WASHINGTON, July 16, 2013 - In an effort to tell the story of how much agriculture has changed, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History is looking for help from farmers.

The museum is looking to add an upcoming “American Enterprise” exhibit, which will paint the picture of American business through agriculture, consumer finance, information technology/communication, manufacturing and retail/service. 

The United Soybean Board (USB) recently committed $1 million towards the project, and Sharon Covert with USB said it’s a great way to show agriculture’s drastic changes.

“Sharing your stories and artifacts of agriculture’s transformations will allow the public to see incredible strides the industry has made in order to provide food, feed, fuel and fiber for the rest of the world,” Covert said. 

Farmers are invited to share their personal stories about the ways innovation and technology have helped to continually improve the industry at the American History Museum’s website. Submitted stories could be included in the exhibition or featured on the museum’s blog and social media sites. A few suggested themes include personal experiences, the effects of technology, or the roles of finance, competition, safety, animals, water or labor.

Scheduled to open in May 2015, this multimedia “American Enterprise” will capture the nation’s history of business spanning the mid-1700s to the present, highlighting agriculture and its many contributions to our economy. 

The development of American agriculture will be demonstrated through objects such as road signs related to no-till production and organic farming, a 1920s Fordson tractor and a computer cow tag and reader unit to show the change in dairy farming from an intensive hand-labor process to a modern computer-run operation.


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