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UPDATE FROM AGGATEWAY'S GLOBAL NETWORK
Source: AgGateway news release

AgGateway Latin America
AgGateway Latin America, in cooperation with AgGateway Global Network, continues its efforts to bringing together Latin American agriculture companies to help improve the agriculture industry and the profitability of Latin American agriculture in general, through standardization and cooperation. The organization is in the process of planning meetings and outreach activities for the annual Agrishow trade fair in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil, 1-5 May 2017. Currently, meetings are being scheduled with machinery, irrigation, fertilizer, and crop protection companies, but we are also interested in meeting with farmers, farmer organizations, and distributors. All companies that wish to meet with AgGateway LATAM representatives at this show or who are interested in participating with AgGateway LATAM, should contact Rod Conner (rod.conner@aggatewayglobal.net).

AgGateway Global Network: Japan
Next week Andres Ferreyra with Syngenta's Ag Connections group is going to Tokyo with Jim Wilson to discuss the benefits of a Japan regional AgGateway as well as outline the mechanics of establishing the organization. ALFAE graciously offered to fund their travel.

AgGateway Global Network: Europe
Andres and Jim will leave Tokyo and fly to the Netherlands for meetings the week of 20 March. On 21 March, the Open Geospatial Consortium's (OGC) agricultural interest group is hosting an open session. OGC invited Andres, Jim and AGCO's Ben Craker to speak during the session, which will highlight the important role of OGC in agriculture and AgGateway's role in facilitating collaboration among standards organizations and industry groups. On 22 March, Ag Connections' Stuart Rhea joins Andres, Ben, and Jim in Amsterdam to deliver a SPADE / PAIL / ADAPT workshop. Thanks to AgGateway Europe, and in particular Conny Graumans, for helping to arrange that event. Details and registration at https://goo.gl/BxbeMG. Finally, AgGateway Europe is holding a meeting in Amsterdam on 23 March. Details and registration at https://goo.gl/pfhNdd.

AgGateway Global Network: Australasia
Planning for Australasia activities will resume the week of 27 March with Jim Wilson planning to visit the region in late May / early June.

ARA Endorses ADAPT
The Agricultural Retailers Association is encouraging equipment manufacturers and software developers to integrate AgGateway's ADAPT to help retailers leverage data. One of the toughest challenges ag retailers and agronomists have faced in using precision ag technologies is that different software and hardware systems haven't been able to "talk" to each other, hampering the ability to help producers manage valuable data. Now that is changing with the introduction of AgGateway's ADAPT software toolkit. ADAPT is an industry initiative that addresses one of the main pain points for retailers - converting multiple data formats and easily using data in different software applications. ARA recommends that equipment manufacturers and software developers move expeditiously to incorporate ADAPT into their systems. See this link.

AgGateway Teams Close in on Field-to-Fork Grain Traceability Standards
Grain producers and handlers may soon have more powerful data management capabilities to address traceability and the regulatory needs of the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), thanks to a collaborative effort by AgGateway members to create standards for grain-handling information management. Companies involved in the effort, known as CART (Commodity Automation for Rail and Truck), met last month at the Software Solutions Integrated (SSI) corporate offices and training center in Shelbyville, Ill., USA, to map out a plan to complete the standards work by June of this year. Taking CART over the finish line will culminate almost two years of work by more than 25 member companies and individuals from academia dedicated to AgGateway's mission of expanding eConnectivity in agriculture.

"The grain industry has not been able to efficiently track harvested grain - from harvester to grain cart, grain cart to truck, truck to elevator, and elevator to processor," said Phil Kubesh, IT Manager at Vita Plus Corporation and Chair of AgGateway's Grain & Feed Council. "These new standards pave the way for growers to much more efficiently transact and manage that valuable data."


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