Last month I had the honor of speaking at the AgGateway annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
My topic was “Precision Agricultural Standards” as it relates to data and the sharing of data within the industry. I told the group attending that the lack of common naming standards and the continued use proprietary data types adopted by precision hardware manufacturers has slowed and even stalled progress when it comes to advances that could benefit the industry – most importantly at the producer level.
For those of you who do not know about AgGateway and the role they play within the agricultural industry I would encourage you to learn more about them. Their website can be found here: http://www.aggateway.org/
In a nutshell, they are an industry standards advocacy group that has already done tremendous work to move agricultural commerce into the 21st century. Their work in areas of agricultural e-commerce has provided the “common language” whenever inputs like seed, fertilizer and crop protection products are transacted throughout the agricultural supply chain.
It would seem only natural that an unbiased, highly respected organization like AgGateway be the one to shepherd the industry players in working toward precision agriculture standards. To learn more about this subject and what I told those who gathered in New Mexico check out Rich Keller’s post on the AgProfessional’s website by clicking here.