AgGateway tracking grain from field to fork

Crop farmers, handlers, and consumers are another step closer to efficiently tracking the movement of grain from field to fork.

AgGateway Grain and Feed Council chair Phillip Kubesh says members are developing information management standards to address traceability and the regulatory needs of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

“What we’re trying to do is just get our arms around what data is needed at the combine, at the grain cart, at the truck, at the elevator, and at the processor.  And working with some of the other companies in the industry that would be capturing (that data).”

He tells Brownfield the scale head on modern grain carts can collect that information, which could then be transmitted wirelessly to a local elevator.

“I know that’s ‘pie-in-the-sky’, but that was our goal (of) trying to figure out what data was needed to be collected at each of those stops.”

Kubesh says farmer concerns regarding access to proprietary data are being looked at.

The Council is hoping to finalize standards by June of this year, then distribute to interested grain handlers and processors.

AgGateway is a non-profit consortium of businesses serving the agriculture industry, including many ag retail, crop input, precision ag, and ag software companies.




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