AgGateway this week launched an affiliate non-profit organization, the AgGateway Global Network, that will promote global collaboration on use of agricultural eBusiness standards and guidelines.
Current AgGateway President Rod Connor will leave his post to assume leadership of AGN. The network will be made up of various international organizations.
"We will share the successes that AgGateway has achieved with regional eBusiness-focused organizations, to help address the reality that the world has become ever smaller in terms of the global supply chain," Conner said. "The significance of AGN is that best practices and standards that have been proven to be successful in certain regions of the world can be shared with other regions to enhance productivity, profitability and sustainability for everyone."
AGN was formed as customers and suppliers now expect immediate, accurate information; the global supply chain is more streamlined; markets today are more volatile and more global; food safety and traceability are paramount; and agriculture as a whole needs to produce more food with fewer resources.
AGN is expected to provide additional benefits to AgGateway members in North America, since more than 60 of AgGateway's 200-plus member companies conduct business globally.
In addition to Conner's appointment as Executive Director, the AGN Board of Directors has also appointed Jim Wilson as AGN Executive Vice President and Standards Director.
Wilson is currently AgGateway's Standards Director and will continue to work in that role. He will now expand his focus to address the coordination of standards and implementation guidelines among various world regions to help ensure international harmonization.