Resource is pleased to sponsor the AE50 Awards program, celebrating companies for their recent developments in agricultural, food, and biological systems. As in previous years, an expert panel has selected approximately 50 products for recognition from the entries submitted at year end 2015. The award-winning products are those ranked highest in innovation, significant engineering advancement, and impact on the market served. The products featured on the following pages represent the diversity of agricultural and biological engineering, as well as the variety of companies—of all sizes and specializations— that continue to bring advanced technology and exciting innovations to the marketplace. This year’s AE50 recipients join the ranks of many who, for three decades, have been honored for their ingenuity in product development—saving producers time, costs, and labor, while improving user safety as well. In June 1984, Agricultural Engineering (now Resource) included “A Forum for New Developments” in a special issue on technology. Twenty-five new techniques, inventions, and innovations were showcased. The featured items were drawn from product information solicited by the Society and screened by a panel of experts. From this focus on identifying innovative technology, two years later the AE50 Award was born. Its intent was described as follows: “Acceptance in the marketplace is the highest accolade any new agricultural product can receive. But for innovative developments in the last 12 months, a singular honor is to be named one of the year’s Agricultural Engineering 50 outstanding innovations.” Product nominations poured in. A panel of engineers was enlisted to review the entries, and in 1986 the first AE50 Awards were bestowed. As Resource celebrates our 30th year of AE50 Awards, the interest in new technology and innovative applications of existing technology remains constant. Over the years, many of the featured AE50 products were patented and their names trademarked. Some were further improved as technology advanced, and with time, won another AE50. But the most important yearly constant: all winning entrants strive for excellence, and we are pleased to honor their work with the highest honor in the only awards program of its kind. Congratulations to this year’s honorees! And Bravo! to 30 years of winners!
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