Friday, March 22, 2013
American Farm Bureau Federation partners with the
Smithsonian in Washington D.C. to feature farm
National Museum of American History is reaching out to farmers and
agribusinesses to build a collection that reflects modern farming
practices. Curators are seeking stories, photographs and ephemera
to record and preserve the innovations and experiences of
"Agriculture has played a vital role in the development of
America's business sector, from innovation to the entrepreneurial
spirit," said American Farm Bureau Federation's Julie Anna Potts.
"As the nation's largest farm organization, it made sense for Farm
Bureau to partner with the museum."
A New Exhibit
This new collection of stories, photos and objects will play a
role in the "American Enterprise" exhibition, an
8,000-square-foot multimedia experience that will immerse visitors
in the dramatic arc of the nation's story, focusing on the role of
business and innovation in the United States from the mid-1700s to
the present. The exhibition is scheduled to open in May 2015.
"American agriculture has gone through a tremendous
transformation in the last seven decades, becoming a high-tech
industry, deeply affecting not just farmers themselves, but every
American and the American experience in general," said the museum's
Illinois Farmers Are Already
You Can, Too!
Illinois farmers are already making a splash. The Museum posted
sample stories and two of them are from Illinois Farmers. Sharon Covert shared her story about walking
beans and Jim Rapp donated a no-till sign and talked
about early adoption of this environmentally-friendly practice.
The museum has made it easy for you to share your story and
treasures, too. In Honor of National Agriculture Day, the
Smithsonian unveiled a new
website this week, where you can upload stories about
technologies and innovation that have changed your work lives in
agriculture-stories about precision farming, food-borne illness
tracking, environmental concerns, government practices, irrigation,
biotechnology and hybrid seeds.
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Smithsonian asks for your items and stories about innovation
New 8,000-square-foot exhibition to open May 2015.
Illinois farmers are already talking no-till, ethanol, and
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