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Source: Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) news release

MILWAUKEE - 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 underappreciated component in the sustainable agriculture debate. Today, a major focus of the agricultural community is to prepare to provide for a world with 9 billion humans. A world in which we will need to produce more food in the next 30 years, then we have in the last 10,000 years combined while using less land, water, and other vital inputs.

Losing sight of this goal could have disastrous consequences for the planet as well as those on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder.

With that in mind, we can ask ourselves, how are we going to sustainably provide for this future?

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

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

While we embrace science and technology in every aspect of our lives, there is a growing trend to resist progress in our food system. In fact, Americans enjoy the safest, most affordable and abundant food supply in world history.
Science, technology and agricultural innovators did that.
The solutions to sustainably continue this success while exporting prosperity around the world will be found in the future. Not the past.

That is what the Celebration of Modern Agriculture on the National Mall is all about. To cherish how far we have come. To discuss how we are going to get where we need to go. And, to educate policymakers and influencers that science and technology in agriculture is a good thing. The environment cannot afford to have us turn our backs on knowledge as we strive to provide for a population of 9 billion that will fight to feed their children one way or another.

The exhibits taking place Monday, March 21 & Tuesday, March 22, 9 AM - 5 PM on the National Mall near the Smithsonian Metro in Washington, DC will showcase the latest in:

Equipment technology
In-field conservation practices
Plant genetics
Data analytics

AEM and our partners invite you to explore how precision agriculture allows us to grow more with less. To see the amazing consumer products being created from plants. To learn how biofuels are fueling cities. To taste science. To learn how American farmers and ranchers are standing on the shoulders of giants.

And, how the next generation will as well.

Exhibitors include:

*Case IH


*John Deere

*New Holland

Digital Pavilion

*Topcon - Software and hardware solutions
*AgGateway - Data standards
*Ag Industry Electronics Foundation - Equipment compatibility
*Arva Intelligence - Data analytics
*Microsoft - Growing Home: Expanding Opportunity in Rural America


*Agricultural Retailers Association
*Alliance For Science
*American Farm Bureau Federation

*American Seed Trade Assn
*American Soybean Assn/United Soybean Board
*Clean Fuels Alliance

*Corn Refiners Assn
*CropLife America
*Nat'l FFA Organization

*Growth Energy
*Nat'l Ag Aviation Assn
*Nat'l Corn Growers Assn

*Nat'l Council for Farmers Co-ops
*Nat'l Hemp Assn
*Nat'l Assn of Wheat Growers

*Plant Based Products Council
*The Fertilizer Institute
*USA Rice Federation

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

AEM is the North America-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry in the United States supports 2.8 million jobs and contributes roughly $288 billion to the economy every year.

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