Registration Opens for AgGateway Annual Conference

Jamie JohansenAgribusiness, Events

AgGatewayRegistration is now open for AgGateway’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference, “Cultivating eBusiness for Global Success”, to be held November 10-13 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz.

AgGateway’s ninth 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. The program is especially geared to ag retailers, distributors, manufacturers of ag inputs (e.g., seed, crop nutrition, crop protection), and software and data service providers, as well as professionals in precision ag, academia, agricultural organizations, ag media and students interested in eBusiness developments. Attendance at the conference has doubled in the past four years. AgGateway currently has more than 200 member companies working collaboratively on eBusiness projects within eight major ag industry segments.

“We’re particularly excited about our speaker line-up and the many educational programs this year, including sessions that will 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,” said Karen Thomas, Southern States Cooperative, the 2014 Annual Conference Committee Chair. “This is the best meeting of the year to bring colleagues and trading partners to learn about electronic connections being made to improve how we do business in agriculture.”

Register by October 17 to take advantage of significant early bird registration discounts. A discounted hotel rate of $149 per night is available until October 20 at the Renaissance.

In addition to general sessions, educational sessions, networking events and working sessions, the meeting features recognition of individual and group efforts that are moving the industry forward in eBusiness. First-time attendees are invited to attend a welcome luncheon the first day to learn more about AgGateway and how to take full advantage of everything the conference has to offer.

General session speakers include 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.