AEM aims to give voice to a wide range of industry perspectives, observations and opinions in blogs featured in the AEM Industry Advisor newsletter. Whether the blog tackles an issue of significance poised to impact manufacturers, or it contains a unique viewpoint on a lighter industry topic, it seeks to both inform and interest the Advisor's valued readership.

So as the year comes to a close, let's look back at some of the Advisor's most-read blogs of 2020:

Regulations vs Standards: Clearing Up the Confusion -- In this piece, AEM Senior Director of Technical and Safety Services Mike Pankonin details the differences between voluntary industry standards and government regulations, and he provides helpful resources for interested individuals looking to gather additional information. 

Vertical Farming: How Plant Factories Stack Up Against Field Agriculture -- AEM Director of Product Stewardship Jeff Jurgens compiles an exhaustive breakdown of the potential benefits of vertical farming, as well as how it may play a major role in addressing the growing food demand while minimizing environmental impact.

3 Ways Manufacturers Can Continue Production During the COVID-19 Pandemic -- Guest blogger Bernard J. Bobber of labor and employment law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. compiles a list of best practices manufacturers can continue to operate in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, based on insights provided by numerous experts from a variety of different sectors. 

How COVID-19 is Changing How Companies Communicate -- AEM Director of Public Affairs David Ward shares best practices from one of the Association's Public Affairs Working Group meetings related to the new equipment manufacturers are communicating with one another and their customers in response to COVID-19. 

Autonomous Tractors, Excavators and More: Examining the Path Toward a Driverless Tomorrow -- AEM's Jurgens sheds light on how autonomous equipment is poised to have a profound impact in the off-road environment, upsetting and defying current models in relation to the size of the equipment and the role of the dealers and OEMs, as well as impacting the individual operator.

2020: The Manufacturing Election -- Prior to this year's election taking place, AEM Senior Vice President of Government & Industry Relations Kip Eideberg broke down the American public's desire to see strong leadership on manufacturing and the importance of candidates' willingness to pay attention to the needs of the industry. 

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