On Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, Discovery Park of America announced that it will open an exhibit dedicated to telling the story of innovation in agriculture. On hand for the announcement was Representative Bill Sanderson who is the founder of White Squirrel Winery in Kenton, Tenn. and Congressman David Kustoff who represents Tennessee’s 8th congressional district.

A mind-blowing, myth-busting farming exhibit that will change the world.

On Oct. 22, 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 Agriculture Center.

While most in the agriculture industry strive to make the best use of resources to meet the demands of a growing population, falsehoods and misinformation continue to flourish in a world where fiction and propaganda can be spread with the click of a mouse on a computer or the touch of a finger on a mobile device.

“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.

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.

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.

 

Major Sponsors

Partners
Tennessee Corn Promotion BoardTennessee Agricultural Enhancement ProgramTennessee Farm BureauTennessee Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom and the Tennessee Soybean Promotional Board

Supporters
AgLaunch InitiativeObion County Farm BureauDanny Larcom Heating & AirTennessee TractorTosh Farms; Will Wade and Pat Wade

In-Kind Partners
FarmSpace Systems, LLCThe University of Tennessee at Martin; and WCTE, Upper Cumberland PBS

To partner with Discovery Park on this very important exhibit, email Mary Nita Bondurant at mbondurant@discoveryparkofamerica.com or call 731-676-3556.

Ag Champions:
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

Become an Ag Champion

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.