Resource magazine is pleased to sponsor the AE50 Award program, celebrating companies for their recent developments in agricultural, food, and biological systems. From the many entries submitted by year-end 2016, an expert panel selected 50 products for recognition. 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 that continue to bring advanced technology and exciting innovations to the marketplace. This year’s AE50 recipients join the ranks of many who have been honored for their ingenuity in product development—saving producers time, costs, and labor, while improving user safety as well. The AE50 Awards had their beginning in June 1984, in a special issue of ASABE’s Agricultural Engineering (now Resource), in which 25 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 engineers. From this focus on identifying innovative technology, two years later the AE50 Award program was born. As the announcement stated, “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. An enlisted panel of experts reviewed the entries, and in 1986 the first AE50 Awards were presented. As Resource brings you the 31st year of the AE50 Awards, the interest in new technology and innovative applications of existing technology remains constant. Over the years, many award-winning 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 continually 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!
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