2023 August Member Updates

2023 August Volume 17  Number 7

From the President

Staff Changes and New Opportunities

By Brent Kemp, AgGateway President and CEO

It’s observed that farmers get 40 or so chances to grow a crop over their lifetimes. Maybe the fact that we have farm backgrounds, work directly for farmers, or otherwise value the long-term perspective of a farmer explains the longevity of many of our careers. When I started at Southern States Cooperative it wasn’t unusual for me to meet other employees with 25, 30, 40, or even 50 years of service with the company. And so, when a long-time co-worker departs, it feels like a family member has left us. Read more >

Portfolio Update

Regaining Momentum, Building Efficiency in Q3

By Ben Craker, Portfolio Manager

With the dust settling a little this month from all activity of the Mid-Year Meeting there are several advances from working groups that got back into their regular cadence. Things are also continuing to coalesce around some new efforts, so be on the lookout for your opportunity to participate. When we’re ready to launch, you’ll receive an email from me providing all the details you will need about the project, including registration. Read more >

AGIIS Insider

Disaster Recovery Exercise Scheduled Later This Month

By Chris Crutchfield, Member Services Program Director

There are two types of companies: those that practice for disaster recovery, and those that will (after getting burned for lack of preparation). When it comes to managing AGIIS, we definitely want to be in the former category, fully ready for any eventuality should we experience any trouble in the future. Read more >

LATAM Update

Upcoming August Events

By Jose Loyola, AgGateway Latin America Director

Our region’s membership continues to gather in August as we look toward the launch of another production season. On 1 August, AGCO hosted a meeting of AgGateway members in Campinas, where the challenges of data interoperability in the grain production process for Girassol Sementes (sunflower) were addressed, as well as ongoing projects in the region. Read more >


Making a Big Impact at Tech Hub Live

By Paul Schrimpf, Director of Marketing and Communications

At last month’s Tech Hub LIVE Conference and Expo in Des Moines, myself, Jeremy Wilson, and Ben Craker got the opportunity to spend significant quality time with more than 700 attendees representing stakeholders from across the agriculture value chain. Retailers, consultants, software companies, equipment and technology manufacturers, and input manufacturers gathered for what turned out to be an awesome three days of networking representing AgGateway. Read more >