April 2019   Volume 13  Number 3

Mid-Year Meeting

Join Us for Mid-Year Meeting – and Grab Sponsorship Opportunities Now

Registration for the AgGateway Mid-Year Meeting is now open and can be completed here. Join us June 10-13 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.

Why attend? Coming to Mid-Year Meeting allows everyone to put a face with a name and voice, provides multiple opportunities for networking, and gives you critical face-to-face project and task team time to advance the organization’s initiatives. In addition, the AgGateway board will roll out the AgGateway 2020 plan, with exciting changes in the works to strengthen the AgGateway organization in its mission to promote and enable the industry’s transition to digital agriculture. Read more >

AgGateway 2020

Board, Council and Committee Leaders Review 2020 Plan

AgGateway leadership – including members of the Strategic Board, Operational Board, and Council and Committee chairs and vice-chairs, are meeting in May in Minneapolis to review the AgGateway 2020 plan and map out the transition for a January 1 launch. The plan includes organizational changes to promote a more nimble and cross-sector approach to solutions, to facilitate better utilization of time and resources, and to position AgGateway for leadership and growth in the industry’s transition to digital agriculture. Read more >

New Initiatives

Promising Discussions on the Concept of a Product Catalog

Last month several AgGateway members attended a face-to-face meeting in Minneapolis to discuss the concept of a directory service, or “product catalog”, for product reference data that permits standardized access to product information for eCommerce and compliance purposes. At a high level the idea allows for both centralized and remote storage of product elements and attributes, and a common access protocol for additions, updates and notifications. Read more >


Precision Ag

New ADAPT Tutorial Videos Help Developers Implement Framework for Interoperability

The ADAPT Oversight Committee has released three new training videos designed to assist developers in how to get started in implementing AgGateway’s ADAPT framework for interoperability, including how to create plugins or integrate ADAPT into an FMIS. Read more >

AGIIS Update

Spring Cleaning: Time to Check Your AGIIS User Profiles

Member Services recently sent a communication to all AGIIS subscriber administrators requesting they review and update AGIIS user profiles on behalf of their organization. This communication is sent out each spring and is a good reminder for your organization to inactivate users no longer using AGIIS, review and update user privileges, and update email addresses and phone numbers that may have changed over the course of the year. Read more >

AgGateway in the News

AgGateway in the News

AgGateway's ADAPT and ISOXML Plugin Recognized

Precision Farming Dealer, Mar 7, 2019 – AgGateway's ADAPT and ISOXML Plugin have been awarded the 2019 Davidson Prize, selected as one of the top three innovations of 2019 by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

Ag Industry Gathers in Orlando for Innovation and Advocacy at Commodity Classic

Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Mar 7, 2019 – AEM and ASABE presented the Davidson Prize to the top three innovative products, selected from the AE50 honorees. The Davidson Prize was designed to celebrate breakthrough innovations in areas of agricultural, food and biological systems engineering. Winning entries included GUSS – for the GUSS Automation (Global Unmanned Spray System), CapstanAG™ for the SwathPro™ Aerial Application System and AgGateway for the ADAPT Toolkit and ISOBUS Plugin.

Into the future

Country Guide, Apr 3, 2019 – “It’s kind of the wild, wild west out there — a lot of different files and formats and a lot of different data moving in different directions,” Shearer says. AgGateway is working on the problem. The non-profit organization has more than 200 member companies and its mission is to “promote and enable the industry’s transition to digital agriculture, and expand the use of information to maximize efficiency and productivity.”

Making Sense of Blockchain and What It Can Do for Agricultural Data

PrecisionAg, Apr 1, 2019 – There is also the issue of the planter being red, the sprayer green, fertilizer spreader yellow, tractor blue, and the combine silver. Each machine or terminal has its own file format making accessing and sharing a complete record of farm operations within a given field difficult. Groups like AgGateway and their ADAPT Toolkit are really moving the needle on interoperability from the file format standpoint. They are also starting efforts to take the next step and standardize meanings of different data elements. For example, one terminal may contain the crop “corn”, another terminal has “maize”, does that mean the yield map is for grain, silage, or round bales. Now that we are starting to bridge the gap of different data formats and “speaking the same language” we need to make sure we all mean the same thing when we use a term.