A mind-blowing, myth-busting farming exhibit that will change the world.
On Dec. 5, 2020, Discovery Park of America, a 50-acre heritage park and 100,000-square-foot museum located in the Mid-south region of the United States, will open an exciting new experience in the organization’s 8,900-square-foot Simmons Bank Ag Center.
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“AgriCulture: Innovating for Our Survival” will tell the story of farming innovation in the past, present—and especially—future in a fun and interactive way. Visitors of all ages will gain an understanding of how food and fiber get from the farm to the family, and the role technological, scientific and genetic innovation in agriculture plays in society and culture around the world.
Explore this computerized rendering of the look and feel of this exciting new exhibit and get a taste of what Discovery Park’s guests will experience as they explore innovation in agriculture. Watch the walkthrough.
This mind-blowing, myth-busting interactive farming exhibition will offer multiple opportunities for visitors of all ages to become informed consumers and learn more about the incredible and necessary innovations taking place in agriculture. Download an overview.
Throughout the exhibit will be a diverse and inclusive selection of those working in agriculture from around the world shared through storytelling, photos, videos and direct quotes (supplemented with public programs, educational classes and events). Guests touring the exhibit and those exposed to content online will get to know the men and women who have chosen careers in agriculture and students will learn about possible careers in agriculture they may wish to pursue. Download the Experience Plan.
We recently asked young guests at Discovery Park a few questions about farmers. While the answers were slightly varied, the main thing most of them knew about farmers today was that they wear a hat, overalls and boots. Even more alarming were the answers when asked if they were interested in careers in farming. Watch the video.
A memorable part of this exhibit will no doubt be the “faces of farming” that will be on display featuring photographs taken around the region by photographer Luke Johnson. In anticipation of the opening of the exhibit, Discovery Park has created an online gallery at Discoveryparkofamerica.com/facesoffarming to share just a few of the hundreds of photos that have been taken of farmers, ranchers and others who are part of the agriculture industry today and who will be included in the exhibit.
This exhibit made possible by generous support from:
H&R Agri-Power and Case IH; Tennessee Beef Promotion Board; Tennessee Corn Promotion Board; Tennessee Department of Agriculture; Tennessee Farm Bureau; Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board; USDA Rural Development U.S. Department of Agriculture
AgLaunch Initiative; Bayer Fund; The Dairy Alliance; Danny Larcom Heating & Air; Obion County Farm Bureau; Tennessee Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, Tennessee Pork Producers Association, Tosh Farms; and Will Wade and Pat Wade
Blue Steel Tool, Inc., East Tennessee Nursery and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry; FarmSpace Systems, LLC; Roundstone Native Seed; “Silo”; Star Pastures Apiary; The University of Tennessee at Martin; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; WCTE, Upper Cumberland PBS; and Syngenta
Champions of Agriculture
Numerous gifts by farm families and individuals who support this project
C&W Farms | Ginger C. Terry | Polly Brasher | Scott, Michelle, Alex and Liv Williams | Clinton Evans & Family | Chad and Heather Hardy | Flynn Jowers (Farm Bureau Insurance Agent) | Mr. and Mrs. Tim Hazlewood | Tony and Margie Jones | BERG Livestock | Brad and Emalee Buttrey | Rachel C. Buttrey | Grady J. Buttrey | David W. Howell | Platt Farms – Jeanne and Chuck McMillen | Mike and Penny Holman | Alice and Marcus Fennel | Matthew, Colby, Harrison, Carsen, Mattie Jane and Ally Anne Gray | Veronica Steer – Sunbow Jerseys | Yeargin Farms | Carol and Charles Steer | Rita and Larry Buckles | John Watkins | Vicki and Glenn Heatherly | Lelia and John Warner | William Gordon Henshaw | Danny and Jenny Fields | Ervin Feed & Grain | Rance and Keisha Hooper Farms | Sellers Farms | Dominick Lee | Linda & Dave Rizzuto | Heather and Chad Hardy | T-Jack’s – Fredricks Family Apiary | In memory of Edgar Hilliard | Warterfield Grain | In honor of Eul Britt | Pamela and Jack W. Sloan | Kelly Griggs | Charley and Shannon Deal | Penny Fleming, USDA Retired | Gary and Jennifer Hooks | From Brokenness to Wellness | Todd, Brittany, Ellie and Henry Gregory | Lynn and Kaye Barnes Family | Ben Harrison Farms | Patti and Jim Leeke Family | Carter Century Farms, established in 1879. Owner: Barry (Buck) Carter
and family (7th generation) | Jacky and Nell Gullett | H & H Farms of TN | In Loving Memory of Larry Fluty | Black Monocle Disc Golf | Mike Cox | Michelle and Al Creswell | Betty Ann and John Tanner | Lindsay, Alli Kate and Houston Frilling | Jack R. Parker | Tri State International Trucks – Union City | TVA
Special thanks to the University of Tennessee at Martin for their assistance with this exhibit:
D. Emalee K. Buttrey | Dr. Keith Carver | Dr. Barbara A. Darroch | Dr. Charley Deal | Dr. Joey E. Mehlhorn | Dr. Sandy Mehlhorn | Dr. Scott Parrott | Dr. Jason Roberts | Dr. Todd Winters
To partner with Discovery Park on this very important exhibit, email Mary Nita Bondurant at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 731-676-3556.
The mission of Discovery Park of America, a premier world-class museum and heritage park located in Union City, Tennessee, is to inspire children and adults to see beyond. Included in the complex is a 50-acre heritage park and a 100,000-square-foot museum featuring ten interactive exhibit galleries with additional space for temporary exhibits from around the world. 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.