PlugfestThe global importance of the work conducted by the Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) has focused on the need for AEF-sponsored Plugfests each year.

The North American Plugfest this year was held in Lincoln, Nebraska, on May 7-9, at the Embassy Suites, and it was held in cooperation with the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab (NTTL), one of the five AEF ISOBUS-approved test laboratories. The event attracted 123 attendees from 32 companies, and their testing of 35 working sets at 31 stations added up to more than 850 different ISOBUS terminal/implement combinations.

“The continued number of companies attending each year clearly shows the importance of ISOBUS to the ag industry in improving compatibility between our products,” said AEF chairman Peter van der Vlugt. 

Plugfests take place every spring and fall, alternately in the U.S. and Europe, and they provide the industry with the opportunity to test their own ISOBUS product developments in combination with those from other manufacturers using the test protocol defined in the ISO 11783 standards.

AEF is a global standardization initiative formed by eight agricultural technology companies, as well as AEM and the German machinery association, VDMA. AEM provides the current staff secretary for AEF.

The next AEF Plugfest is scheduled for Sept. 17-18, 2019 in Anitibes, France, and it will be hosted by the Trade Association of the Agricultural Equipment Industry (AXEMA) in France.

For more information on AEF, contact AEM Technical Director Mark Benishek at, or by calling 414-298-4118. To contact the AEF, please email

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