Smithsonian Documents Ag Innovation

Technology is ever changing, and that doesn’t exclude the agriculture industry. That is why the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History has recently developed a website where the public can share stories about topics including: precision farming, foodborne illness tracking, environmental concerns, government practices, crop irrigation, biotechnology and hybrid seeds.

The Smithsonian’s Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive site partners with Farm Bureau, reaching out  to America’s farmers, ranchers and agri-businesses to collect stories, photographs and ephemera to accurately portray our country’s agricultural heritage. The items will also play a role in the “American Enterprise” exhibition, an 8,000-square-foot multimedia experience that focuses on the importance of business and innovation in the U.S. from the mid 1700s to today. The exhibit is set to open in May 2015.Pat C

Tennessee farmer Pat Campbell provided the exhibit with its first donation. He submitted a selection of photographs and a computer cow tag and reader unit from his dairy farm to show the changes in technology from the hand-labor intensive process to the computer-run operation.  He also shared his personal story of how technology has made his operation run more efficiently and safely.

To learn more about the Smithsonian/Farm Bureau partnership and how you can participate, read this week’s Focus on Agriculture column by Erin Anthony.