Future of Food and Future of BuildOn the heels of recent efforts to build consensus on what the future holds for food production and building, AEM member company thought leaders gathered together last week at AEM’s headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to discuss what related support mechanisms AEM can and should provide in service to its 1,000-plus members, equipment end users and the markets they serve.

Guided by the association’s Future Council, AEM Ag and CE sector leaders, as well as AEM staff, Future of Food Production and Future of Building Vision Teams used their time spent together to:

  • Map out cross impacts of the trends with various people, networks, markets and practices to identify opportunities and challenges.
  • Consider the long-term and short-term impacts of potential actions and support mechanisms.

“We’re incredibly thankful for the ongoing contributions of our member company thought leaders, who are working diligently to turn the uncertainty surrounding these trends into inspiration for action and increased resilience for our members,” said AEM Director of Education Programs Brooke Konopacki, who serves as AEM's Futures Council staff liaison. 

Several of the identified trends impacting both the ag and construction industries were identified as having shared opportunities for action. And in the coming months, AEM, its Future Council and Vision Teams will provide further input on how they anticipate these trends – along with related processes and regulations – will evolve in the future.

“It’s no easy task to identify mechanisms to support equipment manufacturing and equipment end-users as they navigate forward, but the Futures Council and Vision Team members are excited for what’s to come and want to do their part to assist contractors and farmers as these trends unfold,” said Ben Smith, Principal Advisor, Business Development and Market Validation for Kubota North America and Chair of AEM’s Futures Council.

Future of Food Production Whitepaper Released

AEM late last month released The Future of Food Production, a whitepaper detailing the drivers impacting how food is produced in North America. Driven by the Futures Council and the Future of Food Production Vision Team, The Future of Food Production explores 13 trends that are changing agriculture today, impacting farmers, and reshaping how food will be produced in the coming decade.

A whitepaper on the Future of Building is set to be released later this month.

For more information on the Future of Food and Future of Building, or on AEM’s Futures Council, contact AEM’s Brooke Konopacki at bkonopacki@aem.org.

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