2018 October Newsletter

October 2018   Volume 12  Number 9

  • Register now for AgGateway’s Annual Conference, Nov. 12-14, Austin, Texas. Early bird discounts end Oct. 12See the many prime sponsorship opportunities here.
  • Welcome new members — SMAG, Joe W. Tevis
  • Take the quick USDA API wish-list survey (see article this issue)

AgGateway 2020

Planning Proceeding for AgGateway 2020

By Doug Farrington, Chair of the Strategic Board

The AgGateway Strategic Board is continuing with planning needed to ensure that AgGateway is ready to address the dynamic needs of the industry during the transition to digital agriculture, and that we remain positioned as the “go-to” resource for industry collaboration and transformation.

This planning comes after members held numerous discussions on transformational change during the Mid-Year Meeting in June. The board is looking at both the structure and activities of AgGateway through the lens of our mission:

To promote and enable the industry's transition to digital agriculture, and expand the use of information to maximize efficiency and productivity.


Annual Conference

Get Plugged In at the Annual Conference in Austin

By the AgGateway Conference Committee

We’re only a month away from the AgGateway Annual Conference, “Get Plugged In”, coming November 12-14 to the Sheraton Austin Hotel at The Capitol, Austin, Texas. Register now to join fellow agribusiness leaders in helping companies better manage and use agricultural information. Early registrants receive a significant registration discount.

Our keynote speaker is Stephanie Liska, CEO of Beck Ag, who will explore ways to use data to drive customer insights. Other speakers include Norbert Schlingmann, General Manager of the Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF); a representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture speaking on the agency’s data-related work; and Vince Restucci, Director of Procurement & Business Technology at R.D. Offutt Company, who will discuss data opportunities for grower/producer operations. The conference will feature additional educational sessions focused on business and technical topics, as well as updates from the AgGateway Global Network. The conference also features a welcome luncheon for first-time attendees, the annual awards program, and multiple networking breaks and receptions.

Be sure to explore sponsorship opportunities by reviewing the sponsorship program on the event webpage or email Sponsorship@AgGateway.org. Find all the information you need on AgGateway's 2018 Annual Conference webpage, found under “Events” at www.AgGateway.org.

See you in Austin!

Digital Ag Resources

Take the USDA Survey

By Susan Ruland, AgGateway Communications Director

There’s still time to provide your input on a quick survey on future ways to access data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The survey link was originally sent to AgGateway members this summer; we’re now getting more input from others in the ag industry, so we have extended the survey opportunities for AgGateway members, as well. Read more...

AGIIS Update

What Can AGIIS Do for You? See What It Did for These AGIIS Subscribers!

By Chris Crutchfield, AgGateway Member Services

If you are a subscriber of the Ag Industry Identification System (AGIIS) who takes full advantage of the database resources, you already understand how integrating with the directory improves your daily operations. But maybe you are an AGIIS subscriber that has yet to fully integrate AGIIS into your daily operations, or you are not a subscriber at all. You may be asking yourself, “What is the value of AGIIS and what can it do for me and my organization?” Read more...

Precision Ag

Survey Shows Specialty Crop Growers’ Take on Precision Ag

Editor’s Note: Here is an article of interest from AgGateway member Meister Media, “Specialty Crop Growers Take Unique Path to Precision,” by James C. Sulecki.

Precision agriculture is not just for row crop growers anymore. This is a clear takeaway from a cross-market online survey that Meister Media Worldwide conducted this past winter. The survey polled specialty crop growers, row crop growers, crop consultants, ag retailers, and others across North America — the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Read more...

AgGateway in the News

AgGateway Digital Ag In Action: Co-Op Slashes Shrink To Near Zero.  agprofessional.com, Sept 28, 2018. This article is part of AgGateway's case study series on digital agriculture, a partnership with Farm Journal Media. A major benefit to Co-Alliance has been the accurate view of its seed business throughout the season, from beginning to end.

Precision Ag Bytes 9/19. AgWired, Sept 10, 2018.  Registration is now open for AgGateway's Annual Conference, “Get Plugged In”, coming November 12-14 to the Sheraton Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas.

Registration Open For AgGateway's Annual Conference. Agri-Marketing, Sept 13, 2018.  AgGateway's annual conference draws hundreds of business and IT professionals to discuss ongoing initiatives to help companies better manage and use agricultural information. Early registrants receive a significant registration discount.