Farm operators are subjected to a mountain of different legislative measures, regulations, and codes of practice. The pesticides they use must be monitored, their foodstuffs must meet high food safety standards, the products they supply and seeds they use must be traceable from end to end. On top of all of this, they must now meet many environmental & climate change mitigation requirements. Consumer demands for organic, non-GMO foods, where certifications require extremely detailed documentation and are subject to inspection at any time, are also a concern. An ERP system, especially one developed specifically for the agriculture industry, helps farmers keep on top of all of these legal responsibilities and new expectations.

How ERP Solves Agriculture Pain Points

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  • Meeting Rising Demand for More Food and Higher Quality

    The global food system provides nutritious and safe food to a population that will likely grow from 7.5 billion people to nearly 10 billion by 2050. In recent years, there has been a shift in focus from ‘enough food’ to ‘good food’. Not only does there continue to be more mouths to feed, but the expectations to reduce environmental impact, increase nutritional content and minimize chemicals are rising! By using an ERP to manage your agriculture business, collecting and collating food safety and quality documentation is an automated part of your everyday tasks.

  • Managing Supply Procurement

    Supply chain processes are complex across all industries. With increasing competition and resources becoming more scarce, the agriculture supply chain and procurement process is becoming even more important. Being able to manage your resources from supply chain management to planning and analysis can be a competitive advantage; however, it is becoming increasingly complicated. A dedicated ERP can help you plan for disruption and make sure your farm continues, no matter the circumstances.

  • Meeting Regulations

    There continues to be more and more regulations at every level of government. Agriculture companies need to track data and keep records to ensure quality and safety. Some regulations require companies to have detailed systems to trace products and ingredients and provide documentation on demand. Over the last three decades Canadian farmers have reduced their carbon emissions substantially; however, with the current climate crisis farmers are still pressed to do better, including keeping extensive documentation on activities related to climate change.

  • Managing Production Efficiently

    It is essential for the agri-businesses to coordinate supply chains, employees, equipment and the seasons to be effective and efficient! Research shows making the shift to modern technology has increased their production process, yet, in many rural areas it is quite challenging as communication systems are not as up-to-date. Establishing a Agriculture ERP system, especially one with cloud capabilities, will mean a more efficient grow operation and constant real-time data.

  • Crop Protection

    Proper crop protection is essential when producing higher quality crops with minimal waste. To maximize the yield of the field of crops, farmers apply manure and/or fertilizer and crop protection products. Farmers constantly work to prevent negative environmental effects to their products. Planning around these complications becomes much easier when an ERP is in place.

  • Pricing Pressures

    With changing trade policies, tariffs and geopolitical gamesmanship there has been an increase in uncertainty to agricultural businesses. In the past 12 months, commodity prices have been a big challenge. Keep an eye on your financials and use your past data to present future cash flow scenarios right inside your ERP, in real-time.

The Benefits of ERP for Agriculture

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  • Smarter Land and Business Management

    Your organization is only as successful as the information it has. Generate documents that support accounting, taxation, forecasting, purchasing and more, so you have the insights you need to continuously improve! With centralized data from every part of your business and supply chain in one platform visibility and control over your daily operations increases. Have everything at your fingertips that will optimize your logistics, employees, marketing and financial management.

  • Quality Management and Grading

    Regardless of the type of agriculture you work with, you have to be meticulous about quality management and grading. Gain the specific tools to make this as seamless as possible and eliminate manual labor-intensive and complicated paper-based food safety measures and traceability. Be able to define qualification & quality type, manage batches, and create detailed quality documentation, so your product(s) are diligently managed and moderated.

  • Compliance and Traceability

    Consumers want to know their food is clean and safe. No matter how rigorous quality control is, there is always the possibility that a product will need to be recalled. Regulatory compliance is understandably strict in agriculture, with comprehensive traceability tools being essential. Gain the ability to trace your products through their entire lifecycle so you always know where they are and pinpoint specific batches for recall if required.

  • Improved ability to achieve long-term expansion goals

    Consolidation in agriculture is increasing as fewer land managers are controlling large tracts of land. Having an agriculture ERP solution that helps you handle multi-entity, multi-site and multi-currency finances with ease will differentiate you from competitors. In addition, cloud-based deployment allows you to scale the number of users and employees without any new IT infrastructure.

  • Embrace Emerging Technologies

    Today in agriculture, fields are rarely left up to nature. Leading growers and procedures are adopting robotic farming, Internet of Things (IoT), precision agriculture, drones and digital mapping. Agriculture organizations need a system that will allow them to utilize the insights you gain from the emerging technology. A modern enterprise system creates a solid base for agriculture companies to build and grow around,

  • Accurate Inventory Management

    Everything from task planning and execution, stock usage tracing or finance administration is closely related to inventory management. Smart inventory management is the base of any healthy agriculture business. Have the capability to automate functions such as expiration date tracking, track inventory based on first-in-first-out to optimize inventory selection and shipping process, generate stock-keep-unit counts directly in the field while crops are packaged and more!

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