this resource for effective electronic communication in the Ag industry.

It is shaping up to be another great AgGateway Annual Conference, and the Member Services team looks forward to being there to support you throughout the week and into the future. To get the most out of the Annual Conference, I encourage everyone to plan and review the Conference Agenda to ensure you don’t miss out on any session that will provide you the most value. And, be sure to download the Conference App, which will be made available about a week prior to the conference. Look for an email alert to its availability. Questions regarding sessions and if they are right for you, may be directed to Member Services at I look forward to working with you soon in Clearwater!