Celebrating Modern Agriculture at the National Mall

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By Nick Tindall, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs and Agricultural Policy at AEM

Hunger is the greatest threat to the environment.

Why you may be asking? Because hungry people do desperate things. Because until you have enough to eat, everything else is a small problem.

These points are too often an underestimated element in the debate on sustainable agriculture. One of the primary goals of the agricultural community today is to prepare to meet the needs of a world 9 billion humans. A world in which we will have to produce more food over the next 30 years than we have for the past 10,000 years while using less land, water and other vital inputs.

Losing sight of this objective could have disastrous consequences for the planet as well as for those at the bottom of the economic ladder.

With this in mind, we can ask ourselves how are we sustainably foresee this future?

Farmers and ranchers will do it the same way they have for countless generations. Thanks to science. Thanks to technology. By innovation.

People have an unhealthy tendency to romanticize the past. The belief that we did things better in the good old days is a common misconception, but not universally applied. No one longs for the day when surgeons operated without anesthesia, but many believe we should cultivate like the 1940s.

As we embrace science and technology in all aspects of our lives, there is a growing tendency to resist advancements in our food system. In fact, Americans enjoy the safest, most affordable, and most abundant food supply in the history of the world.

Innovators in science, technology and agriculture have done it.

The solutions to sustain this success while exporting prosperity around the world will be found in the future. Not the past.

That’s what the Celebrating Modern Agriculture on the National Mall is all about. To cherish the path travelled. To discuss how we are going to get where we need to go. And, to educate policy makers and influencers that science and technology in agriculture is a good thing. The environment cannot afford to turn our backs on knowledge as we strive to support a population of 9 billion who will struggle to feed their children one way or another.

Ongoing exhibitions Monday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the National Mall near the Smithsonian subway in Washington, DC will present the latest news:

  • Equipment technology
  • Bio-products
  • Field conservation practices
  • Chemistry
  • plant genetics
  • Data analysis

AEM and our partners invite you to discover how precision agriculture allows us to grow more with less. To see the incredible consumer products created from plants. Learn how biofuels power cities. Taste science. To learn how American farmers and ranchers stand on the shoulders of giants.

And, how the next generation will too.

Descriptions of exhibits:

AGCO

Exposed material:

  • Project Xaver planting robot
  • Fendt Rogator Series 937H Self-Propelled Applicator
  • Fendt 1162 Vario MT series crawler tractor
  • Massey Ferguson 8S Series Tractor with Triple Mower Attachment
  • Massey Ferguson 2860E Series Utility Tractor
  • Heston by Massey Ferguson WR Series Windrower with Mower Conditioner Head
  • Learn about soil compaction, energy efficiency, precision spraying and the future of self-planting.

Bridgestone

  • The exhibition will highlight the future of mobility and the evolution of tire technology over the next 10-20 years and how tires contribute to sustainability.

HI case

Exposed material:

  • AFS Connect Magnum Tractor with Planter
  • Learn more about soil compaction and modern planting.

CLAAS

Exposed material:

  • Jaguar forage harvester
  • Learn more about modern harvesting.

DeLaval

Exposed material:

  • VMS milking robot trailer
  • Learn about the automated milking process and how the data generated for increased efficiency leads to stronger sustainability practices on today’s dairy farms.

GEA

Exposed material:

  • ProManure lagoon pump
  • Learn more about precision manure collection, separation and spreading.

John Deere

Exposed material:

  • X9 combine with 50ft header
  • 7R tractor with large square baler
  • 120ft Self Propelled Boom Sprayer
  • Learn about farm profitability and sustainability, and practicing less intensive farming with precision technology.

Kubota

Exposed material:

  • M7 Tractor
  • Celebrate 50 years of Kubotaand Anniversary and learn how they’re fueling the American Dream while chatting with members of the Farmers Veterans Coalition.

Kuhn

Exposed material:

  • SLC126 Trailed manure spreader
  • Learn more about collecting sensor data in the field and using the data to improve sustainability.

Lely

Exposed material:

  • Astronaut AS robotic milking system
  • Learn more about animal welfare and the environmental benefits of robotics.

Mahindra

Exposed material:

  • Max Series Compact Tractor
  • 5100 Series Compact Tractor
  • 1600 Series Compact Tractor
  • Mahindra NASCAR
  • Learn more about engine emission improvements in agricultural equipment.

New Holland

Exposed material:

  • T7 Heavy Duty Tractor with PLM Intelligence™
  • Find out how farmers can use precision technology with the tractor to fine-tune inputs and manage tools and equipment.

Digital Agriculture Pavilion:

Visit the Digital Ag Pavilion to explore intelligent data collection and manipulation to minimize inputs while maximizing returns. Learn about the latest agricultural technologies from:

  • Top con – Software and hardware solutions
  • AgGateway – Data standards
  • Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation – Equipment compatibility
  • Arva Intelligence – Data analysis
  • Microsoft – Growing Home: Expanding Opportunities in Rural America

Aagricultural Retailers Association

  • Find out about the agronomic services offered to producers.

alliance for science

  • Taste modified food truck offering samples of genetically modified fruit to discuss the benefits, taste and safety of scientific food innovations.

American Federation of Agricultural Bureaux

  • Learn about on-farm sustainability practices through interactive demonstrations, games and book readings.

American Seed Trade Association

  • Discover the changes in today’s grassroots cultures that took millennia.

American Soybean Association/United Soybean Board

  • Learn more about ASA/USB Soy sustainability ratio and its industrial uses.

Clean Fuels Alliance America

  • Learn how farms are providing cleaner, higher-quality fuel to American cities with a display of DC Department of Public Works trucks that run on 100% low-carbon biodiesel.

Corn Refiners Association

  • Discover the core of innovation – a wide range of corn-based products such as bioplastics, personal care products and health care products.

CropLife America

  • Learn about the benefits of pesticides and management efforts as told by farmer representatives.

National organization of the FFA

  • FFA members from Nelson County, Virginia discuss grass-fed beef research and how to connect with local farmers.

Growth Energy

  • Discover the power of ethanol and the environmental benefits of biofuels by visiting a tractor-trailer that runs on 90% clean ethanol.

National Agricultural Aviation Association

  • Celebrate 100andanniversary of the history of agricultural aviation told through museum panels. An OH-58 aerial application helicopter will be on display with a liquid boom system and bucket used for firefighting.

National Association of Corn Growers

  • Learn about America’s corn growers’ commitment to continuous improvement in corn production. Corn is a versatile crop that provides abundant, high-quality food, renewable energy, bio-based products and ecosystem services.

National Council of Agricultural Cooperatives

  • Find out what co-ops do and their sustainable field guide.

National Hemp Association

  • Discover the amazing things hemp can do by visiting the Hemp House on Wheels and a Hemp Car.

National Association of Wheat Growers

  • Play a trivia activity and participate in interactive exhibits that tell the story of wheat production from field to flour to consumer.

Plant-Based Products Council

  • Plants allow it. Learn about plant-based products and their role in the circular bioeconomy.

The Fertilizer Institute

  • Discover the history of the fertilizer supply chain.

American Rice Federation

  • Hear the findings of the United States Rice Industry Sustainability Report and learn about the industry’s 2030 sustainability goals. Learn about the different national rice varieties and types through a hands-on grain display.

Tuesday, March 22 is national agriculture day.

For more information on the Celebrating Modern Agriculture on the National Mall, contact Nick Tindall, AEM’s Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, at [email protected] or 202-701-4287.

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