Honor the HarvestAEM staff and member company representatives last week engaged with fellow industry leaders at a trio of events geared toward future innovations and practices meant to benefit equipment manufacturers and the customers they serve.

The association was a proud sponsor of this year’s virtual edition of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action (USFRA)’s annual Honor the Harvest Forum, which brings together farmers and ranchers, non-governmental organizations, food leaders, government leaders and other prominent individuals to communicate and collaborate on solutions to create sustainable food systems.

According to USFRA, the purpose of the forum is to foster discussions that will allow for the development of “a resilient, restorative, economically viable and climate-smart agricultural system that produces abundant and nutritious food, natural fiber, and clean energy for a sustainable, vibrant, and prosperous America.”

AEM member company DeLaval served as the association’s representative guest at this year’s event, joining AEM Senior Vice President of Ag Services Curt Blades and association Senior Director of Ag Services Anita Sennett. In addition, CNH Industrial and John Deere were also among the AEM member companies who participated in the virtual Honor the Harvest Forum.

The association and several member company representatives also participated in a panel discussion on next-generation equipment at Husker Harvest Days, held last week in Grand Island, Nebraska. Hosted by Gov. Pete Ricketts, Husker Harvest Days provided attendees with a uniquely valuable opportunity to learn about the wealth of innovations helping farmers feed the world with higher yields. Joining Blades as featured speakers for a panel discussion on next-generation equipment were CLAAS President Leif Magnussen, CASE IH North America Senior Director of Sales Ryan Schaefer and Lindsay Corporation President of Global Agricultural Irrigation Gustavo Oberto.

Autonomous ForumLastly, AEM Agricultural Services Manager Austin Gellings and Director of Construction Sara Feuling joined Trimble Senior Vice President of Natural Resources Darryl Matthews at the Autonomous Nation Conference in Fargo, North Dakota.

Autonomous Nation is a full-day conference focusing on the autonomous industry and how it relates to the following sectors – energy, agriculture, urban air mobility and unmanned systems. City employees and policymakers joined with various industry leaders to come together at the event – formerly known as Drone Focus – to share and discuss innovations, autonomy technology and more.

For more information on AEM’s ag services and resources, contact Curt Blades at cblades@aem.org. For more information on AEM’s construction services and resources, contact Megan Tanel at mtanel@aem.org.

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