Attendees of the annual International Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky, ranged from people who have used farm equipment to prominent CEOs, as a number of issues were discussed about feeding the growing number of people on Earth.
Feedstuffs reported that the topic of how to feed a population of 9 billion people by 2050 was the center of each discussion, as 3,000 delegates from 72 countries and 42 U.S. states gathered to hear ideas about the role agriculture needs to play in coming years.
According to the news source, an emphasis was placed on the role that agricultural companies like John Deere can play, as innovation in the sector and new technology would be vital to ensuring progress occurs.
"Modern agriculture needs to continue to embrace technology, innovation and place an emphasis on education. We must recognize that we are going to face critical issues, particularly with regard to water shortages, and focus on the need for transparency," said Aidan Connolly, one of the organizers of the event.
Kentucky Forward reported that a sense of optimism persisted at the event, despite the challenges that exist for the sector.