Let’s face it, the American farm has changed. Thanks to the advent of modern farm equipment, agricultural efficiency has advanced exponentially in the last 100 years. As farms have consolidated, the number of farmers has decreased as well. It’s more important than ever for those still in farming to make their voices heard.

So what do American farmers need today to be successful? AEM interviewed dozens of farmers while at Commodity Classic 2016. Here’s what some of them had to say: