Setting aside their differences for one weekend, the top agricultural competitors met at Spring Plugfest 2018 to optimize their products’ communicative abilities. From May 15-17, 73 participants and 43 visitors met in Lincoln, Nebraska to test more than 60 different devices, ensuring no problems or glitches for consumers trying to match the products up in the field.

Additionally, four different AEF Project teams networked over the course of the event: the Conformance Test Team, the Engineering and Implementation Team, the Communications and Marketing Team and the FMIS team. An accompanying conference was also held on May 16, highlighting interoperability and non-wired communication.

The next Plugfest will be held in Bologna, Italy from Sept. 18-20 during which time AEF will celebrate its 10th anniversary. The foundation will take this time to reflect on the success of the last 10 years and to look toward its future and the future of Plugfest itself.

“We would like to celebrate this anniversary with those people who have contributed to this success story,“ said Norbert Schlingmann, general manager of the AEF.

AEF Plugfest events are held every spring and fall, alternating between the U.S. and Europe. Interested individuals should note the events offer two levels of involvement: visitors and participants. Registered visitors are able to observe the Plugfest activities, but they cannot participate in testing.

AEF is a global foundation initiated in 2008 by agricultural technology companies AGCO, CLAAS, CNH Industrial, Grimme, John Deere, Kverneland Group, and Poettinger, as well as associations AEM and VDMA. SAME DEUTZ-FAHR joined the leadership of AEF as its eighth core member in 2013.

For more information on AEF Plugfest events, contact AEM Technical Director Mark Benishek (, tel: 414-298-4118).