AgGateway Awards

Cindy Zimmerman

In addition to the President’s Award, there were several other very special awards presented at the AgGateway annual meeting this week in Nashville.

Ann Vande Lune (2nd from left) with AgGateway CEO Brent Kemp, Ron Farrell’s daughter Kelly and wife Judi

A brand new award this year is the Ron Farrell Attitude Award, honoring the late co-founder of AgGateway who passed away in 2020 and was known for sporting a gold lapel pin with the single word “Attitude.” This new award will now honor an organization volunteer who work personally to make a difference in the industry.

Ann Vande Lune of Key Cooperative was honored to be the first recipient of the award, which included a replica of Ron’s Attitude pin presented to her by his wife Judi and daughter Kelly. “That is the one thing I remember about him was that pin and the attitude that he had towards the industry,” Ann said. “It was his desire and ability to talk to anybody about the industry and pushing it forward that inspires me to continue that work.”

2023 AgGateway interview Ann Vande Lune, Key Cooperative 3:55

Stuart Rhea, Syngenta, accepts Ron Storms award from AgGateway’s Jeremy Wilson

Ron Storms, who passed away in 2002, was one of the early leaders and proponents of electronic connectivity in agriculture and the Ron Storms Leadership Award was created to honor long-term, sustained work on multiple organization initiatives. This year’s recipient is Stuart Rhea of Syngenta who has been especially over the years in AgGateway’s ADAPT open-source project. “ADAPT has been my pet project, my baby, over the years,” said Rhea. “It’s a key enabling technology that’s going to help us help the grower think of his data as a secondary crop.”

2023 AgGateway interview Stuart Rhea, Syngenta Digital 6:48

Dave Craft, SSI, accepts In Action award on behalf of the company

The AgGateway in Action Awards recognize individuals and organizations from each region for outstanding contributions during the calendar year. For North America, Software Solutions Integrated (SSI) was honored for its support of the organization and the industry. Guilherme Panes of Jacto received the award for the Latin America Region, and Udo Kaempf with BASF was honored for the European Region.

2023 AgGateway Annual Meeting Photo Album

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