November 22, 2004

Joe Dales Ltd.
(877) 438-5729 x5013 Ltd. acquires 1stAg, Inc. Grain Industry Software Business.

Ames, Iowa - Ltd., a leading information and marketing company that provides innovative solutions to the global Agriculture and Food industry announced that it has acquired the business of 1stAg, Inc., of Atlanta, GA, a leading provider of ecommerce software for the agriculture industry.
1stAg has been in operation since 1997 and helps agriculture companies improve their business with software and systems that allow them to manage their information more efficiently. The company boasts an impressive list of clients in the North American grain and processing industry. The flagship products of 1stAg include eCustomer, which is a web enablement application that securely allows a company’s customer to view their account online – much the same way that a bank allows you to check your account online. The other major product is AgIntegrator, which is an e-business integration software application that reduces the costs and improves the efficiency of an agribusiness’ buying and selling activities with it’s trading partners.

“ offers 1stAg clients the additional technology, increased customer service and marketing resources required to take our business to the next level,” says 1stAg, Manager, Garland Duvall, “they make the ideal partner.”

“Strategically, 1stAg is an excellent fit for the AgSoftware business, says Joe Dales, Vice President of, “the importance of software in agriculture is increasing and we want to continue to add new innovations like eCustomer and AgIntegrator which provide great benefits to our customers - helping them save time and money. We plan to build on these technology platforms with additional and improved software applications. Ltd. ( is a leading marketing and information company with a history of providing innovative software solutions to the agriculture and food industry. can be accessed through their leading agriculture information portal, which has business services and resources for agribusiness, livestock and crop producers. The AgSoftware ( business has a wide range of technology products and services which include IT consulting, programming, web hosting and software products for the grain, seed and livestock sectors. The company operates across North America with offices located in Ames, Iowa; Clinton, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia and London, Ontario, Canada.

For more information, contact:

Joe Dales
Senior Vice President Ltd.