Specialty Crop Leadership Group


Identify means by which AEM may better support this product group and provide direction to AEM service areas accordingly.


  • From a holistic perspective, identify product-specific challenges and areas of need.
  • Formulate solutions and/or determine means by which to address those challenges.
  • Employ and direct relevant AEM service teams and/or committees (or establish sub-committees/task forces) to take action on those solutions.


  • Enhance AEM's various product offerings to specialty crop equipment manufactures.
  • Provide regulatory agencies with a deeper understanding on how the mechanization and automation of equipment is improving on farm safety, productivity, and environmental impact.
  • Partner with industry organizations to develop a deeper understanding and trust in the emerging technologies that are entering the specialty crop marketplace. 
  • Be proactive in addressing the concerns of policymakers and other stakeholder groups as it relates to the machinery used on specialty crop operations. (Ex. Equipment Sanitation)


  • A Chair & Vice Chair are elected by the Group and serve a two-year term.


  • Executives and technology experts from AEM agriculture member companies who are impacted by developments in technology standards, regulations and adoption.


  • Either a face-to-face meeting or conference call/virtual meeting will be held at least two to three times each year or as required based on issues and activities.
  • AEM legislative team and any other relevant staff/committees will be invited to participate as required.
Group Resources



Group Leadership


Graham Thompson


Vice Chair


AEM Staff Contact

Austin Gellings

Director, Agriculture