AgGateway is offering a special ADAPT workshop with technical and business tracks on June 16 in Minneapolis to provide guidance to software developers and business leaders wishing to use the new, open-source toolkit for interoperability in precision agriculture applications.

The Agricultural Data Application Programming Toolkit (ADAPT) workshop will feature two tracks—a technical track for software developers and a business track for business managers. Topics include an overview of AgGateway precision agriculture activities, the business case to support implementation of ADAPT, an ADAPT data model review, how to get started (framework implementation, plug-in manager), how to provide input on the open-source initiative, and much more. 

The interactive one-day session is open to all; there is a $75 fee for workshop-only attendees, and no charge for attendees registered for AgGateway's Mid-Year Meeting, which takes place immediately before the workshop (June 13-16).

"We encourage anyone involved in providing precision ag applications, machine terminals or data collection systems to growers to come and find out how adopting ADAPT will provide enormous benefits—and will finally get the industry over the major hurdle of interoperability between systems," said Mark Stelford, general manager, Premier Crop Systems and chair of AgGateway's ADAPT Oversight Committee.

The workshop announcement notes that ADAPT is a response to the promise of accomplishing seamless communication between different precision agriculture systems—regardless of the system manufacturer. It is designed to eliminate the major pain points to broad use of precision agriculture data by easily enabling interoperability between different software and hardware applications. For example, ADAPT will enable farm information management applications to easily use precision ag data collected on vehicle displays (field computers).

The latest update is that AgGateway's ADAPT Committee is now coordinating with software companies on plug-ins for a company's proprietary format to allow the conversion from one format to another. Development of these plug-ins will allow for ADAPT's broad adoption in the industry.

Workshop speakers will include Stelford; Ben Craker, product manager for Data, Partners and Standards, AGCO, and chair of the AgGateway SPADE Project; Stuart Rhea, software developer, Ag Connections; Tarak Reddy, delivery architect at John Deere and chair of the AgGateway ADAPT Technical Team; Jeremy W. Wilson, technology specialist, Crop IMS and vice chair of AgGateway's Precision Ag Council; Joe Tevis, president and founder of VIS Consulting; Chip Donahue, manager of Business Segment Strategy, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group and vice-chair, AgGateway ADAPT Oversight Committee; and Jim Wilson, standards director, AgGateway; and EVP, AgGateway Global Network.

For more information and to register, go to the ADAPT workshop webpage, or the 2016 Mid-Year Meeting at

AgGateway's Mid-Year Meeting, June 13-16, is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington, Minn. The meeting has the goal of providing valuable insights and networking for anyone seeking to expand eBusiness in agriculture. The meeting will provide multiple networking opportunities, as well as many open working group sessions where teams will discuss ways to advance their collaborative eBusiness initiatives. Registration for the Mid-Year Meeting is $125.