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Implementing Grain Traceability Standards: CART and Simulation



Frank H. Riddick, Evan K. Wallace, Scott Nieman, Joe Tevis, R. A. Ferreyra


To ensure food safety, food manufacturers need the ability to quickly identify and trace food products to all equipment and processes throughout the entire associated food supply, production, and transportation network. Government and industry have recognized that supply chain traceability is the key to keeping the public safe, but new information standards are needed to enable such traceability. This paper describes several efforts being undertaken by industry, government, and academic organizations to develop and standardize traceability technology, focusing on grain traceability, and how modeling, simulation, and analysis technology are being used to support these projects. Noteworthy among these efforts is AgGateway's Commodity Automation by Rail and Truck (CART) project, which sought to understand the business processes and data exchanges required, all the way from farm operations through grain elevators to receiving at a feed manufacturer; exploring solutions through small proof-of-concept (PoC) projects; and enhancing and implementing existing standards, primarily the ISO 11783 standard for farm machinery electronics, and the AgXML standard for grain data exchange. The paper also presents ongoing work on using agent-based simulation to validate proposed traceability standards.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 2018 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Annual International Meeting
Conference Dates
July 29-August 1, 2018
Conference Location
Detroit, MI


Traceability, Simulation, Food production, Supply Chain Analysis, Agent-based Simulation, Food Traceability, Standardization


Riddick, F. , Wallace, E. , Nieman, S. , Tevis, J. and Ferreyra, R. (2020), Implementing Grain Traceability Standards: CART and Simulation, Proceedings of the 2018 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Annual International Meeting, Detroit, MI, [online], (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created February 18, 2020