Data privacy one question asked about AgGateway
AgGateway has an excellent track record of building consensus in the industry. We want to bring the best minds and best ideas to the party, to achieve eBusiness implementation for the benefit of agriculture.
Q. As additional basic information about AgGateway and its potential impact in the ag industry, how many members does AgGateway have—and who are those members?
AgGateway has seen tremendous growth since its inception in late 2005 – reflecting the growing interest the ag industry has in getting trading partners connected electronically. We use a broad definition for “trading partner” – from precision ag where farmers want to move their data from their equipment to the software they need to analyze it – all the way to electronic invoicing within the supply chain. We currently have more than 200 members – that’s a 20% increase over our membership this time last year, and almost a 50% increase over where we were two years ago.
Our members are primarily ag retailers, leading manufacturers of ag inputs (such as crop nutrition, crop protection, seed, etc.), and companies that provide software, data products and services to the industry. We also have about a dozen association members, representing everything from standards organizations to industry associations related to each of the councils. You can find a full list of our members on our website, www.AgGateway.org. We have regular participation from and communication with the USDA and USDA agencies, as well. Currently, there is limited participation from academia, but we look forward to expanding our relationships in that area in the near future.
Q. Tell us a few more things people might not know about AgGateway.
First, people might want to know about the open, collaboration-driven process that we use within AgGateway, which has led to many great successes for our members and their partners or customers. Our members come together to solve business problems by agreeing on eBusiness standards and how they can be implemented across the industry to benefit not only their respective companies but also the industry as a whole.
Second, we work with other established standards organizations where appropriate, and incorporate the best work that is already in the public domain, so that our efforts can be focused on implementation.
Third, people may not realize that all of the standards and formats created by AgGateway – the work of our volunteer councils – can be used internationally. And once completed, those standards are all publicly accessible to everyone, for the shared good of the industry. There is no fee to access or use AgGateway standards. We want the industry as a whole to benefit, so it only makes sense that we have open standards for everyone to access and use.
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