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.
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, fuel 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 Soybean Promotion Board; USDA Rural Development U.S. Department of Agriculture
AgLaunch Initiative; Bayer Fund; The Dairy Alliance; Danny Larcom Heating and Air; Gail McDonald Latimer; Henry County Farm Bureau; Matt Fennel; Obion County Farm Bureau; Syngenta; Tennessee Farm Bureau; Tennessee Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom; Tennessee Pork Producers Association; Tosh Farms; Will Wade and Pat Wade; Williams Country Sausage
Agrela Ecosystems; Babylon Micro-Farms; Blue Steel Tool, Inc.; Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; EarthSense; East Tennessee Nursery and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry; FarmSpace Systems, LLC; GroGuru; Noble Research Institute; Prolific Earth Sciences; Roundstone Native Seed; “Silo”; Star Pastures Apiary; SwineTech; The University of Tennessee at Martin; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; WCTE, Upper Cumberland PBS
Champions of Agriculture
Carol and Charles Steer | Yeargin Farms | Veronica Steer – Sunbow Jerseys | Matthew, Colby, Harrison, Carsen, Mattie Jane and Ally Anne Gray | Alice and Marcus Fennel | Mike and Penny Holman | Platt Farms – Jeanne and Chuck McMillen | David W. Howell | Grady J. Buttrey | Rachel C. Buttrey | Brad and Emalee Buttrey | BERG Livestock | Tony and Margie Jones | Mr. and Mrs. Tim Hazlewood |Flynn Jowers – Farm Bureau Insurance Agent | Chad and Heather Hardy in memory of Robert Bain Hill | Clinton Evans and Family | Scott, Michelle, Alex and Liv Williams | In memory of Wade and Wilma Nell Moss by Polly Brasher | In memory of James E. Bankston by Ginger C. Terry | C & W Farms | Morgan and Joseph Morrissett | Buckles Family – 1700’s-2020 | Woodard Family – 1800’s-1900’s | Johnson Family – 1800’s-2020 | Wilmot Family – 1800’s- 2006 | Snelling Family – 1800’s- 1900’s | Mr. and Mrs. John Watkins | Vicki and Glenn Heatherly | Lelia and John Warner | In honor of Gordon Henshaw by William G. Henshaw | Ervin Feed & Grain | Rance and Keisha Hooper Farms | Sellers Farms | Dominick Lee | Linda and Dave Rizzuto | T. Jack’s – Fredricks Family Apiary | In memory of Edgar Hilliard, my farmer dad | Warterfield Grain Company | Pamela and Jack W. Sloan | Matt and Kelly Griggs – Griggs Farms LLC | Shannon and Charley Deal | Ms. Penny Fleming, USDA Retired | Jennifer and Gary Hooks | Kathy and Johnny Bacon and family in honor of Margaret and John Bacon | Todd, Brittany, Ellie and Henry Gregory | Lynn and Kay Barnes Farms | Ben Harrison Farms | Patti and Jim Leeke family | Carter Century Farms, est. 1879 Owner Barry (Buck) Carter and family 7th generation of true farmers | Nell and Jacky Gullett | In loving memory of Larry Fluty | H & H Farms of TN | Pat and Phillip Watkins |In honor of Herman Dietzel, Jr. Tennessee State DEKALB© Corn Growing Contest Champion 1956 -Given by the Dietzel family | Black Monocle Disc Golf | Mike Cox | Michelle and Al Creswell | Sam, Chris, Cailee and Carson Sinclair | Betty Ann and John Tanner | Lindsay, Alli Kate and Houston Frilling | Jack R. Parker | Tri State International Trucks – Union City, TN | Union City Energy Authority/TVA | Tyson – Union City, TN | Brian, Deanna and Rebecca Jones | Jim and Mary Nita Bondurant and family | Karl, Sandy and Kelsey Johnson | Hancock Family Farms – Incorporated by Curtis Hancock, Jr. – Celebrating 200 years of Family farming in West Kentucky | David and Tammy Ursery | Max and Lucy Wilson | Marvin and Carol Ellis | Burroughs and Sons, Hopkinsville, KY | Tim and Tammy Williams | Paula and Larry Snider: In loving memory of our farming grandparents – Sam Wright (Sharon, TN) and Frank Thompson (Water Valley, KY) | James Nathan Buckley, Spring Creek, TN | James Allen Buckley | Arthur Jones, Jr., Nashville, TN | Allie Kate Jones | Mary Bailey Jones | In honor of Curtis Haynes, soil conservationist, by his son | Lee and Alicia Maddox | Pappaw and SueSue | John, Melissa, Gage, Alex, Nova and Zane | Jared, Tanna, Raye, Kaylee and Hunter | Michael, Anissa and Marceline | John and Beth Ray | Loyd and Brenda Bradford |Seth, Kelly, Shelby, Ollie and Sadie | Hal and Melanie Bynum- In memory of Stacey Bruff, Ph.D. | William Thomas Ashburn| Mason Call Ashburn | Baker