National Agribusiness Technology Center

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National Agribusiness Technology Center
Type Corporation
Industry Agriculture, Informatics
Headquarters 1515 Jefferson Davis Highway, Penthouse 10, Arlington, Virginia, United States
Area served United States
Products
Website TNATC.org

The National Agribusiness Technology Center (NATC, or sometimes TNATC) is a non-profit corporation "dedicated to promoting the use of advanced products in protecting our food supply chain."[1]

History

The NATC was officially set up in 2008 "with the intent to research, analyze, filter, and distribute information regarding agricultural technology."[2]

Software

In the mid-2000s, IT services firm and developer Computer Aid, Inc. developed animal population, laboratory, and plant software for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) via contract.[3][4] The State of Pennsylvania eventually donated that software to the NATC, which today provides a free license of the software under the integrated AgraGuard platform to state and local governments[5][6], with Computer Aid working with the NATC as a software implementer of its originally developed software offerings.[5][7]

National Agribusiness used to offer USADogs and USAPets, applications for handling kennel licensing and emergency pet tracking[8], but they appear to have been phased out sometime in 2016.

Technology and products

AgraGuard

AgraGuard is a suite of Microsoft-based applications for agriculture departments and agencies in the U.S. The non-profit's website originally stated that the software license to AgraGuard is freely available to public sector agencies, though the recipient agency remains responsible for their own costs related to hardware and software infrastructure, including customization costs.[8] However, the website was updated in 2016, and it's not publicly made clear if this still holds true.

It consists of the following components:

  • USAHerds, an enterprise application designed to help departments and agencies "manage and monitor animal health within their jurisdiction; report test results to USDA’s Veterinary Services (VS); and prevent, control, eradicate, and recover from disease and all hazard incidents at the local level."[9]
  • USAPlants, an enterprise application designed to help with "managing licenses, certificates, course work, laboratory testing, and other aspects of the plant industry."[9]
  • USAFoodSafety, "an enterprise system that consolidates food, health, and public safety information from state and local governments into a state-wide repository."[9]
  • USAMeals, a "web-based application used to manage multiple federally funded programs such as the National School Lunch Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program."[9]

Features


Product: USALIMS
Sample, inventory, and data management
Sample login and management?Y[10]
Sample tracking?Y[10]
Sample and/or result batching?Y[10]
Task and event scheduling?Y[10]
Option for manual result entry?
Multiple data viewing methods?
Data and trend analysis?
Data and equipment sharing?
Customizable fields and/or interface?
Query capability?Y[10]
Import data?Y[10]
Internal file or data linking?
External file or data linking?
ELN support or integration?
Export data to MS Excel?
Raw data management?
Data warehouse?
Deadline control?
Production control?
Project and/or task management?Y[10]
Inventory management?
Document creation and/or management?Y[10]
Case management?Y[10]
Workflow management?Y[10]
Specification management?
Customer and supplier management?Y[10]
Billing management?Y[10]
Quality, security, and compliance
Regulatory compliance?Y[10]
QA / QC functions?Y[10]
Performance evaluation?
Audit trail?Y[9]
Chain of custody?
Configurable roles and security?Y[10]
Data normalization?
Data validation?
Data encryption?
Version control?
Automatic data backup?
Environmental monitoring?
Reporting, barcoding, and printing
Custom reporting?Y[10]
Report printing?Y[10]
Label support?Y[10]
Barcode support?Y[10]
Export to PDF?
Export to MS Word?
Export to HTML and/or XML?
Fax integration?Y[10]
Email integration?Y[10]
Base functionality
Administrator management?Y[10]
Modular?
Instrument interfacing and management?Y[10]
Mobile device integration?
Alarms and/or alerts?
Work-related time tracking?
Voice recognition system?
External monitoring?
Messaging?Y[10]
Multilingual?
Network-capable?
Web client or portal?
Online or integrated help?
Software as a service delivery model?
Usage-based cost?
Industries served
agriculture, life sciences, veterinary

Pricing

The non-profit's website originally stated that the software license to AgraGuard is freely available to public sector agencies, though the recipient agency remains responsible for their own costs related to hardware and software infrastructure, including customization costs.[8] However, the website was updated in 2016, and it's not publicly made clear if this still holds true.

Additional information

See also

References

  1. "Our Mission". National Agribusiness Technology Center. http://tnatc.org/#mission. Retrieved 05 April 2017. 
  2. "Technology in Agriculture". The Project. National Agribusiness Technology Center. 17 December 2008. Archived from the original on 01 February 2016. https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20160201124441/http://www.tnatc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=25&Itemid=2. Retrieved 05 April 2017. 
  3. "U.S. Animal Health Management System - Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships" (PDF). NASCIO. 2008. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20140812165949/http://www.nascio.org/awards/nominations/2008/2008PA2-NASCIO%202008%20PA%20PDA%20US%20Animal%20Health%20Management%20System%201.pdf. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  4. Abdelmalek, Chris (20 July 2013). "Computer Aid, Inc. - Pesticide Applicator Certification And Training Workshop" (PDF). Computer Aid, Inc. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20140812155716/http://ctaginfo.org/pact2013/PDFs/5A_Rowe_Exam%20Admin%20Cost%20Savings.pdf. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Association of Food and Drug Officials - Exhibitors". Association of Food and Drug Officials. http://denver.afdo.org/exhibitors.html. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  6. "Sole Source Determination - Requisition Number: AGR1229". State of West Virginia. 2012. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20140812171319/http://www.state.wv.us/admin/purchase/rfq/fy2012/AGR1229.pdf. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  7. "The National Agribusiness Technology Center - Press / News". National Agribusiness Technology Center. Archived from the original on 01 February 2016. https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20160201124418/http://www.tnatc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=1&Itemid=49. Retrieved 05 April 2017. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "AgraGuard - Products". National Agribusiness Technology Center. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20150214045307/http://www.tnatc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=39&Itemid=57. Retrieved 05 April 2017. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 "The National Agribusiness Technology Center". National Agribusiness Technology Center. http://tnatc.org/. Retrieved 05 April 2017. 
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 10.17 10.18 10.19 10.20 10.21 10.22 10.23 "USALIMS" (PDF). National Agribusiness Technology Center. http://tnatc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/USALims-20171108.pdf. Retrieved 11 January 2019.