Farm ProgressEquipment manufacturers were well represented at the 2019 Farm Progress Show, as dozens of AEM member companies traveled to Illinois this week to showcase their equipment. AEM’s Advocacy team also worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to bring key federal lawmakers and AEM member companies together.

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks visited AGCO, John Deere, Kubota, and Topcon. Senior executives and technical experts from the companies were on hand to greet Starks to explain the need for in-field wireless connectivity. In addition to the commissioner, Alexandra Dunn, EPA Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (which has jurisdiction over the Office of Pesticides Programs), stopped by CASE-IH, CLAAS, Fast Ag Solutions, Mahindra, and New Holland. Assistant Administrator Dunn was most interested in precision agriculture technology that allows for the efficient application of inputs.

“This was an important and highly-valuable opportunity for our members to be able to connect with this level of lawmakers and regulators,” said Nick Tindall, AEM senior director of regulatory affairs and ag policy. “We were very thankful for Commissioner Starks and Assistant Administrator Dunn to make the visit, see our industry’s technology up close, and hear first hand about the issues impacting our members.”

These tours were a continuation of AEM’s regulatory affairs strategy of positive engagement and maintaining open lines of communications with federal agencies.

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