Farms- Quincy, IL, for over 100 years | Hampton Farms | Childress Farms | Leveloam Farms | We love our agricultural community. Support your local farmers. -Bill and Kathi Prather | The Cheek Family | Broox and Jake Lewis, L & L Farms | Guy and Patty Gray | Ann and John Sallee | In memory of Mike and Mary Nanney, Chestnut Glade, Martin, TN by Cathy McKinney | John M. Miles | David and Carol Reed | NWTN Local Food Network – Increasing access to locally grown and produced foods. | Chester and Pamela Crone | Kerry and Lori Wade – Wade Farms | In memory of Novie Howell. She had the greenest thumb I ever knew. – By Laura Kirkland | In honor of the Doyle Family of Marshall County, Illinois | Dee Fields Pritchett | BD1 FARMS aka “The Farm” | Hopper Farms | In memory of Claude V. Logan, Jr. | Mike and Terri Brundige | Brundige Farms | Glover, Fowler, McCollum, Dugger, Peal | Matt, Liz, Sawyer, Kate and Staton Dintelmann |Rance and Patti Barnes | Larry G. Heatherly, Ph.D. | Erin and Anthony | In memory of Ned Bigelow | Ricky and Pat Conner | The Elder Family | WAVE AG – Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton Counties | Phillip, Katie, Preston and Emma Claire Creswell | Self-McKnight Family: In honor of Scott Williams, President and CEO | In memory of Glynn Giffin (Giffin Farms: Judy, Hoyt, Benita, Derek, Micayla, Troy, Amy, Carter and Conner) | Philip and Lisa Smartt | Bill and Chrysteen Goodman | Khalil M. T. Sutton | Tristen A. Thalheimer | Malcolm E. Thalheimer | Bill and Landy Fuqua | In honor of Kyle Rogers- Westview FFA Advisor by the Evans family | Dixie Chile Ranch – Kenton, TN | West Tennessee PBS | Baker Family Farm – Robert and Lois Baker, Sam and Brenda Baker, O’Neil and Nancy Baker and Robbie and Melody Baker | For Miley, Noel and Brantley with love from Papa and Nana | Christopher and Marriann Peck | Joe and Phyllis Brasher| Reeves Farm – Barry and Anne Reeves | Friends of Discovery Park: Danny, Gail, Michael, Marriann and Alicia Wilson | In honor of our greatly missed farming grandfathers – E.W. (Wick) Jamerson, Woodrow (Bill) Henson, Wes and MeLeah Henson | Ed Sumara Family | Wynn Land Company| In honor of the ancestors- Heniscity Farm | For my baby duck Ava. Love, Mommy and Dada | Joe and Carol McKinnon | Sam Henderson- Ripley, TN | Roland Henderson- Ripley, TN | In honor of Herman Denning by his grandchildren and great grand children | White Squirrel Winery – Bill and Marjie Sanderson | The Sam McCollum Family | Gibson County Farm Bureau | Giffin Farms| Hughes Family Farm |Larry and Donna Stringfield | Matthew French PA-C | Emily French | Joseph French | Zachary Johnson | Caleb Johnson | Matt and Brandi French | The Graham Family | Champion Farm, Fulton County, KY- In honor of past generations: Doris and Raymond Champion, Marion Champion and Daisy and Jordan Champion by Janie and Bill Craddock | In memory of Haywood County farmers Virginia and Guy Lovelace by their family | Douglas, Jennifer, Reagan and Harrison Durkee | Davie and Judy Stephens | Tonya Pride | Tarr Farms | In memory of William Travis (Bubba) Tankersley – June 28, 1930 – March 26, 2005- Kenton, TN | In honor of Syrena Flowers – West TN State FFA VP 2010-2011 | Robert, Zoe, Lauren and Brock Baskin in memory of Bob Baskin | In loving memory of Stacey Bruff, Ph.D.- from your Nutrien family, UC Division Office | It all began with a garden! -Karen L. Verkler | Sowell Farms | Reams Farms | In loving memory of Clifton (Pete) Branch, my farmer dad, from Burlison, TN-Susan Eason | Hayes Farm, Forked Deer, Haywood County, Tennessee- Since 1946 | In honor of Isabel Stuart, Matthew Boaz, Andrew Boaz and Sophia Boaz | Gene and Jan Outlaw | Everett and Amy Woods | Roe and Andrea Hughes | Bobby and Melinda Goode | Kaleb and Katie Binwiddie of Silver Oak Farms in Trenton, TN | Bradford-Cooper Family Farm (Gibson County)- Since 1822 | In memory of Albert Murry Buntin- Jackson, TN | Chuck, Abby and Grace Danehower | In memory of Ted and Mary Lou Medlin | In memory of Jimmy Stewart | Chad, Jessica and Bridger Dunivant | In memory of John Marshall Vaden by Stephen Alexander Vaden and Samuel Marshall Vaden
Special thanks to the University of Tennessee at Martin for their assistance with this exhibit:
Dr. 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 email@example.com 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.