New Ag Marking & Lighting GuideAn illustrative guide to the Lighting and Marking Standard for Agricultural Equipment, ASABE S279.17A, has been developed by a group of AEM member experts. The new guide provides an easy-to-understand visual representation of the standard's requirements.

"This guide is intended to help interested stakeholders understand and navigate the requirements of the lighting and marking standard that can be difficult to interpret, particularly for those who do not routinely read and apply standards or participate in the standards development process," said Mike Pankonin, AEM senior director, technical and safety services. "Target audiences span all potential stakeholders, including manufacturers, law enforcement and equipment owners. The graphic representation of the standard included in the guide helps to provide a common understanding given the old adage that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.'”

The 12-page document provides graphic representations of the front and rear of multiple equipment forms, including agricultural tractors, agricultural sprayers, harvesters, and mounted and towed equipment. Separate views illustrate equipment wider than 12 feet and narrower than 12 feet.

To promote this work across the industry, the following steps are planned:

  • AEM will host a webinar to promote this work to all stakeholders
         -- Presented by an industry expert, the webinar is planned for later this year, pending speaker availability (to be announced later)
         -- Promotions will be extended to: law enforcement agencies, Ag extensions, Ag safety NGOs, and Ag equipment association members
         -- The free webinar will be recorded and archived at
  • The Illustrative guide will be available after the webinar through the AEM Safety Materials Store
  • The guide will be proposed for inclusion as part of the formal ASABE standard, which could be re-numbered S279.18.  This work will commence mid-year.

For More Information

For more information, contact Michael Pankonin, AEM senior director, technical and safety services (, tel: 414-298-4128).