Fun for all ages, the exhibit includes a “Faces of Farming” section with more than 250 portraits of men and women working in agriculture today; a social media wall that shows examples of real-time photos and videos farmers are sharing online; and hands-on elements like a state-of-the art tractor from H&R Agri-Power and Case IH. Next to the modern tractor is one from the turn of the twentieth century that guests can experience to compare the two.
On Friday, the exhibit was open for a sneak peek for members of the farming community, businesses and organizations who helped fund this project. Also in attendance were agriculture leaders including Tennessee’s commissioner of agriculture, Charlie Hatcher.
“My favorite display showcased the contrast between the 1914 Case steam engine and the brand new Case IH tractor,” said Commissioner Hatcher. “I’ve never sat in a tractor that big in my life with that much technology.”
The team creating the exhibit, led by Jennifer Wildes, Discovery Park’s senior director of collections and exhibits, has worked with Solid Light, a Louisville-based firm, for nearly two years on the research, design and installation.
“Much of the exhibit was designed with STEM-based learning in mind, and the Nutrien Ag Solutions stage features advanced audio visual technology and will be used as an educational space for school groups and special programs,” said Wildes. “One of my favorite sections is about jobs in agriculture that we hope will inform our young visitors about opportunities they may want to consider when choosing a career.”
Also included in the exhibit are spotlights on individuals from history who applied innovative practices to farming in the past along with those doing the same thing on farms and in laboratories today.
“The mission of our museum and heritage park is to inspire children and adults to see beyond,” said Scott Williams, president and CEO of Discovery Park. “Those who have had a sneak peek at the nearly finished exhibit along with those of who got to work on it have certainly been inspired to see farming in a whole new way.”
More than a million dollars was raised by the 501(c)(3) non profit to fund the exhibit with other organizations providing resources like equipment, data and research. Major partners are Nutrien Ag Solutions and Simmons Bank with financial support also provided by H&R Agri-Power and Case IH; Tennessee Beef Promotion Board; Tennessee Corn Promotion Board; Tennessee Department of Agriculture; Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board; and USDA Rural Development U.S. Department of Agriculture.
For a current list of all who supported the exhibit, visit the website.
About Discovery Park of America
The mission of Discovery Park of America, a premier world-class museum and 50-acre heritage park located in Union City, Tennessee, is to inspire children and adults to see beyond. Included is a 100,000-square-foot museum featuring 9 interactive exhibit galleries with additional space for temporary exhibits from around the world and a 50-acre heritage park. Discovery Park of America is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations including its principal funder, the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation. For more information, visit DiscoveryParkofAmerica.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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