2017 September Newsletter

2017 September Newsletter

September 2017   Volume 11 Number 8

In this issue...

Announcements — Register for Annual Conference, secure sponsorships, welcome Delta Valley Ag, nominate leaders, support students.

Annual Conference Registration Is Open!

Seed Quick Connect  — Sign Up for Seed Quick Connect!

Gateway to Ag Careers — Last Chance for Nominations

AGIIS — Refining with Fire

AIDC Working Group — Birth of the Barcode

AgGateway News — AgGateway in the News

  • Register now for the Annual Conference, San Diego, Nov. 6 -9, 2017. Click here!
  • Secure your sponsorship for Annual Conference — see the sponsorship opportunities here or email us at Sponsorship@AgGateway.org.
  • Welcome new member Delta Valley Ag LLC – “Freight Made Simple; With the touch of a button, you'll be managing your entire fleet.”
  • Nominate a great AgGateway leader for the Ron Storms Leadership Award by Sept. 15.
  • Nominate an intern/student by September 15 to attend Annual Conference through the Gateway to Ag Careers Program.

Annual Conference

Registration Is Open!

By Kristin Nottingham, Software Solutions Integrated, LLC


Register now for the 2017 AgGateway Annual Meeting and Conference, “Efficiency-Opportunity–Profitability,” November 6-9 at the Hilton Resort and Spa in San Diego, California. Featured speakers include conference keynote Chase Sowden, Supply Chain Architect with Barcoding Inc.; Marc Bolick, DesignThinkers Group; and Larkin Martin of Martin Farms.   > Read more...

Seed Quick Connect

Sign Up for Seed Quick Connect!

By Ann Vande Lune, Key Cooperative, and Seed Council Chair

Do you want to connect electronically with your seed distributors or manufacturers in the next 12-24 months? Sign up for Seed Quick Connect now!

Who: Ag retailers, seed distributors and manufacturers, companies’ software vendors

What: Face-to-face sessions to discuss next steps between key trading partners in how to get electronically connected

Why: To streamline transactions, cut costs, boost efficiency, accuracy and productivity

Meet with some of your most important trading partners to determine how you can better connect electronically to streamline your transactions – from booking and delivery to invoicing and inventory management. > Read more...

Gateway to Ag Careers

Last Chance for Nominations

By Kristin Nottingham, Software Solutions Integrated, LLC

Nominations for the Gateway to Ag Careers grant are due September 15th!

Most summer interns have probably packed up and headed back to school, so now that your office is back to normal, please take a moment to reflect on your interns. Did you have a student who showed strong initiative and leadership? Would he or she benefit from attending the Annual Conference in San Diego, California? If so, nominate him or her for the Gateway to Ag Careers grant. > Read more...


Refining with Fire

By Chris Crutchfield, AgGateway Member Services

I recently watched a television show with my son about the life of a blacksmith. At one point, as the blacksmith was making a horseshoe, it looked like the horseshoe was completed and would do the job, but he stuck it back in the fire. When it was glowing white hot, he started beating on the iron once again. My son asked why he was still working on it since it looked done, and I told him the blacksmith was improving the product by heating the iron up, to make it easier to work with.

This analogy hits home with the Ag Industry Identification System (AGIIS). We have a working system that meets the needs of the ag industry. I would compare AGIIS subscribers to the fire. These are users that understand the purpose and functionality of the system. By using the system day in and day out to obtain industry identifiers for business purposes, they can identify improvements that can be made. > Read more...

AIDC Working Group

Birth of the Barcode

By Judy Costa, Barcoding, Inc. and Allied Providers Council Chair

The following article is taken from Digimarc©.

The UPC barcode is arguably as famous as some of the world’s most iconic paintings and sculptures. And while the humble barcode doesn’t roll with an entourage, the story of its creation is as colorful as that of many Hollywood stars. 

Read more >

AgGateway News

AgGateway in the News

By Kristin Nottingham, Software Solutions Integrated, LLC

Register now for AgGateway’s Annual Conference, November 6-9 in San Diego, California Farm Forum, August 25, 2017 – Registration is now open for AgGateway’s Annual Conference, “Efficiency-Opportunity-Profitability,” to be held November 6-9 at the Hilton Resort & Spa, San Diego, California. AgGateway’s annual conference draws hundreds of business and IT professionals to discuss ongoing initiatives to help companies better manage and use agricultural information.