The past two weeks I have been overwhelmed by information:
First at the Northern Illinois Farm Show, then the first Annual
Meeting of the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association
(DAAHA) and lastly, at the DeKalb County Farm Bureaus Ag
Breakfast featuring Steve Faivre talking about new agricultural
equipment and farming technology.
The farm show provided the latest on new machinery, GPS devices,
chemicals, fertilizers and crop varieties. The DAAHA talked about
the history of agriculture in DeKalb County while we got a preview
of the groups new website, www.daaha.org. And then Faivre shared his
view of emerging technologies in agri-business at the Farm Bureau
When I attended a similar Farm-City Day talk by Faivre about
three years ago, he was with John Deere and shared some of the
latest innovations as applied to farming operations. This year
he came back as a strategic innovator with MEMES Associates out
of Naperville and talked about The Driverless Tractor:
Would you believe a farmerless
farming operation? He didnt exactly predict that but with
all the projected remote-controlled farming equipment, the miniaturized
robotics and futuristic technology still to be perfected, one
could project in 10-20 years we will see few human beings planting
crops or driving farm machinery.
Picture the Air Force drones flying over the battlefields today
with pinpoint accuracy aiming at targets on the ground being
controlled by people thousands of miles away.
Al Ratfield (left) and Daryl Rolland stand in front
of their DeKalb Ag Alumni (and DAAHA) exhibit at the Northern
Illinois Farm Show at the NIU Convo Center.
The board and officers of the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage
Association (DAAHA) gathered for their first annual meeting at
the DeKalb County Farm Bureau recently. (Schrader photos)