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The good old days—they were terrible! —Norman Borlaug A civilization will flourish only when it can produce food in excess of farmers’ needs —Author unknown.

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1 The good old days—they were terrible! —Norman Borlaug A civilization will flourish only when it can produce food in excess of farmers’ needs —Author unknown

2 Man with a Hoe ( ), J.F. Millet Courtesy Getty Images

3 J.B. Davidson First president Raymond Olney First paid staff member

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5 ASABE Advancing the art and science of agricultural and biological engineering A conduit for communicating information among members between peer organizations to the public and policymakers Publications & Standards Professional Development Meetings &Conferences Outreach activities

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7 World population by 2050 expected to hit 9 billion Finding Solutions for Life on a Small Planet Growing world population requires more food, water, energy, goods Limited resources demand we do more with less, without degrading our natural world

8 Precision agriculture Aquaculture and other non-traditional paths Waste management Food production Do more with less, do it in a sustainable fashion, and do it safely

9 Natural Resources Improving conservation by understanding the complex mechanics of soil and water Crop water requirements Wetlands protection Water control structures: dams, reservoirs, floodways Drainage Erosion control Pesticide and nutrient runoff Water treatment systems

10 Energy Developing renewable energy sources, devising energy conservation strategies to reduce costs and protect the environment Meeting the energy needs of agriculture AND the general population by using agricultural products and by-products Biomass, methane, vegetable oils Wind and solar energy

11 Safety, Health and Ergonomics Making agriculture safer, more efficient, and more economical Compile and analyze health and injury data Standardize equipment for component compatibility Encourage safe use of machinery, equipment, and materials through better design and better communication

12 Biological Engineering Applying engineering practice to problems and opportunities presented by living things and the environment Pest control Remediation Environmental protection


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