AgGateway has released details of extensive educational programming that will be offered at its 2014 Annual Conference, "Cultivating eBusiness for Global Success," Nov. 10-13 in Phoenix, Ariz.

"This year we've put an even greater focus on making sure the agricultural industry is aware of the many resources available - and the path forward - to getting your company better connected electronically with your trading partners," said Karen Thomas, Southern States Cooperative, who serves as the 2014 Annual Conference Committee Chair. "We'll have sessions to help companies get connected more rapidly, how to access the many resources available, and ways to navigate such timely issues as Big Data and data privacy."

A partial list of the conference offerings includes:

  • eBusiness and the Value Chain: Designed to help individual companies understand the value of their participation in eBusiness projects, including how participation can result in market opportunities.
  • Auto Identification Data Capture (AIDC): Interactive session to discuss benefits achieved through AIDC technology.
  • The Why and How of Trading Partner Connectivity and Electronic Data Exchange: Primarily for companies that have not yet begun electronic data exchange, and for those that want to implement more quickly. We'll explore why eConnectivity with your trading partners makes sense operationally, financially and from a sustainability perspective.
  • Emerging Technologies Forum: Come learn about and discuss some of the newest information technologies that may be impacting agricultural business in the months and years ahead.
  • AgGateway Global Network, Continuing the Vision: Learn about new international efforts to promote and expand the implementation of eBusiness standards and guidelines in agriculture.
  • Paperless Fertilizer Tonnage Reporting: Get the latest update on the U.S. states and companies that have already gone paperless with tonnage reporting, and progress toward the goal of total paperless reporting by 2016.
  • Special Thursday Programming - Enabling Decisions Using Precision Ag Tools: A review of current tools that allow farmers, ag retailers, manufacturers and others to document and implement precision ag services and practices. A high-level discussion of the on-board vehicle tools (such as displays, variable rate drives, wireless data transfer, etc.), off-board systems (such as the cloud, supplied APIs, new resources from AgGateway Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange - SPADE Project, etc.) and the role of standards in the on-board and off-board tools and systems. This session will present the foundation on how all of these tools will work together to provide valuable services to help producers manage their farm operations.
  • Special Thursday Programming - Interoperability, Sustainability and Big Data's Impact on Agriculture: A panel discussion by experts from ASABE, Field-to-Market, AgGateway and academia on the importance of data standards in the interoperability of disparate systems, Big Data, and the impact of interoperability on sustainability analytics in agriculture. A sub-topic will be the importance of the AgGateway SPADE Project, Precision Ag Irrigation Leadership (PAIL) Project and Glossary in developing data standards and data exchange protocols to support interoperability, Big Data analytics, and sustainability.

AgGateway's Annual Conference is expected to draw hundreds of business and IT professionals from across the ag industry to discuss ongoing activities and the latest resources in implementing eBusiness between agricultural trading partners. Attendance at the conference has doubled in the past four years.

In addition to educational sessions, the meeting features numerous networking opportunities, and a strong line-up of general session speakers, including Darren Coppock, President, Ag Retailers Association; Bob Riley, Chairman of the Board, Feed Energy Company; Chid Apte, Director, Mathematical Sciences & Analytics, IBM Research; Herman Wilson, President, Pioneer Equipment Co.; and Chalmers Carr, President, Titan Farms, Inc.

Registration information, a conference flyer and agenda, and other meeting details can be found in the "Events" section of www.AgGateway.org.